Andy Murray tops Juan Martin del Potro in French Open third-round
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 19:43
"But it was an important first set for a number of reasons, but the conditions today were very heavy and tough, not easy to come back from".
"I thought I played some good tennis towards the end, but I expected a very tough match". I played some good matches beginning of the year.
Chung, the 21-year-old world number 67, followed up his first round win over U.S. 27th seed Sam Querrey with a 6-1, 7-5, 6-1 victory against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
"It's slow and heavy and coming back in these conditions is hard".
He needed almost 3 hours to get past the 29th-seeded del Potro at Court Philippe Chatrier under a cloud-filled sky.
First they played each other virtually to a standstill in a pulsating battle for Olympic gold in Rio.
Murray has struggled for form this year after finishing 2016 on a high, but he impressed against Del Potro, who beat the world No 1 over five sets in their last meeting in the Davis Cup in September. "Del Potro had a big issue on the backhand side with his side as Murray was able to return so effectively on second serves, which put a lot of pressure on his first serve on that side".
A frustrated Del Potro stood at the net for a while between the interval. I had a set point and I was going to win the set, right?
Defeat for Edmund, born in Johannesburg like Anderson, means Britain have still never had more than one man in the last 16 at Roland Garros in the Open era.
Del Potro, who went on to guide Argentina to their first Davis Cup title, was always going to be a danger lurking for one of the top seeds as he continues to work his way back up the rankings after wrist problems nearly ended his career. "But definitely on the clay court season, second or third sets were the best I have played, for sure".
It will be the 25th consecutive time that Murray has progressed to the last sixteen or better in a Grand Slam event, a record that ten days ago looked under serious threat.
Losing that opener on a disputed linecall cut Del Potro deep.
Third-seeded Stan Wawrinka had just beaten Fabio Fognini on Court Suzanne Lenglen when the rain began to fall.
Stan Wawrinka, the 2015 champion, was a 7-6 (2), 6-0, 6-2 victor against 28th-seeded Fabio Fognini.
American John Isner was a set down against Russia's Karen Khachanov, while Gael Monfils was leading compatriot Richard Gasquet 6-5 in the first set before play was halted. "Each game gets more hard". Considering he suffered his own slew of injuries in recent years, the 2009 US Open champion showed great empathy in discussing the incident afterwards.
Anderson, who made the French Open fourth round in 2013 and 2014, twice recovered from a set down to advance 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in just under four hours.
Also, Spaniard Fernando Verdasco qualified for the fourth round after beating Pablo Cuevas, world no. 23.
Rafael Nadal eased past 17th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open.