French Open 2017: Andy Murray, Marin Cilic Advance to 4th Round
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 17:25
While Murray won that encounter, his opponent had triumphed in their most recent clash in the Davis Cup.
"Obviously from his reaction at the end of the first set, he was pretty disappointed", Murray said. "It was tough because he was playing much better than me in the first set".
The top seed came from a break down to win a gripping first set in which his old rival Del Potro unleashed a barrage of brutal forehands on Court Philippe Chatrier. Both matches were brutal and in Rio, they played four sets in four hours and ran each other to a standstill.
Argentina's Del Potro is playing in his first French Open since 2012 having suffered a series of injuries.
What is Murray's record against Del Potro?Umpire Carlos Ramos penalised Djokovic a first serve for a time violation and then gave him another warning for bad language.
She led by a set but trailed in the second set.
Following four-set victories over Andrey Kuznetsov and Martin Klizan, the Scot took down Juan Martin Del Potro 7-6 (8), 7-5, 6-0 during third-round action on Saturday afternoon.
This time the Scot would make no mistake and crunched it out with his fourth ace of the match.
Del Potro's spirit was broken, and the vocal Paris crowd were quelled.
"It's slow and heavy and coming back in these conditions is hard. You never know when you can win a set or a match, and that happened today". I've got a couple of decent wins here and played some good stuff at times. I had struggled the last six or seven weeks. I know how important this tournament is for him. "The second or third sets were the best I have played, for sure".
The beaten finalist at Roland Garros previous year doubled his lead after needing two opportunities to serve out the second set, before a faultless display in the third subdued a leg-weary Del Potro.
Almagro and del Potro were tied at one set a piece and one game a piece in the third set when the injury occurred.
Women's 3rd rd: Caroline Wozniacki (Den) bt Catherine Bellis (USA) 6-2 2-6 6-3, Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp) bt Elena Vesnina (Rus) 6-4 6-4, Simona Halep (Rom) bt Daria Kasatkina (Rus) 6-0 7-5, Caroline Garcia (Fra) bt Hsieh Su-wei (Tpe) 6-4 4-6 9-7, Alize Cornet (Fra) bt Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) 6-2 6-1.
Murray failed to serve out the second set at the first time of asking but after immediately breaking the Argentine again, he moved closer to the last 16.
Simona Halep, the 2014 runner-up, said the torn ligament in her right ankle is no longer an issue and proved that by defeating 26th-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation 6-0, 7-5.