French Open Day 7: Murray finds clay game

Britain's Andy Murray clenches his fist after a winning point as he plays Slovakia's Martin Klizan during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Thursday
French Open: Murray ousts Del Potro
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10 June, 2017

Nishikori was in the lead against Chung when rain suspended their battle.

HOW THE SEEDS FARED: Only Cuevas fell on the men's side. There is also the case of Asia's two highest ranked players in Kei Nishikori facing Hyeon Chung while in an-all French affair, Richard Gasquet faces Gael Monfils.

John Isner of the United States had not yet started his third-round match against Karen Khachanov.

Stan Wawrinka, the 2015 champion, was a 7-6 (2), 6-0, 6-2 victor over 28th-seeded Fabio Fognini.

"I was expecting a very tough game", said Halep, the 2014 French Open runner-up. I was not playing well.

Not on Saturday, as he reduced Juan Martin Del Potro to a picture of despair by stealing the first set with a fightback that was straight out of last season's playbook. Khachanov converted 1 of 6 break points on Isner's serve, but that was enough.

The 28th-seeded Fognini, who comes with a reputation for having a fiery temper, briefly grumbled at the chair umpire moments later. My service was not hurting him as much anymore later into the game.

The other British citizen in the French Open is Kyle Edmund. Wawrinka won 7-6 (7/2), 6-0, 6-2 to enter the pre-quarter-finals.

"I played some good matches at the beginning of the year, but definitely in the clay-court season, the second or third sets were the best I have played, for sure", he said.

Former US Open champion Del Potro, whose ranking has slid after injuries, posed an unusually severe test for the third round and he began strongly.

Wozniacki missed the 2016 French Open because of an ankle injury.

The South African, 31, fought back to win 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 6-1 6-4 in a near four-hour match.

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.

"Well, now, it's pretty OK", Halep said about her ankle.

She was asked to say a few words in French — and hesitated. "I'm so happy to see the crowd cheering for me at this level". "I can run. I can slide everywhere".

She will now face Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals after the number 21 seed claimed a 6-4, 6-4 win over Elena Vesnina of Russian Federation.

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However, the London Olympic bronze medallist has not had a good season, barring her Malaysia Masters win earlier this year. While Saina made some unforced errors in the first game at crucial moments, she tried to fight back in the second.


Cornet will now meet her compatriot Caroline Garcia in the last 16.

Garcia, who is seeded 28th, won 6-4, 4-6, 9-7.

'First time it was like two years ago, and, yeah, we had like some practice games.

It is the third time in four matches that Mladenovic has played a three-setter.

Hsieh of Taiwan upset seventh-seeded Johanna Konta in the opening round.

Croatian Cilic defeated the 35-year-old Spaniard Lopez 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 after one hour and 47 minutes. In the tiebreak Wawrinka took, and then without problems has finished the opponent.

7-5, 6-0, against the unsafe Argentine and was striking the ball with renewed confidence after a turbulent start to the year.

Simona Halep pulled through against young pretender Daria Kasatkina, winning 6-0, 7-5 after at first threatening to dismantle the 20-year-old Russian.

Andy Murray says he has been keeping up with the United Kingdom election campaign during the French Open, revealing: "We've been following all the political debates".

"Andy has had a hard year with different types of illness and injury, and he has struggled to get momentum more than anything", he said.

She won the next point to set up a match point, but wasted it when her drop shot sank into the net. I'm in the fourth round, and I will try to prepare and to do my best. "I feel so good on this center court".

Cornet has never been further than that in Grand Slam tournaments.

TOPSHOT - Britain's Andy Murray serves to Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 3, 2017 in Paris.

But a double fault from the Argentinian made it 7-7 and it was Murray who took his third set point when Del Potro's forehand landed just wide.

It was Del Potro's first trip to the French Open in five years, since he received a wrist in 2015 that crippled his playing.


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