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FRENCH OPEN ROUND THREE REVIEW: Murray tops Del Potro as Edmund exits in five set loss

 

Andy Murray is through to the fourth round at the French Open as the world number one saw off Juan Martin Del Potro 7-6 7-5 6-0. Even though the match was highly competitive early on with Del Potro having chances especially in the opening set, Murray managed to edge the first two sets. However, the third was much easier as the Brit ruthlessly dismantled his opponent late on to clinch the win.

Del Potro led with an early break and was serving for the first set at 5-4 up, but Murray saved set points en route to breaking his opponent back. The set went to a tiebreak and both players held opportunities but eventually it was Murray who claimed a pulsating set of tennis, to take the upper hand.

With the Argentine ruing his missed chances, Murray fully capitalised in the second set to go up a break but he could not close out the set at 5-4, as Del Potro broke back with some heavy hitting. Yet, the world number one quickly responded and struck again in the following game, before comfortably establishing a two set lead. From that point on the Brit mercilessly dominated the rest of the match, outmanoeuvring his opponent at will to break three times and secure the victory.

 

However, Kyle Edmund was unable to join Murray in the next round, as the Brit pushed Kevin Anderson but ultimately fell in five sets to the South African. The Brit had done extremely well to build a two sets to one lead but Anderson eventually hit back to record a 6-7 7-6 5-7 6-1 6-4 win.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal was in imperious form in hammering Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-0 6-1 6-0, while defending champion Novak Djokovic survived a five set encounter with Diego Schwartzman. Milos Raonic, Dominic Thiem and Marin Cilic progressed, but David Goffin was forced to retire with an injury during his match with Horacio Zeballos.

On the women’s side, Garbine Muguruza continued the defence of her title with a straight sets win over Yulia Putintseva, as Venus Williams, Kristina Mladenovic and Simona Halep all joined her in the fourth round. However, Agnieszka Radwanska suffered a shock exit to Alize Cornet, as the home favourite easily won 6-2 6-1 to book her place in the next round.

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