French Open: Murray Sets Up Clash With Del Potro,Kyrgios Shocked
World No 1 Andy Murray set up a French Open third round blockbuster against Juan Martin del Potro on Thursday, the latest in what has turned into an explosive rivalry.
Murray, who lost the 2016 Roland Garros final to Novak Djokovic, advanced to the third round after a bruising 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) win over Slovakia’s Martin Klizan.
On a sunny Suzanne Lenglen court, world number 50 Klizan smashed 57 winners but was undone by 67 unforced errors as his no-holds-barred game came unglued against top seed Murray.
It’s been a disappointing year to date for the top-seeded Brit, who’ll have to be on top of his game against Argentine hard-hitter Del Potro.
Playing in Paris for the first time in five years following debilitating injuries, Del Potro went through after Spaniard Nicolas Almagro retired in tears with a left knee injury.
The giant Argentine was greatly lauded for his sportsmanship when he embraced and consoled the sobbing, stricken Spaniard courtside.
The match was locked at 1-1 after Del Potro had taken the first set 6-3 before Almagro claimed the next by the same score.
IN a previous meeting, Murray outlasted Del Potro in a marathon Olympic final in 2016 before the 30th ranked Argentine gained his revenge with a come-from-behind win in five sets in the Davis Cup semifinal.
Third seed and 2015 champion, Stanislas Wawrinka, reached the last 32 for the 10th time with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine to set up a fourth round meeting with Italy’s Fabio Fognini.
Aussie bad boy Nick Kyrgios saw his French Open run halted after losing 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to big-serving Kevin Anderson of South Africa.
Anderson, ranked at 56 in the world, made the most of the 18th-seeded Australian’s 42 unforced errors to progress, while Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishikori routed France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-0, 7-6 (7/5) to set up a rare all-Asian clash with South Korean Hyeon Chung.