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Murray beats del Potro in French Open's 3rd Rd

Murray beats del Potro in French Open's 3rd Rd

However, the quarter-finals will feature Rafael Nadal versus Roberto Bautista-Agut and Novak Djokovic versus Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the men's category.

It was one that proved to be a thriller, but Murray edged to a 10-8 triumph to leave the Argentine with his head resting on the net.

But a late call from the line judge had the umpire down from his chair to check the mark, and only once the two of them had conferred over the clay could Murray claim the spoils.

'He had some set points. Del Potro admitted in his press conference that the time spent bent over the net at the end of the first set was more borne out of the intense frustration of losing a set he had been dominating.

Murray overcame the former US Open champion in straight sets in Paris on Saturday to set up a showdown with either Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation or America's John Isner.

However, the 30-year-old showed all his determination to hit back with a break of his own before serving out for the set.

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Murray took advantage and made no mistake, crunching it out with his fourth ace of the match.

Whether he's hugging a line judge mid-match, smoking a thunderous forehand victor past his opponent, shimmying on his bench to "Despacito", crying on an Olympic podium, or comforting a devastated opponent through an injury-forced retirement, Del Potro has captured the hearts of tennis fans the world over and it's hard to think of one player that is as universally loved as the tall Argentine. Later, Del Potro said, "I couldn't believe I lost that set", but added, "This happens when you play against the number one in the world".

Pouncing on a net cord rebound, Murray slapped a mid-court forehand crosscourt, but a lunging del Potro wristed back a forehand victor for a third set point at 7-6.

"It's slow and heavy and coming back in these conditions is hard". "I didn't feel good".

Murray said: "I expected a very tough match. I was looking forward to Roland Garros, I've struggled the last six, seven weeks coming in but I have great memories here and hopefully I can now keep it going".

Meanwhile, former champion Stan Wawrinka is through to the fourth round with a 7-6 (2) 6-0 6-2 win against Italian Fabio Fognini.

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The third-round match between a pair of past major champions was much tighter than the straight-set scoreline might indicate.

Three men's singles third-round matches were halted in progress: No. 8 Kei Nishikori leads Chung Hyeon 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-3; Karen Khachanov leads No. 21 John Isner 7-6 (1); and No. 15 Gael Monfils leads No. 24 Richard Gasquet 6-5. "She's one of those youngsters I see working very hard and fighting for every point".

"I think the crowd is going to be excited", Cornet said. We saw in the last round against Martin Klizan he lost the first set and so changed something and won.

But definitely in the clay-court season, second or third sets were the best I have played, for sure.

The 33-year-old Verdasco converted eight of 13 break points punishing Pablo Cuevas, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.

Murray got past the 29th-seeded del Potro 7-6 (8), 7-5, 6-0 on Saturday at Court Philippe Chatrier in a match that lasted almost 3 hours.

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UPSET ALERT: Cornet sent ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska packing with a 6-2 6-1 spanking - the win just her second over the Pole in nine meetings and the first since 2006.


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