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Andy Murray tops Juan Martin del Potro in French Open third-round

Andy Murray tops Juan Martin del Potro in French Open third-round

After beating Tomas Berdych in round two, he bounced back well from losing the third set to Isner to win 7-6 (7/1) 6-3 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/3) in a match carried over from Saturday evening. "I mean, I did all that I could, it wasn't my day", the Pole said.

Murray didn't get off to the best of starts in his battle against Del Potro and trailed 5-3 in the first set before a three-game barrage saw the Scot wrest the match lead for the first time in what proved to be a turning point.

"Too much frustration", said Del Potro, who has now lost seven of 10 matches against Murray including the Olympic final at the Rio Olympics.

The 28-year-old slumped over the net and stayed that way during most of the changeover to catch his breath.

It could have been an entirely different story for Del Potro - who came into the contest nursing a groin injury - had he taken an opening set which lasted one hour and 23 minutes and saw Murray prevail 10-8 in the tie-break.

He had two set points at 5-3 before Murray clawed it back level by converting his sixth break point.

The pair traded blows in the second set with Murray creeping ahead.

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Murray leads their overall rivalry by six wins to three but in their most recent contests past year, it is honours even with one win apiece: Murray won the Olympic gold medal match in Rio and Del Potro won in the Davis Cup semi-final in September.

Who is Juan Martin Del Potro? "Andy is one of the smartest guys on the circuit".

Switzerland's third seed Stan Wawrinka progressed after claiming a 7-6, 6-0, 6-2 win over Italy's Fabio Fognini.

Nick Kyrgios's Australian Open ended in a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 loss to big-serving Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

In other third-round action, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki beat 18-year-old CiCi Bellis of California 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in a match suspended late in the second set Friday night; and No. 21 Carla Suarez Navarro eliminated No. 14 Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-4.

Khachanov, born in Moscow but based in Barcelona, is through to the last 16 at a slam for the first time.

Elsewhere, ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland was stunned 6-2, 6-1 by France's Alize Cornet.

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However, Cornet admitted that her relationship with Garcia has virtually broken down.

"I played some good matches at the beginning of the year".

Cilic took the second set when he broke Lopez to love and served out the match to win in 1 hour, 47 minutes.

Simona Halep showed that an ankle injury is no longer a huge worry as she beat Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-0, 7-5.

Wawrinka will meet the lone remaining Frenchman for a place in the quarter-final, facing either 15th seed Gael Monfils or 24th-seeded Richard Gasquet.

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