Murray Muddles Through; Nadal, Djokovic On Tap Friday at French Open

Del Potro stayed by Almagro's side and helped him to his feet before embracing him, sitting next to the crestfallen 31-year-old in an attempt to talk him through his mental and physical anguish.

Del Potro walked with a weeping Almagro towards the umpire's chair and after the Spaniard officially retired, the two shared a hug.

"Today I think I got lucky, because I don't feel good enough with my body", he added.

Andy Murray snuffed out the challenge of hard-hitting Martin Klizan to book a blockbuster third-round date with Juan Martin del Potro at the French Open.

Juan Martin Del Potro is coming off a three set win over Nicolas Almagro that took 20 games to decide.

They were locked at 1-1 in the third when Almagro quit.

Del Potro will next play world No.1 Andy Murray, who fought back from a set down to defeat Slovakian Martin Klivan 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-3). And now I know his game a lot, but I need to be in good shape and physically be stronger to hold a long match if we play a long match, long rallies. Try to think about your family, your baby.

Del Potro, who revealed he had been struggling with a slight groin issue, consoled his stricken rival, who slumped to the floor in clear distress.

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"Physically, I felt good today, which is the most positive thing for me", Murray said after a 3-hour, 35-minute 6-7, (3-7) 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) second-round victory over risky Slovakian, Martin Klizan.

The giant Argentine, no stranger to injury after a career-long battle with wrist problems, made the third round after Spanish opponent Nicolas Almagro quit in tears during the third set of their tie with a left knee injury. I can imagine what you are feeling. I wish a good recovery to Nico.

The Swiss, 32, won 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 against the world number 89.

"I obviously didn't want the fifth but at the end there were some entertaining points", Murray said.

There was no sign of that early on, though, as the 27-year-old blasted forehand winners past a passive Murray.

Murray produced an encouraging four-set win over Andrey Kuznetsov in round one, but the early signs were not good against the unsafe Slovak.

Looking to win his first title at Roland Garros, Murray, beaten by Novak Djokovic in the final 12 months ago, opened his campaign with a four-set victory against Andrey Kuznetsov that came after a series of disappointing clay-court showings and another bout of illness.

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.

  • Lawrence Cooper