Roland Garros-2017: Murray and Wawrinka has qualified for the 1/8 finals
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 7:05
It is only the third major of his career.
I played some good matches beginning of the year.
"I'm happy with how the match was today".
Murray said of the Russian: "I have never played a match against him, but I practised with him before he got on to the tour when he was like 350 (in the rankings), and he was really good".
"Whoever won that first set would have the momentum as it would have been very hard to come back in these heavy, slow conditions".
Down 3-5, Murray saved a set point before fending off another set point when del Potro served for the opener at 5-4.
The third set was much more straightforward with the number one striding past a dejected Del Potro without dropping a game in a clinical show of his ability as the world's best player. After Murray converted a third set point of his own when his opponent's big forehand landed barely wide, del Potro rested his head on the net and stayed put for several seconds, the very picture of disappointment.
After the set, a distraught Del Potro slumped over the net in agony for more nearly a minute.
Wawrinka also endured a tiebreak in the opening set against Fabio Fognini, where he set at 7-2, before regrouping himself to win 6-0, 6-2 in two sets to follow.
Their match will conclude tomorrow after rain in Paris delayed this evening's play.
Murray has failed to match the high standards he set past year so far in 2017, but has improved with every match at Roland Garros this week. He has not had a great season so far, though, particularly on the clay-court circuit leading up to the French Open, but he now has reached the fourth round for the eighth time in 10 appearances in Paris. But mentally I feel pretty good just now. His last major came at Roland Garros in 2014. Khachanov is playing at Roland Garros for the first time.
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"Each day, I'm feeling a little bit better, so hopefully I can keep it going".
'He can tell me some tips, give me some tips and explain how was the match, yeah, with Andy with Andrey. "The crowd support is like a bonus, an extra energy". I can run, I can slide everywhere.
He was referring to the way Murray constantly kept him on the move and worked out a way to neutralise what is arguably the biggest forehand in the game.
1515 hrs IST: Cornet is already 5-2 up against Radwanska and if you think that was impressive enough, Cilic has raced off with the first set 6-1 against Feliciano Lopez.
The main event of Saturday was a promising match between the first racket of the world Andy Murray and the stellar Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who played Roland Garros for the first time since 2012.
Defending champion Garbine Muguruza has lost in the French Open's fourth round to France's Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Saturday, June 3, 2017. Wawrinka won 7-6 (7/2), 6-0, 6-2 to enter the pre-quarter-finals.