World number one defeats Argentine in French Open


Andy Murray saw off Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro with a superb straight-set win to reach the fourth round of the French Open.
The world number one, 30, won a gripping 84-minute opening set on his way to a 7-6 (10-8) 7-5 6-0 victory.
The Scot, bidding for his first Roland Garros title, goes on to face American John Isner or Russia’s Karen Khachanov.
After searching for consistency in his opening two matches, Murray found something approaching his best form to win the most anticipated match of the first week.
Former US Open champion Del Potro, whose ranking has slid after injuries, posed an unusually severe test for the third round and he began strongly.
But once he had levelled in a high-quality first set, Andy Murray edged a thrilling tie-break and then dominated in arguably his best performance of 2017.
He out-scored the powerful Argentine with 41 winners to 35, all the while mixing up his game with deft drop shots and sharp volleys.
The match turned late in the first set when Del Potro failed to serve it out and Murray eventually took the tie-break with his third set point, having saved four.
A distraught Del Potro slumped on the net post for most of the changeover, pausing only to smack down his racquet in anger before moments later dropping serve at the start of the second set.
There was no way back, especially after the Argentine – who struggled with a groin injury on the previous round – called for the doctor.
Murray’s hopes faltered only briefly when he failed to serve out at 5-4, but the Scot broke serve once again in the following game and then reeled off the last seven games in a row.
‘Winning the first set gave me momentum’
After that marathon first set, the match quickly turned in Andy Murray’s favour as the Scot went on to clinch the final set in just 28 minutes.
“Whoever won that first set had big momentum,” said Murray, who beat Del Potro in the Olympic gold-medal match at last year’s Rio Games.
“It’s slow and heavy and coming back in these conditions is difficult.
“I thought I played some good tennis towards the end and I expected a tough match.
“It was tough. I think he was playing much better than me in the first set. Both of us hand some chances in the first set, the second set was the same. Both those sets could have gone either way.”

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