Del Potro shows sporting spirit, closes on Murray clash

Paola Ditto
Giugno 7, 2017

Almagro - who retired against Rafael Nadal in Rome last month with the same issue - bent over, then fell backwards onto the court at 1-1 in the third set after the players split the first two sets.

Murray did not hit top form in the second set either, although he won it comfortably, but was playing better by the third.

This time they played for five hours and seven minutes, the longest match of Murray's career, and it was Del Potro who prevailed to hand the Scot his first home singles loss in Davis Cup.

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But, assuming he is close to fully fit, Del Potro will present a serious test of Murray's Roland Garros ambitions with the pair having played in two classic matches previous year - the Rio Olympic final and a marathon Davis Cup five-setter - both stand-out memories.

World number 50 Klizan has already hit the headlines here by being accused of faking an injury in his opener against French wildcard Laurent Lokoli.

PARIS (AP) - Juan Martin del Potro quickly went from fierce competitor to friendly consoler at the French Open, showing deep reserves of compassion for an opponent who had to stop playing their second-round match because of a knee injury.

"Getting frustrated on the court is something that I have always battled with and always fought, probably since I was 20, 21 years old, and it's more venting", he explained. I can imagine what you are feeling.

Things weren't quite so straightforward for ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who needed almost two and a half hours to beat Belgian qualifier Alison Van Uytvanck 6-7 (3) 6-2 6-3. I said to him, "Try to be calm".

He said he told Almagro to think about his family and his baby.

"I just do what my heart feels", del Potro said. "He's come back from injury and had some tough draws this year".

Del Potro will face No. 1 Andy Murray on Saturday for a berth in the fourth round.

Wimbledon runner-up Berdych was rolled 7-5 6-4 6-4 by lanky Russian Karen Khachanov, who now faces John Isner after the United States 21st seed progressed 6-3 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-2) with 21 aces against Italian Paolo Lorenzi.

The only thing that held up the 22-year-old in the third set was a medical time-out for his opponent, with Edmund racking up 30 winners during the match.

Unseeded 21-year-old Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation continued his impressive debut, beating Czech 13th seed Tomas Berdych, a semi-finalist seven years ago, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.

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