As the 2017 edition of French Open entered its fifth day, top names like Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova took court and there were no problems for them on the most part. Murray won in four sets and could have been taken to a fifth but for a late flourish. There were no such problems for Elina Svitolina, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic, Juan Marin Del Potro and Kei Nishikori. Meanwhile, Indian duo of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan progressed at the expense of Olivier Marach and Mate Pavic. There was a ‘W’ for Rohan Bopanna and his mixed doubles partner Gabriela Dabrowski.
French Open 2017, Score and Updates from Day 5:
2100 hrs IST: Murray: Expected it to be tough. He can hit winner from any part of court. I tried to play a solid match. Tried to keep the balls deep as match progressed. But he did well to return everything. I try to behave as much as I can because fans in France know and understand their tennis. Juan Martin del Potro will be very tough. He’s come back from injuries. Playing very well this year and hope we would get a very good crowd
2054 hrs IST: Murray and Klizan now into the tiebreak and the Briton leads 4-2 after the change of ends. Murray finishes things off in sublime touch. A lovely low volley as Klizan goes for a running backhand winner. Murray prevails in over three hour contest to win 6-7, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6
2034 hrs IST: Murray levels things at 5-5 after surviving multiple break points. Klizan serving now to regain the momentum after losing three straight games. Klizan with incredible reactions and control of the racket to keep himself alive and save a break point. Earns Murray’s applause and thumbs up. Follows it up with a forehand shanked into the net. But he’s not going out without a fight. Deft touch from the back of the court with a huge drop shot. Back to deuce. Klizan holds serve and a big hold that could be
2026 hrs IST: Murray keeps the fourth set alive. Mishit by Klizan on a smash and he’s broken. Murray brings the set to serve and will serve once again to avoid a fifth at 4-5
2018 hrs IST: Some key results from all around Roland Garros Stadium: Wawrinka has beaten Dolgpolov in straight sets, Sevastova has beaten Bouchard in straight sets
1845 hrs IST: Emotional exit for Almagro against Del Potro. His spell with injuries continue. Del Potro knows a thing or two about injuries and the hurt associated with missing tennis and comes up to console the Spaniard
Almagro retires in tears, crowd cheering his name, Del Potro being Del Potro. pic.twitter.com/1DxYuBJngQ
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1842 hrs IST: No trouble for Nishikori though. He moves into the third round with a straight sets 6-3, 6-0, 7-6 win over Jeremy Chardy
1842 hrs IST: GAME, SET, MATCH! Feliciano Lopez comes through a long battle against fellow Spaniard David Ferrer to win 7-6, 3-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
1745 hrs IST: Wawrinka wins the opening set 6-4. Live scores elsewhere have Murray down a break against Martin Klizan (3-2 to the Slovak). Nishikori is bulldozing past Chardy – 6-3, 6-0, 2-0. And Almagro is inching towards equalling matters against Del Potro after dropping the first set. Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez look to be headed towards a fifth set as ‘Daveeed’ serves for the fourth set at 5-4
1706 hrs IST: Wawrinka capitalises on a lucky let chord, thumps a forehand that grazes the line and he’s broken Dolgopolov in the first service game. Leads 2-0
1701 hrs IST: After straightforward first round, Radwanska is stretched by Van Uytvanck of Netherlands in the second round. But comes out victorious after dropping the first set. Wins 6-7, 6-2, 6-3. She will now face Cornet
1653 hrs IST: Three good quality matches, prospectively, underway. Wawrinka against Dolgopolov, Nishikori against Chardy and Del Potro against Almagro
1632 hrs IST: Two contrast results for seeded women. Alize Cornet has sent 20th seed Barbora Strycova out of the singles draw with a 6-4, 6-1 win. Elsewhere, Svitolina survived a first set blip to turn things around and beat Pironkova 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
1614 hrs IST: After an early fumble, Radwanska manages to comeback as she leads 5-1 in the second set. John Isner has won a second set tie-break against Paolo Lorenzi and leads 6-3, 7-6.
1600 hrs IST: Daria Kasatkina storms into the third round with 7-6, 6-4 win over Marketa Vondrousova. On Court 1, Cilic two game points away from making it into the third round with win over Kravchuk.
1549 hrs IST: Cornet comes from behind to win the first set 6-4 against Strycova. Meanwhile on Court 1, Cilic wins the second set with a forehand smash to take the lead 6-3, 6-2.
1540 hrs IST: After capitulating in the opening set on Court 17, Konjuh has faltered while serving for the second set as Linette breaks back to take 6-5 lead.
1525 hrs IST: On Court 1, Cilic continues with his aggressive game as he wins the first set 6-3 against Russia’s Kravchuk. Spain’s David Ferrer loses first set 5-7 against countrymen Lopez, despite racing into an initial 3-0 lead.
1510 hrs IST: A bit of a wobble early on for Radwanska, as she loses her first service game against Uytvanck. Over on Court 1 Cilic has stormed into a commanding 4-1 lead over Kravchuk in the first set, while Ferrer has taken a 3-0 lead over Lopez.
1505 hrs IST: Radwanska continues her title push against Uytvanck on Suzanne Lenglen but the Belgian continues to hold on her lead.
1500 hrs IST: Cornett wins the fourth set with a perfect backhand smash. However, Radwanska comesback strong and wins the fifth set as the French loses the break with a forehand unforced error.
1450 hrs IST: Alison Van Uytvanck loses the point with a forehand volley forced error as Radwanska reduce Polish’s lead to 3-2. Meanwhile, Ukrainian Svitolina leads 3-2 against Bulgaria’s Pironkova .
1440 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the fifth day of the French Open. Day 4 saw Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal storm into the third round with ease while home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga getting knocked out. Defending champions Garbine Muguruza escaped a scare while Venus Williams eased into the next round with 6-3, 601 win over Nara.