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Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Simona Halep through on Day 7: As it happened

Andy Murray beat Juan Martin Del Potro 7-6(8), 7-5, 6-0 to go through to the Round of 16 of the French Open. Stan Wawrinka and Simona Halep also went through after wins over Fabio Fognini and Daria Kasatkina.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 4, 2017 6:01:13 am
Andy Murray got the better of Juan Martin Del Potro to go through the French Open Round of 16. (Source: Reuters)

The biggest talking point of the day is that Andy Murray is through to the last-16 at Roland Garros. He beet Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro 7-6(8), 7-5, 6-0. Murray had lost the most recent match he had played against Del Potro and so was on the guard in the match in which he managed to remain ahead throughout. Simona Halep, meanwhile, continues her march as she beat Daria Kasatkina 6-0, 7-5. Stan Wawrinka also went through to the Round of 16, beating Fabio Fognini 7-6(2), 6-0, 6-2.

French Open Day 7 Highlights: 

2046 hrs IST: Play has been suspended across all courts due to rains, Monfils leads Gasquet 6-5, Nishikori trails Chung two games to none in the fourth set of the match that he leads two sets to one

2029 hrs IST: Andy Murray has beaten Del Potro 7-6 (10-8), 7-5, 6-0 while Wawrinka is through to the fourth round by beating Fognini 7-6 (7-2), 6-0, 6-2. Gael Monfils is leading Richard Gasquet 6-5 in the first set

1854 hrs IST: Verdasco who beat Sascha Zverev is now into the round of 16. Straight sets win over Cuevas for the Spaniard – 6-2, 6-1, 6-3. Also through is Kevin Anderson by beating Kyle Edmund – 6-7, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4

1846 hrs IST: Murray once again serves for the second set at 6-5. Two set points for Andy and he gets the job done with an ace down the middle. Murray leads two sets to love now

1843 hrs IST: Murray has three break points and little by little all three have gone begging. Third one saved with a huge forehand cross court. No chance for Murray. But he follows it up with a forehand that is overhit and goes long. Another break point for Murray. And this one is converted despite the desperate scamper and quick feet by the Argentine. Drop shot, lob followed by another drop shot is too much for Del Potro to chase down. Break back for Murray

1834 hrs IST: Murray now serving for the set. 0-15 as Del Potro charges forward and plays a forehand winner. Crowd rallies behind him. A loopy return, Murray tries to get all over it on the backhand but nets it. 0-30 now. Del Potro slips while moving back on a Murray lob and sends his shot long while being off balance. 15-30. “Del-Po! Del-Po!” chants the crowd. Another gorgeous forehand by Del Potro as Murray tries to find the angle and creates the space for a simple volley into vacant court. 15-40 and two break points. Good serve down the tee and it is not returned. One break point saved. 30-40. Murray’s backhand lands marginally inside the baseline and Del Potro sends it long. Deuce. Two break points saved. Double fault. Crowd cheers on that. Break point number 3 for Del Potro and Murray sends the backhand into the net. BREAK! 5-5!

1830 hrs IST: Murray maintains his advantage in the second set with a single break of serve. Del Potro now serving at 3-5 to stay in it. And holds on in fairly good fashion

1807 hrs IST: Meanwhile Halep thumps past Kasatkina to win 6-0, 7-5

1803 hrs IST: Del Potro tries to go for a cross court forehand winner but ends up finding the top of the tape. Two double-break points for Murray. One saved with a strong serve. Stays in the second break point with desperate forehand but does enough in the end as Murray nets forehand. Deuce. Another good serve – into the body – and game point for the Argentine. Lovely drop shot by Murray with plenty of side spin and good diguise on it. Back to deuce. Murray tries to lob Del Potro but sends it over. Bad bounce and Murray sends his backhand wide. Del Potro holds serve. Murray still with a break of serve and 2-1 up in the second set

1800 hrs IST: Murray starts by breaking Del Potro’s serve and consolidates it with a lovely forehand winner on the Argentine’s drop shot. 2-0 in the second set

1748 hrs IST: Murray this time executes the drop shot perfectly. Questionable call this. Del Potro tries to find the line but misses. Murray wins the opening set 7-6 (8). Del Potro is distraught at the net. Had four chances to win the opening set and led 5-4

1744 hrs IST: Murray looks to have the luck of the let chord with a thumping forehand but leaves the court open and Del Potro simply sends the forehand half volley for a winner. Third set point for Del Potro. And this time it is wasted with a double fault! 7-7! Del Potro with beautiful hands to reach a well disguised drop shot by Murray and stood strong for a push on the volley. Not easy that. Fourth set point for the Argentine with Murray serving at 7-8. Murray with a huge forehand which kisses the sideline and forces Del Potro into an error. 8-8

1742 hrs IST: Sweet dropshot by Murray and he has the crucial minibreak. Two sets point at 6-4. Del Potro saves one with a gorgeous flat backhand slice which Murray reaches but sends long. Murray with his second set point then. Tries to go for a bit too much and it goes over. 6-6

1740 hrs IST: Things staying even with no minibreaks yet. 4-4. Interesting approach by Murray with a serve and volley to make it 5-4

1738 hrs IST: At the change of ends, it is 3-3. Murray tries to whip a forehand back but doesn’t get the required angle and it lands wide. Murray does beautifully to stay in the point with the ball touching the line and getting a bad bounce but he can’t keep it going to net his backhand. 4-3 to Del Potro

1734 hrs IST: Del Potro holds on too and we’re headed into the tiebreak. 2-2 in the tiebreak as Murray smashes deep. Staying on serve in the tiebreak. Murray leads 3-2

1728 hrs IST: Murray with a simple enough hold. Sends a forehand into open court at 40-30 to hold serve and make it 6-5

1722 hrs IST: Del Potro to serve for the opening set at 5-4. Murray goes 30-0 up with delightful play. But Del Potro staying in it with a gorgeous forehand cross court which leaves the Briton scampering and nets it in the end. Great exchange between the two at the net. Murray with a drop, Del Potro with his own to it but it is not good enough as Andy sends it for a gentle winner past him. Two break points. WOW! Murray lets go of a huge chance to break on the first go. Simple forehand and it is sent long. Del Potro saves the second with a lovely 150kmph forehand winner. Murray finding the lines and touching the corners of the court to force Del Potro into an error. Another good serve by the Argentine and Murray sends his forehand long. Murray tries to find the outside of the line but fails to do so. Second set point for Del Potro. And it goes begging with the Argentine netting his backhand. Back to deuce. First doubule fault at the worst time. Fourth break point for Murray. Murray converts with a forehand winner and makes it 5-5

1709 hrs IST: SET POINT! Del Potro brings up set point with Murray serving at 30-40. A deep serve, Del Potro tries to run around and take it on the forehand but it hits the line and it is mishit by the Argentine to go long. Deuce. Murray with a lovely forehand cross court winner to bring up game point. Good serve, full of spin, gets a short reply and Murray moves forward to send it for a backhand winner. Holds serve.

1706 hrs IST: Del Potro holds with an ace on the backhand side and he goes up 5-3. Murray to now serve to stay in this opening set

1659 hrs IST: Murray hands in there to hold from 30-30 and finding himself in a tough spot. Del Potro up 4-3

1645 hrs IST: This is how Murray felt before the first ball was hit: “Yeah, it’s a tough match. Not an easy third round. He’s, in my opinion, one of the best players in the world, you know, when he’s fit and healthy. This year he’s had a lot of tough draws. If you look at the matches that he’s lost, I think he’s played Novak a few times. I think he lost to Raonic in Delray Beach. Obviously, I mean, Novak in Rome. Miami I think he lost to Roger. So because of the ranking that he has, he’s kind of in that bracket where he’s met a lot of the top guys early on.”

“But, yeah, I definitely feel like I’m capable of winning that match. I mean, I’m playing way better than I was two weeks ago, and my last match will have done me a lot of good, because physically I pulled up well and felt good, so I will gain a lot of confidence from that.”

1645 hrs IST: Our focus now squarely on Andy Murray vs Juan Martin del Potro. The Argentine gets an early break of serve and leads 3-1 in the opening set

1630 hrs IST: Marin Cilic is through to the fourth round. Another straight sets win for the Croat 6-1, 6-3, 6-3. Elsewhere, CSN beats Vesnina 6-4, 6-4

1600 hrs IST: WOWZA! Alize Cornet sends Agnieszka Radwanksa, the ninth seed, packing from the French Open. And what a dominant performance from the French woman. She wins 6-2, 6-1. ZERO SERVICE HOLDS FOR RADWANSKA!

1551 hrs IST: Lopez provides a fight in the second set and had the set down to 3-3 but then Cilic won three straight sets to take it 6-3 and go two sets to love up. This is proving far too easy for the Croatian

1537 hrs IST: Things going well for another French woman. Caroline Garcia wins the opening set 6-4 against Hsieh. And it is 2-2 in the second set

1532 hrs IST: Cornet is having a serious go at Radwanska’s serve. Wins the first set 6-2 in 40 minutes with the Pole winning just 29% of her first serve points and 33% on the second serve

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.

1512 hrs IST: Matches first up:

Philippe-Chatrier Court: Alize Cornet v Agnieszka Radwanska
Suzanne-Lenglen Court: Feliciano Lopez v Marin Cilic
Court 1: Su-Wei Hsieh v Caroline Garcia
Court 2: Kyle Edmund v Kevin Anderson
Court 3: Elena Vesnina v Carla Suarez Navarro

1430 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the French Open on Saturday, Day 7. Weekend means put your feet up and relax with the tennis on (hopefully by following our live coverage!) and there’s plenty of lovely matches on offer today. There is Alize Cornet v Agnieszka Radwanska, Stan Wawrinka v Fabio Fognini, Daria Kasatkina v Simona Halep, Hyeon Chung v Kei Nishikori and, of course, last but most certainly not least, Richard Gasquet v Gael Monfils. But the biggest for the day could very well be Andy Murray against Juan Martin Del Potro!

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