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Thursday 1 June 2017 21:37 PM BST
French Open Day 5: Kyrgios loses cool as Murray survives Parisian heat
Wimbledon.com rounds up the action from Day 5 at the 2017 French Open. READ MORE

Murray made to work

It was a tough day at the office for the top-seeded Andy Murray, who battled for three hours and 35 minutes to dispatch Martin Klizan on the Court Suzanne Lenglen, 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3).

The Scot started slowly, breaking back when Klizan served for the first set, then forcing a tie-break which he lost 7-3 as the lefty Slovak slammed winner after winner.

Although Murray muttered to himself and his box throughout, he soon settled down, improving his movement as he won the next two sets.

Although Klizan broke early in the fourth set, he couldn't serve it out at 5-4 and Murray held on to close out the match in the tie-break with a spectacular lunge volley for his 41st winner.

Ever the gentleman, Murray then apologised to the crowd for his grumblings.

“I try to behave as good as I can, but I can always improve,” he said.

Fellow Briton Kyle Edmund had an easier time over on Court No.6, reaching the third round of the French Open for the first time after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga conqueror's Renzo Olivo 7-5, 6-3, 6-1.

Stan Wawrinka, the 2015 champion from Switzerland, impressed with a 6-4, 7-6(5), 7-5 win against Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov, while Karen Khachanov upset 13th seed Tomas Berdych in straight sets. 

Kyrgios boils over

When Kyrgios lost to Italian veteran Andreas Seppi in the second round of the Australian Open, former Wimbledon champion John McEnroe described the 22-year-old Australian as “mentally No.200 in the world.”

But Kyrgios regrouped impressively, beating Novak Djokovic in back-to-back matches this and now, under the guidance of former French player Sebastien Grosjean, he was seen by many as a dark horse for the French Open title.

But shortly after McEnroe described him as “the most talented young player in the world,” the 18th-seeded Australian let his frustrations get the better of him against the big-serving South African Kevin Anderson.

Up a set and a break, Kyrgios let his lead slip and lost the second set on a double fault.

After destroying two rackets - with one being smashed six times on a watercooler during the changeover - he started the third set with a point penalty.

He never recovered as Anderson kept a cool head to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 with his 21st ace.

“It was frustration,” said Kyrgios, who added he’s not had the best clay-court preparation due to a few injury niggles before Paris. 

A friend in need...

Murray’s next opponent will be former US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro, in what will be a repeat of the 2016 Olympic singles final.

The Argentine, playing in his first Roland Garros since 2012, advanced after his Spanish opponent, Nicolas Almagro, was forced to retire in third set at a set and a game each.

A distraught Almagro, who had wept uncontrollably lying on his back on the clay after injuring himself, was comforted by Del Potro, an old friend from his junior days.

“I say to him, 'Try to be calm.' Think about his family, his baby,” said Del Potro. 

Svitolina remains on course

Earlier on Court No.2, Elina Svitolina kept her hopes of winning a first Grand Slam singles title alive as she solved the riddle that was Tsvetana Pironkova, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The pair had never met before, and it took Svitolina – the most successful player this season on the women's Tour with four titles – almost two sets to find an answer to the Bulgarian’s changes of pace and touch.

It was a performance that would have done her former mentor and four-time French Open champion, Justine Henin, proud.

Simona Halep, the title favorite from Romania, showed no sign of discomfort despite rolling her ankle a week before Roland Garros, beating Germany’s Tatjana Maria 6-4, 6-3.

Czech Karolina Pliskova, at No.2 the highest seed left in the women’s draw after Angelique Kerber’s first-round exit, overcame Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, while Anastasija Sevastova stormed past Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0.

Upset of the day

The 12th-seeded Madison Keys of the US got her reunion with former Wimbledon champion and coach Lindsay Davenport off to a rocky start as she lost 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 to the 290th-ranked Croatian qualifier Petra Martic. Keys, who underwent wrist surgery at the end of 2016, made 51 unforced errors.

Quote of the day

Agnieszka Radwanska isn’t known for her love of clay and after a hard-fought 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-3 win over Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck, the former Wimbledon finalist from Poland had this to say when asked if she would ever consider “doing a Federer” by skipping the clay season altogether:

“Comparing me to Federer? Let’s come back to reality.”

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