Del Potro blows chance to knock Murray out of French Open

When Murray cajoled an error out of him to take the tiebreak 10-8, his opponent stood and then slumped over the net post for almost a minute, motionless.

In the women's singles action, third seed Simona Halep beat Daria Kasatkina 6-0, 7-5 and set up a last 16 clash with Carla Suarez Navarro.

Murray had appeared in disarray coming into this tournament, but now there must be the possibility that he can make a deep run after an illness-hit, spluttering start to the year.

Murray is a three-time grand slam title victor and was the runner-up at Roland Garros a year ago.

In recent weeks and months he has sometimes looked paralysed in the face of adversity, but it is as if the sniff of a Major tournament has reawakened his senses.

Asked if he rated it his best performance of the season, Murray said: "I played some good matches at the beginning of the year. I played really well during the points today, and like in the last round I found a way to turn the match around".

"The tactical side is very important for me". He has all the shots to play, that's why he's the No. 1 in the world'.

Andy Murray has some thoughts about the way reporters keep track of everything he does during a tennis match — including between points. Edmund had to once more slam the door on Anderson fending off another five break poimts on his serve while making no impression on Anderson, but a loose game handed the Brit the advantage to go up 2-1.

'What's the big deal?' he asked.

Murray was not, and he smiled mischievously as he described del Potro's "very manly grunt". What do you want me to say? And, you know, that's the difference at this level is that you learn as you go up. That's the most important thing'.

Over on Court Suzanne Lenglen, 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka takes on Italian Fabio Fognini, who is seeded 28th. "But definitely on the clay court season, second or third sets were the best I have played, for sure". "I have been playing great, great points during whole, the first set". That's been the case so far'.

World No.1 Andy Murray of Britain and Croatian seventh seed Marin Cilic defeated Argentine Juan Martin del Potro and Feliciano Lopez respectively to advance to the men's singles fourth round of the French Open tennis championships after here on Saturday.

Cornet's only moment of trouble came from a hard bounce of the ball as it flew under her racket at 30-15 in the final game. The rain suspension was good news for Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishikori who was two sets to one up on South Korea's Hyeon Chung but a double break down in the fourth set at 0-3. "But this happens when you play against the No. 1 in the world or a great champion as Andy, you never know when you can win a set or a match".

Murray had to save a set point on his own serve and another as he started to put pressure on Del Potro, finally converting on his sixth attempt in the set, saving a second set point in the process.

He then surged ahead early in the second, was broken back for 5-5, and then won the last eight games - exactly as he did in his first round match against Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov.

- Cornet on her preference for a lie in despite thrashing Radwanska first up on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Coverage: Live radio and text commentary of every Andy Murray match on BBC Radio, the BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app.

Del Potro's doggedness was a feature of their two matches last season, and the question was whether he could sustain the challenge again.

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