French Open: Murray sets up Del Potro clash, Kyrgios out

Kei Nishikori survived an injury scare and Jeremy Chardy conjured a late revival to advance into the third round of the French Open with a 6-3, 6-0, 7-6(5) victory on Thursday.

Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a backhand during the men's singles second round match against Martin Klizan of Slovakia.   -  Getty Images

World No. 1 Andy Murray reached the French Open third round on Thursday with a bruising 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) win over Martin Klizan of Slovakia. Murray will face Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro for a place in the last 16.

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An angry Nick Kyrgios was knocked out, going down 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to South African Kevin Anderson in the third round.

The temperamental Australian destroyed two rackets, including one that he smashed six times onto a cooler, and was handed a penalty point at the end of the second set. The 18th seed has never made it past the third round at the Paris Grand Slam.

Anderson next faces Britain's Kyle Edmund.

Del Potro consoles sobbing Almagro

Juan Martin del Potro reached the French Open third round after Spanish opponent Nicolas Almagro quit in tears during the third set with a left knee injury.

In a moving conclusion to the match, Del Potro sat next to the stricken, sobbing Almagro on Court Two, offering him water while patting the head of the inconsolable 31-year-old.

The giant Argentine had also gone to the Spaniard's aid when he had collapsed at the back of the court, weeping, just moments earlier.

Del Potro had taken the first set of the second round clash 6-3 before Almagro claimed the next by the same score. They were locked at 1-1 in the third when Almagro quit.

Kei Nishikori of Japan serves during the men's singles second round match against Jeremy Chardy of France on Thursday.   -  Getty Images

 

Nishikori survives scare, Wawrinka progresses

Kei Nishikori survived an injury scare and Jeremy Chardy's late revival to advance into the third round of the French Open with a 6-3, 6-0, 7-6(5) victory on Thursday.

The Japanese eighth seed had to call on the trainer to have his chest massaged early in the third set. Despite that setback, he dug in to ensure he did not have to stay on court longer than necessary, wrapping up the win with a backhand winner.

He will next take on South Korea's Chung Hyeon.

World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka came out on top in his French Open slugfest with Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov, winning 6-4 7-6(5) 7-5 on Thursday to set up a third round showdown with Italian maverick Fabio Fognini.

The 2015 French Open champion, who has yet to drop a set this week, may have won in three but it was tougher than it looked. The unpredictable Dolgopolov, a former top-20 player, gave him a run for his money.

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