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Andy Murray reaches third round of the French Open

Andy Murray yesterday extended his clay court record for the year to 12-0 after a win over Spain’s Joao Sousa, which took 2 hours 30 minutes. He sets up a third round clash with Australia’s Nick Kyrgios. The match will take place tomorrow on May 30th.

Sousa tests Andy Murray in extended clay court contest

Joao Sousa, the upcoming Spaniard, was no easy opponent for Andy Murray, who dropped the second set before coming back strongly to finish the match. It ended 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. On the subject of the second set, Murray stated, “”I didn’t really help myself in the second set. I served badly, which made it difficult.”

Seemingly at the center of the match was Murray’s time violation, after the Brit took too long on his serves. In an unusually heated encounter with umpire Pascal Maria, he exclaimed that he was simply waiting for the large screen, which was showing the replay of the previous point. He did insist that this was not the situation, saying, “Probably I was playing too slow and I didn’t argue at all with the umpire,” he explained.

Australia’s tennis prodigy Nick Kyrgios will be feeling fresh and ready after a withdrawal from British No.2 Kyle Edmund saw his place in the third round cemented. The young Aussie is always an entertainer, with penchant for theatrics, and big serves – described in 2014 by Toni Nadal as “a lottery”.

Roger Federer is another who made it to the third round, and will face Bosnian Damir Džumhur. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are also safely through. Potential quarter-final clashes include Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray vs. Marin Cilic or David Ferrer. However, this is of course entirely speculative, as the French Open is often fraught with upsets.

Author Eoghan Aston
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