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Murray confident ahead of Del Potro clash

Vera Richards | 05 June, 2017, 07:22

Del Potro then helped him off the court and sat on the sidelines with Almagro to comfort him further.

Feeling gimpy himself with a tweaked groin, Juan Martin del Potro saw his friend Nicolas Almagro of Spain become distraught with pain and frustration in their second-round French Open match.

Murray came out on top of that one to claim his second successive Olympic title but Del Potro got his revenge when they clashed again in the Davis Cup semi-finals a month later.

Andy Murray had to struggle to escape upset danger, managing a 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) defeat of Slovak Martin Klizan on Thursday to survive into the third round of the French Open.

After all, at this very site past year, he struggled through his first two matches before going on to reach the final for the first time.

Klizan veered from appearing to be on his last legs one minute to sprinting full pelt the next, producing some fine shots when he most needed them and torturing Murray with drop shots. And now I know his game a lot, but I need to be in good shape and physically be stronger if we play a long match, long rallies.

Juan Martin del Potro spoke to the press after his win over Guido Pella, and asked if he thinks he can get closer to his best level, the Argnetinean player replied: 'My level is in the high level after my return, because I have, with the high ranking after my comeback, I'm top 30 in the world.

Del Potro squatted down next to Almagro and put a consoling hand on the Spaniard's chest while he was attended to by doctor and physio.

"I expected it to be very tough", Murray said afterwards. "But I wish all the best to him".

"I'm very familiar with injuries", del Potro told reporters. "(Saturday) could be another great battle if I feel good.

"I obviously didn't want the fifth but at the end there were some entertaining points", Murray said.

The world No 1 came through an absorbing contest on a sweltering Court Suzanne Lenglen 6-7 (3-7 ) 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-3).

Controversial Australian 18th seed Nick Kyrgios is also out after he was beaten 5-7 6-4 6-1 6-2 by South African Kevin Anderson.

'Andy is one of the favourites to win the tournament.

Third seed and 2015 champion, Stanislas Wawrinka, reached the last 32 for the 10th time with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine to set up a fourth round meeting with Italy's Fabio Fognini.

Unseeded 21-year-old Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation continued his impressive debut, beating Czech 13th seed Tomas Berdych, a semi-finalist seven years ago, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.

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