Top seed, Andy Murray is on course at this year’s French Open, after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina, 7-6(8) 7-5 6-0 to advance to the fourth round.
Murray, who knew it was crucial to win the opening set against the Argentinian, had to save four set points before winning the tie-breaker 10-8. His quest was aided by Del Potro suffering with a groin injury, which progressively worsened, as the match continued.
Murray will now await the outcome of the John Isner / Karen Khachanov match to see who his next opponent will be.
The second seed, Novak Djokovic, had a tougher third round match, as he needed five sets to defeat Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1 yesterday.
The former No. 1, who is now being coached by Andre Agassi, is battling to get his game together and his frustrations were further highlighted when he was firstly faulted for multiple time violations and then received a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct by chair umpire, Carlos Ramos.
Djokovic will now face the 19th seed, Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain in the fourth round. Ramos-Vinolas took out the 16th seed and one of the local favourites, Lucas Pouille, 6-2 3-6 5-7 6-2 6-1.
The undisputed “King of Clay”, Rafael Nadal of Spain, continued his quest for a 10th French Open title when he defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in straight sets, 6-0 6-1 6-0 yesterday.
The Spaniard, who has already bagged three titles on clay this year, is yet to drop a set at this year’s French Open, and is the favourite to take the title, despite only being seeded fourth.
Nadal’s fourth round opponent will be his countryman and the 17th seed, Roberto Bautista Agut, who defeated Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic, 6-3 6-4 6-3.