French Open Day 4: Murray survives another scare to advance, Halep overcomes slow start

There was another close call for world number two Andy Murray on day four of the French Open as the Scot once again had to come from behind against French wild card Mathias Bourgue.

After cruising to victory in the first set, world number 164 Bourgue stormed back to take a 2-1 lead but Murray would recompose himself to deny the Frenchman a shock win, as the second seed book his place in the third round with a 6-2 2-6 4-6 6-2 6-3 win.

Andy Murray needed another five-set match to reach the third round image: wwos.nine.com.au

Andy Murray needed another five-set match to reach the third round
image: wwos.nine.com.au

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka avoided a repeat of his first-round scare to reach the third round but it wasn’t all straight forward for the Swiss man who saw off Japan’s Taro Daniel in straight sets 7-6 ( 9/7) 6-3 6-4.

There were no problems for Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who maintained his impressive clay-court form with a comfortable 6-3 6-3 6-3 straight sets win over Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.

Frenchman Gilles Simon came from two sets down to book his place in the third round as Guido Pella pushed the 19th seed all the way, who eventually edged to a 4-6 1-6 7-5 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 win over the Argentine.

Simon’s compatriot Richard Gasquet overcame a second set scare to defeat American Bjorn Fratangelo 6-1 7-6 (7/3) 6-3, but another Frenchman Benoit Paire is out as Teymraz Gabashvili of Russia sent the 19th seed packing with a 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-2 victory.

There were also no problems for Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, who cruised into the third round with a 6-2 6-1 6-3 win over Croat Ivan Dodig and American John Isner is also safely through with a 6-4 6-4 6-4 victory over Briton Kyle Edmund.

It was also an easy day at the office for Aussie Nick Kyrgios in his 6-3 6-2 6-1 win over Dutchman Igor Sijsling, but eighth seed Milos Raonic overcame a second set scare to defeat France’s Adrian Mannarino  6-1 7-6 (7/0) 6-1.

In women’s action, third seed Simona Halep overcame a slow start to book her place in the third round at Roland Garros with a hard-fought 7-6(7/5) 6-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas.

Petra Kvitova improved on her first outing with a comfortable 6-4 6-1 victory over Chinese Tapei’s Su-Wei Hsieh, as last year’s runner-up Lucie Safarova also cruised into the third round with a 6-2 6-2 win over Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic.

Simona Halep reached the French Open final in 2014 image: newstoday.com

Simona Halep reached the French Open final in 2014
image: newstoday.com

Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska is safely into the third round with a 6-2 6-4 win over France’s Caroline Garcia, while Sloane Stephens also joins the Polish player in the next stage after a 7-6 (7/0) 6-1 victory over Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg.

Heather Watson’s French Open ended in the second round for the fifth time as former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova cruised past the Briton 6-1 6-3, while there was also an easy victory for  Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, who defeated France’s Myrtille Georges 6-2 6-0.

Aussie Sam Stousr encountered no problems in her easy second round 6-3 6-4 victory over China’s Shuai Zhang, but Ekaterina Makarova’s tournament is over as the Russian fell to a 6-2 2-6 2-6 defeat by Belgian Yanina Wickmeyer.

You can check out more results from day four of the French Open at this link.

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