French Open Day 5: Murray comes from behind to beat Klizan, Svitolina battles past Pironkova

World number one Andy Murray overcame an early scare to reach the third round of the French Open on day five of the action, as the Scotsman had to dig deep to overcome Martin Klizan.

It was far from convincing from Murray as he had to battle back from an early break down in the first set, but he played a poor tie break to fall a set behind to his Slovakian opponent.

Andy Murray has been taken to four sets in both his matches at the French Open
image: thetimes.co.uk

Murray came from being to take a 2-1 lead winning seven straight games and he almost allowed Klizan to force the game into a decider, before Murray broke for a sixth time to force another tie-break.

Murray sent a superb volley past the 27-year-old to clinch victory on the third match point and bag a hard-fought 6-7 (3/7) 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7/3) win to keep his hopes of a maiden French Open title alive.

Juan Martin Del Potro will await the world number one in the next round, after the Argentine set up a repeat of last year’s Olympic final when his Spanish opponent Nicolas Almagro retired due to a knee injury with the game locked at 6-3 3-6 1-1.

2015 champion Stan Wawrinka was also made to work to keep his bid for a fourth grand slam title on track, as he battled past Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov to reach the third round.

Wawrinka wrapped up the first set with fierce backhand down the line for a second break point, before he raced into a two sets lead after winning a tie-break with an ace.

World number 89 Dolgopolov looked for a way back into the match, but a third break point of the match was enough for the Swiss man to progress with a tricky 6-4 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 win to stay on course for a second French Open title.

Former US Open champion Marin Cilic kept his hopes for a second grand slam title alive, as the Croatian enjoyed a comfortable day at the office with a 6-3 6-2 6-2 straight sets win over Russia’s Konstantin Kravchuk.

Kei Nishikori overcame a late fight back from Frenchman Jeremy Chardy to ensure his progress at Roland Garros, as the eighth seed saw off the threat of the 30-year-old 6-3 6-0 7-6 (7/5).

However, it was the end of the road for former French Open semi-finalist Tomas Berdych, as world number 53 Karen Khachanov stunned the Czech 7-5 6-4 6-4 to send the 13th seed packing.

There were no problems for Frenchman Gaels Monfils as he secured his place in the third round in just 91 minutes, after the 15th seed swept Brazilian Thiago Monteiro aside 6-1 6-4 6-1.

Richard Gasquet joins his fellow Frenchman in advancing to the next round in Paris as Victor Estrella Burgos from the Dominican Republic proved no match for the 24th seed, who raced to a 6-1 6-0 6-4 straight sets win.

Spaniard Felciano Lopez overcame compatriot David Ferrer in a five set thriller, as the 35-year-old secured a hard-fought 7-5 3-6 7-5 4-6 6-4 in almost four hours to send the 30th seed crashing out at just the second round.

Fernando Verdasco also needed five sets to overcome the test of Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbet to join his compatriot Lopez in the next round, as the 33-year-old came from 2-1 down to clinch a thrilling 6-3 3-6 4-6 6-3 6-3 victory.

British number two Kyle Edmund is also through in the next round, as the 22-year-old overcame the test of Argentina’s Renzo Olivo 7-5 6-3 6-1 in straight sets to reach the third round of the French Open for the first time.

Edmund will face South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the next round of the French Open, after the 31-year-old came from a set down to dump out controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios 5-7 6-4 6-1 6-2.

John Isner battled past the test of Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi as the American survived two tough tie-breaks in a 6-3 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (7/2) win, while Fabio Fognini got the better of fellow Italian Andreas Seppi in a 6-4 7-5 6-3 straight sets win for the 28th seed.

On the women’s side of things, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina survived a scare in her second round match against Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova to keep her hopes of a first grand slam title alive.

The world number six recovered from falling a set behind as she struggled early on with her heavy groundstrokes falling short or wide, but she began to find her rhythm in the second set, before clinching a thrilling 3-6 6-3 6-2 win to advance.

Ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska also had to come from a set behind to book her place in the third round, as the Pole had to dig deep to see off the threat of qualifier Alison Van Uytvanck

Van Uytvanck held on to clinch the first set on a tie-break despite squandering a 4-1 lead, but Radwanska’s change of tactics would pay off as she sealed a 6-7 (3/7) 6-2 6-3 win after two hours and 23 minutes, when the Belgian sent a backhand into the net.

Elina Svitolina has already won four titles this year, including the Italian Open
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Second seed Karolina Pliskova was also given a stern test in her second round encounter with Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, as the Czech had to dig deep to win 6-2 4-6 6-3 and reach the third round of the French Open for the first time.

There were no problems for third seed Simona Halep, as the Romanian continued her quest towards a first grand slam title with a comfortable 6-4 6-3 win against German Tatjan Maria in an hour and 22 minutes..

21st seed Carla Suarez Navarro is also easily through to the third round at Roland Garros, as the Spaniard overcame the test of Romanian Sorana Ciresta 7-5 6-4 to advance.

Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova sent Eugenie Bouchard out of the French Open at the second round, as the 17th seed broke te Candian’s serve seven times in a comfortable 6-3 6-0 victory.

Madison Keys also saw her French Open come to an end as Croatian Petra Martic came from behind to stun the American 3-6 6-3 6-1, while Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also crashed out after a 6-7 (7/4) 6-2 4-6 defeat to Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg.

Alize Cornet got the better of 20th seed Barbora Strycova on Philippe Chatrier Court, as the Frenchwoman stunned the Czech 6-4 6-1 to secure her spot in the third round.

Caroline Garcia joins her fellow French woman in the third round to give the home crowd more to cheer for, as the 23-year-old overcame the test of compatriot Chloe Paquet 7-5 6-4.

You can check out more results from day five of the action in Paris at this link.

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