Gritty win for Murray, epic meltdown for Kyrgios

World number one Andy Murray came from a set down to beat Slovakian Martin Klizan at Roland Garros on Thursday, while Australian Nick Kyrgios suffered a crushing defeat.

Murray prevailed 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) to set up a third-round clash with Juan Martin del Potro, who advanced after his second-round opponent retired at one set all.

Normally, Murray would not have to face a player like Del Potro so early, but the Argentine is seeded only 29th in Paris after a series of injury struggles.

"It's a tough match. In my opinion he's one of the best players in the world," Murray said of facing Del Potro.

The Scot also had problems against Klizan, and needed more than three and a half hours to grind out the four-set win.

Murray seemed to be struggling with his movement at times, although he improved as the match wore on. A poor tie-break cost him the first set, and he was always in for a long day at the office after that.

But he was able to take control of the match during a purple patch that saw him race through the second and third sets – at one point winning seven straight games – before edging a tie-break in the fourth courtesy of a superb volley winner.

"I'm playing way better than I was two weeks ago, and today's match will have done me a lot of good," said Murray.

"Physically I pulled up well and felt good, so I will gain a lot of confidence from that. And also, I hit a lot of balls out there today, more than the first-round match."

Later in the day, Nick Kyrgios provided some fireworks as only he can.

The fiery young Australian was beaten 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 by South African Kevin Anderson, but not before breaking two tennis racquets and enquiring about a break for refreshments.

Kyrgios was a set and a break up before seemingly becoming his own worst enemy as he grew enraged over inconsistent serving. 

He broke two racquets during a meltdown at the end of the second set, leaving him perilously close to default, and seemed to lose all concentration, allowing Anderson to take control of the match.

Nick Kyrgios

At one point, after dropping serve in the fourth set, Kyrgios asked some spectators to get him a beer.

“Get me a beer now,” he said. “Honest to God, get me one now.”

When a spectator responded “You’re kidding”, Kyrgios said: “I don’t think so.”

Another fine almost certainly awaits the Australian, who received two code violations for swearing and racquet abuse during the inexplicable collapse and defeat.

Third seed Stan Wawrinka was another winner on the day, defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.

All of Thursday's second-round results

24-Richard Gasquet (France) beat Victor Estrella (Dominican Republic) 6-1 6-0 6-4
Fernando Verdasco (Spain) beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert (France) 6-3 3-6 4-6 6-3 6-3
22-Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay) beat Nicolas Kicker (Argentina) 6-4 6-4 6-4
15-Gael Monfils (France) beat Thiago Monteiro (Brazil) 6-1 6-4 6-1
Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat 18-Nick Kyrgios (Australia) 5-7 6-4 6-1 6-2
Kyle Edmund (Britain) beat Renzo Olivo (Argentina) 7-5 6-3 6-1
1-Andy Murray (Britain) beat Martin Klizan (Slovakia) 6-7(3) 6-2 6-2 7-6(3)
28-Fabio Fognini (Italy) beat Andreas Seppi (Italy) 6-4 7-5 6-3
3-Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) 6-4 7-6(5) 7-5
Chung Hyeon (South Korea) beat Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) 6-1 7-5 6-1
Karen Khachanov (Russia) beat 13-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) 7-5 6-4 6-4
8-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Jeremy Chardy (France) 6-3 6-0 7-6(5)
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) beat 30-David Ferrer (Spain) 7-5 3-6 7-5 4-6 6-4
29-Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) beat Nicolas Almagro (Spain) 6-3 3-6 1-1 (Almagro retired)
21-John Isner (U.S.) beat Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) 6-3 7-6(3) 7-6(2)
7-Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat Konstantin Kravchuk (Russia) 6-3 6-2 6-2

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