Murray pays on-court tribute to attack victims

06 June, 2017, 06:27 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • Andy Murray discusses his thrilling battle with Juan Martin del Potro after his third-round victory at Roland Garros

The two-hour win was the 650th Tour-level victory of Murray's career, with the top seed standing 650-181 overall.

Following the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, Murray was asked about tennis' ability to promote more altruistic values.

"Obviously it was a bad tragedy in London, also in Manchester", Murray said. 'We had it on the radio last night, and I saw a few clips online just before I went to bed.

"I think by the end of this year, you know, top 20, top 25, and then from there, who knows?", said Murray, well aware of the grind needed to reach the very top levels. "Yeah, I've come a long way the last 10 days or so".

"It s obviously something that has affected large parts of Europe".

"I appreciate everyone still coming out to support the tennis and creating a fantastic atmosphere and I'm grateful that I can come out and play in front of you".

Nishikori, a beaten quarter-finalist in Paris in 2015, has now made the last eight of a Slam for a seventh time, a record for a Japanese man.

Murray followed up his impressive third-round win over Juan Martin del Potro with another display that suggests he is a real contender in Paris.

In his previous matches Murray had gone back to his old habit of conducting running conversations with nobody in particular, but this time he generally kept his thoughts to himself. His defence was as good as ever, his ground strokes were powerful and penetrating and his lobs and drop shots were played with wonderful precision.

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Khachanov would fall behind early in the second after a double-fault, an issue that dogged him throughout the match along with a poor first-serve percentage.

Sometimes a weakness of his game, the Briton defended it superbly whenever Khachanov attacked off the return.

And on clay I never won against her, so it was a really good match. "That gave me a lot of confidence", Djokovic said in a courtside interview.

In the first set Murray's play was nearly as ideal as the weather. Murray was seeing Khachanov's serves and forehands with relative ease and the younger man had too little tactical variation to adjust to Murray's outstanding defence.

He finished five aces and a total of 29 winners.

It was Murray at his best as he scampered around the back of the court on break point at 3-2 in the first set, retrieving the seemingly irretrievable until Khachanov, ranked 53, pushed a forehand wide.

There was no let-up in the third set as Murray broke in the opening game.

Murray quickly broke again to seize control and looked comfortable throughout the third set in which he again broke twice.

Murray schooled 21-year-old rising Russian Karen Khachanov as the youngster played in Paris for the first time.

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