Murray Dismisses Kyrgios as Nadal, Djokovic Advance

French Open seeds, Novak Djokovic’s, Andy Murray’s and Rafael Nadal’s journey in Paris hit full swing on Day 7 as youngster Jack Sock maintained his impressive run in the clay season with a place in the round of 16.

British No. 1 Andy Murray accounted for rising star Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 to book a place in the fourth round on Saturday.

The third seed brought his experience and craftiness to bear against Kyrgios, who was struggling with a right forearm injury.

“I have watched a lot of his matches, so obviously I know what his personality is like,” Murray is quoted on ATP as saying of Kyrgios. “He does have a game style and a personality on the court that lends itself to playing big matches on big courts. Sometimes you don’t feel like you’re able to control what’s happening out there because he’s hitting huge shots and sometimes playing shots that no one else tries. So you’re not expecting it, either.”

Both players traded service breaks early into the opening set before Murray broke free in the seventh game, which also witnessed the shot of the week when the Australian’s ‘tweeter’ lob got the better of the Scot.

Kyrgios struggled to make proper use of his weak arm as the second set wore on and even had to take a medical time-out after seven games. He aimed at mounting a fightback in the third set and even led by a break at some point but Murray immediately broke back to reclaim dominance.

Novak Djokovic a pumps Fist after Defeating Kokkinakis. Image: Getty.
Novak Djokovic a pumps Fist after Defeating Kokkinakis. Image: Getty.

Kyrgios produced some resilient play in the ninth game in a bid to stay in contention and even saved a first match point with a fierce forehand before following it up with a serve and volley play.

Murray however put paid to the day’s business on a second asking.

“I think he’s one of the best defenders of the game at the moment,” Kyrgios said of Murray. “I wasn’t near one hundred per cent. Not to take anything from him; he played unbelievable. I don’t think he served well, but he made a lot of returns and he just does what he does best, that’s make a lot of balls and mix up the game. He was too good.”

The 28-year-old has now won his 13th straight match on Tour level and will face Frenchman Jeremy Chady, who knocked out No. 17 seed David Goffin 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Murray leads Chardy 6-1 in their career head-to-head-meeting.

Top seed Djokovic outlasted 19-year-old Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the fourth round and extend his winning run to 25 matches.

The Serb hit 34 winners to just 12 unforced errors; better than the Australian’s 27 to 28 winners to unforced errors differentials. It was the pair’s first meeting ever.

Next up for Djokovic is Richard Gasquet, who beat No. 15 seed Kevin Anderson 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-5, 6-4.

Rafael Nadal maintained his search for a tenth title at Roland Garros with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 Andrey Kuznetsov.

Nadal will face Sock, who dominated Croatian 18-year-old Borna Coric 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. It will be a first meeting between the pair.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Singles – Third Round

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Thanasi Kokkinakis 64 64 64(AUS)
[3] Andy Murray (GBR) d. [29] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 64 62 63
[6] Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) 61 63 62
[7] David Ferrer (ESP) d. Simone Bolelli (ITA) 63 16 57 60 61
[9] Marin Cilic (CRO) d. [23] Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 63 62 64
[20] Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. [15] Kevin Anderson (RSA) 46 76(4) 75 64
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) d. [17] David Goffin (BEL) 63 64 62
Jack Sock (USA) d. Borna Coric (CRO) 62 61 64