Andy Murray had no issues with his back today, winning two matches because of the rain on Thursday. Murray finished off Nicolas Mahut, who beat the Scot last year, 6-3, 7-6 then in the third round crushed Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 6-2.
‘I thought the first match it was pretty high standard of grass court tennis. [Mahut] volleyed extremely well today,” said Murray. “He made a lot of good pickups, and I just managed to come up with some good passing shots at the right time in the tie-break.
“But this afternoon, it was hard to judge. It was so windy out there. You couldn’t strike the ball that clean or really go for the lines. You just had to play high percentage tennis.”
Murray, who skipped the French Open to rest a back injury, has now won 14 of his last 15 matches on grass losing only to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final. Next for Murray is Benjamin Becker in the quarterfinals.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also needed double duty and the Frenchman did it the hard way winning two 3-set matches in wins over Roger-Vasselin and Sjisling. Tsonga meets American Denis Kudla tomorrow.
Also on Friday, former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt clashes with Juan Martin Del Potro and Tomas Berdych battles Marin Cilic.
In Halle, star attraction Roger Federer returns to face German lefty Mischa Zverev. Defending champion Tommy Haas, a winner today over Ernests Gulbis, play the hot-handed Gael Monfils.
“Another very tough one,” said Haas. “Monfils is playing extremely well again. He’s been injured for a while, but he’s been playing since the beginning of the year, so he’s on the way back to the top where he belongs.”
Richard Gasquet and Mikhail Youzhny are also alive as the one-handed backhanders continue to do well this summer.
FRIDAY HALLE SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 12:00 noon
 R Federer (SUI) vs [WC] M Zverev (GER)
 F Mayer (GER) vs  R Gasquet (FRA)
 T Haas (GER) vs G Monfils (FRA)
Not Before 5:30 PM
 P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs M Youzhny (RUS)
FRIDAY QUEEN’S SCHEDULE
CENTRE start 12:30 pm
 M Cilic (CRO) vs  T Berdych (CZE)
L Hewitt (AUS) vs  J del Potro (ARG)
 A Murray (GBR) vs B Becker (GER)
 J Tsonga (FRA) vs D Kudla (USA)
 B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [WC] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS)
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