Murray Muddles Through Again in 5 At French Open! Djokovic, Nadal On Thursday
by Staff | May 25th, 2016, 5:09 pm
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No. 2 seed Andy Murray can’t get enough of five-set matches at this year’s French Open.


On Wednesday the Brit looked alternatively flat, angry, pensive, annoyed and frustrated at times, but fought through during a 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over unheralded Frenchman Mathias Bourgue, Murray’s second five-set match in two rounds at Roland Garros.

“You can’t play too many matches like this if you want to go far in this tournament,” said Murray, who may have already done himself in after more than seven hours on court in two matches. “I lost my way on the court today for quite a while. I was losing a lot of games at love. I couldn’t see where his shots were going. It was a big struggle. I did come up with some lucky shots today. I was a bit lucky also.”

The luck included Murray hitting fewer winners and making more unforced errors than Bourgue, the 22-year-old appearing in only his second Grand Slam match, and contesting his first five-setter.

Murray will next face an entirely different opponent in “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic, the No. 27 seed who Wednesday beat Aussie Jordan Thompson 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-7(4), 12-10.

While Murray was putting in his hard yards, the remainder of the Top 10 seeds in play, No. 3 Stan Wawrinka, No. 5 Kei Nishikori, No. 8 Milos Raonic, and No. 9 Richard Gasquet, all punched the clock with straight-set wins.

Wawrinka beat Japan’s Taro Daniel 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-4, Nishikori topped Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, Raonic served off France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 7-6(0), 6-1, and Gasquet dismissed former French juniors champ Bjorn Fratangelo of the U.S. 6-1, 7-6(3), 6-3.

Nishikori lines up a mouth-watering meeting with unseeded Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, who beat Ivan Dodig 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.

The defending champ Wawrinka will next face No. 30 seed Jeremy Chardy.

“I’m happy to get through in three sets,” Wawrinka said. “Chardy is a dangerous player. He’s playing really fast and heavy, big serve and always trying to use his forehand. He loves to play here, so I will have to play better.”

French seeds did not fare that well as on the upset tip Wednesday were Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili upending No. 19 Benoit Paire in four, and Slovak Andrej Martin surprising No. 29 Lucas Pouille in straights.

Other seeded winners were No. 15 John Isner, No. 16 Gilles Simon who edged Guido Pella from two sets down, No. 17 Nick Kyrgios, No. 22 Viktor Troicki, and No. 23 Jack Sock.

In the third round the seeds will start to meet as Gasquet will face Kyrgios.

“He’s the best newcomer coming now, so it will be an incredible match for me,” Gasquet said. “We know each other very well. We have played many times against each other. I know his game, he knows mine.”

Thursday’s highlights and matches of interest at Roland Garros include (4) Rafael Nadal vs. Facundo Bagnis, (6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Marcos Baghdatis, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Steve Darcis, (11) David Ferrer v. Juan Monaco in a grinder, (13) Dominic Thiem vs. Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, and (20) Bernard “The Tank Engine” Tomic vs. Borna “To Run” Coric.

THURSDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Philippe-Chatrier Court 11:00 AM Start
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)[8]
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[4] vs. Facundo Bagnis (ARG)
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[6]
Timea Babos (HUN) vs. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)[26]

Suzanne-Lenglen Court 11:00 AM Start
Malek Jaziri (TUN) vs. Tomas Berdych (CZE)[7]
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Steve Darcis (BEL)
Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Teliana Pereira (BRA)
Venus Williams (USA)[9] vs. Louisa Chirico (USA)


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57 Comments for Murray Muddles Through Again in 5 At French Open! Djokovic, Nadal On Thursday

nits Says:

I had placed Murray as my second favorite for French Open. Now i have doubts. I understood getting a fight from veteran “Stepenek” but a 5 set duel with unheralded Frenchman Mathias Bourgue. He is very lucky not to have drawn Nadal for semifinal. But getting into a semifinal is looking as a big task for him. I hope i am wrong.


nits Says:

Next round is the Giant Karlov. He won’t give him many easy serves.
So Next round is very crucial for Murray. If he continues with his on court melt downs Karlov will get him.


J-Kath Says:

Nits

H2H Ivo 0 v Andy 6


Michael Says:

Bourgue was really a revelation with the kind of awesome power he generated complemented with disguised drop shots.

Drop shots are one of the most difficult shots to execute in Tennis where you need to have great control and balance from the back of the court. If a Player has mastered it, then he should be a good player with a potential and I think Bourgue has all the ingredients to grace the league of Top 25.


FedExpress Says:

Gulbis BH >>> NOLES AND MURRAYS BH


jalep Says:

Astonishing result. Woke up to see that EG had another match. 😯


J-Kath Says:

Congrats to All Rafa Fans via OKIE.


Daniel Says:

Djoko finally breaks to close long first set, Darcis shouldn’t be bothering him this much. Djoko body language not good, he isn’t happy with his performance so far

And Nadal after getting broken serving for the match broke to close. Even so, played a clean match with few errors.

Thiem 2 sets up, seems they are heading to a R16 play. Curious to see Zevrev later.


Daniel Says:

Let’s see if Djoko keeps the lead this time. 3-0
Second set


Daniel Says:

Darcis with two flawless drop shots. One Djoko got pissed and spank the net with his racquet. Bettervent friustration now than later.


Dave Says:

If we went by form so far, Nadal would be winning the French Open, hands down. Djokovic is not making any kind of statements so far. He is playing terrible against a Darcis. Your right, his body language is not good. If he doesn’t get out of these mood swings he has been in for the last month or so, it’s all over for him. No French Open again. Nadal is the one making a statement so far. Bigtime, not Djokovic.


Dave Says:

Until I see something different from Djokovic, Nadal is the favorite to win the French Open and not Djokovic.


jalep Says:

Tried to watch Nole v Darcis and can’t – that first set was excruciating. Maybe he’s okay now? Score looks like maybe he is.

Sascha is the first one I’ve seen that looks good in Zebra — on the men’s side. Simona and Ana of course look great in it.


Dave Says:

How many set points does he need?


Anto Says:

@Dave, no matter the form, when djokovic faces nadal he just plays so good. Like nadal plays when playing federer.


Daniel Says:

Horrible game by Djoko to be broken to love. 2-2 third set


Vami Says:

Darcis is playing well, Novak has to earn his win.


Daniel Says:

Djoko gets better the deepr he goes in tournaments. Once he sees a top player across he will regroup.

Tourney really start after R16


J-Kath Says:

Well, Nole did it. That’s all that’s required…beat the guy on the other side. Congrats to Wogboy, Jane and many others.

About time they removed that prone figure of Andy from here…past it’s sale by date.


Vami Says:

I don’t get a lot of comments here. Novak played to win, not to make a statement. This was only the 2nd round, not the final. He looked very good. When he needed to break he did it against a solid opponent.


Dave Says:

I know what you are saying about Nole playing better later in the tournament. I just thought he would breeze through the opening few rounds and make a bit of a statement. But that isn’t happening so far. He had a hard time stringing 2 good points in a row together today. 42 unforced errors. I will give Darcis credit for his very good defense today. He made Nole hit a lot of extra balls to finish the points off. Bedene just played a fairly long 5 set match. I expect Djokovic to up his level in the 3rd round and make it a physical match as well. I also expect Goffin or Gulbis to go through to the QF to face Nadal. They look the best in that section so far.


RZ Says:

I’m confused. I just woke up and see that Andy is not locked in a battle. What is going on? :-)


Dave Says:

RZ,

He actually got a rest day, believe it or not.


RZ Says:

@Dave – hopefully he is taking the lead of the racket bracket logo pic and spending some time in the ice bath.


Dave Says:

He needs a few ice baths to chill him out a bit. Where has Pauly been? Nadal is playing great so far. He doesn’t usually start off so well. I have a question to ask as well. What is the difference between Suzanne Lenglen court and Philippe Chatrier court? And do all the top players have to play at least one match on Suzanne Lenglen court? Djokovic played on it today.


Anto Says:

@Dave. I dont know the difference between those courts. But i know all top players have to play at least one match there.


Dave Says:

Anto,

Thank you very much for the info. I appreciate it.


Margot Says:

@RZ
Don’t worry RZ Andy is bound to be locked in a battle with his inner daemons….;)


Giles Says:

I think SL is a bit faster than PC.


Anto Says:

@Dave u are welcome


mat4 Says:

@Dave:

The Lenglen has been built over an old parking, so the clay layer is thinner, and the court much faster. It’s also smaller, so you can’t defend the way you could on the Chatrier.

Let’s add that the courts seem badly prepared, and both players had difficulties sliding on it.


Daniel Says:

Zverev x Thiem it is with the winner facing Nadal R16. Can;t see Granollers bothering Nadal much, so he is only test will be the winner of Thiem x Zverev. Tsonga 2 sets down but close third. Don’t know if he will reach Quarters now. Gulbis is the only one with fire power to maybe trouble Nadal, but would he reach that far?

Coric x Batista Agut, hope he wins and play Djoko R16. Would be nice this young ones reaching R16, getting more Slam experience.


jalep Says:

Goffin match was incredible!! hehehe love that guy.


jalep Says:

Daria Kasatkina, too. wow.


Daniel Says:

Also Nadal reached 200 Slams wins today.

Djoko has 216 and depending on how his season go he can end the year second only to Fed (302) if he has 17 more wins. Connors currently holds that mark at 233. Nadal most likely will end his career at #3, 33 more matches for him to do so.


Daniel Says:

Now that they all played on Lenglen, Djoko, MUrray and Nadal are only playing on Chatrier now. Unless a french players reached deep.


Giles Says:

Lol Daniel. Your only worry is who will trouble Nadal. How about joker? With his cake walk draw you are not likely to have the same worry.


jalep Says:

It’d be very funny if Gulbis can come out of nowhere this season and make FO QF. Tsonga appears on the vulnerable side today.


RZ Says:

@jalep – that would be cool. Gulbis is always fun. Maybe his buddy Thiem’s success can motivate him. They used to share a coach but I read that Gulbis left because he was feeling like he was the secondary player (which makes sense considering the year that Thiem has had so far)


RZ Says:

Big upset in ladies doubles. Last year’s champs BMS-Safarova lost in round 1. Hopefully this won’t keep BMS off the Olympic team.


RZ Says:

And now I see that Mahut has retired. Hopefully this won’t affect his doubles!


J-Kath Says:

Margot & RZ

I have it on good authorityy that Andy’s rather busy right now extending his arms and leaping to touch the ceiling….it’s called “Keeping in touch with Ivo.”


RZ Says:

@J-Kath – as long as that works for a quick win for him tomorrow…


SG1 Says:

Raonic flying under the radar right now. Very sharp in his first two matches.


SG1 Says:

If for whatever reason, Novak stumbles and Raonic makes it to the 2nd week, he has as good a chance as anyone.


anki Says:

Horrendous from Novak, his ground game was completely off, way too many errors. Darcis played really well, those slices and drop shots dragged Novak out of his comfort zone. Excellent strategy. Rafa on the other hand was very solid it seems going by the scoreline. Unless Novak gets his game together and stops being so moody on court, don’t see him beating an in form Rafa. Hope Novak is better in the next match, Bedene has got a very good serve.


Daniel Says:

Agree Giles, Djoko’s draw is peace of cake until semis.

Murray also looked easy until QF but he made it look harder.

Nadal was hard on paper but foggy out and now woth Tsonga strecthed by Baggy, who is not the same player, shows his draw is easy as well, apart from Thiem (which is a big if also).


Van Persie Says:

The winner from Thiem-Zverev match will be very tired. I expect a big battle there.
Am not concerned for Novak. He will rise his level beginning with next week. He does not need to make statements in the first rounds anymore. Agree with Vami.


Baa Says:

Did you read Pat McEnroe’s cry of agonizing self-pity because Fed
ended a useless slam playing streak?
If Pat beds himself, that would be the ultimate winning ecstacy for himself.
Poor dude can’t show off his Fed craving on espn and
cheat for Roddick at Davis Cup anymore, so he has to lie
and moan somewhere else.
Just like his idol Fed, Pat the depraved sick sadist has whined for 10 years about how much he detested murray and mocked Djoker’s health problems.
Sad, greedy, evil, scamming irrelevant liar PMc.
No wonder the Fed loons love him!


J-Kath Says:

RZ: Keeping in touch with Andy is my motto for tomorrow. One more step of faith? He’d better deserve it. (Never mind Andy, sleep well).


BBB Says:

I find PMac to be vacuous.


J-Kath Says:

Baa
The answer is we don’t read Pat MacEnroe…but thanks for giving us reasons NOT to start. PS:(Used to love his brother). LOL


Tennis Vagabond Says:

How awesome to see Coric, Thiem, and Zverev in the third round! Plus Gulbis!


RZ Says:

In the Racket Bracket standings, Margot’s friend Aileen is still in first place with quite a big lead. Jalep is in second place and shockingly I’m right behind her in 3rd.


Dave Says:

So if Suzanne Lenglen court is way faster, wouldn’t that give Karlovic a much better chance against Murray? The schedule says that is the court they are playing on.


J-Kath Says:

Let’s hope the Tennis players don’t have to travel too far to get to the Courts – the French fuel strikes are spreading.

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