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At French Open, del Potro gets lost off court, wins on it

10 June 2017, 05:05 | Stacy Ballard

At French Open, del Potro gets lost off court, wins on it

Del Potro wins 1st match at French Open since 2012

Almagro and del Potro were tied with one set apiece during the second round of the grand slam tournament on Thursday.

In a moving display of sportsmanship, the towering Argentine leaped the net to go to the distressed Almagro's aid after he collapsed to the court in clear agony midway through their finely-balanced match. "It's not easy for me when you have a friend on the other side of the court showing an injury or crying".

The victory set up a clash with former US Open champion Del Potro, who is still working his way back up the rankings after wrist problems that nearly ended his career.

The match was suspended on Monday because of darkness after the players split the first two sets and the ninth-seeded Zverev was eventually beaten 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

He was however hopeful of being fit for his much anticipated third-round duel with world No. 1 Andy Murray.

PARIS (AP) - Back at the French Open for the first time since 2012, Juan Martin del Potro encountered a bit of trouble navigating the grounds, getting lost a few times as he walked around Roland Garros.

World number 50 Klizan has already hit the headlines here by being accused of faking an injury in his opener against French wildcard Laurent Lokoli.

He arrived in Paris having been forced to retire with a knee injury against Rafael Nadal in Rome.

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Del Potro might have struggled to finish his match had his Almagro not retired, with the 29th seed, who came into the tournament nursing shoulder and back injuries, needing treatment for a groin problem.

Third seed Stan Wawrinka, the 2015 champion, reached the French Open last 32 for the 10th time with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine. "I don't know anyone who likes to play that kind of player".

Halep, the 2014 runner-up, faces German world number 102 Tatjana Maria who is bidding to make the third round for the first time.

Wimbledon runner-up Berdych was rolled 7-5 6-4 6-4 by lanky Russian Karen Khachanov, who now faces John Isner after the United States 21st seed progressed 6-3 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-2) with 21 aces against Italian Paolo Lorenzi. "And also, I hit a lot of balls out there today, more than the first-round match".

"Sometimes I think also for my team it's hard to know exactly how I'm feeling or what it is that I need when I'm on the court".

"There was a stage when I really felt the match turn in my favour and helped me get on top", said Edmund.

"I obviously didn't want the fifth but at the end there were some entertaining points", Murray said. I can imagine how you feel.



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