Murray tames Kyrgios to reach last 16

Sat May 30, 2015 11:00am EDT
 
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By Martyn Herman

PARIS (Reuters) - Andy Murray tamed Australian wildchild Nick Kyrgios to reach the last 16 of the French Open on Saturday, winning an entertaining tussle 6-4 6-2 6-3 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Murray, the third seed, was ultimately too solid for the 20-year-old Kyrgios who played some scintillating shots but fired too many errors to really trouble the Scot.

Kyrgios, the 29th seed, said later he had been troubled by an elbow injury that prevented him serving at full power.

"I don't know what the problem is, but you guys can see for yourselves on the stats I'm not serving anywhere near the pace I usually serve. It's heartbreaking, really," Kyrgios, whose language was as colorful as his pink and blue kit, said.

Aged 28, two-times grand slam champion Murray can probably relate to the emotional rollercoaster that faces the new generation, but these days his level rarely dips.

He was initially troubled by the pace and unpredictability of Kyrgios's groundstrokes though, and the opening games were littered with errors from both players.

Kyrgios served two double faults to drop serve at 1-1 but was then gifted a break of his own when Murray also served a double, berating himself loudly for his carelessness.

Murray saved a break point at 2-3 with a forehand winner and the expected fireworks fizzed briefly in the following game with Kyrgios producing a miraculous between-the-legs lob, only to drop serve again with a rash forehand.   Continued...

 
Andy Murray of Britain reacts during the men's singles match against Nick Kyrgios of Australia at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, May 30, 2015.      REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes