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ROLAND GARROS MEN'S SINGLES: Murray edges Klizan. Nishikori wins too

ROLAND GARROS MEN'S SINGLES: Murray edges Klizan. Nishikori wins too

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by Jovica Ilic

The top seed and last year's finalist Andy Murray passed a stern test from dangerous left-hander Martin Klizan, prevailing by 6-7 6-2 6-2 7-6 in 3 hours and 34 minutes. Andy was the better player on the court in the middle sets but Klizan gave his best in sets 1 and 4, missing a great chance to send the match into a deciding 5th set.

He led 5-2 in the 4th set but Andy did well to climb back on the scoreboard, breaking Martin at 15 in game 9, and he grabbed the tie break by 7-3 to close the match and avoid further struggle and entering 5th hour of play.

Andy didn't look well yet again, arriving in Paris not fully prepared, but he is in the last 32 and it will be interesting to see can he raise his level in the matches to come. The 8th seed Kei Nishikori advanced to the last 32 for the 4th time, beating Jeremy Chardy 6-3 6-0 7-6 in just under 2 hours. We saw some good hitting from the Japanese, who won 12 games in a row at one point, and he did well to avoid the 4th set, as Chardy started to play better in the second part of the third set, only to be denied in the tie break.

Nishikori had a great winners-unforced errors ratio and he controlled the points with his forehands and return of serve, breaking Chardy 7 times from 9 chances (he lost his serve 3 times). The match started with back-to-back breaks but they recovered after that to rattle off some easy holds, all up until game 8 when Kei broke again to take the opener by 6-3.

It was all about Nishikori in set number 2, he grabbed it by 6-0, completely overpowering the Frenchman who made too many mistakes (Kei won 14 out of 21 return points in that set). Kei seemed to be unstoppable, he broke Chardy twice at the start of the third set as well, increasing his streak to 12 games in a row, but Chardy bounced back, pulling the breaks back in games 4 and 8 to level the score at 4-4, playing aggressive tennis and making a lot of damage with his forehand.

Nevertheless, Nishikori made the crucial mini-break in the last point of the match with a backhand winner to win the breaker by 7-5 and notch a straight sets triumph. Second round results:

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