ROLAND GARROS 2014
Murray Locked In Five-Set Thriller With Kohlschreiber
by ATP Staff|
Play was suspended due to darkness on Court Suzanne Lenglen after three hours and 27 minutes on Saturday. The match is set to resume second on Lenglen on Sunday.
Murray seemed to have the match in hand after dropping the opening set, winning the second and third and surging to a 4-2 lead in the fourth. But Kohlschreiber would not give in, imposing his game with a tenacious attacking display off his backhand wing, reeling off four straight games to steal the fourth set and force a decider.
A similar pattern ensued in the fifth set, with Murray racing to a 2-0 lead before his German counterpart broke back with a sublime drop volley and took the lead with a second break. The No. 7 seed would pull the set level again, however, and they would remain on serve until darkness enveloped Stade Roland Garros and play was halted.
Murray, who is 15-6 in five-setters, is bidding to reach the Round of 16 for the fifth time with his best result coming as a semi-finalist in 2011. He has never lost to a player seeded as low as No. 28 Kohlschreiber at a Grand Slam and is looking to extend his domination of German opponents, owning a 14-3 record entering the third-round contest.
Kohlschreiber also boasts an impressive five-set record, at 14-7, and is seeking to equal his best result in Paris by reaching the fourth round for a third time (2009, '13). Last week's champion at the Düsseldorf Open (d. Karlovic) is looking to extend his six-match winning streak.
The winner will face the victor of the third-round battle between French No. 1 Richard Gasquet and Fernando Verdasco, which was also stopped due to bad light. Verdasco leads 6-3, 6-2, 2-2, firing 31 winners and converting on six of eight break points garnered.
Gasquet, who recorded his 100th clay-court match win following a first round victory over Bernard Tomic, is one of three Frenchmen remaining in the draw. Verdasco, meanwhile, is looking to put five Spaniards in the fourth round at Roland Garros for the first time since 2003.
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