2 Jun 2014

Murray battles through in Paris after two-day marathon

4:27 pm on 2 June 2014

The Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray won a five-set marathon spread over two days against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the last 16 of the French Open.

The seventh seed from Britain won 3-6 6-3 6-3 4-6 12-10 after 40 minutes' play.

The thrilling tennis of late Sunday continued with no sign of the leg problems which had Murray grimacing in the Paris gloom.

The pair resumed at two sets all and 7-7 and Murray had a match point at 9-8.

Kohlschreiber saved it with a brave overhead after a great rally but Murray made no mistake on his second, scything a backhand return past his opponent.

Kohlschreiber had shown tremendous composure as he served to stay in the match six times but finally succumbed at the seventh time of asking, although he did have a break point of his own during the tense finale.

Murray plays 24th seed Fernando Verdasco next, after the Spaniard beat 12th seed Richard Gasquet of France in another resumed match.