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Cornet, Garcia advance in boost for home fans at French Open

Andy Murray believes he and Juan Martín del Potro left an equal number of psychological bruises on each other in two epic five-set matches a year ago but he discounts the notion he is not playing well enough to beat the Argentinian in the third round of the French Open on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Russian beat John Isner in four sets to set up a fourth-round tie with the world No. 1 - a match he is keenly looking forward to.

Elsewhere, fellow Brit, Kyle Edmund's run came to an end with a defeat by Kevin Anderson in five sets.

Seeded losers in the women's third round: No. 9 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 14 Elena Vesnina, No. 26 Daria Kasatkina.

Play has been suspended for the day at the French Open because of rain.

For full results, visit Tennis.com.

World number one Murray triumphed 7-6 (10/8), 7-5, 6-0 for his 7th win in 10 meetings with Del Potro whose challenge fizzled out after squandering 4 set points in the 87-minute opener.

He added: "He has not played amazingly, the first two matches, but he is winning".

His expectations on arriving in Paris were rather different to normal after a poor run of form on the clay, but Murray looked much more like his usual self in a straight-sets win over Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday.

The unseeded Cornet was a surprisingly easy victor against No. 9 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, 6-2, 6-1, while No. 28 Garcia edged Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan 6-4, 4-6, 9-7. Maybe I didn't start the best, but I made some changes in the match tactically.

Murray leads their overall rivalry by six wins to three but in their most recent contests previous year, it is honours even with one win apiece: Murray won the Olympic gold medal match in Rio and Del Potro won in the Davis Cup semi-final in September.

The opening set took 84 minutes, but Murray's game then lifted significantly after he failed to dominate the early part of the match.

Alize Cornet and Caroline Garcia won their matches on Saturday to put three French women into the fourth round of the French Open for the first time since 1994.

In the undulating tiebreak the world number one led 4-6, misdirected a forehand at the net, and then gratefully received a double fault at 6-7.

Andy Murray celebrates victory after his men's singles third round match against Juan Martin Del Potro during day seven of the French Open at Roland Garros.

Andy Murray did enough to keep his nose in front throughout, while the giant Argentine was unable to reprise the heroics that saw the pair produce such magic in last year's Rio Olympics gold medal match.

Big-hitting Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro stands in the way of Murray and a place in the second week.

Wawrinka will face the victor between Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet, whose duel on the Philippe-Chatrier Court was influenced by the rain when Monfils led 6-5 in the first set.



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