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Andy Murray enjoys few experiences more than proving people wrong and so the most Authentic Greg Zuerlein Womens Jersey stubborn man in tennis goes into the second week of the French Open for the eighth time in 10 visits with a ringing endorsement from the rival he beat to get there, Juan Martín del Potro.in just under three hours on a mild and pleasant afternoon on Court Philippe Chatrier, not long before the rain arrived.Del Potro, making his first appearance here in five years after the most wretched time with injury, said of their 10th encounter, and only the second to finish in straight sets: “It was another good battle. The first two sets [took] two hours and a half, really long sets.“Andy, he’s very smart on court. He has all the shots, but also is great mentally. That’s why he’s No1 in the world and I know how important this tournament is for him. I wish him all the best and, hopefully, he can go far.”Andy Murray battles past Martin Klizan and more: French Open 2017 – as it happened The world No1 Andy Murray reached the third round at Roland Garros with a hard-fought 6-7, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 victory over Martin Klizan A few players on the Tour would not bother with such compliments. But Del Potro is a man apart, encouraging genuine warmth in the crowd as he fought with tigerish intent to bring the best out of Murray. Del Potro should have won the first set but a blistering forehand in the tie-break was out by so tiny a margin that the chair umpire conferred with the line judge before awarding the point and set Authentic Mark Barron Youth Jersey to Murray.The second frame was just as intense but Murray gradually got the upper hand over Del Potro, who had to take painkillers for a groin strain he picked up in his match against Nicolás Almagro two days before. He did not use that as an excuse and said he played pain free, but it was clear he was not moving as well as he might have wished.Partly that was down to what he identified as Murray’s court intelligence. There were so many artful exchanges between these two wonderful players that it was difficult to pick when the winning shot would arrive. Murray concentrated on keeping as many balls away from his opponent’s lethal forehand as he could, then, having peppered him on the other flank, used the open court to tease him with drop shots.AdvertisementDel Potro was hardly surprised by the strategy and, when not slicing backhand returns to keep the point going, ran around those shots to unleash his forehand. He struck 16 Niklas Kronwall Womens Jersey came and went in 28 minutes. Fighting to the end, however, he made Murray save three break points before completing the bagel.Murray was in understandably good spirits – although little has unsettled his mood for some time, win or lose. The self-absorption of his youth is long gone, even if there is the odd on-court explosion still. He said after a couple of such outbursts in his second match, against Martin Klizan on Thursday, that he sometimes struggles to contain those emotions.Perhaps it is no bad thing, though. If he were to go totally against his true nature he might create confusion that would further undermine the state of his game head. He had it on here, with just a fleeting curse or admonishment for his box, where Ivan Lendl sat in his customary state of expressionless concentration.By the standards of a year ago, when he launched the most extraordinary assault on Novak Djokovic’s No 1 world ranking around this time, he has under-performed. He arrived here having lost early in tournaments to excellent but lower-rated opponents in Dominic Thiem (Barcelona), Albert Ramos Viñolas (Monte Carlo), Borna Coric (Madrid) and the dangerous and unpredictable Fabio Fognini (Rome).Del Potro looks dejected at the net after Petr Mrazek Womens Jersey the point that cost him the first set.Facebook Twitter Pinterest Del Potro looks dejected at the net after the point that cost him the first set. Photograph: Christophe Ena/APBut Murray’s clay game is improving by the match. He agreed that this might have been his best 2017 showing. “I played some good matches beginning of the year,” he said, “but definitely, in the clay court season, those second and third sets were the best I have played, for sure.”He might have paid scant attention to the pessimists, but his mood is lifted. He is ready to raise his level another notch, as all the really good players do when it matters. He expects to get better, because he has done it so many times before.Last year here, he reached the final after coming close to losing in his first two matches, each of which went to five sets. This time, he took four sets to overcome Andrey Kuznetsov and Klizan before hitting an ominous beat against Del Potro.“To be playing him this early on in the slam is not easy, but it can be a very positive thing,” Murray said. “You play someone that good, maybe you’re a little bit more switched on. Your focus is maybe a little bit higher.”There was one moment of minor irritation when he was asked why he was “shushing himself”.He arched his eyebrows and replied, “I don’t know why I was doing it. Why does it matter? What’s the big deal? I don’t get it. If I say something and you guys ask me what I was saying, if I say nothing, you ask me why I don’t say anything. What do you want me to do? What do you want me to say? It’s irrelevant. What’s relevant is what happens during the points.”