Murray tops Giraldo in 3rd round of French Open
Andy Murray’s back felt much better and it showed.
Unburdened by the soreness that plagued him in his second-round
victory at the French Open, Murray returned Saturday and defeated
Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 to move to the round of 16.
”When you’re playing in Slams, I just think each day you need
to take it as it comes,” Murray said. ”And I felt much better
than I did the other day.”
Murray winced his way through his victory over Jarkko Nieminen
on Thursday, and at the end, he conceded he was probably a few
points away from stopping.
He needed visits from the trainer and took some harsh criticism
from former Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade. The European TV
commentator said she had more sympathy for Nieminen than for Murray
on that day because, ”you cannot play against someone who is being
a drama queen.”
Murray dismissed Wade’s comments, saying he would never start
”play-acting” to play up an injury. And after the stories had a
day or two to percolate back home, Murray said it was still much
ado about nothing.
”Often when I do give my honest opinion on things, it becomes a
huge story. So I try my best,” he said. ”But when it’s something
I’m quite passionate about, then I’m going to give my honest
opinion on something, and I didn’t think it was fair.”
Trying to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for
the sixth straight time, Murray will play Richard Gasquet in the
fourth round – their first meeting at Roland Garros since Murray
came back from two sets down to win. They also met last month in
Rome, where Gasquet won a three-setter.
”When he plays well, he’s a very very tough guy to beat,”