By Niall Clarke
- Kyle Edmund defeats Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6(4) (7)6-7 7-5 6-1
- Andy Murray vs Radek Stepanek delayed at 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 4-2
PARIS, FRANCE- Kyle Edmund is through to the second round of the French open whilst Andy Murray must wait until Tuesday to find out his fate.
The British number three battled to a 7-6(4) (7)6-7 7-5 6-1 victory against Nikoloz Basilashvili to reach the second round at Roland Garros for the first time.
Murray on the other hand was called off court due to be light at 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 4-2 against Radek Stepanek and will resume his first round match on Tuesday.
There was some doubts about Edmund’s condition heading into the tournament after the Brit has retired in the third set of his match against Alexander Zverev in Nice.
However the Brit came out fit and firing on his best surface to book a round two match against either John Isner or John Millman who were called off court at one set all.
The 21 year old battled hard with his Georgian opponent as the pair exchanged the opening two tiebreaks. Edmund however managed to find a crucial break of serve in the third set to give himself the advantage.
With momentum now behind the Brit, Edmund went on to win the first five games of the fourth set before serving it out 6-1 to book his second round place.
The Brit fired down 16 aces en route to an impressive victory in the French capital and will go into his next match with some extra rest over his opponent.
Murray delayed against Stepanek
Murray on the other hand will resume his match on Tuesday after bad lighting forced his match to be postponed in the fourth set.
The Brit found himself in an uncompromising position against Stepanek as the Czech came out in inspired form. The 37 year old has given Murray plenty of problems in the past and today was no different.
Stepanek shocked everyone by going two sets up on the world number two, and suddenly Murray was on the ropes. A pumped up Scot raised his game in the third set as the qualifier began to fade and claimed the set 6-0.
Murray went a break up early in the fourth before the pair were forced off court at 4-2 due to the fading light in the French capital.
The break may come as a relief to Stepanek who was struggling with the shift in momentum in Murray’s favour. The Czech can now rest and re-group before taking back to the court tomorrow.
The Brit will be expected to complete his comeback, but there will still be plenty of nervous fans out there.
Whether Murray can avoid the upset remains to be seen, but one man who did live dangerously was Stan Wawrinka. The defending champion was two sets to one down against Lukas Rosol but rallied back to win 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a little over three hours.
There were also victories for Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon.
The French Open continues of Tuesday May 24th.
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