Andy Murray
Andy Murray was stretched to five sets by Radek Stepanek. Pictured: Andy Murray prepares to return the ball against Stepanek on May 24, 2016.Reuters

It is the initial stages of the French Open, where top seeds are expected to cruise through, and progress into the competition. Day 3 witnessed top stars like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray get past their opponents in the men's arena, while in the women's section, Serena Williams and Venus Williams also won their respective matches, with the biggest casualty of the day being the exit of the third seed, Angelique Kerber.

Murray could have been the first big name to bid adieu to the competition, but the second seed came from two sets down to progress into the second round of the competition. Murray defeated Radek Stepanek 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 in a rain-affected match, which was supposed to end on Day 2, but only concluded on Day 3.

"It's unbelievable what he's (Stepanek) been doing. I don't expect to be doing that at his age. I did need all my fighting spirit out there, both today and last night. I know, playing a fifth set, anything could happen," French Open's official website quoted Murray as saying.

However, this a perfect wake-up call for the Scot, who is one of the favourites for the French Open title.

Top seed Novak Djokovic did not have any problems in getting past his Taiwanese opponent, as he defeated world number 95 Lu Yen-Hsun 6-4, 6-1, 6-1. Clay-king Rafael Nadal also looked in sublime form as he demolished his Australian opponent Sam Groth 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.

Other men's signles players like Bernard Tomic and Borna Coric also reached the second round of the competition.

Serena and Venus had contrasting wins, with the defending champion registering a victory over Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-0. However Venus had a much tougher outing as she was made to sweat by Estonia's Anett Kontaveit, with the seven-time Grand Slam winner eventually prevailing 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4). 

The biggest upset came in the form of Kerber, who was defeated by Kiki Bertens 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Kerber was one of the favourites to clinch the French Open women's singles. Victoria Azarenka also retired from her match against Karin Knapp due to a knee injury. 

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