Andy Murray survived another five-set affair, this time against Mathias Bourgue, defeating the Frenchman 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, to reach the third round of the French Open on Wednesday. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Nick Kyrgios also progressed in the second Grand Slam of the year. In the women's competition, Lucie Safarova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep played some good tennis to reach the next round of at Roland Garros.
Murray, who struggled against Radek Stepanek in the first round, was pressurised by his opponent Bourgue, who nearly stunned the second seed. But the Scot, despite going a set down, came back to clinch the match.
Wawrinka was also not at his menacing best, as he had to fight it out against Taro Daniel to move ahead, winning the match 7-6 (9-7), 6-3, 6-4.
However, Nishikori was in cruise control, as he sailed past Andrey Kuznetsov in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Australian Krygios blazed his way into the third round as well, defeating Igor Sijsling.
Halep stuttered a little in the first set against Zarina Dyas, but got the better of her opponent, score reading 7-6, 6-2. Other players like Safarova and Radwanska were on top of their game, winning their respective second round matches in two sets, against Viktorija Golubic and Caroline Garcia respectively.
It was a good day for India players in the French Open doubles competition as well. Top seeds in the women's doubles, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis, defeated Daria Kasatkina and Alexandra Panova 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in the first round.
In the men's doubles, India's Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea looked at ease, as they reached the second round by defeating the pairing of Stephane Robert and Alexandre Sidorenko 6-2 6-2. India's old warhorse, Leander Paes, and his partner Marcin Matkowski had to prove their mettle, as they were tested by Aliaksandr Bury and Denis Istomin, with the Indo-Polish pair eventually prevailing 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6).