Fourth seeded Andy Murray will be in third round action against Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo in the French Open on Saturday.
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World number four Murray does not enjoy playing on clay too much and his second round win over Jarkko Nieminen was ample proof of that.
While Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been clinical in their victories over unheralded opponents, Murray needed a tough four-setter against Nieminen to go through to the third round. He won 1-6 6-4 6-1 6-2.
Earlier Murray had beaten Tatsuma Ito 6-1, 7-5, 6-0 in the first round.
Murray will not only battle his Colombian opponent Giraldo in the third round, he will also need to overcome his back spasms in this match. He took court in the Nieminen match after going against the medical advice and came through, but the problem still persists and therein lies an opening for the world number 50.
Giraldo opened with a four set win over Alejandro Falla 5-7 6-2 6-4 7-6(4) before crushing Australian sensation Bernard Tomic in straight sets.
The two had earlier played against each other once before this one. The match happened this year at ATP Barcelona with Murray running away to a 6-1, 6-2 win over his Colombian opponent. This will be Giraldo’s golden chance to level the scores.
The Murray v Giraldo match will be the second match on the Court 1 on Saturday with the first to begin at 11 am.
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