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CLOUD PLEASER; TENNIS: FRENCH OPEN, DAY 5: Murray beats rain and dogged Chela.

Byline: Ted Tracey

ANDY MURRAY had to beat the jitters and the weather to finally reach the French Open third round last night.

It took three-and-a-half hours spread over two days and four sessions to seal a 6-2 6-7 6-3 6-2 success over Juan Ignacio Chela.

The frustrated Scot had been kept waiting most of Wednesday as rain delayed his match for hours while yesterday he was on and off court three times.

Resuming with a 6-2 3-3 overnight lead, Murray admitted he was a bag of nerves before eventually finishing the job.

The world No.4, who now faces Marcos Baghdatis today, said: "When you've been hanging around a lot it's natural you feel lethargic.

"I started to feel better as the match went on, I just felt nervous and tense at the start. Physically I'm good.

"When we were going on and going off it was tough to get into a rhythm but when we stayed out there for 30 minutes or so I started to relax."

On his return to Roland Garros yesterday Murray spent most of the day in the locker-room as the rain poured down. At last, just after 5pm, the match was back on court but only for six minutes and nine points.

Just over an hour later the weather finally relented - at least for a while.

For 43 minutes Murray and Chela got to work and it became a battle of the baseline - whoever could command the line won the point. Unfortunately for Murray, Chela kept pinning him further back.

The Scot exploded in anger as he dropped the second set and howled "Rubbish!" before stomping to his seat. When the rain came back again it was doing Murray a favour - he had the chance to talk to clear his head and formulate a new plan.

Three games after the final restart he set off on a surge of six consecutive games to take the third set and establish a lead in the fourth.

Every point was hard work but slowly Murray wore down his Argentine opponent to grind out victory. But he has little time to recover before today's clash against Baghdatis, who beat Marcel Granollers 4-6 6-1 7-5 6-2 in another clash blighted by rain delays.

The Cypriot said: "Andy is a great player and a real fighter. He can last so I'm looking forward to playing a great match with him."

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Date:May 28, 2010
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