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Murray rides storm to book place in French last eight.

comfortable win for Murray.

'Come on'.

TENNIS ANDY Murray rode the storm literally and emotionally to defeat John Isner and reach his sixth French Open quarter-final.

go in on that rain delay ahead was very important."

The match began under leaden skies and it was Isner who coped better with the slow conditions to start with.

The rain began to bucket down during the fourth game of the second set and play was stopped for just short of an hour with Isner at deuce.

The victory means the world number two has reached at least the last eight at 20 of his last 21 grand slams while six appearances in the quarter-finals is the most ever by a British man.

The challenge of trying to break the giant American's serve caused Murray no end of turmoil but he kept his focus and ground out a 7-6 (11/9) 6-4 6-3 victory.

The American, known for his serve and booming forehand rather than any finesse from the back of the court, twice forced break points in the early stages but Murray held firm.

Murray was determined to avoid another tie-break, where one mistake could cost him a set, and he was at his raging best - or worst - as he sought the crucial break of serve, berating himself after every point lost.

Inevitably, the man with whom he previously shared the record was Fred Perry.

It was his sixth win from six meetings with Isner and booked a likely quarter-final spot against Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who surprisingly won the opening two sets against fifth seed Kei Nishikori.

The match burst into life in the first-set tie-break. Murray did not put a foot wrong in opening up a 5-2 lead but then lost four points in a row, leaving Isner with a set point on his own serve.

Perry went on to lift the title here in 1935, and Murray arrived in Paris clearly fancying his chances of doing the same.

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares' winning grand slam run came to an end in the third round of the French Open.

Murray said of winning the first-set tie-break: "It was very important.

Normally that would be a formality but Murray somehow scrambled a return back and then drilled a backhand pass down the line.

His rollercoaster start to the tournament, when he might have lost to either Radek Stepanek or Mathias Bourgue, is fast becoming a distant memory.

The pair won the title in their maiden slam together in Australia but were unable to make it past 16th seeds Marcin Matkowski and Leander Paes in Paris.

"It was a very close set, it could have gone either way.

"I got a bit lucky on the set point, just guessed the right way.

He saved two more Isner set points as gentle rain began to fall and then took his second chance when Isner hooked a forehand wide, the Scot letting out a huge yell of In the third round he eased past Ivo Karlovic and, although things were a little trickier against the game's other giant, ultimately it was a Having won their eight previous slam matches, the British-Brazilian pair lost two tiebreaks, going down 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/4).

"It's obviously difficult conditions, you don't quite know what's going to happen, so to

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 30, 2016
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