May 27, 2016

    Murray taken to 5 sets by Borgue


    ANDY Murray survived a second close shave at the French Open on Wednesday but his path towards what he hopes will be a maiden title in Paris has taken the long route.

    While defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka and fifth seed Kei Nishikori eased into the third round, world No. 2 Murray had to battle against little-known 22-year-old French wildcard Mathias Borgue.

    Initially overwhelmed, Borgue recovered from a 6-2, 2-0 deficit to take control, reeling off eight games in a row and forging into a two-sets-to-one lead.

    When he pummelled a backhand winner down the line to take the third set, Murray looked stunned.

    The Scot then saved three break points at the start of the fourth set, one with a sublime half-volley. He gradually seized control again to prevail 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

    "I lost my way on the court today, you know, for quite a while," Murray, who joined the crowd in applauding Borgue, France's 16th ranked player, told reporters.

    "I was struggling to win points at one stage.

    "I couldn't see where his shots were going."

    "You can't play too many matches like this if you want to go far in this tournament," added Murray, who has already spent seven hours and 15 minutes on the clay.