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Friday 24 November 2017

Seething Murray out to finish off Chela

Andy Murray was today looking to take out his frustration over being hauled off Court One at the French Open last night on the man who was more than happy to cut his losses.

Murray will resume his second-round match with Juan Ignacio Chela a set to the good but still fuming at the decision to suspend play at 9.30pm.

The world number four had just dropped serve to let slip a break he had worked hard to get when Chela questioned the quality of the light.

Murray, who was leading 6-3 3-3 at the time, wanted to continue but his Argentinian opponent won the battle of wills when officials agreed a halt should be called to proceedings, despite play continuing on the main Philippe Chatrier Court.

A succession of rain delays on day four at Roland Garros meant Murray's match did not begin until 8.07pm local time, and there was never any real prospect of it finishing last night.

A quick match did not appear to be the order of the day in a start which saw a succession of gruelling rallies and both players forced to save break points in their opening service games.

But the Scot soon took control, breaking in games three and five, his drop shot proving particularly useful in setting him up for winners.

Chela survived set point on his own serve at 5-1 but Murray soon comfortably served the set out. Chela got his act together in the second and he made inroads into Murray's serve when he had break point in game four.

The Scot eventually held before some utterly incredible defensive play helped earn him a break in the next game to give him a 3-2 lead. But Chela hit back before play was suspended, which saw the Scot slam his racquet into his bag before leaving the court.

Play between 13th seed Gael Monfils and Fabio Fognini was finally halted in virtual darkness at 9.56pm at 5-5 in the fifth set.

That match and Murray's were among several that were due to resume today, while the other second-round highlights will include Rafael Nadal v Horacio Zeballos, Justine Henin v Klara Zakopalova, and Serena Williams v Julia Goerges.

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