Murray overcomes stern Kohlschreiber test

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Andy Murray is through to the fourth round at Roland Garros after an epic 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 12-10 win over german Philip Kohlschreiber.

In a match that eventually spread over two days after bad light stopped play last night, the seventh seed finally edged over the line with a superb backhand winner straight off the Kohlschreiber serve to set up a meeting with Fernando Verdasco.

In truth, the British star will be relieved to have won as he didn't show his best form but he displayed a valiant character and resilience that keeps him in with a shout of claiming the title on the red clay.

Whilst he may not be completely at home on the surface, his defensive abilities ensure he can compete with any of the top players and he showed those in abundance over the course of the four hour contest.

Murray said: "Last night was tough as I did a lot of running. Philip Kohlschreiber played some great tennis end of fourth and fifth sets yesterday.

"Considering the circumstances today I thought we played some very good tennis.

"I didn't sleep much last night and woke up a few times. I slept about five hours.

"I was very nervous. I just tried to do my usual preparations but it is not easy coming back 7-7."

After dropping the first set, Murray recovered to win the next two and looked on course for a comfortable victory, but Kohlschreiber had other ideas.

The German, seeded 28 in Paris, fought back admirably to set up a fifth set shoot-out after he claimed the fourth 6-4.

The final set proved to be a tense affair and Murray twice came within two points of victory on the Kohlschreiber serve before the match was halted due to bad light with the score at 7-7.

Resuming today didn't seem to take its toll on the players though who continued much in the same vein, before Murray finally broke in the 22nd game of the set with a ripping cross-court backhand to seal a dramatic win.

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