Del Potro Consoles Injured Opponent

Del Potro Consoles Injured Opponent

When Spanish tennis player Nicolás Almagro broke down after a recurring knee injury again forced him to quit a major tournament mid-match, his opponent stepped up.

True, a sore groin that del Potro suffered Thursday in an emotional battle against Nicolas Almagro could be a factor, but Murray knows how unsafe del Potro can be, injured or not.

Spain's Nicolas Almagro is comforted by Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro after he collapsed with a left knee injury in his second round match against at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris.

After splitting the first two sets, the second-round match was evenly poised at 1-1 in the third when Almagro simply could not bear the pain in his knee any more. "Juan Martin is playing a lot better than his ranking", said Murray.

"I wish you a speedy recovery".

"We play great battles previous year, one each", said Del Potro.

"And of course it's not easy for me when you have a friend on the other side of the court showing an injury or crying". My forehand and serve is working good. "I did not grow up with brothers, only sisters and we all say "she" more than "he"'. Try to think about his family, his baby.' And, sometimes, the heart is first", he further added.

It's been a disappointing year to date for the top-seeded Brit, who'll have to be on top of his game against Argentine hard-hitter Del Potro.

"I tried to find the right words at that moment". Hopefully he can feel better very, very soon, because he's a great player and we love to have him on tour. It's an old problem for me, so my physio knows how to treat that. I feel like I have improved it from where I was in the middle of my career.

He said: "That's quite normal".

"There wouldn't be too much that would surprise me or shock me when I'm out there now".

Unseeded 21-year-old Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation continued his impressive debut, beating Czech 13th seed Tomas Berdych, a semi-finalist seven years ago, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.

"My preparation for the clay court season hasn't been great", said Kyrgios, who missed the Rome Masters with a hip injury and skipped Estoril after his grandfather died. "I know what injuries are all about". I think the clay suits a lot of areas of his game.

Murray is getting used to having British company beyond the first couple of rounds at grand slams and this time it is Kyle Edmund who has joined him in the last 32.

The world No 1 needed three hours and 35 minutes to defeat the world No 50 from Slovakia, eventually coming through 6-7 (3/7) 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7/3).