French Open results 2017: Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka advance to 3rd round

Del Potro knew better than anyone what Almagro was going through, having suffered a series of deliberating injuries throughout his career.

On a more serious note, Djokovic said he was pleased with his form after coming through some hard times since completing a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros previous year.

Murray did not hit top form in the second set either, although he won it comfortably, but was playing better by the third.

In a moment of peak sportsmanship, the Argentine rushed to the side of a weeping Nicolas Almagro during their second round match on Thursday, where the Spaniard hurt is knee and was forced to retire at 3-6, 6-3, 1-1.

But that wasn't it.

The score in their second-round match was tied at one set apiece when del Potro served - and Almagro was unable to move on the opposite baseline, his head down as he tried to cope with the realization that a recurring knee injury would end his run at Roland Garros.

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"I'm very satisfied with the way I'm playing". "I know what injuries are all about". But from time to time I wish I could have played faster. I was sad, as well.

"It was hot out there, but physically I felt good". Try to think about his family, his baby. "Sometimes the heart is first more than the tennis match", said Del Potro.

He was still on the mend when he lost to Murray in the Rio Olympic tennis final but got his revenge later that year when he beat the Scot in the Davis Cup on the way to leading Argentina to replacing Great Britain as holders.

He was however hopeful of being fit for his much anticipated third-round duel with world No. 1 Andy Murray.

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

Murray looked to have turned a corner when he broke Klizan as he served for the first set at 5-4, but the Scot then played an terrible tie-break.

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Del Potro tweaked his groin in the opening set, impeding his movement, and took anti-inflammatory tablets but said he wasn't overly concerned. He's been with me for several tournaments now.For physical reasons, I feel quite good with him.

Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova and third-seeded Simona Halep of Romania, both firm women's title favourites after the first round exit of world number one Angelique Kerber, look for places in the last-32.

"I'm feeling good with my game at this moment", del Potro said, "but I need to be in good shape, as well". "I try to behave as good as I can but I can always do better".

The 22-year-old Yorkshireman will next play South Africa's Kevin Anderson, who beat Australian Nick Kyrgios 5-7 6-4 6-1 6-2.

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.

Kyrgios had an excellent spring but has struggled during the clay season with injury and the death of his grandfather last month.

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