Paris: Andy Murray brutally crushed Nick Kyrgios’ hopes of shaking up the old order at the French Open Saturday with a straight-sets win to reach the last-16.
Third-seeded Murray, twice a semi-finalist in Paris, cruised to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 victory, capitalising on the 20-year-old Australian’s inconsistency which saw thunderous, flashy winners annulled by silly errors. Kyrgios, the 29th seed and bidding to add a first French Open last-16 place to his runs to the 2014 Wimbledon and 2015 Australian Open quarter-finals, wasn’t helped by requiring a medical timeout for an injury to his right arm late in the second set.
Murray, who fired 12 aces and 45 winners while Kyrgios was undone by 37 unforced errors, goes on to face either Belgian 17th seed David Goffin or unseeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy for a place in the quarter-finals. It was 28-year-old Murray’s third successive win over Kyrgios, all without dropping a set, as he took his record on clay this year to 13-0.