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Qualifying begins: 26 June

The Draw: 30 June

Pre-event Press Conferences: 1 & 2 July

Order of Play: 2 July

Championships begin: 3 July

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Sunday, 4 June 2017 10:48 AM BST
French Open Day 7: Murray finds clay game
Wimbledon.com rounds up the action from Day 7 at the 2017 French Open. READ MORE

Andy Murray dispatched Juan Martin Del Potro in one of his best matches all season while Stan Wawrinka and Simona Halep won before rain wreaked havoc with the schedule.

What was billed as a blockbuster clash between two Grand Slam winners beforehand more than lived up to expectation. 

Murray and Del Potro delighted the crowd with an 83-minute, 99-point first set, with the combination of Del Potro's thunderous offensive play and Murray's near-impenetrable defense making for some incredible passages of play which often drew gasps from the Parisian crowd.

Playing in his first Roland Garros since 2012 following five years of injury woes, the Argentine had the better of the opening set, but squandered a set point at 5-3, a second one at 5-4 and two more in the tie-break, once at 7-6 when he double faulted and then another at 8-7.

Murray missed two set points of his own at 6-4 in the tie-break, but converted at 9-8 when a Del Potro forehand landed narrowly wide. It would, unsurprisingly, prove to be the turning point.

Crestfallen, the 2009 US Open champion rested his hands and head on the net for almost the entire duration of the changeover before handing Murray the break in the opening game of the second set.

"Too much frustration," said Del Potro, who has now lost seven of 10 matches against Murray including the Olympic final at the Rio Olympics.

"I couldn't believe I lost that set."

Although Del Potro broke back when Murray served for the second set at 5-4, the Scot forced another break to go 6-5 up and served out the set as the crowd.

Del Potro’s will was broken after that as he lost all six games in the third set to hand Murray a 7-6(8), 7-5, 6-0 victory.

There was still time for the standing ovation that has become customary when Del Potro exits a tournament, with the Parisian crowd understandably delighted to see the popular Argentine back in their hometown tournament.

When asked if if was the best match he played this season, the world No.1 said: “Definitely during the clay court season. I played some good matches beginning of the year. But definitely on the clay court season, second or third sets were the best I have played, for sure.”

Murray will face another big server in the fourth round, with the match between Karen Khachanov and John Isner of the US suspended for rain with the Russian leading by a set.

Allez les bleus

While France will only have one male representative in the round of 16, the women have fared much better, with Alize Cornet and Caroline Garcia joining Kristina Mladenovic in the fourth round. Not since 1994 have three French women all progressed that far at the same French Open.

Cornet enjoyed by far the more serene outing, dominating ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska to the tune of a 6-2, 6-1 scoreline, while Garcia had to dig deep against Su-Wei Hsieh, recovering from 3-1 and 6-5 down in the decider before triumphing 6-4, 4-6, 9-7 in 2 hours and 39 minutes.

France are also guaranteed a homegrown quarter-finalist in the women's draw, with Garcia and Cornet set to meet in the fourth round.

Halep storms through

Two months ago, Simona Halep’s coach, Darren Cahill, was so unhappy with her attitude on court, he walked out on the Romanian after she lost to Briton Jo Konta in Miami. But the pair connected again in Madrid, where she won the title, and Halep hasn’t looked back since.

Although there had been concerns about an ankle injury before Roland Garros, Halep has looked in fine form so far in Paris, where she reached the fourth round with a 6-0, 7-5 win over 20-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina.

With Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova all missing in Paris, could this be her year? She will have to overcome a true clay-court specialist, Carla Suarez Navarro, in the next round. Halep leads their head-to-head 6-5.

Stan clicking into gear

Wawrinka, who had been struggling on clay until claiming the title in Geneva last week, seems to be approaching peak form at Roland Garros, and overcame a first set battle with the talented Italian Fabio Fognini before winning 7-6 (2), 6-0, 6-2. The Swiss is yet to lose a set in Paris, and is flying under the radar, a position you suspect he enjoys.

The 2015 champion will play the winner of the all-French clash between No.15 seed Gael Monfils or No.24 seed Richard Gasquet. Their match was suspended for the day with Gasquet serving at 5-6 in the first set - but that was still enough time for Monfils to produce the shot of the day...

Rain stops play

After six days of at times sweltering heat, rain brought some much-needed coolness to the French capital at 5:08pm on Saturday night. Sadly, it stayed and two hours later, play was called off for the day.

Four women’s singles matches never even got started, including the second-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova against Germany’s Carina Witthoeft and the fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine against Magda Linette of Poland.

Three men’s singles matches were also suspended for the day, including No 8 Kei Nishikori of Japan, who leads Hyeon Chung of South Korea, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-3. 

Quote of the day

“It's a very manly manly grunt.”

Andy Murray on Juan Martin Del Potro’s grunts.