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Britain’s Andy Murray is through to the fourth round of the French Open after an impressive four sets victory over Marco Baghdatis.

The British number-one bounced back from a disastrous third set, in which he lost every game, to clinch a place in the final 16 with a 6 – 3, 6 – 2, 0 – 6, 6 – 2 win.

Murray continued where he left off in his second round win over Juan Ignacio Chela, to put Cypriot Baghadatis to the sword – comfortably going two sets in front.

But out of nowhere Baghdatis produced a marvellous set of tennis with some outstanding winning shots to stun Murray and his fans. The world number four lost the rhythm of his first serve and the 25th seed pounced to get right back into the contest.

Then in the first game of the fourth set, the Cypriot broke his opponents opening service game, as panic set set in for everyone associated to Murray.

But in typical Andy Murray style he bounced back and used all his battling and determination qualities to break serve immediately.

This got the Scot back on track and his confidence flowed beautifully again as he comfortably took the fourth and the match.  

On Sunday Murray will face 15th seed Thomas Berdych from the Czech Republic, who beat America John Isner in straight sets in their third round encounter. 

Given his bad form going into the tournament, the British number-one is having a better tournament than what some predicted for him.

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