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Summary

  1. Murray wins 6-1 6-4 7-6 (7-3)
  2. Faces John Isner or Teymuraz Gabashvili next
  3. Click audio icon to listen to commentary
  4. * denotes next to serve

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Bye for now

Naomi Broady in the women's doubles first round is the only other Briton in action today.

We will bring you news on how she got on and all the rest of the news, comment, seriousness and silliness from Paris on our website and app later.

Goodbye for now.

Stats

Murray v Karlovic

A quick look thorough the stats as they come fresh off the printer.

Andy Murray landed with 75% of his first serves, knowing that he could afford to take some pace off against Karlovic's relatively weak return.

He hit 34 winners, actually less than the 37 that Karlovic managed.

Karlovic was restricted to only 14 aces though by Murray's scurry. The Scot managed eight.

On court

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Nick Kyrgios and Richard Gasquet - you might as well mix cola and sherbet.

It is an explosive cocktail they are serving up on Philippe Chatrier at the moment.

The panache of Gasquet is on top against the power of Kyrgios at the moment. The Frenchman leads 5-1 and is serving for the opener.

You can follow that one and all the rest of the day's scores on our appropriately named Live Scores page.

Isner up next?

John Isner
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What's up next for British tennis' kingpin then?

Well, after playing the game's biggest server today, he could run straight into the second-biggest in the fourth round.

Murray will play 15th seed John Isner, providing the American beats Teymuraz Gabashvili in his own third-round match.

Murray into the fourth round

Andy Murray was asked, to his obvious embarrassment, to show off his French by repeating his dinner order.

He goes for a bit of boeuf with frites and un salade vert.

Old school. Not a pasta twizzle in sight.  

Andy Murray
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Murray into the fourth round

Andy Murray: "It was very close especially in the third set. He fought right to the end. I started quickly and obviously it is great to get off court in a relatively quick match.

"It is not always up to you when you are playing a server as big as him. I have to be patient and wait for my opportunities."

Alix Ramsay

Journalist, The Scotsman, on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Very good job, very well done. It was just the sort of performance that Murray wanted and needed. He's got through the first week, and has saved fuel for the fourth match."

Game, set and match Murray

Murray 6-1 6-4 7-6 (7-3) Karlovic

Andy Murray slam-dunks down a big serve and swivels to his box in celebration as Ivo Karlovic bends in vain.

Into the fourth round...

Andy Murray
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Tie-break

*Murray 6-1 6-4 6-6 (6-3) Karlovic

Margins of millimetres.

Andy Murray's bold backhand just clips the baseline to preserve his mini-break. 5-2.

A whipped pass off the Karlovic serve and he has a double break and match points aplenty at 6-2.

Karlovic whacks down an ace to save the first. 6-3.

Tie-break

*Murray 6-1 6-4 6-6 (4-2) Karlovic

Ivo Karlovic gets on the tie-break scoreboard as he hammers away a smash.

3-1 Murray.

Make that 3-2 as Ivo Karlovic pins Murray like a butterfly to a board with a body serve.

Murray cracks down an ace and stays a mini-break ahead.

Murray 6-1 6-4 6-6 (3-0) *Karlovic

Andy Murray makes immediate inroads. The Scot chases back, spins on a lob and slaps across court to move a mini-break up in the very first point.

Murray ties down his first service point of the tie-break to make it 2-0.

Into a rally on the next and Ivo slices into the top of the net. 3-0.

Andy Murray
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Murray 6-1 6-4 6-6 *Karlovic

A hold to love and we are into the shoot-out.

Murray's serve has been far sturdier so far in this set.

*Murray 6-1 6-4 5-6 Karlovic

Andy Murray gets a little look at a cross-court pass as Ivo Karlovic lumbers in.

That one is snared by the tape though. 30-0.

Murray gets his sights set as he slaps a winner across court to turn 40-00 to 40-15.

But it is too much of a gap to make up.

We are a Murray service hold from tie-break town.

Murray 6-1 6-4 5-5 *Karlovic

Andy Murray clouts down a big serve to seal the game.

Ivo Karlovic managed to nibble his fourth point off the Murray serve in this set, but that is all he is taking back to his stool.

Andy Murray
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*Murray 6-1 6-4 4-5 Karlovic

A backhand volley framed into the net brings up 0-15 and makes the Karlovic camp queasy.

A missed first serve. Creaky, creaky. And then a rocket second serve down the T is good. 

That is the way to calm the nerves. He doesn't lose another point in the game and the danger disappears in the rear view mirror.

Murray 6-1 6-4 4-4 *Karlovic

Andy Murray flicks away a forehand for 30-0 after running down a drop-shot with time to spare.

He fires down an ace to tie up the game to love.

If he keeps serving like this, maybe the risks in a tie-break are actually relatively small.

*Murray 6-1 6-4 3-4 Karlovic

If Andy Murray wants this match wrapped up in the most straightforward way possible, he had better get a shift on.

Ivo Karlovic continues to make the pace on the scoreboard as he dinks away a drop-volley to hold to 15.

A tie-break shoot-out could easily turn nasty for Murray.

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Daniel Woods: Karlovic's backhand is very poor for a player ranked inside the top 30.

Murray 6-1 6-4 3-3 *Karlovic

Andy Murray has dropped just three points on serve so far in this set.

He wallops his way through a whistlestop hold to love. Time to have a probe to try and find the underbelly of this Karlovic serve.

Karlovic holds

*Murray 6-1 6-4 2-3 Karlovic

Ivo Karlovic comes out of the longest game of the match so far, clinging onto his serve.

It is still intact in the third set - but it looks as safe as a Ming vase at a coconut shy with Murray still deep in the groove.

Karlovic saves break point, deuce

Murray 6-1 6-4 2-2 *Karlovic

Just when you think you have seen this film before, Andy Murray provides a plot twist.

Down 40-0, the Briton cuts Karlovic down to size with a fizzing return at his kneecaps and then sends a cascading lob over the top to take himself into deuce.

Break point Murray...and a lob chance...

Nope, Murray fails to connect cleanly and Karlovic slaps away the smash to save break point.

The Croat is not out of the woods yet though...

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Murray 6-1 6-4 2-2 *Karlovic

Andy Murray knocks off his own service game to love.

Fifteen minutes gone in this third set and four games nailed to the board. The stroke count per rally is looking skinny.

*Murray 6-1 6-4 1-2 Karlovic

Ivo Karlovic's serve machine spits out two aces on its way to a hold to love.

The Croat is accelerating away from Murray in the ace count now, leading 10-6.

Andy Murray
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Murray holds

Murray 6-1 6-4 1-1 *Karlovic

If it was the start of a comeback, it was snuffed out sharpish by Andy Murray.

The Scot dumps down a bucketload of ace to extinguish the embers.

Karlovic takes Murray to deuce

*Murray 6-1 6-4 0-1 Karlovic

Is this the start of a resurgence for Ivo Karlovic?

A swiped return winner and a wrong-footing forehand takes the Croat to deuce for only the second time in the match.

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James Taylor: Much more impressive from Murray. Seems he's shaken off whatever was on his mind the other day. More hopeful now about tournament.

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*Murray 6-1 6-4 0-1 Karlovic

Ivo Karlovic's usual deft hands at the net desert him as he cuffs over baseline from what should have been a routine bounce.

That gives him 30-30 and Murray is circling, sensing service blood.

Karlovic cranks down a serve so wide, so full of kick that most other players would need a stepladder to recreate it.

The Croat is through unscathed, but it is a struggle every time.

'Everything going well'

Murray 6-1 6-3 Karlovic

Alix Ramsay

Journalist, The Scotsman, on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Andy Murray has now spent 63 minutes on court today and won two sets. He'll be very pleased with that. He's rattling through and doing everything he wants to do. He needs to work on the drop shots but everything is going well."

Andy Murray
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Murray wins the second set

Murray 6-1 6-4 *Karlovic

Clinical.

Andy Murray ratchets up the service speed and is 40-0 and shooting at three set points.

Riding that sort of cushion, the Scot can go for broke. A forehand drilled down the line is a fraction long.

In the end Karlovic does the job himself, drifting long and surrendering meekly.

Just an hour on the clock.

*Murray 6-1 5-4 Karlovic

Andy Murray teases a looping lob over the top of Ivo Karlovic, but cannot land the ball in play.

He will have to close out this second set on his own serve. Ivo Karlovic is yet to force a single break point and has made deuce just the once.

Karlovic is not a 'natural mover'

Murray 6-1 5-3 Karlovic

Alix Ramsay

Journalist, The Scotsman, on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"He's not the most natural mover in the world, Ivo Karlovic. It takes a little while to get those long legs moving across the court in the same direction at speed."

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Murray 6-1 5-3 *Karlovic

Andy Murray's drop-shot. When it is good, it is gorgeous. When it is bad, it is hair-tuggingly infuriating.

The Briton dollies one into mid-court for Ivo Karlovic to bash away and set himself up with 0-30 and a chance to force break point.

Murray goes back to the tried and tested playbook for taking on Karlovic, shifting the big man side to side and working his way back to 30-30.

A cute poke down the line, a serve into the body and Murray makes good his getaway.

But that was a note to the Scot's self - keep it simple.

Murray's second serve is a 'valuable weapon'

Murray 6-1 4-2 Karlovic

Alix Ramsay

Journalist, The Scotsman, on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Andy Murray has now worked on his second serve a lot. He can go for broke on the first serve, knowing that his second serve is also a valuable weapon."

Andy Murray
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*Murray 6-1 4-3 Karlovic

Ivo Karlovic strides though the game like the BFG doing his nightly dream rounds. A hold to love.

Andy Murray's physio is called Mark Bender in a case of nominative determinism that has passed me by until now.

Murray 6-1 4-2 *Karlovic

Andy Murray knuckles down from 15-15, drawing an error from Karlovic at the baseline, before plucking an ace from the quiver and then finding another big serve in his locker.

Four aces each so far.

Karlovic holds

*Murray 6-1 3-2 Karlovic

Andy Murray with some show-stopping line-finders during that game, but he plants another ambitious punt just wide to allow Ivo Karlovic to scurry to safety.

It is some big game the Scot is hunting out there, but he already has had the Karlovic serve stuffed and mounted several times in this match.

Karlovic saves two break points, deuce

Murray 6-1 3-1 *Karlovic

Andy Murray with a lovely angled backhand brings up two break points.

He cradled that one cross-court as gently as if his racquet handle was a baby bird.

Ivo Karlovic marches him down though, banging down serves and chasing in to take the game to deuce. 

Karlovic serves
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Murray racing through

Murray 6-1 3-1 Karlovic

Alix Ramsay

Journalist, The Scotsman, on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"He'll be able to get this match done and bath his daughter Sophia at this rate. The family are here in Paris, but I imagine Kim has her hands full at the moment."