Said Murray, who was cramping toward the end, "The way the match finished yesterday, it wasn't like we stopped at a comfortable stage in the match. You're obviously going to be a bit anxious and a bit nervous when you go to sleep and then also when you wake up in the night, same thing is going to happen."
They played eight more games Sunday, but the No. 7-seeded Murray won the last two and defeated Kohlschreiber 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 12-10. Elapsed time: 4 hours, 7 minutes. Murray won 189 points, three more than Kohlschreiber, and hit 85 winners.
This was an important hurdle for Murray because it was his first five-set match since undergoing back surgery late last season.
Afterward, he seemed more excited talking about the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat, for whom he holds season tickets.
"I think [the Heat have] got a good chance," Murray said. "They have obviously played great in the last game. The Spurs, they're always unbelievably consistent. They always give themselves a chance to win.
"I was reading like in the last 10 years I saw a stat that Tim Duncan had won 622 games in the last 10 years and that LeBron had won 621. They are No. 1 and 2. So they obviously both know how to get their teams winning. It will be interesting."
Djokovic flies into quarters
Djokovic absolutely pummeled No. 13 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in a match that was over in 89 minutes. The 27-year-old from Serbia had an equal number of winners and unforced errors (18); Tsonga had 38 unforced errors.
Djokovic has beaten Tsonga the past eight times they've met. Here, he's won 12 of 13 sets.
That sets up a Tuesday quarterfinal against No. 8 seed Milos Raonic. The two met only two weeks ago with Djokovic winning in a testing three-set match that featured two tiebreakers.
Overall, young Americans had a good day at Roland Garros, the first featuring junior play. No. 1 seed Francis Tiafoe, a 16-year-old from the Washington, D.C., defeated Clement Larriere of France 6-4, 7-5. ... No. 2 girls seed Catherine Cartan Bellis defeated Australia's Kimberly Birrell 6-3, 6-3 in a first-round match. No. 3 seed Tornado Alicia Black fell to Spain's Paula Badosa Gibert 6-2, 6-1. No. 6 seed Stefan Kozlov defeated Ryotaro Matsumura 6-4, 6-2. Taylor Harry Fritz was a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Ku Keon Kang of Korea. Noah Rubin handled Bastian Malla of China 7-5, 6-3.
No. 8 seed Milos Raonic hammered Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to reach a quarterfinal match against Novak Djokovic, who knocked off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. ... The No. 15-seeded women's doubles team of Americans Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond fell to the top seeds, Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai, 6-0, 6-2. ... No. 18 seed Eugenie Bouchard throttled No. 8 Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-2 to advance to a quarterfinal matchup with No. 14 Carla Suarez Navarro, who got past Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3, 6-3.