Grosjean Injured: Andy Murray through to Queens 3rd Round

Artois Chmapionships at Queens ClubIt would not have been how he wanted his first competitive singles match in nearly two years on grass to have went, but Andy Murray is through to the third round of the 2008 Artois Championships at Queens Club after his opponent, Sebastien Grosjean, retired with an injury after just two games.

Murray broke the Frenchman in the first game after the former two time finalist at Queens club, Grosjean double faulted on break point down. Grosjean had earlier in the game saved two break points.

Andy Murray and Sebastien Grosjean
After the opening game, Grosjean, called for the trainer for his left thigh. After a lengthy on court treatment, the French returned to the match with heavy strapping on his left thigh.

Murray proceeded to run off 3 aces and Sebastien Grosjean was forced to call it a day after only 2 games. The decision to enter the doubles is now looking to be a wise move as he was able to get some valuable match practise on the grass last night in his victory with Venezuelan mate Daniel Vallverdu over the French pairing of Richard Gasquet and Nicolas Mahut. After today’s match Murray said,

I would have rather to have won the match normally. You get a bit more confidence from that. I got a good hour, hour and 15 minutes on the court last night for the doubles, which helped, and I felt pretty comfortable on the shots that I did hit in that match, which was good.

The British Number 1 and world number 11, missed 4 months of last years campaign which included the whole grass court season because of a wrist injury. Murray will now meet either Andreas Seppi or Ernests Gulbis in the third round, on paper neither player should trouble Murray, the ties should heat up in the quarter finals though, were he will likely meet 4 time queens club champion Andy Rodick.

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Britain’s Daniel Evans got his first taste of the big time in the first round and it didn’t take long to show that the future of British tennis as long way to go yet. Belgium’s Xavier Malisse made short work of Evans thrashing him 6-1 6-1 in just 42 minutes.

Evans should not feel to unhappy with his work today although Malisse is only ranked 239 in the world, this former Wimbledon semi finalist has been out for much of last year with a serious wrist injury. A result like this though could actually damage Evans confidence and the LTA may be have thrown in him in too quickly to a big event liek this, it is important now that Evans uses this experience as spring board to advance in coming years.