Murray Back from the Brink

Andy Murray eventually completed his extraordinary comeback against Viktor Troicki today to reach theĀ  quarter-finals of the French Open for the second time.

It was looking good for Murray though, having battled back yesterday from two sets down to level the match, the young Scot found himself 2-5 down in the deciding set. It looked even grimmer for as Troicki served for set at 5-3 and he led 30-0, from the next point on though, Troicki’s leveled dropped and Murray upped his game, to break back and eventually win the last 5 games to the match 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-5.

Murray will now face the unseeded Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela on Wednesday.

On another positive note for Murray, there was no obvious sign of the ankle injury that he suffered on Saturday.

The final set perhaps should have been much less dramatic for Murray fans as he had a few early opportunities to break the Serbs serve and take control of the match. Troicki though had other ideas and played each of those initial break points well, it was until he was serving for the match at 5-3 did his game begin to crumble.

A big taking point from the match was the first point of Murray’s service game when the score stood at 3-2 to Troicki. The 15th seed had all but won the point when the ball boy ran on to court just as he put away a smash to go up 0-15. The ball boy clearly thought the ball was bouncing on Murray’s side and the point would have been over. Playing by the rules, the umpire had to call a let and have the point replayed even though it seemed ridiculous as the ball boy running on to court early did not affect Murray’s chances of winning the point one bit.

It almost made it worse for Troicki as Murray then won the replayed point. Most folks watching would have assumed that it would have been the Serb who lost his control after this incident, but it was the Briton who lost focus and in the same game was broken leading to him being 5-2 down.

After his win today, Murray spoke to the press,

Emotionally it was pretty challenging. I was really nervous and it was very windy on the court. After the points I was getting so tired in the legs, so out of breath. I think it was just nerves, and the conditions didn’t help, but once I went behind again I loosened up, started going for my shots and got through it.

I obviously started the match poorly and struggled to move off to my right. As the match went on I started to feel a little better and deal with the pain and the feeling of weakness in the ankle.