Murray Injured But Through to 4th Round

murray injuryIt was all going so well for Andy Murray, he was coasting along at 6-2 2-1 and had deuce on German Michael Berrer’s serve when he “rubber ankled” while trying to run down a drop shot. Murray won the point, but was clearly hurt, he collapsed onto his back and it looked like his French Open could be over.

After a lengthy medical timeout, where he was given painkillers and had his ankle strapped, Murray resumed to clinch the break and took a 3-1 lead in the second set, even though he was broken straight back, Murray somehow managed to win 9 of the next 12 games and book his place in the 4th round.

He was clearly still in some discomfort and limped between points, initially he screamed out his frustrations at his coaching staff, though he gradually focused in just winning the match quickly. In the end taking it 6-3 6-3 6-2.

The injury ironically looked to have made the match easier for Murray, he began to go to keep the point short and go for more winners, which were paying off Murray. He was also aided by the extremely generous sportsmanship of Berrer, who seemingly was reluctant to play any drop shots that had up until the injury proved quite successful against Murray.

Murray will now face 15th seed Viktor Troicki in the last 16, after the Serbian knocked out 21st seed Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Murray should make the match, but how fit he will be is still unclear. A scan later on Saturday night or on Sunday will be crucial in his decision over whether or not to play. In his press conference he said,

We will have to wait and see what happens. I just don’t know if I will be able to play my next match. I don’t know if I will be 100 per cent fit, I will give it my best shot for the next match. They have very good doctors here, I will take their advice.

With a full days rest and proper strapping there seems no reason why this injury should keep Murray from playing on Monday.