Andy Murray battles into last 16 of French Open
Andy Murray made it into the last 16 of the French Open earlier this afternoon, after battling through an ankle injury to beat Michael Berrer in straight sets.
The Scot won 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, and was comfortably dealing with Berrer when after an hour and 25 minutes he badly turned his right ankle. Amazingly, despite playing injured, Murray managed to break Berrer five times, in what must rank as the one of the German’s worst ever performances, tamely letting Murray get away with effectively playing on one leg. While Murray now has the weekend to recover before Monday’s match with Serb Viktor Troicki, Berrer only has a huge missed opportunity to rue.
‘It was one of the worst feelings I have ever had on court. I feel really bad now, I tell you,’ said Berrer. ‘I think a chance like this you get maybe once in your life. But the way I am is that I'm feeling sorry for him. I should have hurt him when he's down, but that's difficult for me. It was making me so tight; I couldn't really focus.
‘I was so sure that he could not go on, because it looked worse than it obviously was. I thought, it's just a question of time. Then I took a step back and I was too defensive. And he was [hitting] very well.’