Thursday, May 31, 2012

Murray battles Nieminen and back problem to advance in Paris

Murray battles Nieminen and back problem to advance in Paris

Andy Murray beat Jarkko Nieminen 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to advanc to the third round of the French Open.

The Scott is not having a good time as he is playing with an injured back. Because of this he was forced to call the trainer and received treatment on his back twice during the first set and again before the start of the second.

Murray had his serve broken three times in the opening set, and then again to open the second. But he then started to move better, and got back on serve at 4-4 while Nieminen was unable to take advantage of his troubles and hit more unforced errors than the Scot in the later sets.

When he put a backhand out to give Murray breakpoint in the seventh game of the final set, Nieminen threw his racket to the clay and stamped on it. A double fault followed, and Murray went 5-2 up and then held to seal the win.

"The first two games were good quality games," said Nieminen. "I didn't have to do anything. He could hardly walk there. I should have taken a double break in the second set to have taken the set. I couldn't take that, and then I played one very poor changeover, two bad games, and then he started to play better. I really never got the momentum back. I tried to play more aggressive, but I didn't feel good. I was moving bad and I made a lot unforced errors. Then he played different than in the beginning."

Andy will face Santiago Giraldo in the next round. The Colombian upset Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.

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