Murray advances after Benneteau injury
Andy Murray is through to the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters after Julien Benneteau was forced to retire in the first set.
The British number one was leading 6-5 when his French opponent decided that enough was enough after injuring both his wrist and ankle in a heavy fall in game 11. It had been an entertaining and hard-fought match up to that point with the players trading breaks of serve early in the match and several long rallies from the back of the court. The opening set looked to be heading for a tie-break, with the score at five all and with Murray leading 30-0, but Benneteau then slipped when chasing a Murray forehand and collapsed in agony before receiving lengthy treatment on court. After the physio strapped up his injuries, the 30-year-old continued and the Scot duly served out to claim a 6-5 advantage. But Benneteau was clearly in a great deal of pain and decided to throw in the towel without event attempting to begin his next service game. Murray will now face either Tomas Berdych or Kei Nishikori in the last eight.