Murray through despite injury scare
Andy Murray battled through the pain barrier to beat Jarkko Nieminen at the French Open and vowed to carry on despite fitness concerns.
The world number four was hit with a back spasm on Thursday morning before his game with the Finn and revealed his coaching team advised to possibly not even take to the court. Murray has struggled with back problems since December and as early as the fourth game it was obvious he was in serious discomfort, struggling to serve and move around the court. This contributed to Nieminen taking the first set 1-6 but Murray managed to slowly recover in the second set. He battled back from 4-2 down to take it 6-4 before taking control of the game and eventually securing a 1-6 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory. Murray takes on Santiago Giraldo in the next round and benefits from a day off, but he admitted it was a real struggle to turn around the game against Nieminen. "I didn't find it that satisfying. I just couldn't believe I had won. I guess when you're in that position, especially in a grand slam, emotionally it's pretty challenging, because you're only one or two points away from having to stop," he said. "I couldn't believe I was in a position to win at the end of the fourth set, so I was starting to get a bit edgy. Rather than it being satisfying, it was just quite emotional." Murray added: "I'm going to try and carry on regardless, whether it's a bit sorer tomorrow or in two days' time, I'm going to carry on. I'll just try and do all the right things to recover as best as possible. "I'm not doing myself any actual damage by playing with what I have. I have had all the best advice from some of the top surgeons and physios. I'm confident that I'm doing the right thing."