Murray battles through despite back problem
PARIS, May 31 – World number four Andy Murray battled through back pain to win his second-round match at the French Open against Finn Jarkko Nieminen today.
The Briton, who at times in the first set looked like he would not be able to continue, won 1-6 6-4 6-1 6-2, and will face unseeded Colombian Santiago Giraldo in the third round.
Murray, a semi-finalist here last year, summoned the trainer three times during the opening set and lay on a towel, grimacing in pain, as his back was massaged.
Murray, who had to withdraw from the Madrid Masters this month with a back problem, opted to stand during changeovers but began to move more easily as the match progressed.
The 48th-ranked Nieminen, though, was unable to take advantage of Murray’s 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. – Reuters