After a very close and uncomfortable 11 games Andy Murray has progressed to the quarter finals at the Monte Carlo Masters after Frenchman Julien Benneteau slipped on a hole in the centre court of the masters tournament injuring both his ankle and wrist, the final score was 6-5 to Murray.
Benneteau played some inspiring tennis to worry a passive Murray who wasn’t doing much with the ball other than putting it back into play, though the more worrying factor is the 45% first serve. You could tell after the opening two games that Andy wasn’t feeling very happy on court, with some very angry yells that we really haven’t seen since he appointed Ivan Lendl as his coach. When we approached the heart of the first set you could see Andy up the intensity, stepping in and becoming more aggressive on court, though he didn’t get too for long as the Frenchman tumbled over on the clay grabbing his ankle, sobbing in agony. After treatment to his ankle he played through Murrays service game but after treatment to his wrist, Julien decided he was unable to proceed.
Though we must feel for the Frenchman his injury is not the key element here, the spot in which Benneteau fell is the exact same spot in which Juan Monaco fell two days ago and had to retire from his encounter against Robin Haase. For a dangerous hole on a clay court to be missed once is careless but twice is completely unacceptable and the groundsmen of the tournament should be in a lot of trouble over this! Murray will play the winner of Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori in the Quarters.