Andy Murray reflected on one of the most emotional victories of his career after defying an ankle injury and the best efforts of Viktor Troicki to book a place in the quarter-finals of the French Open.
The match had to be completed today after the Scot had fought back from two sets and a break down yesterday evening to tie things up.
The one-set shoot-out on Court Suzanne Lenglen seemed to be going Troicki’s way when the Serb moved to 30-0 serving at 5-3 but a combination of nerves and some gutsy play from Murray helped him chalk up five games in a row to win 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-5.
The Scot had begun the match by losing five straight games as he battled to overcome an ankle injury sustained in his previous win over Michael Berrer, and he revealed this afternoon that he is playing with a torn tendon.
Murray will now face unseeded Juan Ignacio Chela for the third year in a row at Roland Garros. The Scot has won his last six meetings with the Argentinian, who is in the last eight for the first time since losing to Tim Henman in 2004.
Murray said: “No disrespect to any of the guys I’m playing against, but I felt like there’s a good chance for me to do well here.”
Murray’s brother Jamie is two victories away from a second grand slam mixed doubles title after he and Nadia Petrova defeated Ekaterina Makarova and Bruno Soares 5-7 6-3 10-7 in the quarter-finals. Murray won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic and reached the final at the US Open the following year partnering Liezel Huber.