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French Open 2011 Results: Andy Murray Struggles, Pulls Out Win In Five Sets Over Viktor Troicki

The fourth-seeded Andy Murray fought back from two sets down to beat Viktor Troicki to advance in the 2011 French Open. The matchup was delayed after four sets of play, and everyone wondered how Murray would handle it mentally in the gap of time between the fourth and fifth set. On one hand, he had just dominated the final two sets, on the other hand, it was a very close scare early on. Well, he seemed to handle it well, overcoming his own mistakes to come back and win it.

The delay occurred at the end of the fourth set, with Murray holding a significant advantage in momentum, dominating sets three and four after struggling mightily in the first two. Troicki had started the match out well, with some phenomenal plays that caused Murray to wilt under pressure and sort of disappear, but the Scot came back with some brilliant rallies to force the fifth set. Serve was held until 3-2, when a Murray service game came up.

At 3-2, Troicki was interrupted by a ball boy who came into play and thus negated what would have been a winner for the Serbian on the Murray serve. No problem for Troicki though, who came back and got the break to go up 4-2 and serving for 5-2. Murray fought to deuce and had Troicki playing defensively, but the serve held and Troicki took a commanding lead over the fifth and final set. The British number one held serve to bring it to 3-5, but Troicki was then serving for the match. Troicki jumped to a 30-love lead, but Murray battled back to 30-all, and then took a 40-30 lead, threatening a break. He gets it when Troicki goes for a dropshot that seemed almost unnecessary, and it didn't clear the net.

Murray would go on to hold serve, and then jumped ahead 40-love during the Troicki service game, thanks to some big errors from the Serbian. Troicki fought back two points, but Murray eventually got the break and Troicki looked visibly shaken. Murray worked to a 40-love lead on his service game and ended up squandering the triple match point with some errors in play. He then got the advantage, and a long cross court rally ensued, with Murray firing back and hitting the line. There was initial doubt, but it was eventually clear, it definitely hit the line and Murray took a 7-5 win in the fifth set.

Murray now goes on to take on Juan Ignacio Chela.