Andy Murray is set to test out his injured ankle in the fourth round of the French Open today knowing this time there will be no helping hand from his opponent.
In one of the more notable press conferences at Roland Garros this year, German Michael Berrer admitted he had not made the most of the Scot’s misfortune because he felt sorry for him.
Murray had rolled his right ankle during the second set of their match on Saturday, which had severely hampered his movement and left him unsure whether he would even be able to start his fourth-round clash with 15th seed Viktor Troicki.
The Scot has declined to give updates about his condition since then but the vibes from his camp have been positive and he had a light hit after further treatment yesterday.
A fully-fit Murray would certainly be favourite to beat Troicki, who has never even come close to taking a set off the world number four in three previous meetings.
But the Serb, who has himself not been 100% fit because of food poisoning, has improved since the last of those matches at Wimbledon two years ago and has carried the high of helping his country win the Davis Cup for the first time into 2011.
He believes facing Murray on clay gives him a chance of ending his losing run against the Scot, and if that means taking advantage of his injury then so be it.
The 25-year-old added: “We’ve never played on clay and I think Murray’s weakest court is a clay court. If I play well, I think I have a chance.
“If he’s injured and cannot run, I’m going to take advantage of that. I want to win my match. He would also do the same if I had the same problem. We are all professionals, so we try to win. Sometimes it’s ugly, but that’s our job.”
The first set of quarter-finalists were decided yesterday, with Novak Djokovic now only one victory away from equalling John McEnroe’s record of 42 wins in a row at the start of the 1984 season.
The Serb had no trouble seeing off Richard Gasquet and will next face Fabio Fognini, who saved five match points in an incredible five-set win over Albert Montanes.
Roger Federer will have to wait to find out his opponent after the match between Gael Monfils and David Ferrer was suspended for darkness with the Frenchman leading by two sets to one.
None of the top three seeds made the last eight in the women’s draw for the first time in the Open era after Vera Zvonareva followed Caroline Wozniacki and Kim Clijsters out of the tournament.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, conqueror of the third seed, meets defending champion Francesca Schiavone next, with Marion Bartoli and Svetlana Kuznetsova contesting the other clash in the top half.
Murray is third on Court Suzanne Lenglen today while other players in action include Rafael Nadal, who takes on Ivan Ljubicic, and Victoria Azarenka, now the highest seed left in the women’s draw.