Paris: Andy Murray survived an injury scare to reach the last 16 of the French Open on Saturday with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 win over Michael Berrer of Germany.
The 24-year-old Scot had been coasting along at 6-2, 2-1 and deuce on the Berrer serve when he jarred his right ankle badly trying to run down a drop shot.
Murray won the point, but he hopped about in agony and then collapsed onto his back in the red dirt of the Suzanne Lenglen showcourt.
After taking painkillers and having the ankle strapped at a medical time-out, Murray resumed to clinch the break and lead 3-1.
But clearly still in some discomfort, he then dropped serve for the first time in the match and screamed out his frustrations at his coaching staff in the tribunes.
Limping between rallies and looking distraught, Murray somehow dug in to break the Berrer serve again and then held his own comfortably enough to lead 5-2.
Murray took the set 6-3 to go two sets up, but he still looked in some discomfort and requested another medical time-out from the umpire at the next change of ends.
Another break in his favour gave him the perfect start to the third set and he then won the next three games to go 4-0 up.
Murray duly wrapped up a third straight straight sets win, but there will be serious doubts about his fitness ahead of his fourth tie against Serbian Davis Cup hero Viktor Troicki on Monday.