Paris: The fourth-round match between Andy Murray and Viktor Troicki at the French Open was suspended on Monday because of darkness after the fourth-seeded Briton evened the score at two sets apiece, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The 15th-seeded Troicki was in control during the first two sets but Murray, who injured his right ankle in the previous round, broke in the eighth game of the third set and held his serve to get back in the match.
Troicki dropped serve again when Murray produced a stunning forehand return to lead 3-2 in the fourth. Murray broke again in the seventh game with two consecutive winners and served out the set before the chair umpire said it was too dark to continue.
The pair is expected to finish the match on Court Suzanne Lenglen on Tuesday, with the winner facing Juan Ignacio Chela in the quarter finals.
Murray, who hadn't lost a set going into the match, lost the five first games before finding his rhythm. But he kept struggling on important points and lost his cool several times, smashing his rackets and shouting at himself.
The Briton took off the tape on his ankle at the 3-2 changeover in the third set, with the trainer then regularly coming to his chair to check the his condition.
Murray reached the quarter finals of the French Open only once, losing to Fernando Gonzalez in 2009.
The 15th-seeded Troicki is bidding for his first Grand Slam quarter final.