Lucky Murray handed latest injury bye

 

Monte Carlo

At this rate Andy Murray's rivals will want to go on court accompanied by a doctor. For the fourth time in his last five tournaments the 24-year-old Scot made progress thanks to the retirement or withdrawal of an opponent, after Julien Benneteau suffered elbow, ankle and wrist injuries yesterday in a heavy fall in their third-round encounter here at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Murray was serving at 5-5 in the first set when Benneteau turned his right ankle as he stretched to play a forehand. The 30-year-old Frenchman fell on his right arm and lay on the court, writhing in pain, until a trainer arrived. He resumed with his ankle strapped but could barely hold his racket and retired after taking another medical time-out.

Benneteau was told later that he had broken a bone in his elbow, which may keep him out of the French Open and will probably end his chances of competing at the Olympics, where he would have been a contender to play doubles.

Juan Monaco retired hurt after a similar fall earlier this week. Benneteau did not blame the court, but Murray said there had been a problem with it. "In parts it's not flat," Murray said. "Normally the courts here are fantastic. They said they had a few problems with it during the Davis Cup [earlier this month] but they changed it. Clay courts usually take a while if you make changes to them, before they've settled. That's probably why there were a few bad bounces and guys are struggling with their movement a little bit."

Murray, who lost his later doubles against the Bryan brothers in partnership with his own brother Jamie, had made a good start to lead 2-0, but Benneteau broke back immediately. Thereafter the set was tight as Benneteau kept him pegged back with a series of attacking strokes, mixed up with some well-executed drop shots.

Tomas Berdych, Murray's opponent in today's quarter-finals, has won three of their five meetings and beat him in straight sets at the French Open two years ago. Murray said the Czech was unlike most opponents in that he did not play with more top spin on clay, preferring to stick with his flatter ground strokes, hit with great force.

"He can play that way on most surfaces," Murray said. "He doesn't make major adjustments really for any of the courts. He has his way of playing. He's 6ft 5in tall, a really strong guy, and has a lot of power. A lot of guys tend to be more patient on clay because you can't just be going for outright winners, but that's what he does because that's his style and because he can. He's got so much power."

On a day punctuated by thunderstorms and frequent rain delays, an emotional Novak Djokovic completed a 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 victory over the Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. Djokovic learned in the morning that his grandfather had died and his mind seemed elsewhere for much of the match. Rafael Nadal kept up his quest to win the title for the eighth year in succession when he beat Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1, 6-1.

News
Waitrose will be bringing in more manned tills
newsOverheard in Waitrose: documenting the chatter in 'Britain's poshest supermarket'
Life & Style
life
Arts & Entertainment
Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones
tv
Arts & Entertainment
Ken Loach (left) and Mike Leigh who will be going head to head for one of cinema's most coveted prizes at this year's Cannes Film Festival
filmKen Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
VIDEO
Arts & Entertainment
Ian Anderson, the leader of British rock band Jethro Tull, (right) and British guitar player Martin Barre (left) perform on stage
musicJethro Tull frontman leads ‘prog rock’ revival
Sport
Gareth Bale dribbled from inside his own half and finished calmly late in the final to hand Real a 2-1 win at the Mestalla in Valencia
sport
Arts & Entertainment
Who laughs lass: Jenny Collier on stage
comedy... writes Jenny Collier, the comedian whose recent show was cancelled because there were 'too many women' on the bill
News
House proud: keeping up with the Joneses now extends to children's playhouses
newsLuxury playhouses now on the market for as much as £800
News
news
Extras
indybest
News
The academic, Annamaria Testa, has set out on her website a list of 300 English words that she says Italians ought to stop using
newsAcademic speaks out against 'Italianglo' - the use of English words in Italian language
Life & Style
tech
Arts & Entertainment
Ricky Gervais at a screening of 'Muppets Most Wanted' in London last month
tvRicky Gervais on the return of 'Derek' – and why he still ignores his critics
Sport
Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates his goal
sport
Arts & Entertainment
James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in Of Mice and Men on Broadway
theatreReview: Of Mice and Men, Longacre Theatre
Caption competition
Caption competition
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics

Is sexual harassment a fact of gay life?

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith: The man behind a British success story

Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith

Acton Smith launched a world of virtual creatures who took the real world by storm
Kim Jong-un's haircut: The Independent heads to Ealing to try out the dictator's do

Our journalist tries out Kim Jong-un's haircut

The North Korean embassy in London complained when M&M Hair Academy used Kim Jong-un's image in the window. Curious, Guy Pewsey heads to the hair salon and surrenders to the clippers
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part
Vespa rides on with launch of Primavera: Iconic Italian scooter still revving up millions of sales

Vespa rides on with launch of the Primavera

The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre
Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

Record Store Day celebrates independent music shops

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to champion the sellers of well-grooved wax
Taunton's policy of putting philosophy at heart of its curriculum is one of secrets of its success

Education: Secret of Taunton's success

Taunton School, in Somerset, is one of the country's leading independent schools, says Richard Garner
10 best smartphones

10 best smartphones

With a number of new smartphones on the market, we round up the best around, including some more established models
Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

The former Australia coach on why England must keep to Plan A, about his shock at their collapse Down Under, why he sent players home from India and the agonies of losing his job
Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Zubairi Sentongo swapped poverty in Uganda for homelessness in Britain. But a YMCA scheme connected him with a couple offering warmth and shelter
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal