Murray progresses after injury scare

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Andy Murray has beaten Latvia's Ernests Gulbis 5-7 6-1 6-4 to reach the last eight at Queen's

Dark clouds had been gathering over Queen's Club all morning and it was no surprise when play was suspended in Murray's match with the score at 2-2.

In fact both Murray and Gulbis had complained to the umpire during the fourth game that the court was becoming dangerously slippery, Murray sliding straight into the net as he chased down a Gulbis drop shot.

The Scot had also gone over on his left ankle in the previous game and was clearly keen not to carry on and risk another serious injury.

The delay lasted just 20 minutes, with the court remaining uncovered, and Murray returned to hold serve for a 3-2 lead.

The next five games also went with serve until an incident-packed 11th game saw Murray lose his serve. Murray saved one break point after he was hit by the ball trying to avoid a Gulbis forehand which was going out, but he then served a double fault to gift his opponent a 6-5 lead.

The 21-year-old then received a medical time-out for treatment on his right thumb which he appeared to injure while saving that first break point.

Murray resumed play but was soon in the wars again, sliding into the advertising boards at the side of the court as he chased a Gulbis volley.

It was all in vain however, Gulbis holding serve to take the opening set 7-5.

Murray received more treatment before the start of the second set but, despite grimacing from time to time, showed few ill effects as he stormed back to level the match.

The Scot broke Gulbis for a 3-1 lead and immediately saved two break points to move 4-1 ahead, and a second break helped him take the set 6-1 and set up an intriguing decider.

Murray was rapidly running out of parts of his body to injure, this time screaming out in pain as his right food slid out from under him behind the baseline in the opening game of the decider.

After limping back to his chair, the sixth seed took another medical time-out and received a thigh and neck massage before being able to continue, Gulbis holding serve for a 1-0 lead.

Both players then held serve comfortably until a moment of magic from Murray forged the crucial break, retrieving a smash from Gulbis, with the Latvian then netting on the volley to give Murray a 5-4 lead.

And Murray then served out to seal a 5-7 6-1 6-4 victory and a quarter-final clash with Roddick.