If Andy Murray's wind-affected previous match was the perfect storm, this 6-2 6-3 6-2 victory over Michael Berrer in the third round of the French Open was a walk in the park until the Scot turned his ankle early in the second set.
In the early stages, Murray's millpond calm in the face of relentless aggression from the man The Times' Neil Harman had described as 'the bear', had crafted a fascinating match of slice and dice, chip and charge, and drop and lob.
The 16-stone German, who moves on clay like a Panzer tank, was bellowing his way to net only to be undone by Murray's crisp, beaten drives that explored the acreage of Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Despite the best efforts of the world number 95, both sword and shield were working well for the Scot, and sweet strikes off the ground and a welter of drop shots helped Murray break twice and take the first set 6-2. Read more (465 words)
The second opened in a similar vein, with Berrer holding for 1-1 after a brutal, 17-minute game in which Murray spurned an easy forehand volley for a 2-0 lead. Then, with the Scot ahead 2-1, came the incident that changed this match from one of infinite variety to a bear hunt conducted with a blunderbuss.
Chasing a Berrer drop shot at deuce, the world number four pushed off on his right foot and went over clumsily. Murray yowled, hopped and grimaced, before lying prostrate at the side of the court, heartbreak etched on his face.
As the trainer administered strapping, sprays and anti-inflammatories, the crowd waited to see if more than Murray's ankle had turned during the painful incident at net.
On the next point, the Scot moved smartly to deal with yet another Berrer dropshot and secure the break. If hope hadn't exactly sprung eternal, it had at least lifted its head from its hands and cocked an eyebrow.
Murray's tentative approach in conceding his next service game was probably the decisive factor in formulating Plan B. Electing to shorten the points, the British number one unleashed the full range of his mercurial abilities, generating monumental power on his groundshots.
With the German looking increasingly like a bear looking for a suitable place in the woods, Murray injected new urgency into his play with a view to hopping onto the treatment table with minimal delay.
As the Scot limped and grimaced, piledriven groundshots exploded off the red dirt, burying the German deep in the corners of the court, with Berrer's replies floated and flighted harmlessly into the tramlines.
Time and again, Murray undid the big German with the geometrical precision of his hitting and his willingness to take the ball early and cream it into the corners. As he scorched his way to the second set, some observers wondered if the turned ankle might just be a blessing in disguise.
With successive coaches urging Murray to take a more active approach to his game plans and being dismissed for their troubles, were we in 'virtue out of a necessity' territory? Could a turned ankle turn a career?
As yet more ferocious forehands rained down on the hapless German and trainers once again took scalpel, scissors and strapping to Murray's right ankle, fans could be forgiven for wishing the Scot would get hurt more often.
Murray completely dominated the third and final set, breaking twice with scintillating backhand-forehand combinations that tested the dimensions of the court and left the German bear foraging for stray berries.
The Scot sealed the match with another fierce groundshot combo and an animal scream. Fitness permitting, Murray now takes on Victor Troicki in round four, with fans surely hoping he'll continue to chance his arm - without further damaging his ankle.