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.
usually these days I can't stomach the insipid gutless way Andy goes about his business on a tennis court ....until today. sadly it took injury to force him to play attacking tennis so, basically, one hopes he doesn't recover BUT PLAYS ON ANYWAY! some chance.
at the very least I'm hoping he doesnt use it as an excuse for yet another Slam exit
worst case is he'll carry on, revert to his dreadful percentage game, lose next round and tell us what a success its all been.