Murray through as Benneteau retires

By for on
Andy Murray advanced to the fourth round of the Monte Carlo Masters event after his opponent injured his ankle and wrist in a fall.

The scores were level at 5-5 in the first set when Benneteau came to an abrupt stop half way through a slide and from the Frenchman's reaction it was clear that something was seriously wrong.

The Murray on show today was markedly different from Tuesdays razor sharp vanquisher of Troicki. The Scot seemed ponderous in his movements and offered up a plethora of unforced errors on both wings. Benneteau by comparison was dictating play with a combination of timely forehand winners and delicate drop shots.

Next up is either Berdych or Nishikori.
Berdych it is.
April 19, 2012, 11:49 AM
By Bevc

Just to be exact, the fall occurred on the 5-all, 30-0 point to Andy. And maybe it'd be worth mentioning  that the scoreline was 6-5 to Andy, when Benneteau had to retire.

Also, is he not through to the 'Quarterfinal' as opposed to the'fourth round'?
April 19, 2012, 12:00 PM
By matchpoint

So Andy would probably have won the match, but it really is disappointing how he can change from being a player at the top of his game one day to being the sluggish, sloppy one we saw today.  At one point the comm I was listening to said there wasn't much difference between the world No.4 and the world No.31 - and he wasn't being disrespectful to Benneteau who was a pleasure to watch.  Feel really gutted for him and Andy was clearly upset by the incident, caring person that he is.

Andy will definitely need to find Tuesday's form against Berdych.
April 19, 2012, 12:10 PM
By Aileen

I agree with Matchpoint. Can any one say why this happens. Andy often points to poor preparation, flying in too later and the like if he makes an early exit, but none of this seems to wash when he's played so well just before.

Why does it happen - any suggestions?
April 19, 2012, 04:44 PM
By FartyFartFarter

I Didnt see the match..  did Andy play that bad?  why are you all criticizing  him?!
April 19, 2012, 04:55 PM
By backhandslice

I can't believe Benneteau even tried to carry on. He was practically in tears when he went over! Poor chap. Murray never really got going but he was competing well enough. Berdych will be tricky...
April 19, 2012, 04:59 PM
By nestingus

He didn't play particularly awful (like against Anderson or Garcia-Lopez) but he was just a bit inconsistent and quite passive. Benneteau was the one really dictating the rallies and hitting the winners. Personally I think Andy would have nicked the first set as he just seemed to be getting the edge when the incident happened. Then again, it's easy to say that in hindsight.

I think the main reason for the criticism is because of the high expectations he set after the Troicki match. Had that been a scrappy win as well then it would just be case of getting used to the new surface. But after such a dominant performance he then regressed today.

He will certainly have to improve if he wants to beat Berdych. Not feeling confident about that one after today, truth be told.
April 19, 2012, 05:02 PM
By TheMadHatter

Andy played very well to begin with and broke to lead 2-0.  A long service game followed when Benneteau managed to break back and from then on Andy seemed to be out of sorts, berating himself for minor errors.  Having said that he played some fantastic shots and I, for one, never doubted that he would eventually win the match.  He even won one point when he hit 10 shots with a racquet with a broken string!  Seemingly the court was playing much slower than it had been, partly because it had just been watered and partly because it was very much colder today.  It was also the first match up and the stands were half empty so there was very little atmosphere.  Andy didn't serve well today and that put him on the back foot a bit.  I'm sure we'll see a different Andy against Berdych tomorrow.
April 19, 2012, 05:08 PM
By Alis

I missed the match. Good job Andy.
April 19, 2012, 05:10 PM
By janetx

Cmon Andy  beat Berdych now I believe in you Smile

April 19, 2012, 05:12 PM
By backhandslice

Yes not on top form today. Think the court was slower and it was quite cold. Sorry about Benneteau he had a hard fall it was obvious that he could not continue. This is the second accident in this tournament. Andy said there are holes in the court and it was about the same area were Monaco fell. Also other matches affected quite a lot of rain today. Hope the weather gets better and the courts dry out.
April 19, 2012, 05:18 PM
By Littlebuddha

I think the conditions were not too good this morning slower court which Andy would not have liked.

Berdych lost the first set to the Japanese, so I think Andy will be be on his guard and play better.
April 19, 2012, 05:45 PM
By jdonald

Only saw a bit of this but: Andy is not an early start person! When forced to, he always begins slowly. He did seem grumpy and distracted by his blister which I think effected his serve, which was  poor again and I noticed he was fussing with the ball toss.
But I had no doubt he would win. Time and again you see lower ranked players playing lights out and then Andy wears them down. They have to continually go for the lines and eventually they can't do it any more.
So, onward and upwards  cmon yeah
April 19, 2012, 06:27 PM
By blueberryhill

It was not a great match to day .... i was stonished ... let's go Andy !!!  Heart racquet
April 19, 2012, 07:08 PM

Another early start for Andy tomorrow, unfortunately, and it's supposed to be windy.  The plus points are that Andy knows what the court is like at that time in the morning and Berdych hasn't played on Centre Court yet.  C'mon Andy!!!!
April 19, 2012, 07:25 PM
By Alis

Doesn't sound like missed much today. Don't like sound of windy tomorrow as doesn't suit andy.let's hope he and lendl learned lessons from today if played as poorly as some have suggested.
April 19, 2012, 08:09 PM
By Ruthie

He didn't actually play poorly - just not as well as he did in his previous match,  Some shots were absolute genius and the result was never really in doubt.
April 19, 2012, 08:23 PM
By Alis

He didn't actually play poorly - just not as well as he did in his previous match,  Some shots were absolute genius and the result was never really in doubt.

and Benneteau was playing well. Andy was always ahead, except one point at 4 all, 0-15.
April 19, 2012, 08:26 PM
By Elena

and Benneteau was playing well. Andy was always ahead, except one point at 4 all, 0-15.

By the time Benneteau fell, i was still optimistic that Andy still had a good chance to win the first set; and that he could play into his game as the match went on.
Hope he's firing on all cylinders against Berdych though - more tricky and more history!
April 19, 2012, 10:05 PM
By matchpoint

He played really far back today.
April 20, 2012, 12:21 AM
By drchef

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