Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Murray Ready to Put His Back into It Again in Giraldo Rematch

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Murray Ready to Put His Back into It Again in Giraldo Rematch

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Byline: Chris Jones Tennis Correspondent, in Paris

NDY MURRAY has been warned he will face a severe test of his back injury when he tackles Santiago Giraldo in the French Open here tomorrow.

The British No1 survived a major scare against Jarkko Nieminen yesterday when he admits he was " a couple of points" away from quitting as the pain of a back spasm made it impossible for him to do anything but try to get the ball back into play in the first set.

A combination of medication and stretching from one of the Tour physios allowed Murray to battle back into a match that seemed a hopeless cause but given the spasm arrived without warning, it could become a factor in the third-round match.

Colombian Giraldo, a clay-court specialist, believes his form has improved since Murray beat him 6-1, 6-2 in Barcelona last month and said: "I can make it hard for him on clay and I am playing really well on this surface. So if he has a problem with his back then it will be tough for him."

After Murray eventually came through yesterday 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2, he played down fears he could have caused longterm harm by carrying on.

"The injury is completely different to what I had before, but the two could be connected, because they are very close to each other," said the world No4. "If you are a little bit weakened in one spot and over compensate using other muscles, that could cause them to spasm.

"I am not doing myself any actual damage by playing with what I have and I am going to try to carry on regardless, whether it's a bit sore tomorrow or two days' time.

"Sometimes muscles are doing too much work because you're a bit weak in that area. But my physio is one of the best. No doubt about that. His advice before the match was that by playing you're not going to do any permanent damage, so go out and give it a go, see how it feels. I am taking all the right medication and seeing the doctor, and I will do the best I can."

Murray also hit back at criticism from former Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade who branded the Scot "a drama queen". …

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