French Open 2012: It was a shock to win, admits Andy Murray

British No1 Andy Murray admits it was shock to battle injury and come from behind to beat Jarkko Nieminen on Thursday

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Andy Murray moved into the third round with victory over Jarkko Nieminen Photo: Marianne Bevis

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Andy Murray has described his “shock” to be in the French Open third round after the debilitated fourth seed came from a set down to beat Jarkko Nieminen 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday.

The 25-year-old was battling a back injury prior to his second-round match and struggled to serve or move around the court freely in the opening set.

Murray fell behind in the second, before his condition improved dramatically and he was able to overturn Nieminen’s 4-2 lead to level the tie.

The British No1 then completed a remarkable turnaround in just over an hour to set up a third-round clash against Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo.

“I didn’t find it that satisfying [winning despite his back injury]. I just couldn’t believe I had won,” said Murray.

“I guess when you’re in that position, especially in a Grand Slam, yeah, emotionally it’s pretty challenging, because you’re only one or two points away from having to stop.

“Like I say, I couldn’t believe I was in a position to win at the end of the fourth set, so I was starting to get a bit, you know, edgy.

“And, yeah, I just couldn’t believe that I had won when I finished the match. Yeah, rather than it being satisfying, it was just quite emotional.”

Murray will look to continue his campaign at Roland Garros despite the on-going back problem, with the world No4 optimistic the injury will improve during his recovery time between matches.

“Well, I’m going to try and carry on regardless, whether it’s a bit sorer tomorrow or two days’ time, I’m going to carry on,” he added.

“I just try and do all the right things to recover as best as possible.”

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