From the very beginning of the match, the Brit’ back problems seem to have returned and stopped him from moving around the court with confidence. The pain was also visible when serving and the experienced Nieminen used this situation very well in his favour, securing himself a double break to go 4-0 up in the first set. It was no surprise that the trainer was called for the ailing Brit. Despite Murray getting one break back, he was unable to change the outcome of the set.
The world no.4 got into more problems when trailing 4-2 in the second set and it almost looked that there is no way back for him. But he clinched his teeth together and managed to take the Finn’s serve to level the score at 4-4. Nieminen put some more pressure on the Scot in the very next game, but was unable to convert any of the three break points he had. It was Murray who struck again in the 10th game and with a bit of help from the Finn, he closed out the set.
Nieminen got broken again at the beginning of the third set and he showed his frustration by flinging away his racket. Murray regained confidence and despite not moving 100% well, he allowed the Finn only one game as he took a 2-1 set lead.
It is remarkable, how the British no.1 managed to turn around this encounter. With some more unforced errors from Nieminen, he grabbed the fourth set comfortably and sailed to victory in 2 hours and 27 minutes.
Also through to the third round are no.6 seed Spaniard David Ferrer, who outclassed Benoit Paire of France, beating him 6-3 6-3 6-2 and Argentine Juan Monaco after eliminating Czech’s Lukas Rosol 7-6 (4) 6-0 7-6 (5).