Murray plays down ankle concerns

Andy Murray has played down fears of an ankle trouble after his second-round win over Andrey Rublev at the Australian Open.


Andy Murray goes down clutching his right ankle during his second-round match.

Andy Murray moved to downplay fears after he rolled his right ankle in the third set of his second-round win against Andrey Rublev at the Australian Open. The top seed and World No. 1 looked in fine form on Rod Laver Arena, comfortably progressing 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 against his teenage opponent.

But there was a moment of concern at 1-1 in the final set when Murray went down clutching his ankle after chasing down a ball. He recovered to break in that game but was still moving somewhat gingerly for a time before securing his place in the next round and a meeting with Sam Querrey.

'Little bit stiff'

"I don't know how bad it is. Just normally if it's something severe, a serious ankle injury, you can't put weight on your foot," Murray said in his media conference. "Ankles, you normally feel a bit worse 20 or 30 minutes after you stop moving around on them. It's just a little bit stiff just now. It's okay. I don't think I've done too much damage.

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"There's not a whole lot you can do apart from that [icing] just now. I'll see in the morning how it feels when I wake up. But hopefully it will be all right. It's not too bad. It's all right. Just a bit sore. It can sometimes swell overnight. I'll just have to wait and see in the morning.

"I heard a few sort of little crackles, and it was sore. It was throbbing - kind of - for the rest of the match. I was moving fine on it, though. It was just sore. So you're thinking about it because you have a little bit of pain when you're moving around. Also when you're moving into certain positions again on the court, you don't want to do the same movement again. But, yeah, I was moving fine towards the end of the match."

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