Murray’s wrist injury leaves Cilic in with a shot of progressing
Andy Murray will play through the pain when he faces Marian Cilic in Paris tonight after suffering a wrist injury during his defeat of David Nalbandian.
Murray sustained a serious tendon injury in his wrist in Hamburg three years ago which kept him sidelined for both the French Open and Wimbledon, and if this is injury is a reoccurrence of that, then Murray’s preparations for the Australian Open will be seriously hampered.
His decision to play through the pain against Marian Cilic may seem brave now, but should it cause Murray to retire then that would almost certainly rule him out of the ATP World Tour finals in London in two weeks.
Murray has claimed that his wrist feels fine, but with doubts surrounding his fitness, the 3/10 available for Murray to beat Cilic may be best avoided.
“I have had a few problems with it in the past and it was quite a sharp pain but it feels fine now,” said Murray.
Cilic hasn’t been in the best of form on the hard courts this season and lost to Nalbandian, Murray’s second round victim, in Basle last week.
The thought that his opponent is not at full strength may however buoy Cilic into believeing victory is possible and the Frenchman is 12/5 to beat Murray.
The two have face five times throughout their career with Murray leading 4-1, including a four set win in the Australian Open earlier in the year.
But with the finals in London coming up next week, there may be a slight caution about Murray’s game which Cilic can take advantage of and the Frenchman is 9/2 to win in three sets.
Murray and Cilic are due on court after Roger Federer’s match with Radek Stepanek, Federer is 1/25 to beat Stepanek.
The winner of the Murray/Cilic match will face Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals. See the full BNP Paribas Masters betting odds here.