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Only injury can deny Murray victory against Troicki

| 30.05.2011

Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and two-time French Open runner-up Robin Soderling are among the big names in fourth-round action at the start of the second week in Paris…

Andy Murray v Viktor Troicki

The results of Murray’s ankle scan showed no serious damage and he is expected to fulfil his fourth-round match with Troicki. Provided there are no ill effects, he should have no trouble reaching his second French Open quarter-final at 4/11.

The fourth seed is yet to drop a set in this year’s tournament and he has been dominant in his three previous meetings with the Serbian, so odds of 7/4 on him triumphing 3-0 are very reasonable.

Gilles Simon v Robin Soderling

The only surviving Frenchman left in the top half of the draw has his work cut out keeping the home crowd happy against a man who always appears to save his best for Roland Garros, reaching the final in each of the last two years.

A tough draw makes it unlikely that the Swede will complete a hat-trick but he is giving it a good go, and having won his last two clashes with Simon, he has to be fancied at 1/3, while the 3-1 margin of victory appeals at 5/2.

Rafael Nadal v Ivan Ljubicic

Nadal recovered from his first-round wobble against John Isner with easy wins over Pablo Andujar and Antonio Veic, yet his chances of a sixth French Open title look increasingly slim as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer impress.

Ljubicic has beaten the world number one twice before, however he has never taken a set off of him on clay, which is why the Spaniard is 2/7 to send a message to those eyeing up his title by progressing 3-0.

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John Klee