Melbourne - World No 1 Andy Murray took to the Melbourne
Park practice courts without obvious discomfort on Thursday just a few hours
after turning his right ankle during a second round match at the Australian
The British top seed said he heard a "few little
crackles" on Wednesday after taking a nasty tumble in the third set of his
6-3 6-0 6-2 win over Russian teenager Andrey Rublev on Rod Laver Arena.
The 29-year-old Wimbledon and Olympic champion added the
joint was "a bit sore" but he would only know the true extent of the
injury after a night's sleep.
It must have been with some relief then, that he was able to
take to Court 17 to the cheers of a couple of hundred fans on a sunny Thursday
Starting out with a few tentative stamps of his right foot
to test the vulnerable joint, he was soon in full flow, punching the ball back
over the net to his training partner and moving freely around the court.
Murray, who has reached the Australian Open final five times
but has yet to win the title, next faces big-serving American Sam Querrey in
the third round on Friday.