Murray Explodes Into The Quarter Finals

by The Insider on June 4, 2012 · 0 comments

in ATP News, Grand Slams

World number 4 Andy Murray came back from a set down to progress into the quarter finals of Roland Garros, with a 1-6 6-4 6-1 6-2 win over Richard Gasquet.

Murray started off slow with short strokes and a weak serve, while Gasquet really let his backhand shine with some inspiring tennis. The first set didn’t seem like much of a contest with the only standout point being a classic Murray running forehand passing shot, but it wasnt enough to make up for a lacklustre several games and Gasquet took the set.

The two players were very much on par at the beginning of the second set and it looked like this could be an epic encounter, with a break by Murray then a break back for Gasquet. There seemed to be friction between the two players throughout the set and a controversial line call clearly spooked the Frenchman and Murray managed to gain momentum and take the second set.

The third set was gone in the blink of an eye, with the Brit just accelerating his forehand and executing breathtaking drop shots to romp his way to a two set to one lead. The final set of the match was more of the same, the Frenchman did manage to save two match points and force Murray to serve it out, he raced through the game and seals the match on the third match point with a running forehand down the line.

The world number 4 plays the tricky Spaniard David Ferrer in the quarter finals, Ferrer isn’t able to match Andy on hard or grass, but his clay court form has always been superior to Murray’s so it will be a massive test for the British number 1. Being the only non spanish player left on his side of the draw , this is where the challenge really starts for Murray!

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