Preview: ANDY MURRAY VS RICHARD GASQUET

by: TennisMood May 30, 2016 308

Preview: ANDY MURRAY VS RICHARD GASQUET

Tournament: Roland Garros
Category: Grand Slam
Location: Paris, France
Ground: Clay
Date/Time: 31.05.2016 at 16:00

ANDY MURRAY VS RICHARD GASQUET

ANDY MURRAY VS RICHARD GASQUET

  • Due to bad weather on Monday the French Open announced that all play for the day had been cancelled.
  • Tournament organisers hope to squeeze in the matches that were planned for today and tomorrow all together, so Andy Murray is still scheduled to play Richard Gasquet on Tuesday.
  • Merciless Sunday of the Briton Andy Murray

    Three times a semi-finalist here Murray arrived in Paris in the best clay-court form of his career.

    The No.2 seed Murray reached 20 quarter-finals in his last 21 Grand Slams carving out a businesslike 7-6(9), 6-4, 6-3 victory over John Isner on Sunday in two hours 40 minutes. It meant a new landmark for him.

    “To be honest, I’m pumped to be in the quarters of a Slam. Obviously, the atmosphere will be tough but I don’t mind that. I played a number of times against French players here in difficult atmospheres and I managed okay.”

    Actually, he just has far too much game for the big men. His career record now reads 7-0 against Karlovic and 6-0 against Isner.

    The victory sets up what should be a cracking last-eight game between Murray and his old rival Richard Gasquet. The pair have had met 10 times before, including a couple of five-set classics at Wimbledon and Roland-Garros that Murray won.

  • The winner Andy Murray will meet Richard Gasquet in the quarters.
  • For the first time Richard Gasquet has reached the Roland-Garros quarter-finals.

    The 29-year-old Frenchman Richard Gasquet reached the quarter-finals of his home Grand Slam, what he had never done in 12 previous campaigns with his defeat of Kei Nishikori.

    “[I was] just motivated to play in the fourth round against one of the biggest players in the world with all the crowd cheering for me in Paris [on the] biggest stage in the world for a French player. That’s why I really wanted to win this match,”-said Richard on press conference.

    His blistering 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 upset of an out-of-sorts Kei Nishikori came despite the odds tilted against him. Despite holding down the ninth seeding, Gasquet had lost six of his past seven matches against top-10 opponents and in his four prior fourth round appearances in Paris he had never progressed.

    “Very difficult, especially against [Stan] Wawrinka a few years ago, I think I was leading two sets to love. So of course, it’s a great match for me to win [against] the No. 6 in the world on central court in Paris,” Gasquet said.

    “[I was] just motivated to play in the fourth round against one of the biggest players in the world with all the crowd cheering for me in Paris [on the] biggest stage in the world for a French player. That’s why I really wanted to win this match.”

    “I really wanted to do a good match today, and I think this rain interruption did me a world of good, because we had a very good chat,” Gasquet said of reconvening with coach Sergi Bruguera during the rain delay.

    “I was at 4-2 in the first. I wasn’t following the right strategy. If I don’t hit back with this type of player, there’s no way I could have won. Winning the first set was great for the rest. It was a big game.”

    Gasquet has only beaten the Scot in three of 10 clashes. He doesn’t care that the odds will be against him once more.

    I need to play very offensive, because if not, it will be difficult for me to win,” he said. “[It was like] a Davis Cup match for me today … I admit it made a big difference for me. And of course it will be the same on Tuesday, but for sure I need to play a big match to [beat] Andy.

    “We have played together very often. He’s always defeated me in the Grand Slams, but I’d like to change the tide.”

  • Here’s what Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet were doing the last time Roger Federer missed a Grand Slam!
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