Tournament: Roland Garros
Category: Grand Slam
Location: Paris, France
Date/Time: 31.05.2016 at 16:00
Thumbs up for Day 9!
— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 30, 2016
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.”
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.
— Troll Tennis (@TrollTennis) April 10, 2016
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.
— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 19, 2016
“[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.”
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) May 28, 2016
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.”