Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Andy Murray Through To French Open Semi Finals After 5-7, 7-6, 6-0, 6-2 Victory Against Richard Gasquet.

Andy Murray bounces back from losing first set to beat home favourite Richard Gasquet in French Open quarter-finals 

  • Andy Murray will take on reigning champion Stan Wawrinka in next round
  • The world No 2 lost the first set 7-5 before going on to take next three sets
  • Murray will face Wawrinka on Friday following victory against Frenchman

Andy Murray ended up bullying his way into the last four of the French Open, with Richard Gasquet again the unfortunate victim.
The 29-year-old Scot is through to his fourth semi-final at Roland Garros after coming from behind for the third time against Gasquet at Roland Garros to beat him 5-7, 7-6, 6-0, 6-2 in three hours and 23 minutes.
He will now face defending champion Stan Wawrinka, who defeated Spanish outsider Albert Ramos Vinola 6-2, 6-1, 7-6. With Novak Djokovic facing an awkward schedule in that he has to play his quarter-final on Friday ahead of Friday's semis, Murray will believe that this could yet be his year. 
Andy Murray has sealed his spot in the French Open semi-finals after overcoming Richard Gasquet 
Andy Murray has sealed his spot in the French Open semi-finals after overcoming Richard Gasquet 
The Brit endured a slow start to Wednesday's quarter-final and lost the first set against the Frenchman 
The Brit endured a slow start to Wednesday's quarter-final and lost the first set against the Frenchman 
Murray, pictured returning the ball to his quarter-final opponent, moved through the gears as match went on
Murray, pictured returning the ball to his quarter-final opponent, moved through the gears as match went on.

It has not been easy as he trailed 3-1 in the tiebreak, and had he consolidated a 5-2 lead in the first set everything might have been considerably more straightforward.
But on yet another day of charcoal skies in the French capital he once again found a way to get past the finishing post, chiding himself for much of the way. He maintained his phenomenal consistency at the Grand Slams, which has now seen him reach the semi-finals nineteen times in all.
'There was some great tennis and fun points to watch in the first two sets. It was very important for me to win the second because it was a very physical match up to that point,' said Murray.
'I was using a lot of dropshots at the beginning and it was working and maybe I played a few too many. Then I started dictating points with my forehand and making adjustments.
'Stan has played great tennis here the last couple of years, it will be extremely difficult. Hopefully I can play my best tennis and reach my first final.'
Murray came into this match with his proud 15-1 record against home players in their own Grand Slams, suggesting that he is rarely intimidated.
But with the hour only just after lunch many of the corporate seats around the court were empty – something that French players have complained of before – and it was hardly a cauldron.
Murray kept the atmosphere cool by looking rock solid on his way to 5-2, only to then suffer a complete lapse in the areas where he had begun so strong. 
Gasquet, playing in front of home support at Roland Garros, vents his frustrating during Wednesday's match 
Gasquet, playing in front of home support at Roland Garros, vents his frustrating during Wednesday's match 
The 29-year-old Scot roars during his quarter-final - which saw him lose first set before he battle back to win
The 29-year-old Scot roars during his quarter-final - which saw him lose first set before he battle back to win

The tactic of repeatedly dropshotting lost its effectiveness as he continually miscued, and his usually ultra-reliable backhand began to misfire. The frustration led to a steady rise in his chuntering, and with Gasquet waving his backhand like a magic wand he roared back to parity and then took the set, much to the delight of a fired up Court Philippe Chatrier.
Murray missed two early break opportunities in the second but then rebooted his game to go 5-2 ahead again, becoming more aggressive, only for the same thing to happen. Gasquet again played his best when behind and came within two points of a break at 5-5.
With Murray babbling away at the changeovers, cursing and swishing imaginary backhands, another semi-final was starting to look in serious danger. That was even more the case when a double fault sent him 1-3 down in the tiebreak.
But Murray responded to that with an ace, and then bore down to reel off the next five points as well.
That seemed to completely knock the stuffing out of the Frenchman, and he took the next set in just 27 minutes, winning every point on his first serve. We are sometimes quizzical about him – the French are very much the same about Gasquet.
With the Frenchman unhappy – justifiably – about being given a time violation on break point he continued to unravel while Murray, his first serve coming to the fore as conditions appeared to speed up a little. In the end it was a rout, but Wawrinka will be tougher to crack. 
Gasquet, the world No 12, produced a spirited performance against Murray but was unable to secure a victory 
Gasquet, the world No 12, produced a spirited performance against Murray but was unable to secure a victory 
(Left to right) Murray's coaching staff Jamie Delgado, fitness trainer Matt Little and physio Mark Bender
(Left to right) Murray's coaching staff Jamie Delgado, fitness trainer Matt Little and physio Mark Bender
The world No 2's delight was for all to see as be battled back from going one set down to securing a victory 
The world No 2's delight was for all to see as be battled back from going one set down to securing a victory 
 Murray uses his backhand to return to the ball to 29-year-old Gasquet, who was backed by a home crowd 
 Murray uses his backhand to return to the ball to 29-year-old Gasquet, who was backed by a home crowd
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