Murray Beats Gasquet To Reach Roland Garros SFs
Scot will face defending champion Wawrinka next
The semi-final contest will be the 16th time Murray has faced Wawrinka, who beat Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in three sets 6-1, 6-2, 7-6(7). Murray leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 8-7, but Wawrinka, the defending Roland Garros champion, has won their past three meetings, including a 2013 contest on clay at Monte-Carlo.
“He's been at the top of the game for a number of years and is still improving,” Murray said. “It will be obviously very tough. He plays well on that court, so I'll have to play great tennis to beat him.”
Gasquet, who was playing in his first Roland Garros quarter-final, looked like he might continue his best run in Paris. With the French crowd behind him, the ninth seed broke Murray twice to come back from a 2-5 deficit and win the first set on his fourth set point opportunity. The 29-year-old Frenchman oozed with self-belief as he pumped his fist throughout the comeback.
With Rod Laver looking on, Gasquet fell behind again at 2-5 in the second set only to come back and force a tie-break by playing more aggressive and attacking the net. Gasquet led 3/1 in the tie-break when a backhand clipped the net cord and gave Murray an open court for a winner. Second seed Murray then reeled off the next five points to even their 11th meeting.
"I'm leading 3/1... Then he is playing unbelievable," Gasquet said.
Murray said, “That stretch of five or six points was huge from 3/1... Those points changed the match.”
From there, it was all Murray. The World No. 2 sensed a momentum shift and broke a dispirited Gasquet to start the third set. Once Murray got rolling, the Frenchman struggled to even engage him in rallies as the Brit neared the finish line. "I knew I needed to push him... He just played very good," Gasquet said. "To be honest, he just played better than me. He didn't miss a return... When I'm playing a guy like Murray who is never missing a return, it's very difficult."
Murray broke Gasquet five times and never faced a break point in the third and fourth sets. He now leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 8-3, including three matches at Roland Garros.
"Obviously the match could have been more comfortable had I done better serving out the first two sets. But, aside from that, I was playing some good stuff," Murray said. "I finished the match extremely well, I think. It wasn't easy for me today."