Murray encouraged by manner of win over Gasquet


Andy Murray believes the manner in which he beat Richard Gasquet should stand him in good stead when he faces Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals of the French Open.

Second seed Murray produced another fightback to see off the Frenchman 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 6-2 in the last eight on Court Philippe Chatrier and silence a partisan crowd.

It was not all plain sailing for the two-time grand-slam champion, who relinquished a 5-2 lead to lose the first set and came from a mini-break down in a second-set tie-break to reach a third successive semi-final at Roland Garros.

Murray has never featured in a final at the Paris major, but feels he is in good shape to enter uncharted territory as he prepares to face the defending champion on Friday.

The Brit said: "I think I played some really good stuff. I do think I played well. Obviously the match could have been maybe more comfortable had I done a bit better serving out the first two sets. 

"But aside from that, you know, I was playing some good stuff.

"I finished the match extremely well, I think. It wasn't easy for me. I played two guys where you get zero rhythm - [Ivo] Karlovic and [John] Isner. Then a two-day break where you're barely hitting any balls because of the conditions. It was 30, 40 minutes of hitting.

"Then coming out and playing a completely different match, I thought I did well for the most part in a tough atmosphere, too. It's not bad."

Murray thinks some of the tactics he used to beat Gasquet may serve him well when he takes on Wawrinka.

"They obviously have some similarities, but Stan probably hits a flatter ball. Richard plays with quite a lot of height and spin," the world number two added.

"Stan definitely plays a bit flatter off his forehand and can hit his backhand flat, as well as having a bigger serve. But there are similarities there, for sure.

"So at least I got used to playing against a single-hander who can use the angles, change the direction up the line. So for that it was good preparation, but Stan definitely serves a little bit bigger.

"Not like Richard is easy to break, but Stan is a tough guy to break when he's serving well."