2009 French Open – Andy Murray Limps Out

roland_garros_logo1Andy Murray limped out of the 2009 French Open losing to Fernando Gonzalez in 4 sets, 6-3 3-6, 6-0 6-4.

Murray uncharacteristically through away the match in the third set when his solid approach of simply don’t miss broke down and Murray started spraying unforced errors on both forehand and backhand.

His form picked up slightly in the 4th set, but after breaking back in the 9th game he cheaply allowed Gonzalez to race to 0-40  on the Murray serve and the world number 12 Gonzalez only needed one chance to reach the semi-final at Roland Garros for the first time in 9 attempts.

Gonzalez will now face Robin Soderling after the Swede destroyed Davydenko 6-1 6-3 6-1.

Andy Murray v Fernando Gonzalez Preview
Posted 01st June 2009Andy Murray will take on the 12th seed, Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez on Tuesday 2nd June 2009 in the quarter final of the 2009 French Open at Roland Garros.

The Match will be 2nd on the Philippe Chatrier court with the Darina Safina v Victoria Azarenka quarter final on before. That match is scheduled to start at 2pm (1pm Uk time) so Murray will probably be on about 3.30pm local time (4.30pm UK time).

The match will be screened live on BBC 2, BBC interactive (via red button and online) and Eurosport.

Murray will be competing in third career grand slam quarter final after reaching the Wimbledon quarter final in 2008 and of course reaching the US open final in 2008. He has already out done his previous French Open best after reaching the quarter final, his previous best finish was last year when he was knocked out in the third round by Spain’s Nicolas Almagro.

Murray’s opponent Fernando Gonzalez is the Chilean number 1 and currently ranked 12th in the world. At 28, the clay court specialist can easily be called a veteran. He has competed in the French  Open in 8 previous occasions compared with Murray’s two and has reached the quarter finals on 2 previous occasions, losing to Juan Carlos Ferrero in 2003 and Roger Federer last year.

Gonzalez loves to play on clay and is considered a clay court specialist. He’s won numerous titles on clay, though his best results have surprisingly come on hard courts, reaching the final of the Australian Open in 2007 and the Olympics final in 2008. He took out Jiri Vanek  in the first round, Rui Machado in the second round, Josselin Ouanna in the third round and 30th seed Victor Hanescu in the last round.


Murray and Gonzalez have met twice previously and the score is 1-1. Both matches were a long a time ago, their last meeting was in the 2006 US open, Murray winning in 5 sets 6-3 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-2.

Andy Murray for the first time this week is not the overwhelming odds on favorite to win, he is still the slight favorite. Best odds around from traditional bookmakers is 2/3 (1.67) from William Hill, though as usual you will get best odds at Betfair, 36/25 (1.68) from Betfair.

If your thinking of backing Gonzalez , then 36/25 (2.44) is the best of the odds available.

Player Andrew Murray Fernando Gonzalez
Traditional Odds Decimal Odds Traditional Odds Decimal Odds
Betfair 17/25 1.68 36/25 2.44
William Hill 2/3 1.67 11/10 2.1
Bet 365 33/50 1.66 6/5 2.2
Bet Fred 31/50 1.62 5/4 2.25
Coral 31/50 1.62 6/5 2.2
Sky Bet 31/50 1.62 5/4 2.25
Paddy Power 31/50 1.62 5/4 2.25
SportingBet 3/5 1.6 5/4 2.25
Expekt.com 3/5 1.6 7/5 2.4
Ladbrokes 57/100 1.57 5/4 2.25
Stan James 57/100 1.57 69/50 2.38
Blue Square 53/100 1.53 69/50 2.38