Masterful Murray Powers into Quarter Finals

Andy Murray v Gasquet

Under the watchful eyes of  the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, world number 4 Andy power powered past Frenchman Richard Gasquet to claim his place in the quarter-finals for the fourth year in a row.

Murray avoided any five-set marathons when he claimed a close first set on a tie break from then on Murray  powered through the match hitting 44 winners and breaking serve three times to defeat Gasquet in just over two hours.

Murray is now unbeaten in 8 matches having won the Queen’s Club title in the lead-up to Wimbledon. The Scot is bidding to become the first British male singles winner at The Championships since Fred Perry triumphed in 1936. Murray will face Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in the quarter finals. Lopez saved two match points as he fought back to defeat Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot 3-6, 6-7(5), 7-6(7), 7-5, 7-5.

The history between Murray and Gasquet was all that was talked about in the build up to today’s fourth-round match, with the Scot having come back from two sets and a break down in their last two encounters at the 2010 French Open and more  famously at Wimbledon in 2008.

Murray made a slow start once again, having to save a break point in his opening service game. At the time it may not have seemed significant, however it was the only break of the whole first set, which end the proved a critical moment albeit that it was just the first game of the match. Failure to save that break point could have given the match a different complexion.

And so the first set headed to a tie break and Murray stepped up his game securing an immediate min break only to lose on the next point, that pattern continued as Murray once again claimed a mini break only to hand it back to Gasquet. The defining came at 4-3 in the breaker with Gasquet serving, a lengthy baseline exchange saw Murray frustrate his opponent with his back hand slice eventually securing the forehand error of the Gasquet racket.

Murray won the next two points to claim the first set and from there took control of the match.