Posted by Barrie on Monday, 24 May 2010

Andy Murray Comes From 2 Sets Down to Beat Gasquet Again

Andy Murray came from 2 sets and a break down in his opening round match against crowd favourite Richard Gasquet for a stunning 4-6 6-7 6-4 6-2 6-1.

Roll back two years and Andy Murray came back from two sets down to beat Richard Gasquet in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Back then, Andy Murray was comfortably beaten by Rafael Nadal in the quarter final.

In a tight opening set which saw limited break point opportunities for either player, it wasn't until game 10 before either player took the initiative. A poor service from Andy Murray at 4-5 saw Richard Gasquet take the first set.

The French player, who was suspended for three months last summer found his form prior to this tournament when he won the Nice Open, upsetting Fernando Verdasco in the final on Saturday. From early as the second set in this match he didn't look capable of going the distance. However he was pulling out a string of great backhand winners as he kept the pressure up on Andy Murray. It was a backhand from Murray into the net that saw Gasquet take the second set, 7-5 in a tie-break.

Progression was looking ominous at this point for Britain's number 1, and it looked despairing when his shot went into the tramlines on break point in game 5.

Momentum would soon shift as Andy Murray broke back immediately, his first break of the match, over two and a half hours in. After holding, Andy Murray broke again and was serving at 5-3 to take the set. At this point, Murray's service game would go beneath him and he handed Gasquet a chance to get back into the set. At 4-5, Gasquet failed to hold onto serve for the third consecutive attempt and Andy Murray had the upper hand going into the fourth set.

From this point onwards, Andy Murray didn't have too many struggles, but for needing to save a break point at 1-1 in the deciding set. After that, he ran away with the match.

Clearly last week's run in Nice affected Richard Gasquet who looked tired early in this match. Andy Murray had taken the whole week off after losing in the quarter finals of Madrid to David Ferrer. A five set opening round match isn't ideal, but he should have less problems in round two against Juan Ignacio Chela. Lifting his first Grand Slam isn't going to happen this time in Paris, but there are plenty of world ranking points to defend having reached the quarter finals of Roland Garros last year. His first serve percentage needs to improve if he wants to make that realistic; something that he has struggled with on clay this season.

Seeds, Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych, John Isner, Stanislas Wawrinka and Marcos Baghdatis all had comfortable straight sets victories today, while Novak Djokovic, Fernando Gonzalez and Gael Monfils all game through in four. Two seeds, Tommy Robredo and Feliciano Lopez were eliminated, by Viktor Troicki and Julian Reister respectively.

In the women's draw, seeds Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Elena Dementieva, Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na, Francesca Schiavone, Lucie Safarova, Alisa Kleybanova, Alexandra Dulgheru and Kateryna Bondarenko all enjoyed victories, as did 2008 winner, Ana Ivanovic.

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