Murray rallies to see off Gasquet

By for on
Andy Murray came from a set down to beat Richard Gasquet 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-2 in the semi-finals of the Sony Open Tennis tournament.

Murray had the chance to serve out the first set, but the Frenchman broke back and took it on a tie-break. However the Brit responded well, bouncing back to take the next two sets for the loss of just three games to move into his first Masters final of the year.

Gasquet dominated the opening stages, peppering his opponent with a broadside of spectacular backhand winners. Murray has made a habit of slow starts in recent times, so being 3-0 down within ten minutes was familiar territory. The Scot was unperturbed by this and began to work his way back into the match.

A confident service hold got the Scot on the scoreboard, before he upped the pressure, passing Gasquet twice to bring up three break points. He took the first and levelled the scores at 3-3.

Murray was now in the ascendency, and another break at 4-4 left him serving for the set. This tournament has seen the Scot making a habit of throwing in desperately poor games at the sharp end of a set, and a sequence of unforced errors and a double fault on break point saw that trend continue. Gasquet capitalised, forcing a tiebreak which he then ran away with.

Murray remained calm, steeled himself, and then proceeded to bludgeon his opponent off court. The Scots groundstrokes and deadly accurate lobs left Gasquet reeling, and he quickly levelled the match at one set all.

Gasquet's movement had dropped noticeably over the course of the set, and the Frenchman called for the trainer at the change of ends. He later revealed that he'd tweaked an ankle injury suffered at Indian Wells.

Murray's momentum was undisturbed, and he broke again at the start of the third. A sloppy service game featuring two double faults saw that advantage erased, but another immediate break proved decisive.

Murray will meet David Ferrer in the final on Sunday. The Scot leads the head to head 6-5, and a victory will see him leapfrog Roger Federer to number two in the rankings.
Don't forget you said during the match that Andy's going to lose in straight, Mh.

March 30, 2013, 01:45 AM
By Emma Jean

Who-hoo! That was a great show, with a happy ending!
March 30, 2013, 03:34 AM
By adb..OH

It was a great show alright, but I wish Andy would stop making life difficult for himself.  He had that 1st set in the bag so it was disapointing to see him fail to serve it out and then go on to lose the tie-break.
March 30, 2013, 03:46 AM
By Aileen

Will watch the the replay in another 1 hour and will see how 'entertaining' it was...
Anyways, COME ON ANDY!!! cmon yeah
March 30, 2013, 03:48 AM
By Sabine

Scintillating performance by Andy, the best this year. If he plays like that again he's going to beat Ferrer.
March 30, 2013, 04:08 AM
By laundry

^ Didn't Gasquet tweak his ankle? Didn't see match but bizarre scoreline.
March 30, 2013, 06:26 AM
By blueberryhill

^ Didn't Gasquet tweak his ankle? Didn't see match but bizarre scoreline.
I don't think he did, he had blisters. It makes me laugh when some of the Coms say Gasquet is playing his best tennis, and then say Andy isn't playing his best! It goes to show how good Andy is, obviously way above Gasquet and I might add Ferrer as well Whistle clap
March 30, 2013, 06:37 AM
By michelle

Cheers Michelle. And also gather Andy's serve got better at the match progressed, which could explain the score a bit.
March 30, 2013, 06:42 AM
By blueberryhill

:Tut tut Boogers, you went to bed before you wrote your report! :shocking:It had better be worth waiting for Rolling Eyes I thought we saw some wonderful tennis from both players, Andy was the stonger of the two both mentally and physically. cmon yeah
March 30, 2013, 06:42 AM
By michelle

Have to admit I didn't watch as an exhausting week caught up with me last night.  But great to wake up in the night and hear the result on the radio and great to read now that it was a good match.  Look forward to watching the recorded version.  Well done Andy even if aided by Gasquet's blisters.

In the absence of a proper match report yet, the BBC one is worth reading especially for those of us who missed the match itself
March 30, 2013, 08:41 AM
By Ruthie

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