Andy Murray survived a scare to progress to the semi finals of the French open after coming from behind to defeat home favourite, Richard Gasquet 5-7, 7-6, 6-0, 6-2
And after a slightly nervy start the Scot belatedly showed some of the clay-court form that has finally made him a genuine contender in this competition, winning 12 of the final 14 games.It was another hard shift on Roland Garros’s showpiece court – 3hr 23 min were on the clock by the time he finally fist-pumped his triumph. In fairness, though, it was less a battle of emotions against the last French player standing than perhaps Murray had expected.It was not going to plan for Gasquet, who when serving to stay in the set at 5-2 tripped himself up and landed on his backside while chasing down a Murray drop shot in vain.
Clearly the Frenchman’s misfortune had bottomed out. He won the next five points and ended up breaking back, belatedly shaking the crowd into some life.Then suddenly, a lucky net cord which killed the ball dead for Gasquet gave him a sniff of breaking again to win a fourth game in a row. Murray’s double fault confirmed it.A double-fault put Murray 3-1 down; an ace then sparked a run of six successive points to reduce the match to a final best-of-three.Momentum is a great thing in tennis. All of a sudden Murray was 5-0 up in the third, his cares seemingly behind him, and even the sun was trying to come out.The weather had turned again but not even the Paris rain could call a halt to the Scot’s charge as he duly completed his win with an unreturnable serve.
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Four days after she last played at the French Open, Serena Williams wasted no time getting off the court once she was back on it.The world No. 1 and defending champion here showed no rust having not played since Saturday because of persistent rain in Paris, the top seed sweeping aside No. 18-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-1 in 62 minutes.
Williams, 34, moves into the quarterfinals of a major for the 44th time in her career. She is now 58-11 at Roland Garros, having won titles here in 2002, 2013 and last year. Williams is seeking to equal Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22 Grand Slam titles.