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With the great Ivan Lendl as his coach, the world expected Andy Murray to change his approach to the game and fight harder. That is exactly what has happened, Andy fought like a warrior in his second round match, to come back from a set and a break down to win the match against Finn Jarkko Nieminen. The Scot really seems to be in the mood this year at the French Open. He showed his motivation levels once again in his last match as he clawed his way back after it looked as though, he will give into a painful back injury.
World No.4 Murray is supremely talented. His abilities and the weapons in his armor are second to none, it is due to these reasons that experts and fans have great expectations off of him. For all his talent though, he seems to lack the big match composure and has failed to convert anyone of his Grand Slam final appearances. At this year’s edition of Roland Garros, Murray has yet another chance to do what some say is his destiny.
Murray is attempting to make a comeback on tour after he withdrew from Madrid Masters a couple of weeks ago due to a back injury. Murray started the season with a title triumph in Brisbane and then reached the final of Australian Open, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. He then reached the finals of Dubai Championships and Miami Masters but lost to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic respectively. In Barcelona he lost to Canadian Milos Raonic in straight sets. In Rome, he succumbed to Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals after rallying past David Nalbandian in the second round in three sets. Britain’s great hope really needs to keep playing at the level he did in his previous match. If he continues to show that kind of hunger, the Scot really isn’t far away from his maiden Grand Slam title.
Richard Gasquet - once hailed as one of the emerging talents of the game, has quickly faded and is now World No.14. The Frenchman has had a troubled year so far and failed to go beyond the quarterfinal stage of any event up until Estroil Open where he lost to Juan Martin Del Potro in the final. Since then, Gasquet has appearedre juvenated and looked on song at the Rome Masters, where he beat his opponent today in three sets. He will draw some confidence from that win as that was also contested on clay. His win-loss record is an average 22-11.
Their head to head count is level with both winning three apiece. They have met here at Roland Garros too, back in 2010, when the Scot came out on top in an enthralling five setter.
TennisEarth picks a win for the resurgent Scot, who has shown a lot of resilience in the tournament.
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