Andy Murray made it to the Round of 4 in BNP Paribas Open by getting the better of the local boy Richard Gasquet in a hard fought contest earlier today.
Murray was far from being in his best form in the first couple of sets, but, he cranked it up in the decider and eventually, managed to topple Gasquet to move to the semis of yet another major.
Talking to one of the broadcasters later on, Murray said, “It’s not that easy to compete when your opponent has got all the support of the crowd. But, I guess I will find myself in similar sort of environment in a few days’ time in Davis Cup final. So, from that point of view, you can say I might have had a good preparation playing Richard over here. He is a fantastic player.”
Murray was in pain coming into the second set. He was limping a little bit and was looking frustrated too with every mistake he was committing. He ended up losing control as Gasquet bounced back in the match by winning the set 6-3.
But, luckily in the third set, the Scot found two early breakthroughs which sealed it in his favour totally.
It was the 7th time that Gasquet, who was given the 10th seed in the tournament, lost against Murray on the tour.
Murray will now take on David Ferrer of Spain in his next match. Read more »
Richard Gasquet has once again come out and publicly denied the fact that he is not homosexual.
Some time back, there had been rumours of Gasquet being homosexual.
He was snapped in an intimate position with one of his trainers and that had led to people making perceptions about him.
The Frenchman had denied these things at that time as well and again, last week, when he was asked the same question, he irritatingly emphasised the fact that he was totally normal gender-wise and is far away from homosexuality.
Speaking in that interview, Gasquet said, “Homosexuality is not something that I’m associated with. A lot of things have been rumoured and I don’t pay too much attention to it.”
Gasquet had been identified as a great talent as a young player along with Rafael Nadal and it was being said that these two guys would go on to dominate the World tennis for a long time.
While, Nadal has indeed been able to do that, Gasquet does not quite have the same sort of glory filled career so far. Read more »
Lawn Tennis these days is more about power than anything else. We have seen so many power players coming through in the recent times.
Somebody like Martina Navratilova who was a skilful player and did not depend that much on her power might have found it a little difficult in today’s era.
But, the Czech Republic legend, whom some sees as the greatest female player of all time, reckons that even if she had been active today, she would have found a way for herself to achieve success.
According to Navratilova, her encounter with Serena Williams, if it had taken place, would have been an absolute mouth watering prospect.
When asked what would have been her approach against Serena, Navratilova said, “I would stick to my strength and play on that only. I would probably been a little more attacking to her and disturb her rhythm, but, I would not try to match her in terms of power. I would mix my game, use different angles and depends on slices.”
“With Serena, what’s important is that you remain quick and hurry her up a little bit. I have seen in the past whenever she has come up against players who are quicker than some of the others, she has had difficulties.” Read more »