Ahead of the French Open quarter-finals tomorrow Andy Murray reflects on the friendship shared with his opponent Gael Monfils.
The two players first played against one another 16 years ago in the semi-finals of a junior tournament where Monfils beat the Brit. The pair have stayed in touch ever since with Murray attending the Frenchman's matches whenever he can.
Speaking to Sporting Life Murray said: "He's a great athlete. Maybe the best we have had in tennis. it's going to be an exciting match. i'm sure there will be some fun rallies. There always is when I have played against him."
As it currently stands Murray is leading the head-to-head 3-2 but with the Frenchman having the home crowd behind him in tonights match this could change.
His opponent spoke just as admirably of him when he said: "We grew up pretty much together. It's always fun to play against him. He's the same, he didn't change at all."
Whoever comes through on top in tomorrow's match will be meeting the world No. 1 Rafael Nadal or David Ferrer in the semi-finals and the prospect of a Murray and Nadal re-match is an exciting one.
If the Spaniard is lucky enough to make it to the final of this year's French Open he will be competing with the possibility of being the first man to win five Roland Garros titles in succession.
Murray will no doubt enter tomorrow's match with a positive mind set after reaching the semi-finals of the French Open for the last four years since 2011.
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