Andy Murray triumphed against Gael Monfils, 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-0 in the French Open on Wednesday, which sees the British No.1 move into the semi-final stage of the competition.
The match lasted a gruelling three hours and 15 minutes as the Frenchman foght back against the current Wimbledon champion in the third set, before winning the fourth. Murray, though, held his nerve in front of the partizan crowd to clinch victory.
Speaking after the match Murray said: “It was tough conditions, very windy at the start and I began well. When the wind calmed down he began to play so much better.
“He’s such an incredible athlete, he gets to so many balls. It’s definitely a big achievement to have got this far but its not what I cam here to do. I set myself some big goals.”
The match eventually concluded at 9:41pm after a dispute amongst both players and officials regarding visibility, however both players expressed a keen interest in continuing play.
This has consequently benefited Murray who would not have had a full day’s rest ahead of the semi-final if play had resumed the following day.
Murray will now face defending champion Rafael Nadal in the semi-final on Friday.
Undeniably the match reflected Murray’s failure to be consistent, a problem he has suffered with in the past.
Falling short in the middle of a match like he did today is the type of downfall he must avoid at all costs against Nadal who would waste no time in using this to his advantage.
Despite this, Murray must be complimented for his performance today proving why he is the current Wimbledon champion.
As long as he is able to stay consistent during the match on Friday Murray is in with a serious shot for a place in the final and even a title win.