The quarterfinal is a match I can win

first_imgShare on Twitter ‘The quarter-final is a match I can win’ Share via Email The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Andy Murray Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. No sooner had Andy Murray won the most dramatic and memorable match of his career last night than he was thinking about tomorrow’s quarter-final against Rafael Nadal, the world No2.”I have to forget about this and recover properly because it’s a match I can win,” said Murray, minutes after coming from two sets down to beat Richard Gasquet to claim a win which gave the 21-year-old Scot the sort of emotional bond with the Wimbledon crowd that his predecessor as British No1, Tim Henman, took years to forge. Share on Facebook Wimbledon Share on Facebook Rafael Nadal Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardiancenter_img Eleanor Preston Andy Murray Tennis Wimbledon 2008 Against Gasquet, Murray worked his Centre Court supporters like a maestro and he admitted that he was going to need their help again when he plays Nadal in what will be his first grand slam quarter-final.”It’s really my job to make sure that I give them something to shout about,” he said. “You know, hopefully I’ll start the match well and give everyone belief that I can go on and do it. The atmosphere was great tonight and I’m sure it will definitely equal it on Wednesday.”Murray has lost all three of his matches against Nadal so far but will take heart from the sterling fight he put up against the Spaniard in their only meeting over five sets, at the 2007 Australian Open. He believes that there is much to be gleaned from his memories of that encounter in Melbourne, which, until last night’s barnstormer, the Scot rated as the best match of his career.”I learnt that I could obviously play with him and play at his level,” said Murray. “You know, for probably 4½ sets I was up there with him and definitely had my chances.”But I think both of our games have changed a bit since then. He’s definitely playing better on grass than he was in previous years. I like to think I’m playing a bit better. It’s going to be a completely different match to a year and a half ago.”Murray is a keen student of the game and has already been taking notes on how his fellow players have approached the four-times French Open finalist. He made particular mention of the ultra-attacking Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who knocked Nadal out of this year’s Australian Open.”I have to look at the guys that have given him trouble and the way that Tsonga played against him in Australia this year,” said Murray. “It’s really important to serve well, be aggressive and not give him a chance to start dictating the rallies. That’s the game plan against him.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Topics First published on Mon 30 Jun 2008 19.32 EDT Share via Email Read more Mon 30 Jun 2008 19.32 EDT Shares00 Reuse this contentlast_img

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