ANDY Murray says his French Open quarter-final opponent David Ferrer is an ‘unbelievable talent’.
Murray will take on clay-court specialist Ferrer tomorrow after a 1-6 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory over Richard Gasquet yesterday at Roland Garros.
He said: “We’ve had some great matches, I’ve known him since I was a young kid, he is an unbelievable talent. Every time I play against him I expect a tough match. I’ll have to play really well to win.”
Murray had to overcome a partisan crowd in Paris to beat Gasquet as he was booed on to court and his French opponent raced away with the first set.
However, the world number four responded in the second set although he again faced the wrath of the crowd in the ninth game, which he won to go 5-4 up and celebrated with a pump of his fist.
Murray said: “That game was very important, he started very well, he went for a lot of shots, took high risks.”
“It was damp and wet on the court. I was hitting very short at the start and he was dictating play. I needed to be a bit more patient, which I was at the end of the second set.”
Defending champion Rafael Nadal won 17 games in a row to beat Juan Monaco 6-2 6-0 6-0. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will try for a place in the semi-final today.