Wimbledon 2011: Andy Murray ready for Richard Gasquet

Wimbledon Championships

  • Venue: All England Club, London
  • Date: 20 June-3 July

Coverage: Live on BBC One, Two, 3D, HD, Red Button, online (UK only), Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra; live text commentary from 0900 BST on BBC Sport website (#bbctennis); watch again on iPlayer

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Andy Murray hopes the experience of his epic five-set win over Richard Gasquet in 2008 will work to his advantage when they meet in the last 16 of Wimbledon.

Murray beat Gasquet 5-7 3-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 6-4 at the same stage three years ago and their rivalry resumes on Centre Court at 1300 BST on Monday.

"It's good to have in the back of my mind when I go in against him in a match like this," said the Briton.

"Even if I go behind, I know I can come back against him."

Murray rallied from two sets down to stun the Frenchman  that day - and he repeated the trick at last year's French Open.

Head-to-head

Murray Gasquet

2

Record

2

24

Age

25

2005

Pro since

2002

6ft 3in

Height

6ft 1in

13st 3lb

Weight

11st 8lb

4

Ranking

13

17

ATP titles

6

0

Slams

0

$16.02m

Earnings

$9.78m

The British number one had no answer to Gasquet in the early stages of their first-round meeting in Paris, but fought back to win 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-2 6-1.

"I think that will be a tough thing for him," stated 24-year-old Murray. "It's happened twice in big matches against me.

"I expect it to be a very difficult match, but the one I played with him here was one of the most memorable for me. It's up there just for the way I came back when I was pretty much out of the match."

Wimbledon officials have made it clear there are no more tickets available for the show courts on Monday, with some fans having queued since Friday afternoon.

Gasquet won their first two encounters - on hard courts in 2006 and 2007 - but slipped as low as 86 in the world following a two-and-a-half month drugs ban in 2009.

He received the punishment following a positive test for cocaine, which he claimed entered his system after he kissed a woman in a nightclub, before being cleared of any wrongdoing.

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The 25-year-old has since risen to 13 in the world and overcame Roger Federer at the Rome Masters  in May before reaching the last 16 at Roland Garros, the furthest he has gone in eight French Open appearances.

"I grew up playing with him. He was always one of the best juniors," world number four Murray said of the 17th seed.

"He beat Federer a couple of months ago in Rome, he had his best French Open and he's playing really good tennis.

"The two times I've played him in Slams I've been down two sets and a break both times. So they've both been five sets, very difficult matches where I've had to come from behind.

"So I'm expecting a really, really tough match."

Murray told BBC 5 live's Sportsweek programme on Sunday that he is having little trouble relaxing away from the court despite the intense focus on his progress.

"It's not too much of a problem, once the tournament starts it's fine," he said.

"In the evening, I go home and there are a lot of distractions around me with my friends and family. Being in your own surroundings makes a big difference to your mindset."

Gasquet did not drop a set in his first three matches and saw off Simone Bolelli 6-3 6-2 6-4 to reach this stage.

And despite his defeat in the 2008 match, the talented right-hander looks back on it fondly.

Murray's trick shot

"It was a good memory really, even if I lost, I played very well," he commented. "I remember the crowd were very impressive. We are told all the time, at Wimbledon it's quiet. But it was incredible.

"A lot people were cheering for him. I remember the third and the fourth and the fifth set it was very difficult for me to play. I could have finished it in three sets. But he fought a lot."

Murray called upon his famed fighting spirit to make the fourth round with a 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4) win over Ivan Ljubicic on Friday.

The Croatian suggested the Wimbledon grass is playing slower than it used to and that this does not help Murray.

"His second serve is definitely weak, I stepped on it many times," explained Ljubicic. "It's by far the slowest court in the world so there are chances to step in and really hit the returns. This is what Wimbledon has become.

"It would be something huge if he managed to win it but we all know he's fourth favourite so something tremendous has to happen for him to get through. He wants to win it, you can see it."

Murray worried about looking like a 'plonker' when playing his trick shot