French Open day 11 - Murray v Ferrer as it happened

Andy Murray is out of the French Open after a four-set quarter-final defeat by David Ferrer, who will meet Rafael Nadal in the semis.

6 June 2012 Last updated at 20:04

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As it happened

  1. 1949: 

    Righto, that's me done for the day. A win for Nadal, his 50th at Roland Garros, a defeat for Andy Murray against the grinding David Ferrer. In the women's draw, Sharapova and Kvitova through. Thursday is women's semi-final day: Stosur v Errani, Sharapova v Kvitova, first match on Philippe Chatrier at 1300 BST. I will see you then.


    Calum Stewart on 81111: "Nice to see the Murray bashers out extra quick. Beaten by the second best player in the tournament on current form, no shame."


    Ian, Edinburgh, on 81111: "Why are we so quick to slate our sportsmen? Murray is extremely close to the top of the game. Beaten on the day, no disgrace."


    Fraser Marnie on Twitter: "Well done Ferrer. Can't say he doesn't deserve it. Murray was poor and missed big points but Ferrer was excellent."

    Ravi Singh on Twitter: "Murray loses it on an unforced error. Sounds about right for how this match has gone."

    Chicara Tamura: "The upside of David Ferrer winning is that we'll have a more exciting semi to look forward to."

  5. 1943: 

    As well as David Ferrer played in that match - he's the ultimate in tennis pests, and I mean that in a nice way - Murray only has himself to blame for losing that match, he made far too many mistakes - more than 50 unforced errors, after which I stopped counting; and that first serve was rickety all day. I don't give Ferrer much hope against Nadal, however, the six-time champion doesn't really do 50 unforced errors in a match.


    Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Great applause for Andy Murray as he leaves. He gave everything. He battled away in that match but, in the end, David Ferrer just wore him down. He was just too good."


    Murray goes long with a forehand to make it 0-30, Ferrer two tantalising points away from a first Roland Garros semi-final. What a rally that is, Ferrer scuttling this way and that behind the baseline and Murray eventually needing a screaming forehand on the run to finish him off.

    However, Murray goes long with a forehand to hand Ferrer two match points... Murray saves one courtesy of a big first serve... but that's that, this time a double-fisted backhand hit long, Ferrer can celebrate...


    Rob Edwards on Twitter: "As well as Ferrer has played, there have been too many unforced errors from Andy Murray. The gap to the big 3 is widening!"

    Michael Mugford on Twitter: "Which injury will Andy Murray blame this on? My money is on the weak mind."

    *Murray 4-6 7-6 3-6 2-5 Ferrer

    Another forehand winner from Murray but a sliced backhand curls long. Murray with a tame backhand return into the net but Ferrer makes it 30-30 with a faulty forehand before hammering another one long - break-point Murray but Ferrer, groaning after each shot like a barn-door in a severe wind, saves behind some heavy baseline hitting...

    Murray into the net and Ferrer misses with the attempted pass... Ferrer is what you'd call a 'stayer', more difficult to pass than a double-garage door, but Murray does just that, posting a screaming forehand to nick the advantage again. But Ferrer comes surging back, Murray with another unforced error to hand the world number six the game. What's that sound? It could be Murray's last chance whistling into the Paris air.

    Murray 4-6 7-6 3-6 2-4 Ferrer*

    Murray looks a little resigned all of a sudden, as if Ferrer, 'The Little Beast', has gnawed the Scotsman down to the marrow. Ferrer misses with a forehand... and again... Murray misses with a forehand of his own, before Ferrer latches onto a lob and puts away the smash to make it deuce. Murray with a fully-extended forehand volley to nick the advantage but Ferrer beats Murray with a whipped cross-court forehand to peg Murray back.

    Better from Murray, finding his mark with a forehand winner, and that's an impressive save by the Scotsman, he's not done quite yet...


    Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "It's a long way back for Andy Murray now after all the effort he's put in to this match. Murray has not won many points on his first serve in this set."

    *Murray 4-6 7-6 3-6 1-4

    I do apologise, a couple of incorrect scores inputted by me, now corrected. Outrageous drop-shot from Murray, and it has to be pretty outrageous to beat Ferrer. But Ferrer comes barrelling back into the game and Murray hands it to him with a rather desperate-looking backhand return.

    Murray 4-6 7-6 3-6 1-3 Ferrer*

    Deary me, too many unforced errors from Murray, more than 50 now, the 52nd a wild forehand into the tramlines. Game Ferrer, Murray in it up to his guts...


    Michael Blighe on Twitter: "Every time Murray attempts a drop shot my heart leaps up to my throat and tries to throttle me. Nerve-wracking and annoying!"

    Amman Boughan on Twitter: "Can feel this slipping away from ‪Andy Murray.‬ Mentally he is just not able to compete with Ferrer."

    *Murray 4-6 7-6 3-6 1-2 Ferrer

    Ferrer slams a forehand winner down the line, like a man starting up a faulty chainsaw. Murray outfoxed at the net by Ferrer - the Scot looked to have played a peach only for the Spaniard to hunt it down and execute his own little dabbed forehand to perfection. But Murray takes it to deuce before some heavy slice on the backhand side, combined with a top-spin forehand winner, gives him the advantage. But what a time for Ferrer to serve up his second ace...

    Double-fault from Ferrer but Murray blows the break-point with a backhand into the net. Ace from Ferrer down the middle, that's a big hold at this stage in the match.


    Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Murray just needs to keep banging away at the groundstrokes. Ferrer won't change anything. He'll just keep battling every game, every point."

    Murray 4-6 7-6 3-6 1-1 Ferrer*

    Murray's problem has been hanging onto his serve following a break, he could do with hanging onto it here. Ferrer with two loose returns before Murray pokes a forehand into the net and repeats the dose to make it 30-30. Break-point Ferrer... misses with his first serve before spraying a forehand wide...

    *Murray 4-6 7-6 3-6 1-0 Ferrer

    Not sure what Lendl will have made of that, he looks to be seething up in the stands. Murray appears to have a gameplan, and that is to up the aggression, but that's made far more difficult if your first serve isn't working. Murray piles into a backhand return to make it 30-40 before winning a sensational point when Ferrer bunts a backhand into the net. Lendl with a twitch of a smile... just a twitch, mind you...

    Murray 4-6 7-6 3-6 Ferrer*

    Ferrer tearing into that rally like a man possessed, making it 30-15 with a couple of vicious forehands. From 30-0 up, Murray is staring down the barrel at another break-point... the Scot far from happy with his game at the moment, plenty of muttering between points, but what a shot that is, an inside-out forehand that leaves Ferrer rooted to the clay.

    Ferrer nicks the advantage again before Murray gift-wraps the set for the Spaniard with a wild and windy forehand.

    *Murray 4-6 7-6 3-5 Ferrer

    Double-fault from Ferrer, his third of the match, before Murray tugs a backhand wide. Murray unable to deal with some deep, bellowing groundstrokes from Ferrer and the Spaniard mops up the game with a dinked forehand down the line.


    Andy Cain on Twitter: "Ferrer is beating Murray in the mental stakes. If Murray can get that right, he has more technically than Ferrer."

    Ojan Rohani on Twitter: "Andy is using the forehand down the line a lot more than I have seen before. Awesome stuff."

    Murray 4-6 7-6 3-4 Ferrer*

    Murray misses with an attempted forehand winner on the run before ballooning a tired-looking backhand long. Three break-points for Ferrer... backhand return wide, but Murray hands it to the Spaniard on a platter courtesy of a prodded backhand volley into the net.

    *Murray 4-6 7-6 3-3 Ferrer

    If Murray did take a wrong turn, he's finding his way back, a snarling forehand winner making it 0-15. Ferrer hoicks a backhand wide and long to hand Murray three break-back points and he only needs one of them, Murray tearing into a forehand winner.


    Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live: "That's a big hold from Andy Murray, really important. He played the last three points very well."

    Murray 4-6 7-6 2-3 Ferrer*

    Thirty-seven unforced errors from Murray so far, to Ferrer's 20. Another couple make it 15-30 before a couple of overrules break the flow of the game. Beautiful from Ferrer, stopping Murray in his tracks with a cute drop-shot from behind the baseline. Break point, which Murray saves, finishing things off with an inside-out forehand. Scary backhand winner from Murray, he tore the cover off that, and he seals the deal behind a penetrating first serve.

    *Murray 4-6 7-6 1-3 Ferrer

    Murray sprays a backhand long before falling into some very public self-reflection: "Nonsense, that's the one thing you've been doing well in the whole match..." Ferrer races into a 40-0 lead before heaving a backhand long... Murray flails a backhand return long, the British number one has taken a wrong turn...


    Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Ferrer was angry with himself, saying to himself 'hit the ball'. Then he listened to himself and got his forehand working."

    Murray 4-6 7-6 1-2 Ferrer*

    Ben Dirs back in the box, by the way, many thanks to Stephan for telling us about the rain... Murray pulls out a big first serve, 212kph, to make it 40-30 before the Spaniard outhits him from the back of the court to make it deuce.

    Murray dredges up an ace before being outmuscled again by the wee beast at the other end. Ferrer goes long with a forehand return but makes amends with a scorching forehand winner down the line. Another weapon of a first serve from Murray but he follows up with a double - no, the umpire climbs down and adjudges it hit the line. Another first serve for Murray but Ferrer is hanging to Murray like a limpet, taking it back to deuce.

    Ferrer finds the net with a backhand as the clock ticks past the two and a half hours mark... never mind the rain, Murray might need a water cannon to hose Ferrer off the court - more scrambling from Ferrer and he wrests the advantage... the Spaniard has broken, you could write a novel about that game alone...

    Jonathan Overend, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "They are coming out now and it's going to be a rocking atmosphere."

  30. 1814: 
    *Murray 4-6 7-6 1-1 Ferrer

    Ferrer with an easy hold after the resumption. A few of you asking who Suzanne Lenglen is, so I'll tell you: Lenglen won two French Open singles titles, in 1925 and 26, as well as six Wimbledon singles titles and an Olympic gold. Handy.

  31. 1811: 

    Oh me of the little faith. The rain has stopped, the sun is out, and the players are ready to resume. Ben Dirs back in the chair, bringing the sun with him.

  32. 1800: 

    Those rumours of the rain stopping may have been just that. With no sign of play for at least a little while, I'm going to sign off for now, we will of course bring you any news as soon as we have it.


    Francis Donohoe on Twitter: "Rain stops play at French Open for Andy Murray match - 1 set-all. Might have to go for a run now. What's rain?"


    Maria Sharapova reflects on her win over Kaia Kanepi: "I knew I would have to raise my game. I expected her to come out and play well and I was just ready for it."

  35. 1756: 

    The big green covers have been taken on to Court Suzanne Lenglen, and coach Ival Lendl has run to have a word with his man Murray. Word is that the rain may have stopped, but no sign of play just yet.

    Jonathan Overend, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "It's been a really good match and so crucial for Murray to be level at this stage after all that hard work. He has played a high standard and, when he was a set down, his supporters would have feared for the situation - but, in the second set, he came through in the end."

  37. 1752: 

    Simon McIntyre on Twitter: "Ferrer looked so timid in that tie-break. Andy on the attack! Come on."


    Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Great set for Murray to win, especially having been broken back - he dealt with it and just brushed it off. It was a perfect tie-break. A set-all is absolutely a fair reflection of what we have seen here."

    Murray 4-6 7-6 1-0 Ferrer*

    Thanks Ben. I arrive with the rain, and with it, bad news. Ferrer is 15-0 up when the elements intervene and, unlike last time, the wet stuff is hard enough for both players to leave the court. This could be a lengthy delay, and one that puts the chances of this game being finished tonight in doubt.

    Murray 4-6 7-6 1-0 Ferrer*

    I'm going to take a little break after this game, Stephan Shemilt will hold the fort manfully while I'm away from the keyboard. Lots of umbrellas being unfurled on Suzanne Lenglen, and it's murky out there. Easy enough hold from Murray, see you in a while...

    *Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-3) Ferrer

    Poor volley from Murray and Ferrer leads 1-0. Some heavy-hitting from Murray makes it 2-1 and there are signs of frustration from Ferrer for the first time in the match. Murray with a mini-break as Ferrer yanks a backhand wide and there's another, Murray finishing things with an inside-out forehand that has his rival clawing at the clay with his racquet.

    Murray with a virtual ace before Ferrer wins a mini-break back courtesy of a wild backhand from the Scot. Ferrer with an unforced error on the backhand flank and Murray has three set-points... only needs one of them, Ferrer tugging a forehand wide after a monstrous rally. "YES!" screams Murray, this one looks like it could go all the way - if earth is ever hit by a giant meteorite, only four things would remain: Ferrer, Murray, Bruce Forsythe and cockroaches. Nadal's won in straight sets, 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-3.

    Murray 4-6 6-6 Ferrer*

    Murray kicks off the game with an ace down the middle, his second of the match. Ferrer with a tame backhand into the net and a sliced backhand long as Murray races into a 40-0 lead. Ferrer claws a point back before Murray kicks the door in his face with another ace. Nadal breaks Almagro, the six-time champion now serving for the match over on Philippe Chatrier.

    Jonathan Overend, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "It's very reminiscent of the day Murray went out to Tomas Berdych here - a cold, grim, early evening in Paris. But this is a better performance from Murray. If Murray goes out, he can go with his head held high."


    From John, on 81111: "Very disappointed with the stick Murray is getting from the British public for this performance. Ferrer is a clay-court specialist remember."

    *Murray 4-6 5-6 Ferrer

    Nadal has saved another break-point and leads in the second set 4-3. Ferrer with an unforced error on the backhand side but an errant sliced backhand makes it 40-15 and Ferrer hangs on to his serve - Murray serving to save the set.

    Murray 4-6 5-5 Ferrer*

    Murray serving to stay in the second set and what a point that is from Ferrer to make it 0-15. No easy points for Murray, if Ferrer was a boxer he'd make you fight every second of every round, and probably whack you on the break and after the bell. Screaming backhand from Murray and that's an easier hold for the Scot.


    Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "It shows the mental approach that Ferrer's got - he loses a service game then breaks back again. He strings you around and grinds you down. Andy Murray has got to stay calm within."

    *Murray 4-6 4-5 Ferrer

    "Smart, aggressive tennis, that's the way to play," says Murray between points. Whether he's being ironic or not, it's difficult to say. Ferrer with a routine hold of serve, sealed with a steered forehand down the line.

    Murray 4-6 4-4 Ferrer*

    Handy net cord for Ferrer, who hunts it down and makes it 0-30 with a backhand winner. And that's the shot of the day from Ferrer, spotting Murray coming and bending a backhand past the Scotsman to make it 0-40. Murray broken back again, muffing a volley at the net.


    TheHazard on Twitter: "Murray needs to mix it up more with backhand slices and those looping forehands if he's going to win."

    *Murray 4-6 4-3 Ferrer

    It is grim out there, seemingly every point an assault on the senses. If anyone wants to know why Ferrer is so single-minded, his old man, who was also his coach, used to lock him in a cupboard with bread and water if he mucked about in practice. I'm almost certain you'd get locked up for that sort of maverick approach to parenting nowadays. Murray with a break-point courtesy of a seering backhand return and some stonking forehands finally smash the door down. Nadal holds over on Chatrier, he leads 3-2 in the third...

    Murray 4-6 3-3 Ferrer*

    Another forehand into the net from Murray. He described the balls as "bricks" in the previous game, while also complaining about the camera overhead. Ferrer, meanwhile, is unmoved: the Scot in danger of losing the psychological battle out there. Murray saves another break-point with a beast of a first serve before Ferrer hands him the game with a wild forehand.

    Jonathan Overend, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "The quality is still there from Ferrer - but there are just a few signs that Murray can really get at him in this set. The match is certainly warming up. If Murray can pinch this set, I fancy him to come through here."

    *Murray 4-6 2-3 Ferrer

    Murray having a moan about the dampness of the balls, Ferrer might well point out it's the same for him down the other end. Nothing wrong with that from Murray, a heat-seeking forehand down the line. Comfortable, however, for Ferrer, about as easy a service game as he's had all afternoon.

    Murray 4-6 2-2 Ferrer*

    Murray and Ferrer are both 'delayed grunters', Ferrer especially, his exhalation spewing forth as the ball skims the net. The Spaniard wins another savage punch-up from the back of the court before Murray makes it 40-30 with an easy smash. Unbelievable defence from Murray - but Ferrer still wins the point. The Spaniard had to kill the Scotsman about four times in that rally, but Ferrer was quite happy tap-dancing on his grave. But Murray holds...

    *Murray 4-6 1-2 Ferrer

    They're back on Chatrier and it's 1-1 in the third between Nadal and Almagro. Indeed, they're back on Suzanne Lenglen and Ferrer has just secured a pretty regulation service hold.


    Jane Wilson: "Why is it that everyone claims to possess full medical knowledge of Andy Murray's back and the fact it can't possibly be hurting?"


    Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "It's even more of a challenge now for Murray with this break in the match. He's got to suffer the pain of having just lost his serve."

    *Murray 4-6 1-1 Ferrer

    We've got some brollies going up on Chatrier, it's coming down quite heavily now. Clay can take a bit of rain but this is a bit more serious. The umpire has a chat with both players and they're coming off, for how long I'm not quite sure, but I'll keep you posted... nope, Ferrer has nipped off, Murray is staying on, play is to continue for now... meanwhile on Philippe Chatrier, play has been suspended between Nadal and Almagro, with the score 7-6 6-2 1-0 to Nadal.

    Murray 4-6 1-1 Ferrer*

    Murray falls 0-30 behind and hands Ferrer two break-points with a meek backhand into the net. Murray saves one but can't save the second, unable to cope with a dipping pass from the Spaniard - we're back on serve.


    Derek Lawrie on Twitter: "All of the 'typical Murray' nonsense is grating. It's no 4 in the world playing the no 6 for Pete's (Sampras obviously) sake!"

    *Murray 4-6 1-0 Ferrer

    Murray is chasing his sixth straight Grand Slam semi-final, which would put him level with Fred Perry, Lew Hoad and his coach Ivan Lendl. Federer is miles out in front on 23. Fine defence by Murray, sliding this way and that before putting away a simple forehand to create two break-points. Only needs one. Nadal has taken the second set 6-2, Almagro close to becoming the six-time champion's 50th victim at Roland Garros.


    Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Ferrer is like a pesky wasp at a picnic. He just hangs in there. I'm still a little bit surprised at a few of his errors though."

    Murray 4-6 Ferrer*

    Deary me, Murray buckles at the net to make it 0-30, but follows with a regulation first serve-forehand winner. Booming first serve down the middle from Murray, that one nudging 215kph, but Murray loses the next point, Ferrer the recipient of a lucky net cord. Ferrer outwits Murray at the net to wrest the advantage before the world number four finds the net to hand the Spaniard the set in 66 minutes. It's brutal out there, it really is...


    Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "It was a good game there from Andy Murray but you wouldn't have expected those unforced errors from David Ferrer. That's what serving for the set does to you."

    *Murray 4-5 Ferrer

    Ferrer comes off second best in a another marathon exchange before Murray nets with a forehand. Murray changing it up in this game, giving the ball more air and pinning Ferrer behind the baseline. Two more break-points and Murray only needs one of them, Ferrer spraying a forehand long. Not wise to write Murray off so early, he's gnarled beyond his years. Nadal moves into a 5-2 lead over on Chatrier, seems like they're playing two games to every one on Lenglen.


    Owen Chamberlain on Twitter: "I'm a massive Murray fan but this back holding is becoming infuriating! Injured? How can you beat Ferrer injured let alone Nadal?!"

    Naveed Afzal on Twitter: "As good as Murray is, I find it pretty disgraceful how he's referencing his back each time he loses a point."

    Murray 3-5 Ferrer*

    I think we heard Murray yell "that used to be my best shot" in the previous game, although whether he was talking about his backhand or his return in general I'm not sure. Murray knifes a backhand into the net but follows up with a battle-axe of a forehand winner, down the line. And again... but there's a backhand long to make it deuce, followed by a rueful grimace.

    Ferrer sets up a break-point with a rasping forehand, the little Spaniard ricocheting around the court like a steel bearing on a pinball machine. Better from Murray, a sledgehammer forehand making it deuce again, before the British number one peppers the baseline with some meaty forehands to make it advantage. That's a hold, Ferrer skewing a backhand wide. My word, this is attritional.


    Rijul Shah on Twitter: "Why does Murray always come out slowly from the blocks? Usually loses his first set in the big matches."


    Ian in Hants on 81111: "Murray first serve yet again deserting him in later stages of a major. Same old story. His defensive technique is simply not reliable enough to hold up when it counts."

    *Murray 2-5 Ferrer

    Change of racquet for Murray, anticipating new balls in the next game. Magnificent scrambling from Murray, and indeed from Ferrer, and the Scot finishes things with a backhand winner down the middle. Ferrer yanks a backhand wide and we've got two break-points... Ferrer saves one... and saves the second, Murray plonking a backhand into the net... that's a roister-doister of a backhand from Murray, right at Ferrer's body, for a third break-point...

    Ferrer wrong-foots Murray with a cross-court forehand before spraying a forehand long... Murray with another unforced error, coach Lendl looks singularly displeased... Ferrer, eating up balls on the court like Pac-Man, wins another thriller, only to muff a backhand volley... Ferrer tucks Murray up with an inswinger into the body which Murray plays onto his stumps, but the Spaniard follows up with a double... Ferrer holds, and news reaches me that Nadal has broken Almagro for 3-1 in the second set...


    Chris in London on 81111: "Murray to lose in straight sets. All Ferrer has to do is keep the ball in play and wait for Murray to make a mistake. Oh and the usual under 60% first serve rate isn't helping either."

    Murray 2-4 Ferrer*

    What a return that is from Ferrer, a cross-court forehand winner that leaves Murray rooted. Bit of controversy as the umpire awards Murray another first serve because there were spectators filing in, and the Scot levels things at 15-15. However, Murray is incontinent with errors at the moment and it's a little bit flat out there.

    Better from Murray, a high-tariff lob on the scuttle and the crowd react to that. And that's cuter than a bonny bairn from Murray, a knifed drop-shot that Ferrer can only stand and admire. However, Murray follows up with a framed forehand before sending down a howitzer of a first serve, but there haven't been nearly enough of them. Murray holds on, though...

    *Murray 1-4 Ferrer

    Both players putting so much into this, in a few hours' time there might just be two small blobs of humanity on either end of the court. Easy hold that, though, for Ferrer. Nadal has taken the first set against Almagro, 7-4 in the tie-break.

    Murray 1-3 Ferrer*

    Murray slides into that forehand and translates that momentum into a snorting forehand winner down the line. Murray looks aggressive so far, and that has to be a good thing, better to die trying. That said, he's in a sticky place right now, having dumped a backhand into the net. Break point and that's ballsy from Murray, a crackerjack backhand winner down the line. Murray goes long with a forehand, too many errors, not enough first serves, and that's a break...


    Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "He had to work hard to hold his serve but well played Andy Murray. For me, it would be the best result of his life on clay if he comes through this."


    David Waters on Twitter: "Have my headphones going up my sleeve to listen to the Murray match at work. Big day but I think he'll come through in 5."

    *Murray 1-2 Ferrer

    Murray tries a knifed drop-shot but Ferrer chases it down and dispatches a forehand winner down the line. Ferrer with an ace down the middle, his first of the match, before Murray pulls off a sweet little drop-shot to make it 40-30. Murray piles into that forehand, Ferrer buckling behind the baseline, and it's deuce.

    Well-worked point by Murray, finished with a forehand down the line, but he follows up with a smelly forehand into the net. Another break point goes begging and Ferrer holds, despite handing Murray chances. Almagro saves a break point against Nadal and holds, we've got a tie-break on Chatrier.

    Murray 1-1 Ferrer*

    Fairy Liquid hands from Murray at the net before Ferrer frames a smash about eight feet long, so ugly it looked like he was wielding an upright vacuum cleaner. Murray is pegged back to 40-30 but some handy scrambling from the Scot nullifies a stupendous lob from Ferrer. Still going with serve between Nadal and Almagro, 5-5 at the time of writing...

    *Murray 0-1 Ferrer

    Nadal is serving to stay in the set on Chatrier, Ferrer kicks off with an ace before Murray counters with a seering backhand winner. Ferrer makes room and hammers a forehand winner cross-court before pushing a forehand long. Smash from Ferrer followed by a drive-volley to hold. Ferrer is only 5ft 9in tall but there's a lot of devil packed into that small frame of his.


    Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "You have to put David Ferrer as the favourite here with it being on clay. But Andy Murray has it in his locker. He has got to come out and play aggressive tennis, but not over-aggressive."


    David on 81111: "Murray needs to win one of the first two sets. Ferrer too good to let him get too far ahead."

  84. 1521: 

    Murray is yet to win a title on clay, the last Brit to do so being Buster Mottram in Palma in 1976. Ferrer has dropped only 25 games so far and has won two clay titles this year. With his opponent as intense as hell itself, win or lose, Murray is in for a torrid afternoon.

  85. 1517: 

    Andy Murray wins the pre-match cheering contest, they like him in these parts. The Scot is bidding to reach his 10th Grand Slam semi and only one Brit has reached more than Murray, dear old Fred Perry, the Pride of Stockport, who reached the last four at 13 majors.

  86. 1515: 

    It's been nibbles on a plate so far, stand by for what promises to be a dirty great Cornish pasty of a tennis match. "I've got a feeling Murray's match is going to be massive anti-climax," says a colleague during my pre-match comfort break. Evidence the Jubilee spirit is dead already.

  87. 1508: 

    Nadal claws Almagro back to deuce on the underdog's serve before Almagro pulls out a couple of ripe plums to hold. It's time for Andy Murray versus the steely Spaniard David Ferrer on Suzanne Lenglen, we'll have game-by-game coverage of that one...

  88. 1506: 

    It's a breeze for Almagro on serve at the moment and his backhand is holding its own against the Nadal forehand... Kvitova has won, breaking Shvedova to make it 3-6 6-2 6-4.

  89. 1502: 

    Nadal moves serenely into a 40-0 lead on serve before Almagro puts together two well-constructed points, moving Nadal hither and tither before exploding a backhand winner down the line. Nadal holds, his forehand ding the damage. Shvedova serving to stay in the match on Lenglen, 15-30 down...


    Will, London, on 81111: "Cynical but true: women only play best-of-three as the organisers appreciate that their tennis is less entertaining and don't want them to play best-of-five. The fact women have offered to play best-of-five highlights this fact!"

  91. 1457: 

    Nadal's backhand is looking a bit loose at the moment, he might need to get the old spanner set out between games to tighten things up. Almagro stepping in behind a howitzer first serve and putting away a meaty forehand winner and he seals an easy hold as Nadal tugs a forehand wide. Kvitova has broken back on Lenglen, it's 4-4 in the second, Murray might want to stick the kettle on again...

  92. 1454: 

    Nadal seals his first service game with an ace down the middle, over on Suzanne Lenglen Shvedova is 0-30 down on serve...

  93. 1450: 

    It's Almagro to serve first on Chatrier, the 26-year-old bidding to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final. Regulation hold to love, not much coming back from Nadal. That won't last long...

  94. 1447: 

    Shvedova has broken Kvitova, but the Wimbledon champion has two chances to break back... blows both of them, Shvedova looks up for this, Kvitova could be toast...


    Bruce in Glasgow, on 81111: "I have never understood why women don't play five sets at the Slams. Can anyone think of a reason? Men and women both run marathons so they can both play five sets with all the entertainment that brings."


    Beth on 81111: "I think its a bit unfair to suggest female tennis players are 'working less'. They must spend as much time in training and preparation as male players, which is, in terms of hours, a lot more time than the actual matches. And if the male final only runs to three sets should their prize money be reduced accordingly?"

  97. 1441: 

    Nadal and Almagro knocking up on Philippe Chatrier, we'll have some play in a couple of minutes. Should Nadal win it would be his 50th at Roland Garros - he currently has a 49-1 win-loss record at the venue, his only defeat coming in the fourth round in 2009, Robin Soderling the man.


    Roger Federer on his semi-final against Novak Djokovic: "I've had some great matches with Novak, we move each other around a lot, we both try to take advantage of the baseline. It's important to stay calm and stick to the gameplan.

    "Last year Novak had that winning streak, this year, with him chasing all four Slams, it's even bigger. Hopefully I can spoil the party."


    Roger Federer on Rafael Nadal: "I don't see anyone in his half of the draw stopping him from getting to the final. Murray is in great shape though, it's incredible how the top four always find a way to the semi-finals."

  100. 1439: 

    Compared to Philipe Chatrier, it's rocking on Suzanne Lenglen for the game between Shvedova and Kvitova and there is plenty of intensity coming from both ends of the court. The last left-hander to win the women's crown was Monica Seles is 1992 and what a fine shot that is from the Czech, a rasping, double-fisted winner. Brollies up, we've got some rain...

  101. 1435: 

    The three Spanish players in Andy Murray's side of the draw are the only three players not to have dropped a set so far in this year's tournament. Murray's opponent, David Ferrer, has spent the least amount of time on court, seven hours and 17 minutes.

    Murray has yet to beat Ferrer on clay in three previous attempts. However, it's not all doom and gloom for Murray: Ferrer has never reached the last four at Roland Garros.


    Marco on 81111: "Luke in Durham [1411] has a point. By paying women the same as men for working less, they're technically being paid better than male tennis players. I wouldn't be happy if anyone was paid the same as me for doing half the work, especially when it wasn't as good."


    Mike on 81111: "I agree with Mark (see below) about the attendance - if Bernie Ecclestone ran tennis the event would have been taken off the French years ago. And the grunting would have been stopped."


    Paul B: "Women's tennis may be boring, but at least there are more than three contenders for the Grand Slams."


    Maria Sharapova: "I'm happy to be back in the semi-finals, the third time I've made it this far. I really hope that the win can come this year. My preparation has been really good, it was nice to win two tournaments coming in. I'm happy with the way I've improved, but it only gets tougher from here. What girl doesn't like Paris?"

  106. 1427: 

    Pretty regulation victory for Sharapova but it wasn't much cop entertainment-wise, Kanepi had the body language of a woman being dragged round Homebase on a Sunday afternoon, shopping for a new granite worktop and tungsten-tipped screws. The good news is Rafa Nadal is up next, fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro his quarter-final opponent. Almagro has won just two sets in seven encounters and lost their match-ups at Roland Garros in 2008 and 2010.

  107. 1424: 

    Two match points for Sharapova on the Kanepi serve... the Estonian saves one courtesy of a humdinger of a forehand winner before Kanepi gift-wraps the match with a framed backhand - 6-2 6-3 the score, Sharapova will play the winner of Shvedova-Kvitova. Kvitova just levelled that match, winning the second set 6-2.

  108. 1419: 

    Sharapova broken to love when serving for the set, a broad smile from Kanepi, groans from the Roland Garros faithful...

  109. 1416: 

    Another break from Sharapova, she's now serving for the match and a pretty easy, if largely uninspiring, victory. If you're a fan of gigantic-hitting tennis dinosaurs and you're in Paris, perhaps head over to Court Two, where Goran Ivanisevic and Michael Stich are battling Bruguera and Krajicek in the legends doubles. Bruguera and Krajicek lead 4-1 in the opening set.


    Jen on 81111: "I feel women's tennis has become boring and I'm ashamed to say that being a woman. Give me the excitement of any men's match any day."


    Luke in Durham on 81111: "Not meaning to be sexist, but the women should not get paid the same as the men! They play two sets less and the standard is shocking."

  112. 1411: 

    Kvitova has broken Shvedova in the second set, us British fans might have to wait another set for Andy Murray's quarter-final contest against David Ferrer. Not sure you'd want Kanepi with you in the trenches, she looks like she'd rather be anywhere but Court Philippe Chatrier at the moment. Sharapova with an easy hold, the Russian second seed leads 4-2 in the second.

  113. 1408: 

    Ripsnorting forehand return from Sharapova and Kanepi hits back with an ace. Kanepi is not exactly an irresistible force on court, she hums with energy rather than fizzes and sparks with it, which is why you cannot see Sharapova losing this one. Kanepi broken again, Sharapova leads 3-2.


    Mark on 81111: "The attendance at Roland Garros is embarrassing compared to the other Slam venues. I am always amazed how this seems to go unmentioned during the course of the tournament."

  115. 1401: 

    Sharapova breaks back - let's just say it's not the highest standard of tennis you'll ever see on Philippe Chatrier, which might explain why an awful lot of ticket-holders have plumped for bubbles and fine French dining. That said, it's filling up now, they can scent their hero Nadal.

  116. 1354: 

    Kanepi holds her first service game in the second set before a double-fault from Sharapova hands the Estonian a break. Shvedova has won the first set against Kvitova 6-3.


    Jon on 81111: "We were at Roland Garros on Monday and could not believe how empty Lenglen was for most of the day until Nadal came along. We also managed to sneak on to Chatrier for the last set of the Murray match because so many people where leaving, even though Gasquet was playing!"

  118. 1351: 

    If Shvedova beats Kvitova, she will be the first qualifier to reach the semi-finals in the women's draw. The Kazakh player, who has battled back from injury, is serving for the first set. Kanepi won 9% of points on second serve in that first set.

  119. 1347: 

    Third seed Liam Broady is out, he's been beaten 6-1 6-3 by American Noah Rubin. Earlier, another Briton, Kyle Edmund, beat number two seed Gianluigi Quinzi in his third-round encounter.

  120. 1343: 

    Sharapova serving for the opening set with new missiles... Sizzling forehand down the line from the Russian before she tugs a forehand wide... another double-fault but Kanepi makes it 30-30 with a lame return into the net. Wonky backhand from Sharapova but Kanepi blows the break, hooking a backhand wide.

    Kanepi holding her own in a hefty exchange of groundstrokes to save a set point but Sharapova hits the spot with a forehand winner before wrapping things up courtesy of a beefy delivery down the middle. Shvedova leads the first set against Kvitova 4-2...

  121. 1336: 

    Broady is back, breaking Rubin to make it 3-3 in the second. I must say I find it incredible that Philippe Chatrier is nowhere near full for a women's quarter-final. Call it French insouciance, call it a little bit worrying. Whatever you call it, it doesn't look good.

  122. 1330: 

    Shvedova has moved into a 3-0 lead over fourth seed Kvitova, Sharapova holds serve again to make it 4-2.

  123. 1328: 

    Britain's Liam Broady has been broken in the second set and is heading for the exit in the boys' singles. Sharapova manages to hold before Kanepi dredges up some penetrating first serves to make it 2-3. In the women's battle of Britain over in Nottingham, Laura Robson bowed out in the second round of the Aegon Trophy, 6-4 6-3, to Anne Keothavong. Apparently Robson was suffering with an iffy knee.


    Lee in Newcastle on 81111: "I really wish somebody would teach Sharapova how to serve. Such a massive talent, but it's painful to watch."


    Andrew on 81111: "I think today's quarter-finals will follow the normal pattern: Nadal crushing his opponent in straight sets while Murray delivers another victory that has half the nation hiding behind their sofas. I expect a narrow Murray triumph today but, shy of an injury to Rafa, I just can't see how he gets further than the semis on clay. Different story on grass and hard-court."


    Alex Leach on Twitter: "Sharapova has almost won more in career prize money in 2012 alone than Kanepi has in her entire career."


    Alastair Hunt on Twitter: "Will be seriously impressed if Murray wins this one, Ferrer seems a real contender. Although still can't see any way past Rafa."

  128. 1320: 

    Shvedova wins her first service game against Kvitova before forcing an early break. Another break on Philippe Chatrier, Sharapova leads 2-1. By the way, the tennis is currently on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and will be all afternoon.

  129. 1318: 

    Britain's Liam Broady is in the third round of the boys' singles and he's just lost the first set of his match 6-2, to Noah Rubin of the United States. Two break points for Kanepi... break back, two double-faults for Sharapova... in Sharapova's last match, against Klara Zakopalova, there were 21 breaks of serve in 30 service games and the players were booed off court by sections of the crowd. I will say one thing for Parisians: at least they're honest.

  130. 1311: 

    Eary double-fault from Kanepi before the number 23 seed goes long with a forehand to make it 15-30. A mixed bag from Kanepi, who follows up with an ace, before dumping a lame second serve into the net. Forehand winner from Sharapova, a rather predictable early break.

  131. 1308: 

    Sharapova the red hot favourite for the women's title now - she was 'meant' to be playing Serena Williams, but the American went down to Virginie Razzano in the very first round. They're hitting up now, we'll have some play in a couple of minutes.

    Jonathan Overend, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "Murray and Ferrer will have to go some to match the drama of last night, but it is possible. The speedy Spaniard starts favourite having not lost a set here - Murray has never beaten him on this surface. But, if Murray plays as he did in the last two sets against Gasquet the other day, a second successive French Open semi-final could be reached."

  133. 1302: 

    Afternoon all. If today's tennis at Roland Garros is anything like yesterday's, we should have some smashing action. First up, Maria Sharapova, the number two seed playing Estonia's Kaia Kanepi in the quarter-finals. Second on Philippe Chatrier is six-time men's champion Rafa Nadal against fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro - Nadal leads that head-to-head 7-0, although they haven't played for two years.

    On Suzanne Lenglen, Yaroslava Shvedova, who beat defending champion Li Na in the fourth round, plays Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, before Britain's Andy Murray does battle with another Spaniard, David Ferrer. Saddle up.

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