The view in Paris – and probably further abroad – is that David Ferrer will be too tough for Andy Murray when they meet in the quarter-finals of the French Open on Wednesday. He has, after all, won their three encounters on clay and is playing the most consistent, high-quality tennis of his career on his favourite surface. Murray, meanwhile, has twice looked on the point of departure, rallying from hopeless positions to see off Jarkko Nieminen and, on Monday night, the French enigma Richard Gasquet.
Nieminen, rated 50th in the world, played dreadfully after winning the first set when spasms rippled through Murray's back. Gasquet, similarly, was all over the Scot in the first set as Murray wrestled with the conditions and a blizzard of exquisite shots before recovering to expose the fragile Frenchman in three sets of power tennis.