Murray Remains Outsider on Clay

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Andy Murray retains the belief that he might one day win the French Open, but the 25-year-old Scot will have to put away his clay-court shoes for another year. Roland Garros has always been the most challenging Grand Slam tournament for Murray and his sixth visit ended in a quarter-final defeat here last night to an opponent for whom playing on this surface comes as naturally as eating paella and tapas.

David Ferrer may be one of the game's least charismatic players, but the 30-year-old Spaniard is a fine exponent of clay-court tennis and was simply too good for the world No 4, who was beaten 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2. Murray admitted afterwards that tomorrow's semi-final line-up will feature the world's four best players on clay. Ferrer will face Rafael Nadal, who beat Nicolas Almagro 7-6, 6-2, 6-3 to maintain his record of not...

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