After meeting on three occasions in 2014, Andy Murray and David Ferrer will meet for an opportunity to further their quest for a first French Open crown on Tuesday afternoon in Paris. Of their previous encounters, Murray leads the head-to-head series 9-6, including wins in two of their last three meetings.
The third seed at this year’s Roland Garros event maintained his undefeated clay court streak on Monday afternoon when he defeated Jeremy Chardy in four sets to advance to the final eight in Paris. It was not the easiest of matches, as Murray had to withstand 49 winners and four breaks of serve to secure the 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.
“I wasn’t overly concerned,” he said. “I had a lot of chances in the second set. He had one break point, which he obviously won, but throughout the course of the match I was creating many more opportunities than him. I just had to take my chances when they came. I did that in the third and fourth sets.”
In one of his more impressive matches of the season so far, David Ferrer cruised past US Open champ Marin Cilic in straight sets to advance to his sixth quarter-final at the French Open. It was also his 40th win overall at the prestigious Grand Slam event. He won the match 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 53 minutes.
“When asked about Murray, Ferrer admitted, “He’s much more aggressive. When he uses the different shots he has to play, he’s one of the best players in the Top 3. If, in addition to this, you were to count his talent, I think that he’s more aware of what’s happening. Not just on quick surfaces, but also on clay. He’s much more serene and calm.”
This is the 16th time that Murray and Ferrer will cross paths on the professional tour, with Murray leading the series 9-6. While the Spaniard is more than capable of earning the victory, Murray will likely add to his title win last week with another victory over Ferrer.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Four Sets