He knows a win over Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals of the French Open on Friday will put him in his first final here – completing the list for all four majors and becoming the first British player to get to the concluding day in Paris since Bunny Austin in 1937. The last time they met at the French Open, the Scot fought back from a set down to win in four.
Murray played a staggering amount of drop shots in the first two sets, some of which worked but many of which played him into trouble.
Anything less though from Gasquet and Murray will most likely take control of this contest.
Earlier, in women’s fourth-round matches originally slated for Monday, No. 9 Venus Williams lost, while her sister, No. 1 Serena Williams, won.
The 29-year-old had won all four of his previous grand slam matches against Gasquet, including twice here, and has a phenomenal record against both Frenchmen and home players at slams. He should really have won their next encounter, too, wasting a two-set lead in the fourth round at Wimbledon the following year.
Murray also happened to be in the form of his clay life, arriving in Paris with a semi run in Monte-Carlo, finals of Madrid and the title in Rome-and having beaten Rafael Nadal and Djokovic along the way.
The Frenchman would give Murray a real scare in the early stages; taking a 7-5 victory in the first set and getting the French crowd buzzing.
Meanwhile, Djokovic is looking to reach his 10th French Open quarterfinal.
Djokovic split the first two sets with Bautista Agut as they went on and off court, able to get a total of only 2 hours of playing time. He broke Bautista Agut in game 4 and saved 3 break points after that to keep a 4-1 lead before the match was finally abandoned as the rain became stronger and stronger, leaving the court in unplayable condition.
Andy Murray will take on defending champ Stan Wawrinka in the French Open semifinals.
But that is not an unusual scenario in regular tour events and, unlike the men, playing best-of-three sets means rest days are less critical.
One of these is a potential fourth-round clash between No. 7 Tomas Berdych and No. 11 David Ferrer.
It was no surprise to see Swiss title holder Wawrinka beat Viktor Troicki although it took a while for the third seed to subdue the Serb 7-6 (5) 6-7 (7) 6-3 6-2. “She’s a tough player”, said Serena of Putintseva, who used to practice at the academy of the American’s coach Patrick Mouratogolou.
Bertens reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal by beating 15th-seeded Madison Keys of the United States 7-6 (4), 6-3.
The 22-year-old will face Stosur for a place in the final after the Australian 21st seed, runner-up six years ago, overcame Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-4, 7-6 (8/6).
The schedule on a very cool second Wednesday at Roland Garros felt just a little out of kilter.
Confronting unruly bounces on a soggy court amid smoldering Grand Slam pressure was the least of Andy Murray’s worries today.