French Open: Murray seeks perspective in Slam achievements

02 June 2015 / 07:56

Andy Murray went in search of perspective as he downplayed his progress to the quarter-finals of the French Open.

The number three seed brushed aside the determined challenge of Jeremy Chardy to progress 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

He remains unbeaten on clay this season but now faces David Ferrer, a player he has never beaten on the surface, in the last eight.

Murray is no stranger to the business end of a Grand Slam and has now reached 17 consecutive quarter-finals, a run stretching back to the 2010 US Open.

In that time he has won two titles, reached six finals and made 11 semis but the achievements of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - the latter two play in an eagerly-awaited quarter-final in Paris - put his achievements in perspective.

"I'm playing against guys that make some of the things I have done look pretty average because of how good they've been," said Murray

"Roger went through a period where he was making grand slam finals consistently and then he had the semi-final streak. I think he reached 30 odd consecutive quarter-finals.

"However, not many players have achieved that sort of consistency in the history of the game and it's something I'm still very proud about.

"I've maintained that consistency even through tough periods, when I was struggling with injuries and with my back."

Murray has dropped the second set in his last two rounds in Paris but on both occasions it served as a timely wake up call to play his best tennis.

He may not get so many chances against world number eight Ferrer, who he has played 15 times and won nine.

The Spaniard has won their four meetings on clay, including most recently at the quarter-final stage of the 2012 French Open, when he progressed 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2.

"I felt in control against Chardy," added Murray.

"I wasn't overly concerned. I had a lot of chances in the second set. He had one break point, which he obviously won.

"Throughout the course of the match I was creating many more opportunities than him. I just had to take my chances when they came and I did that in the third and fourth sets."

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