Murray excited by Monfils clash in French Open last eight

03 June 2014 / 00:08

Andy Murray set-up up a clash with home favourite Gael Monfils as he secured progress to the quarter-finals of the French Open.

After his marathon third round tussle with Philipp Kohlschreiber, the Wimbledon champion made relatively light work of Spain's Fernando Verdasco to secure his progress 6-4, 7-5, 7-6.

"It's good to win in three sets and playing against Monfils, I guess on centre court - it's going to be a great atmosphere and I'm really looking forward to it," said Murray.

"I've known Gael for a long time. I remember losing to him in the semi-finals of a junior event once.

"He was the same as he is now, just a great athlete. He moved unbelievably well and he was always smiling on the court.

"He enjoyed playing in front of a crowd, even though it was a small crowd. When you’re ten, 11 years old, playing in front of 40, 50 people feels like it’s loads. He’s always been a great entertainer and he’s great for the sport.

"It's going to be an exciting match. I'm sure there will be some fun rallies. There always is when I have played against him. We haven't played against each other for quite a while, so I'm looking forward to it."

Verdasco backed Murray to beat Monfils in his fourth appearance in the last eight at Roland Garros but admits he might struggle to make his first final on the Parisian clay.

“He can beat Monfils but beating Rafael Nadal in five sets on clay is something different, especially the way he is playing," he admitted. 

"I did not play as well as I could but he did not allow me to. He played smarter to me and deserved to win."

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