Andy Murray, the world no.2 seed, has now made it into the French Open's quarterfinals for the sixth time. Most didn’t think it would be easy with an opponent like John Isner,, who has a powerhouse service and is extremely active around the court. But Murray made it through in 3 straight sets.

First set.

The first set was a struggle between the two players that went into a tie-breaker game that lasted 16 minutes.

Finally, Murray came through with 11-9. From here on Murray was on a roll and it looked like the no. 17 seed, Isner, was buckling under the onslaught from the Brit.

Shots tothe net.

Unlike his other forays at Roland Garros, Murray played a dominant, assertive game, keeping Isner running the back-end of the court. Two poor shots from Isner into the net closed out the 2nd set in Murray’s favor.

Drop shots

Rain did play spoil-sport for a bit after the 2nd set, which Murray took at 6-4, but shortly after the game resumed, it came to a quick close with Isner losing the 3rd set 6-3 to the brilliance of Murray’s aggressive play. He distracted Isner with his drop shots that the American was sometimes able to reach but rarely return.

Tension.

Right through the game, Murray was extremely vocal and critical of his own play, calling himself a ‘turnip’ in the middle of the 2nd set and then admonishing himself on his play as “so much rubbish”. Isner would have been at a loss as to why Murray was grousing as he had most of the win points in his favor. There did seem to be a moment when Isner had the upper hand in the tie-breaker, but Murray quickly changed that with a cracking backhand along the line, straight past Isner’s wide reach.

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Amelie Mauresmo, Murray’s former coach, recently jibed, "If Murray won the Olympic Gold and the Nobel prize simultaneously, he’dstill find something to grouse about". But all said and done, he trod over Isner’s play to close the match at 7-6 (11-9), 6-4, 6-3.

What's next

Murray now faces home favorite, Richard Gasquet, seeded 9th. Gasquest made his way into the quarterfinals with a surprisingly easy win over Japanese 5th seed Kei Nishikori.

Though it went into 4 sets, the Frenchman stunned the Japanese into defeat with 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory.

When playing Isner, Murray was met with a few boos, and those may be amplified when he plays the local favorite. Meanwhile, Gasquest hasn’t had a great start to the tournament, but now seems to be getting into form. He needs to hold onto that against the no.2 seed if he wants to be in the semi-finals.

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