A. MURRAY/R. Gasquet 1‑6, 6‑4, 6‑1, 6‑2


Q.  You started very well.  He finished very well.  Can you talk us through the match from your point of view?

RICHARD GASQUET:  I start better than the finish, for sure, the finish.  6‑2, not incredible, but, yeah, I start well.  I played well.  It was tense.  Yeah, I start well, I start well.

But after I think the key was the second set.  Playing good.  I was feeling confident.  No, he’s a big player.  Some points he can turn the match, because he’s doing everything good.  You have to work on every point.

He’s serving well, returning well, he’s clear in the court.  That’s the problem.

If I’m not lucky in the second set, I have two break points, he’s playing well, and I’m not lucky with this game, even the same at 5‑4.  But I think I can play better in the start of the third.

But after I start when he’s feeling confident, he has a lot of experience, and so after he play very well.

Q.  The handshake at the end didn’t seem very warm.  Were you a bit unhappy with him kind of feeling his body?

RICHARD GASQUET:  No, because I lost.  I’m not very happy with that.  Not about him.  It’s okay.

Q.  You started so well.  What was the turning point for you?

RICHARD GASQUET:  I think the second set, I have two break points.  He’s playing good, and after the same at 5‑4, I say he’s a little bit lucky with a lot of good shots, a lot of lines.  That turn the match.  I think I did a bad two first games in the third.

After he played very good, but I think the key was the second and the start of the third.

Q.  It felt as if like in the third set you kind of let it pass to wait for the fourth.  Was it like this, like it passed so fast?  Was it like you wanted to let it rest for the fourth?

RICHARD GASQUET:  I don’t know, you know.  A guy like that feeling confident, starting to be tough, that’s what happen.  He started to miss nothing.  So I have to work on every point.

Same when you are playing big players, Nadal, Djokovic, after they are feeling confidence, it’s something to be tough, but you’re hopeful for the first set, and I did a bad game at 1‑1.  And when you are doing a bad game like that, you are finished in the match.

THE MODERATOR:  Questions in French.

Q.  As you said, there was a turnaround during the second set.  Is this really when it happened?  Because you got off to a really good start.  And then it turned around?

RICHARD GASQUET:  Yeah, absolutely.  You know, I didn’t have good luck.  You know, during the third set ‑‑ I made silly mistakes during the third set.  I shouldn’t have made these mistakes.

During the second set, 5‑4 ‑‑ you know, I volleyed on the line, and then a backhand.  Then when it was 5‑4, I returned the ball.  On the let it was difficult, and then a passing shot not far from the line, but it was 5‑4 and then he played on the line.

The game was not in my favor.  And then I lost my confidence, and then he was feeling good.  He was in the match.  He was really tough to play against.  He would make no mistakes on such a big court.  He was really a good fighter.  It was very difficult for me.

Q.  Do you have the impression that it was like a drop in your confidence between the beginning of the match when you felt you had more confidence, you were hitting each ball, and then at the end it turned completely?

RICHARD GASQUET:  Yeah.  It had changed.  But, you know, he plays so well.  He plays so well.  You know, it’s so hard if you can’t win any points.  The ball was not going up high, and he was playing a lot of dropshots.  His returns are really good, and his serves, as well.

And then this game when we were at 4‑4, this really when it hurt me.

In the beginning of the third set, as well, it was not exceptional, but I didn’t have luck with me during the second set.  But there’s no execution.  It was only a set.  I should have started better during the third set.

Anyhow, he played an excellent match, and he was a better player than I was.

Q.  You know, a lob dropshot and a passing dropshot, that really hurt you.

RICHARD GASQUET:  Yeah, he felt ‑‑ he read the game.  He was all over the place.  He was moving around.  He would never miss a hitting point.  It was very tough.  He was always on the court.  He would return all the points.

He’s got so much experience.  Not easy.  And he also plays better than me.  You know, he’s an excellent player.

Q.  He touched his hip several times like it was hurting him from time to time.  I had the impression between him and you it was something that was going wrong like you got angry at each other.

RICHARD GASQUET:  No, I asked the umpire to check the point, you know, the mark.  He said, No, you shouldn’t ask the umpire to walk down the chair.

But, you know, it was that far.  So this is why we argued a little.

But then, as I was saying, he was all over the place, always moving on the court.  So I had the impression he was not really very much injured.  He’s run so much on the court.  He’s everywhere.

Q.  Would you say that you’re not happy with yourself because you lost confidence on these points when he was really lucky?

RICHARD GASQUET:  Yeah, he was so lucky during the second set, so many shots, you know, not far away.  He was so lucky.  But then during the beginning of the third set I made a few mistakes.

But then when he gains confidence, it’s really difficult, because he’s a fighter, and he’s always present.  He always hits one time more than you, so he’s really into the match, and then he plays well.  He played well during the third and fourth set.  It was difficult for me to have the upper hand.  He was a difficult player to play against.

Q.  Would you say he’s like the other three best players?  Is he that difficult to play against?

RICHARD GASQUET:  He’s No. 3, not 4, you know.  He’s not No. 2.  He’s not No. 1.  I think he’s slightly behind them, that’s true.  But he deserves being in the first top four, and he’s one of the best players, that’s true.  He’s really strong, really strong.

He’s very difficult to play against, very hard.

Q.  You know, what about his gesture on the court?  He was showing his back was hurting, yet he was running like a rabbit, as we say.  Did that bother you?

RICHARD GASQUET:  No, I was not destabilized by that.  I knew that.  I knew it could happen.  And, well, what did destabilize me is the luck he had, I mean, this is it.  Well, it’s these points, the break point on the line when it was 5‑4, you know, these two games, and then it was difficult.

You know, he was gaining confidence.  He was into the match.  This is when it was really tough.

I didn’t have the impression he was suffering that much.  He was not injured.  No, what do you think?  What would you say?

Q.  Here again, it’s the round of 16 that you reached.  However, would you say that it’s a positive experience for you?

RICHARD GASQUET:  Well, I wanted to do more, so I’m disappointed to stop now, round of 16.  Last year it was closer than with Djokovic last year, so, okay, disappointed, I usually stop there, the round of 16, when it’s a Grand Slam.  It’s been many, many times, but each time I play against very tough players, and they last long, they have long rallies, they don’t make many mistakes, they have a lot of experience.  It’s difficult.  It’s up to me to continue.

You know, I played several good matches here.  It was not easy to reach the round of 16, so I’m happy; yet disappointed, disappointed because I have to stop now.

I started well.  I thought I could do better than this.

Q.  By the way, what is it that you miss to go through to a higher round?

RICHARD GASQUET:  Better serve, better returns of balls, to hit the ball more quickly when it bounces, and also more experience on these big matches, you see, because he was making me move.

He was really ‑‑ it was painful for me.  Not much, I said, between him and me, yet a little difference.