Murray eyes more Paris progress
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:31
The 22-year-old became only the third British man to make the quarter-finals in the Open era here, after Roger Taylor in 1973 and Henman five years ago, thanks to his 7-5 7-6 (7/4) 6-1 over 13th seed Ancic.
“Every time you do something like this, it’s nice,” said the British number one. “Tim obviously made the semis here and it would be nice to try to match that. I always felt I could play well on clay. I just needed a bit of time to find my game.”
He added: “The results have got better because I’ve played more matches. That’s nice but I’ll try to go further.”
The Scot could hardly find fault with his superbly consistent performance against Cilic, who came into the match without having dropped a set.
“I came through all the tough situations well,” said Murray, who plays Fernando Gonzalez in the quarter-finals.
Murray might also have been privately delighted to see potential semi-final opponent Rafael Nadal crash out to Robin Soderling.
The Scot added: “I played maybe two bad service games but you are always going to get moments like that in a best-of-five-set match.
“I was obviously happy to win in straight sets because he’s been playing very well.”