French Open 2014: Andy Murray wary of Gael Monfils’ athleticism

Andy Murray v Gael Monfils French Open

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Andy Murray expects a stern test from Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals of the French Open.

Monfils is a “great athlete”, according to Murray, and the Scot feels the Frenchman will raise his game in front of his home crowd.

Murray said: “I think in the Grand Slams he’s played his best tennis here by far. He loves playing in front of a big crowd.

“It’s going to be an exciting match. I’m sure there will be some fun rallies – there always are when I have played against him.”

Murray has won three of his previous five meetings with Monfils but the two players have not faced each other since 2010, when the Scot suffered defeat.

The 27-year-old secured an impressive straight-sets win over Fernando Verdasco in the fourth round to book a place in the last eight, while Monfils, who is the 23rd seed, also eased past Spanish opposition with a win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Murray, the seventh seed, is 15.00 to win the French Open, Monfils can be backed at 51.00 and defending champion Rafael Nadal is priced at 2.40.

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