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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 August 2006, 16:42 GMT 17:42 UK
Murray v Gasquet as it happened
ATP Masters Series, Toronto

Semi-final result:  

A MURRAY GB  v R GASQUET Fra

2-6 5-7


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SECOND SET

Murray 2-6 5-7 Gasquet
A terrific return from Gasquet puts him 0-30 up. Murray answers with a disguised drop, but then slides a backhand wide to give his opponent two match points. The Frenchman converts the first of them to march on to the final. His was an almost flawless display, while Murray will have to reflect on a mixture of good and bad.

Murray 2-6 5-6 Gasquet
Three tame errors from Murray hand the initiative to Gasquet, who does his best to hand it back with two double faults. At 40-30, the Frenchman keeps cool to forge ahead again.

Murray 2-6 5-5 Gasquet
Facing defeat, Murray raises his game in encouraging fashion to hold. If he is going down, he'll be going down with a fight.

Murray 2-6 4-5 Gasquet
Frustration is starting to get the better of Murray, who squanders a couple of half chances. Gasquet cranks up his serving to edge closer to victory.

Murray 2-6 4-4 Gasquet
An under-pressure backhand pass from Murray is enough to win the game at 40-30. Gasquet wastes a challenge disputing the lack of an out call.

Murray 2-6 3-4 Gasquet
Gasquet answers with a dazzling drop of his own en route to another hold.

Murray 2-6 3-3 Gasquet
A sublime improvised drop shot from Murray guides him back to parity in the set. But there is still much to be done.

Murray 2-6 2-3 Gasquet
Gasquet's touch around the net is impressive as is his service variation. He is going to be a tough nut to crack.

Murray 2-6 2-2 Gasquet
Murray is plugging away. His winners are interspersed with errors, but he does enough to hold.

Murray 2-6 1-2 Gasquet
A deep backhand approach earns Murray a rare break opportunity. He almost takes it only to be thwarted by the top of the net, which catches his attempted passing shot and tees it up for his opponent to dispatch. A second break point produces a thrilling net exchange, which Murray also loses and he bounces his racket in frustration as Gasquet holds.

Murray 2-6 1-1 Gasquet
Murray needs a solid service hold to steady the ship and he gets a good start to go to 30-0. A tentative smash opens the door for Gasquet, but Murray closes it to level the set.

Murray 2-6 0-1 Gasquet
A blazing forehand winner punctuates another service hold for Gasquet.


FIRST SET

Murray 2-6 Gasquet
There aren't enough cheap points on the Murray serve and it is hurting him. The Scot falls into a 0-40 hole, saves one point and then tamely surrenders the set.

Murray 2-5 Gasquet
Murray breaks straight back but he is hanging on in this set by his fingernails.

Murray 1-5 Gasquet
Four more unforced errors deepen the gloom for Murray, who drops serve again following a deuce. Has the Briton run out of steam in Toronto?

Murray 1-4 Gasquet
This is a tricky spell for Murray. His shots are not quite coming off and his opponent is playing superbly well.

Murray 1-3 Gasquet
The weakness in Murray's quarter-final display was his first serve. He seems to have better control of it today, but the rallies which follow it are still long. A stirring rearguard action at 40-30 bears no fruit for Murray and he continues with a double fault and an error to throw away the game.

Murray 1-2 Gasquet
Gasquet is no mug. At 20, he is a year older than Murray and has already reached a Masters final - unlike his Scottish foe. He seems intent on repeating that feat as evidenced by another game winning ace.

Murray 1-1 Gasquet
A booming forehand helps Murray towards his first hold. No problems there.

Murray 0-1 Gasquet
The weather is set fair for this battle of young tennis stars. Gasquet is the first to show a chink in his armour when he double faults at 30-30, but he defends the break point with an ace and goes on to hold.


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