Gonzalez storms to semi-finals

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No.12 seed Fernando Gonzalez because the first Chilean to reach the semi-finals of the French Open after beating No.3 seed Andy Murray 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Gonzalez takes a 4-3 record against Robin Soderling into the semi-finals. The World No.12 had previously lost in the 2003 (l. to Ferrero) and 2008 (l. to Federer) quarter-finals of Roland Garros.

Murray saved two breaks in the second game of the match, but Gonzalez drew first blood in the seventh game when he hit a forehand winner off a short ball. The 28 year-old closed out the 40-minute first set on his fourth set point.

No.3 Murray responded with a service break in the sixth game of the second set. The Dunblane native opened up a 4-2 lead when Gonzalez hit a forehand approach to the net, a set that featured no unforced errors by Murray.

Gonzalez breezed through the third set, losing only seven points on his serve in 24 minutes.

Murray saved two break points with successive forehand winners in the eighth game of the fourth set, but Gonzalez clinched a 5-3 lead. Serving for the set, Gonzalez failed to win one point as Murray broke back at 4-5.

Gonzalez was not be denied is 22nd win of the year (22-5 record). His opponent hit four unforced errors, bringing a close to the pairs third meeting. Gonzalez hit 45 winners and won 17 of 24 points on net appraoches.

The Santiago native will next face Nadal’s conqueror Robin Soderling for a berth in the final.


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