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Gonzalez forehand knocks out Murray

ANDY Murray couldn't get his backhand working on Tuesday, and he couldn't do anything to stop Fernando Gonzalez's forehand.

Those two things combined to knock the third-seeded Briton from the quarterfinals of the French Open after a 3-6, 6-3, 0-6, 4-6 loss.

"Some guys can hit huge forehands when they're in the middle of the court. Some guys hit huge forehand returns," Murray said. "He can hit his forehand from anywhere on the court."

Gonzalez broke to take a 5-3 lead in the first set by sending a couple of forehand winners past Murray. The 2007 Australian Open finalist then used a couple more late in the next game to hold.

"Maybe I hit a few too many balls to his forehand," the 22-year-old Murray said. "But his one-two punch off his serve and the forehand today was pretty impressive."

Gonzalez, who has lost in the French Open quarterfinals twice before and will now make his first semifinal appearance, finished the match with 24 forehand winners from the baseline.

"I tried to dominate with my forehand, because I know that Andy (is) bothered a lot when the balls bounce high. He doesn't play on clay much," said the Chilean, who will face Swede Robin Soderling in the next round.

Murray, who had a mathematical chance to take over the No. 2 ranking from Roger Federer in Paris, had only reached the quarterfinals of a claycourt tournament once before, and that came at this year's Monte Carlo Masters.


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