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Andy Murray hoping to draw from crowd

Murray hoping to draw from crowd
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Andy Murray says that he is hoping for crowd support in his meeting with Richard Gasquet.

Andy Murray has said that he will try to use the partisan atmosphere in Paris to his advantage when he takes on Richard Gasquet.

The pair meet on the Philippe Chatrier Court for a place in the quarter-final of the French Open, with a passionate crowd expected to be fully behind the Frenchman.

"If you don't want to play in these sort of matches, with this sort of crowd, then there is not much point in playing tennis," said the Scot. "You can often draw energy from a crowd that is against you."

Murray has beaten Gasquet in all three of their Grand Slam meetings to date, including a first round victory at Roland Garros two years ago.

However, Gasquet emerged triumphant in their previous encounter at last month's Rome Open.

"If I can get on top of him, I hope I can keep my foot down on him better than I did in Rome; I don't feel I played particularly well there," he added.

In all, Murray and Gasquet have faced each other six times, with three wins apiece.

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