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Murray's quarter clash knocked back by the bad weather

By Paul Newman

After another frustrating day watching the rain fall at the French Open, Andy Murray was told he would have to return tomorrow to play his quarter-final against Richard Gasquet.

The eagerly awaited showdown between the Scot and the Frenchman had been scheduled as the third match on Court Philippe Chatrier.

However, after a delayed start and then a break for rain of nearly three hours, the day's opening fourth-round match between Novak Djokovic and Roberto Bautista Agut was still only in the third set, with the players off court again after another deterioration in the weather, when Murray and Gasquet were told there would be no attempt to start their clash.

Murray and Gasquet have known each other since their junior days, when the Frenchman was considered the leading talent.

But he has never managed to reach the same level as the likes of Murray, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, hindered by both physical and mental frailty.

The quarter-final between Stan Wawrinka and Albert Ramos-Vinolas was also postponed until tomorrow.

With more bad weather forecast for the rest of the week, the main concern of tournament organisers was to complete the fourth-round singles matches.

The two outstanding fourth-round matches in the women's singles were both played to a finish.

The four remaining men's matches, however, were all on court when play was halted for the second time in the day just before 5pm.

With each passing day the possibility of the tournament not finishing as scheduled on Sunday increases.

Guy Forget, the tournament director, said after yesterday's washout that he did not think it would be fair to ask any players to play best-of-five-set matches more than two days in a row.

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