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In 2008, Andy Murray was down – way down – and he used the power of the crowd to fuel his energy to not only a win, but to everyone’s amazement as well. Including Richard Gasquet, who though the match was in the bag.

The fact was, Murray needed to turn pump it up if he wanted to advance to the last eight. Gasquet was the eighth seed, and had reached the semis at Wimbledon in 2007. He had also beaten Murray the two times they played before. Winning for Murray was going to take a Born For This Moment.

 

Murray BORN FOR THIS MOMENT #438 – Richard Gasquet vs. Andy Murray at 2008 Wimbledon

Here is a recount of the highlights of that match as reported by Barney Ronay for The Guardian.

Gasquet wins first set 7-5
Gasquet too good when it mattered, played a blinder in this set. Murray, who seems to be moving unusually slow, punches at the ground Brett Lee-style, then saves yet another break point by the seat of his pants. Murray is serving at 137mph, but in the end can’t contain the Frenchman.

Gasquet wins again 6-3 to go up by two sets 
Murray fought to 0-30 on Gasquet’s serve, but some timely volleying and a violent ace from Gasquet turned everything around. Murray claws it to deuce, twice. However, Gasquet has been just too on top of his game, climbing all over Murray. Gasquet had a big serve, and better movement.

Murray wins the third set 7-6 (7-3); Gasquet leads by two sets to one
Something woke Murray up. Screams and cheers showed the crowd’s getting its money’s worth. Murray suddenly roaring and shrieking like an animal preparing for battle. Gasquet collapses to 4-3. Murray drop-shots his way to 5-3. Gasquet returns into the net, 6-3. Gasquet has never lost after going two sets up.

Murray wins the fourth set 6-2; two sets all
The crowds are in absolute uproar. The powerhouse Gasquet seems to have left the house. Smooth serving from Murray, takes it to 15. Gasquet is getting seriously freaked by the crowd. He keeps looking at the ref for help, but found none.

Fifth set: Murray 1-0 Gasquet 
Murray breaks straight away. An incredible game with five break points. Gasquet is clearly imploding from the crowd. There’s a couple of desperation aces, a crazed charge to the net and still some zip in that backhand, but his feet are like bricks.

Fifth set: Murray 2-0 Gasquet 
Gasquet’s dead hand twitches at 30-40. He’s defending from the back when suddenly Murray’s whacking it into the net.

Fifth set: Murray 2-1 Gasquet 
Despite his constant complaining to the ref about the “vocal” crowd and the bad light, Gasquet remembers there’s a tennis match going on long enough to hold serve with no real trouble.

Fifth set: Murray 3-1 Gasquet 
Murray is in the zone, and pumped. Gasquet looks like a zombie. Game Murray.

Fifth set: Murray 3-2 Gasquet 
Gasquet holds serve, gathering every last ounce of his strength, and belts down a wild serve. Murray, now showing signs of fatigue, needs another adrenaline rush to close this out.

Fifth set: Murray 4-2 Gasquet 
Ace. Fist pump. Drop shot. Gasquet nets. Screams. Ace. Howls. Ace. Game Murray.

Fifth set: Murray 4-3 Gasquet 
Gasquet is still fighting for this. Billions of break points on his serve, but Gasquet keeps coming – and credit to him for that. Murray looks a little loose at the end, but he’s still very close. It’s now dark out.

Fifth set: Murray 5-4 Gasquet 
The crowd is going wild. A volleyed winner. 30…40. Match point. Gasquet holds his nerve, two inspired volley winners to pull it out.

Murray wins the match 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (7-3) 6-2 6-4
Murray plays a terrible drop shot at 15-0, but pounds the next one. 30-15. Ace. Roar. Challenge. Gasquet sits down. In! 40-15. Next a serve to the body, and it’s all over. Uproar.

 

From 2-0 down, to 3-2 up – Murray dug deep within himself to show he was BORN FOR THIS.

 

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