Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Fernando Forehand Too Good for Brit

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Fernando Forehand Too Good for Brit

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CHILE'S Fernando Gonzalez blew away British third seed Andy Murray to book a French Open semi-final date with Swedish giant-killer Robin Soderling, conqueror of Rafael Nadal.

Both Gonzalez and Soderling, who won 6-1 6-3 6-1 against Russian 10th seed Nikolay Davydenko, will be contesting their first Roland Garros semi-final, while Soderling had never before advanced beyond the third round at a major.

Gonzalez, the 12th seed, tasted Grand Slam heartache when he lost to Roger Federer in the final of the 2007 Australian Open.

But yesterday he looked in excellent form against Murray, who broke into the world top three after a superb start to 2009 that saw him win three tournaments.

"His forehand is the biggest in tennis," Murray said of Gonzalez, who won 6-3 3-6 6-0 6-4.

"If you look at some of the shots he's hit, he's hitting forehands from like a metre wide of the tramline on some points and hitting winners off them.

"Even if you try to hit a ball to his backhand, he makes his mind up that he wants to hit a forehand and he runs around it and spanks a winner. …

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