Richard Gasquet won against Andy Murray in straight sets in their first-round match in Cincinnati, 6-4 6-4. The Frenchman said: "Of course, he didn't play since January, so I know it was very difficult for him. It's different.
That's why I wanted to start well, you know. It's never easy for him to serve as the first match after so long time without play. So, of course, I'm feeling good on-court. I played last week. Yeah, of course, I knew maybe was the favorite of the match, but, you know, it's still Andy.
You are still -- he serves well. He has a big return. So of course in the second set, he starts to play better. We did great games. He was playing very good and 2-0 to 5-4, second set he plays much better, start to return well. Could be another match for me, but I kept my serve.
So, of course, I hope he's feeling good day after day, and of course, I hope he will come back strong." Asked if he has any advice to give Murray, Gasquet replied: "You know, I have nothing to say to him. He's a much better player than me.
He won Grand Slam. I only did semifinal. He has many things to tell me. Him, I have really nothing to say to him. He's a better player than me, so I just hope he, step after step, day after day, tournament after tournament, he will climb, you know, the matches, the practice, and he will come back strong as before."