Andy Murray faces Queen's dilemma after French Open
Briton is beaten in four sets by David Ferrer in quarter finals at Roland Garros
ANDY MURRAY'S quest for a Grand Slam title continues after his hopes of winning the French Open were dashed by Spaniard David Ferrer yesterday.
The Briton, who has battled injury at the tournament, was beaten by the dogged world number six in four sets and must now decide how to gear up for Wimbledon later this month.
Ferrer is one of the most consistent performers on the circuit and a clay-court specialist, so his victory over Murray came as no great surprise even though the Scot was seeded four.
Murray's weaknesses were apparent as errors marred his game and on each of the five occasions that he broke Ferrer's serve he immediately lost his own service game.
The world number four was also dealt a blow by a rain-break that came just after he had won the second set and appeared to be getting into some kind of rhythm for the first time in the match. When the players returned he was back to square one.
"Andy Murray leaves Paris uncertain what lies ahead of him apart from some tough work to get ready for Wimbledon," reports The Guardian.
His participation at Queens next week is not guaranteed says The Daily Telegraph. "After the match, Murray was reluctant to commit himself on his plans in the lead-up to Wimbledon... In all probability, he will go again, but he did acknowledge that 'it's not a disaster if I can't play a tournament beforehand'."
We shouldn't be too harsh on Murray after his latest setback, says Ed Smith in The Times.
"Neither Murray nor his fans can know if he will go on to win a grand-slam tournament," he writes. "But his achievements are deeply impressive. If he had won yesterday, Murray would have become only the tenth man in history to play in more than one semi-final at each grand-slam event. That is some company to keep. It would be a shame if we forgot to enjoy it while it lasts." ·