Andy Murray made great strides on his least favourite surface yesterday, and afterwards looked forward to learning more when he takes on the best in the business.
The Scot made it through to his first quarter-final on the dirt courtesy of a 7-6 (13/11) 6-4 win over Fabio Fognini, the second set of which had to be played yesterday morning because of the rain which affected the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters the previous day.
He then came back on court later in the day to defeat Nikolay Davydenko 7-6 (7/1) 6-4 and set up a semi-final clash with world number one Rafael Nadal.
Afterwards Murray said: “There’ll be a lot of expectation on me but it’s great experience for me to learn a lot from playing the top guys. I will learn a lot about how they play on clay.”
Murray admitted he was relieved to make it through a punishing schedule.
“It’s been a long couple of days and I’m very happy to come through it,” he said.
“I had a long day yesterday with the rain and didn’t get out of here until 9pm, and it was busy today.”