Andy Murray has welcomed Rafael Nadal's shock exit from the French Open, saying that it represents 'a massive opportunity'.
Nadal, the World #1 and winner of four consecutive titles at Roland Garros, was beaten by Sweden's Robin Soderling yesterday, and Murray said that he was keen to rise to the challenge.
"It's a massive opportunity", said the 22-year-old World #3 and British #1. "I don't think anyone could have anticipated Rafa losing in the French Open - it's very much his tournament - and it's vital that I grab this opportunity with both hands. And a racquet, obviously."
Pundits believe that Nadal's exit gives Murray his best chance yet to lose a Grand Slam semi-final to somebody else, with a number of players in the frame to provide the drubbing including Fernando Gonzales and, of course, Soderling.
Murray remained cool about his chances, saying, "It is a great chance for me to lose to someone other than Rafael, and I'll do my very best not to let my fans down".
In a separate development, World #2 Roger Federer has announced that he will not be playing at Wimbledon this year, due to a scheduling conflict - the tournament coincides with the filming schedule for his latest Gilette advert.