Gasquet ends Marray's challenge
Home interest in the Nottingham Open ended on Wednesday when Jonathan Marray, the last remaining Briton, was despatched 6-4 6-1 by Richard Gasquet.
Marray broke the Frenchman in the first game but was overpowered by Gasquet's groundstrokes as the match progressed.
The fourth seed broke back twice in the first set then exploited Marray's faltering serve to dominate the second.
Clay court specialist Gasquet took 62 minutes to make the last eight and said "I'm getting more confident on grass."
Meanwhile, Marray knows he has to improve if he is to get beyond next week's opening round at Wimbledon for the first time.
I didn't serve well against Gasquet and I have got to serve better than that if I am going to stand a chance (at Wimbledon)
The British number nine blew three match points against Karol Beck of Slovakia before losing 10-8 in the final set in SW19 last year.
But on the basis of this performance he admitted he has got to sharpen up his serve.
"I didn't serve well against Gasquet and I have got to serve better than that if I am going to stand a chance (at Wimbledon)," he said.
"I've had a dodgy six months and another dodgy day here. But I am hoping to get a decent draw at Wimbledon and then hopefully at least one win."
However, Marray believes Gasquet could do well at the All England Championships if he maintains his recent form.
Richard is one of the top players in the world at the moment," Gasquet said.
"His game may not be ideally suited to grass, but I think he could do well at Wimbledon if he keeps playing like this."
Doesn't Richard seem a big arrogant talking about himself in the 3rd person like that and saying he is one of the best in the world??
That's a hilarious typo that BBC had. Someone who hates Richard would read that as use it against him.