Rohan Bopanna wins first-ever Major, bags French Open mixed doubles title
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 23:36
The 30-year-old Murray arrived at Roland Garros with genuine concerns over his form after a mediocre claycourt swing, but with coach Ivan Lendl watching over his shoulder he has rediscovered the winning mentality just in time.
Last year, Murray played the clay court match of his life to beat Wawrinka in four sets to reach his first Roland Garros final and he knows that he will have to do the same again tomorrow if he is to stand a chance.
"Stan has played fantastic this tournament so far", said Murray of his next opponent who, at 32, is the oldest man to reach a French Open semi-final since Jimmy Connors in 1985. "Previous year he was also playing well and I had to play one of my best matches to get through". "Inexplicable. I don't remember seeing a time in the last six to eight years when Novak mailed it in", he said.
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal will take on Dominic Thiem in the second semi-final, after the Austrian knocked out defending champion Djokovic. I didn't do anything special, but that was a critical period of the match because he started way better than me.
The pair shared 12 breaks of serve on another blustery Paris day, with Nishikori starting superbly but fading as Murray reeled him in.
At the start of the set, Murray was penalised for a second time by Ramos, which saw the world No. 1 lose a first serve.
The Briton remonstrated with the official before returning to the action, fired by injustice, roaring "Let's go!" as he clinched the game.
Both men struggled with the cool, windy conditions, and after a terrific first set Nishikori's play was up and down like a yo-yo.
Murray quickly levelled the match but after twice breaking in the third set, at 2-2 and 5-5, he handed the advantage straight back and needed a tiebreak to forge ahead. "I played well in all the matches here".
A brilliant piece of trademark Murray scrambling helped secure the decisive break midway through the fourth set and Nishikori's challenge was as good as over.
Murray later said any delay was down to him missing a ball toss. But I didn't feel like today I was playing slower than I was in the other matches. "It felt to me like it was a unusual decision", he said.
"I have never seen anyone get a warning after they have missed the ball toss". I have never seen that. So I was frustrated about it, but I don't know how much impact that had.
The 2015 title holder has not lost a set on his way to a 3rd successive semis in Paris. Wawrinka has yet to drop a set this tournament and is coming off a match in which he lost just 23 service points.
"It was ideal today, I'm very satisfied", said Wawrinka who will be playing in his third successive Roland Garros semi-final. The Romanian wasted four set points but evened the match on her next opportunity in the tiebreaker after saving a match point.