Nadal, Djokovic can set up French Open semifinal showdown
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 9:38
Murray, who reached his fourth successive semi-final here despite a patchy performance in his 2-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-1 victory over Kei Nishikori, admitted that he would need to play better against Wawrinka.
World No. 1 Murray was sanctioned by umpire Carlos Ramos for taking too long between serves, after he caught his ball toss at deuce during the third game of the second set.
Women's No. 3 seed Simona Halep only needed one hour to get past Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-1, while her opponent in the quarter-finals Elina Svitolina had to bounce back from the brink of an elimination to beat Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
"Obviously, it was not the ideal way for the match to end and especially against a good friend", said Nadal, who has lost just 22 games in five matches so far. He was pushing me all the time, so it was tough for me to find any solution a year ago. This could be an epic five setter and I don't have a strong opinion either way. "Hopefully I can take advantage of that and find solutions to beat him", the Swiss said of that upcoming Friday battle of three-time Grand Slam champions.
The third was a rather tight affair, with Murray breaking and serving for the set only for the 27-year-old to respond with a break back of his own.
"Obviously [Wawrinka] has played fantastic in this tournament, I don't think he's dropped a set".
This match is a toss-up in my eyes, as Wawrinka does have the edge on clay and is playing better tennis overall, but it's tough to bet against Murray and that defense.
"I think he's been pointing towards the French for quite a while and he's acting like the player that we look at and go 'that guy's ranked number one in the world right now'". At the age of 37, Bopanna has finally got a real reward in his bag after being a regular on the circuit for more than 10 years. Beating him would be a huge effort, given where Murray has come from, but the Scot is enjoying winning without playing his best and knows anything is possible.
Murray said: "Physically, I feel great".
It was also Murray's 650th match win of his career.
"I think he was able to take all the opportunities he had, especially at key moments in the match".
Murray said: "It wasn't the best match".