Nishikori to Face Dominant Murray in Q'final

The world number one lost the opening set but after a time violation in the second set he never looked back and will face Stanislas Wawrinka for a place in the final in a repeat of last year's last four clash.

Djokovic put up little resistance in the one-way final set, winning a mere eight points as Thiem clinched victory with a backhand passing shot.

Murray on the way to his next semi-finals at Roland Garros made seven breaks, organized 31 Vinner and committed 26 unforced errors.

The world No. 1 reached as far as the finals previous year where he lost to now defending champion Novak Djokovic.

For the fourth year in succession, Murray is through to the last four of the French Open, his latest passage to the semi-finals coming courtesy of a four-set victory over Nishikori on Court Philippe Chatrier. I'm happy to be in the semis again.

Nishikori won a dramatic five-setter 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 to reach the semifinals at Flushing Meadows. "From there I started to do a bit better".

He built on a fine third-round win over Juan Martin del Potro with his best performance of the tournament to beat Russian Khachanov.

Djokovic was thumped 7-6, 6-3, 6-0 by the Austrian in the French Open quarter-finals.

"I was expecting a tough game against a very good clay-court player", Halep, who will become the new world No. 1 if she wins the title, said.

When asked if he is considering taking time out of the game, he said: "Trust me, I'm thinking about many things".

It will be the 18th time Murray has played Wawrinka, with the Briton having won both last year's meetings at the French Open and ATP Finals.

"I am sure everyone will share in thoughts and prayers for everyone who has been affected".

"I played well, was very solid and took my opportunities".

In the last eight Wawrinka will face seventh seed Marin Cilic, who has breezed through the draw so far.

"It hasn't always been easy for me here, but these last few years have been great".

But Svitolina, who needed treatment on her back at the start of the third set, broke and soon won on her second match point, when Martic hit a backhand into the net.

'I think it will be an interesting match. "It was windy, so the timing was hard, but once I was able to get into a rhythm and keep him away from the baseline, that made the difference".

What I have to say else, I don't know Novak is still looking his way back. "I've come a long way the past 10 days or so".

  • Julie Sanders


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