Murray, Wawrinka charge into French Open last eight

On the eve of the French Open, Brad Gilbert, the former coach of Andy Murray, was asked if he thought the Scot liked proving people wrong.

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. A fired-up Murray reeled off the next five games to seal a commanding 6-1 set. Last year's finalist could bounce back immediately after suffering two breaks in the third set, reports Xinhua news agency.

"I think today was probably the best I have played overall", said the top seed.

"I needed to start putting a little bit of pace on my shots, he was dictating them all in the first set and making me move a lot", Murray said of Nishikori.

Eighth-seeded Japanese Nishikori reached his seventh grand slam quarter-final with a 0-6 6-4 6-4 6-0 win over unseeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

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

"I couldn't do anything first set, but I tried to play a little more heavy and a little more aggressive sometimes, and it started working a little bit better".

Women's title favourite and 2014 runner-up Simona Halep trounced Spain's Carla Suarez-Navarro 6-1, 6-1 to make the last eight without dropping a set or breaking sweat. "Andy knows what he has to do", Ivanisevic said. Stan this tournament has played great.

Murray, a 2016 finalist, will next face 2015 victor Stan Wawrinka, who won his eighth straight against Marin Cilic, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1.

Swiss Timea Bacsinszky was a set up on France's Kristina Mladenovic when play was suspended just before 3.30pm Paris time.

"You have Ivan Lendl in your team, the guy has so much experience". I came in playing garbage.

I knew he was playing good since the beginning of the tournaments, but I was confident with what I was doing since the beginning of the tournament. "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".

Thiem had never beaten Djokovic in five previous matches, but the 23-year-old's game turned into a juggernaut as he dominated to deny the Serb a ninth Paris semifinal.

Svitolina beat Halep in their latest duel in Rome this year, but she nearly failed to set up another clash with the Romanian.

  • Julie Sanders