Murray, Wawrinka charge into French Open last eight
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 9:56
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.
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.
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.