Murray cruises into French Open quarters
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 3:14
World No1 Sir Andy Murray has promised to come out all guns blazing in his semi-final clash with Stan Wawrinka after booking his place in the French Open last four with victory over Kei Nishikori yesterday.
"Stan has played fantastic this tournament so far", the Scot said.
He told Eurosport: "Obviously, we played at the US Open and that was five sets, a match that got away from me a little bit, so I need to learn a bit from that".
"Obviously for a couple of points after that I was sacked up, because I was frustrated at that moment", Murray said in his news conference after his 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-1 win over eighth-seeded Nishikori.
Nishikori claimed not to remember that quarter-final win but expects a tough quarter-final. "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.
'I think it will be an interesting match.
"It's not like I played a great point the next point".
By reaching the semifinals of the French Open, Murray has already defied the expectations of many who felt his lack of form, up-and-down health and a recent elbow injury might leave him undercooked in Paris.
'He was playing better. "So I'm sure it's going be tough one, but I will try to enjoy it and try to win the match".
Murray said: "Obviously for a couple of points after that I was sacked up, because I was frustrated at that moment".
Murray broke in the ninth game of the third set, having just dropped his own with a rare baseline error, and wrapped up his 650th Tour-level win when Khachanov sprayed a forehand wide.
Spain's Rafael Nadal maintained his quest for a 10th French Open crown after fellow countryman Pablo Carreno Busta was forced to retire after receiving treatment for what appeared to be an abdominal problem.
He said: "It was a really close two sets". But the second seed steadied the ship to go through to the next round winning 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
'I'm very confident and mentally very strong, ' he added. In the women's quarterfinals, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki meets 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko, and No. 13 Kristina Mladenovic faces No. 30 Timea Bacsinszky.