Murray cruises into French Open quarters

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.

Nishikori outdueled Murray in a five-set classic at last year's US Open and looked capable of a repeat success as he rolled through the opening set.

"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".

Djokovic, the defending champion, takes on No. 6 Dominic Thiem of Austria at Court Suzanne Lenglen in a rematch of a 2016 semifinal at Roland Garros that Djokovic won in straight sets.

"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.

  • Julie Sanders


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