Monday, 23 October, 2017

Murray into semi-finals after taming Nishikori

French Open staff worked to clear the rain from the court to no avail as the men's quarter-finals have been postponed until Wednesday. The women's matches have each been suspended in progress twice Unseeded Latvian teen knocks out Wozniacki on rain-hit day
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However Murray has played himself into form in Paris and now finds himself in the semi-finals where he will meet Stan Wawrinka after beating Kei Nishikori 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 6-1, in the quarters. The three-time Grand Slam champion has never won at Roland Garros, and never faced unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov, either.

Murray's display will not give Wawrinka any sleepless nights, but he will remember how outstandingly well the world number one played to beat him in four sets in last year's semi-final. Roger Federer misses out injured, but Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray and defending champ Stan Wawrinka are all here.

Murray lost his cool then fought back from 2-4 down in the decider to lead 5-4, but lost the last three games.

Halep will face off in Thursday's semi against second seed Karolina Pliskova, who booked her spot with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 defeat of Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia.

Cilic knows what it takes to win a major title - he topped Nishikori in the 2014 U.S. Open final - so he appreciates his easy path.

"I have never had any issues with him before", Murray said.

The men's quarterfinals slated for later Tuesday are No. 4 Rafael Nadal vs.

The eighth-seeded Nishikori recovered from a nightmare opening set to beat Fernando Verdasco 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 on Monday and progress to his seventh Grand Slam quarterfinal, a record for a Japanese man.

Murray did not arrive in Paris at the height of his powers, dealing with a cold and some recent shaky results.

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Wawrinka's biggest difficulty was that his lower back locked up on him early against Monfils. He's a great player.

"I was missing a little more in the end than earlier in the match". I'm not seriously anxious.

A brilliant piece of trademark Murray scrambling helped secure the decisive break midway through the fourth set and Nishikori's challenge was as good as over.

That unsafe approach paid dividends as she hit a crosscourt forehand victor then a backhand down the line to break for 5-2 in the decider.

"But I broke the following game".

She won 20 of the last 24 points.

Ukraine's fifth seed Elina Svitolina reached the quarter-finals for the second time, ending the dream run of world No 290 Petra Martic with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 win.

Romanian 3-seed Simona Halep advanced to the quarterfinals for the second time in her career with a dominant 6-1, 6-1 win over Carla Suarez Navarro.

"Now I'm just figuring it all out, and obviously there are things to think about and to work on, and we'll see where it takes me".

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