March 18 2018

Murray sets up Nishikori clash

March 18 2018, 05:19 | Sammy Rose

Murray sets up Nishikori clash

Murray makes it to last 8

From that moment Murray was not to look back, coming from behind to win without requiring a fifth set on Court Philippe-Chatrier - the 30-year-old now looking forward to a semi-final rematch with Stan Wawrinka.

In his seventh Paris quarterfinal, Murray will face Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishikori who defeated 33-year-old Fernando Verdasco of Spain 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.

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.

Murray's clash with Wawrinka is a repeat of the 2016 semi-final in Paris, which the Brit won in four sets.

"Stan has played fantastic games this tournament so far", said the Scot.

"I'll need to take it to him and hopefully play some good tennis to win that one".

John McEnroe, working for Eurosport, accused Djokovic of tanking, and the 12-time grand slam champion said: "I obviously always expect a lot from myself, but it's a fact that I'm not playing close to my best, and I know that". I think I played the best match here in Roland Garros against Carla.

"I played well, was very solid and took my opportunities". "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".

"I am in semifinals with a very positive feelings", Nadal said. After a tough start to 2017, the world number one will face Kei Nishikori for a place in the last four at Roland Garros.

Murray played clean tennis, hitting 29 winners to just 14 unforced errors and converted on five of his nine break point chances. Murray will be the favorite to win going into the match. He's a great player. There was so many long rallies, second and third sets. I'm just trying to sense what's the best thing for me now. He has dropped the first two sets of his quarterfinal match against sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria. I think Andy's probably a bit less confident [than last year], a bit more hesitant.

Wawrinka, who crushed Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in yesterday's quarter-finals, is a late developer.

"He deserves the titles that he's got, but his success doesn't affect how I feel about mine".

In the men's section, top-seeded Andy Murray and third-seed Stanislas Wawrinka booked spots while third-seed Simona Halep of Romania and Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia from the women laid claim to berths in the quarter-finals of the French Open.

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