Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Murray fights back to reach French Open semi-finals, to meet Wawrinka

Murray fights back to reach French Open semi-finals, to meet Wawrinka

Despite the dropped first set, Nishikori ran together three straight sets to take down Verdasco, becoming the third man in the Open Era to win a Round of 16 match after losing the opening set 6-0.

Kei Nishikori admitted he couldn't remember last year's U.S. Open upset of Andy Murray after booking a quarterfinal rematch with the world No. 1 at Roland Garros on Monday.

Murray will play third seed Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals, in a repeat of last year's clash at the same stage.

When Murray beat Wawrinka this time previous year to reach his first French Open final, it was probably his best performance on a clay court.

"Stan has played fantastically this tournament, I don't think he's dropped a set and past year he was also playing very well, I had to play one of my best matches on clay to win". "Last year when we met [in the semi-final] he was playing very well and I had to play one of my best matches on clay to beat him".

"Over the last few years Stan has played great in the slams, he's been very consistent".

Former world No1 Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, admitted that he is contemplating taking a break from tennis after his shock quarter-final hammering by sixth seed Dominic Thiem. "Obviously, tried to dictate as many points as I can". On the bottom half, No. 2 Djokovic, the defending champion, and No. 4 Nadal, seeking a record-extending 10th title in Paris, would set up a showdown in the semifinals with one victory apiece Tuesday.

"Each match I feel like I played better".

"I don't know how I get the second and third".

"He didn't start the season like he want and then he started to be really not confident", said Ivanisevic.

Rohan Bopanna in mixed doubles final: India's Rohan Bopanna earned himself an opportunity to become only the fourth Indian to win a Grand Slam trophy by reaching the French Open mixed doubles final with partner Gabriela Dabrowski yesterday.

Svitolina beat Halep in their latest duel in Rome this year, but she nearly failed to set up another clash with the Romanian. "He was the better player and deserved to win".

It's great. I'm really happy to be in the semifinal here.' About his next match against Andy Murray, Wawrinka said: 'It's going to be interesting match, for sure.

The world number nine said of his opponent: "We have played so many times".

The Swiss goes on to face Croatian seventh seed Marin Cilic for a spot in the semifinals.

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