Murray into semi-finals after taming Nishikori

Jun 23, 2017, 04:35
Murray into semi-finals after taming Nishikori

Murray's clash with Wawrinka is a repeat of the 2016 semi-final in Paris, which the Brit won in four sets. The Scot set up a semifinal rematch with third seed Wawrinka after beating the Swiss in four sets at the same stage of the tournament a year ago. It certainly wasn't the best match I've played here.

The world number one got off to a poor start against the eighth seed, but ultimately won with a degree of comfort, triumphing 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 6-1.

Murray came out on top in their last meeting in Paris but Wawrinka is not anxious about the result in 2016 and thinks he can get on top of the Scot this year.

Taking out his irritation on Nishikori, Murray began to dominate his opponent, whose service then started to let him down.

The Croat, who is playing in the "legends" event at Roland Garros, said of Murray: "He didn't start the year like he wanted and he started to be a little not confident, but he found himself in the right moment".

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In the only match involving two Indians pitted across the net, seventh seeds Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada defeated second seeds Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-3, 6-4 to enter the mixed doubles semi-finals. Pliskova will next play either No. 3 Simona Halep of Romania or No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. "The match was really decided in the first set". Stan this tournament has played great.

Newsmen report that the three-time Grand Slam champion cruised to a 6-3 6-3 6-1 win against the Croatian in an hour and 40 minutes.

The Portuguese official has also had a run-in with Novak Djokovic.

Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic has backed the Briton to beat Nishikori.

On the clay courts of Paris, determined the semifinalists of the 116th version of the Open championship of France. He takes a 2-4 record into the showdown with Nadal, whom he beat in the Rome quarters.

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The 32-year-old is the oldest man to make the last four at Roland Garros since Jimmy Connors in 1985.

The three semi-finalists, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Wawrinka are yet to drop a set this tournament while Murray has lost three, and their build-ups were rather different too.

The Japanese battled back from a set down against Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the fourth round, triumphing 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

If Nadal and Djokovic win, they would face each other Friday. Stay tuned to see how their quarterfinals meeting unfolds.

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