Andy Murray's march continues in Kei Nishikori fight back

Japan's Kei Nishikori clenches his fist as he defeats Spain's Fernando Verdasco during their fourth round match of the French Open
Japan's Kei Nishikori clenches his fist as he defeats Spain's Fernando Verdasco during their fourth round match of the French Open
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23 June, 2017

Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka meet in the semifinals of the 2017 French Open.

As is often the case with Murray it required a sense of injustice to unlock his best shots and on this occasion it came courtesy of a time violation from umpire Carlos Ramos. "It was hard conditions but I got through it and finished strong".

But the 30-year-old - despite being broken on a couple of occasions - was never truly troubled and a combination of brilliant defensive work and a superior clinical edge meant Murray booked a last-eight meeting with either Kei Nishikori or Fernando Verdasco.

"I don't know how I came back", said Halep.

"When we changed ends at 1-0 he told me, 'You're playing too slowly.' And then my second service game I got the warning".

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

"Obviously if someone had offered me a semi-final spot before the tournament, I would have signed up for that because I was not playing well at all".

"Sorry that I don't remember much", Nishikori responded when asked of the confidence he could draw from that five-set victory. "It was just today it was just odd how it came about".

'He was playing better.

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Murray's clash with Wawrinka is a repeat of the 2016 semi-final in Paris, which the Brit won in four sets. A fired-up Murray reeled off the next five games to seal a commanding 6-1 set.

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. The top seed seized his opportunity in the tiebreak, running away with it 7-0 to take the set.

The Austrian finished on his second match point. The Serbian tennis star is still in action at Roland Garros.

Wawrinka is confident he can reverse the result of last year's semi-final here, when Murray won in four sets before losing to Novak Djokovic in the final.

On a sunny Court Philippe Chatrier, she lobbed Garcia from the back of the court to give herself two match points. All four players are seeking a first grand slam title.

There was so many long rallies, second and third sets. "I think physically and mentally I feel ready", he said.

Wawrinka, meanwhile, took full advantage of a poor serving day by Cilic, who put just 49 percent of his first serves in play. He's a great player.

Neither Murray nor Nishikori has ever won the French Open.


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