Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Nishikori to Face Dominant Murray in Q'final

Nishikori to Face Dominant Murray in Q'final

The Scot will now face the tournament's 2015 victor Wawrinka, who beat Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-1, in what is a repeat of last year's semi-final showdown which Murray won in four sets before losing to Novak Djokovic in the final.

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Wawrinka, who could play Murray in the semi-finals, had to have treatment to his lower back during his 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 win on Court One, which ended French hopes of a first male champion since 1983.

Murray eventually found his stride as he breezed through the second and the course of the match was effectively decided towards the end of the third.

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

Murray was just the steadier, although he also played some poor games, dropping serve twice in the third set - both times immediately after breaking Nishikori - and once to start the fourth.

Dealing quite well with a swirling wind that other players complained about, Murray made only 14 unforced errors and broke the strong-serving Khachanov five times.

That match lasted almost four hours and also saw Nishikori drop a set to love. I think I played the best match here in Roland Garros against Carla.

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"For sure, no one expected Djokovic [to lose] 6-love in the third set", he added.

"I think Andy's done really well". I also think I'm playing better than past year. "I got through in hard conditions and finished strong".

"Stan has been playing fantastic in this tournament - I don't think he has dropped a set". I didn't do anything special, but that was a critical period of the match, because he started way better than me. Previous year I was playing really well. "Sorry that I don't remember much", Nishikori responded when asked of the confidence he could draw from that five-set victory.

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

"Last year I had to play one of my best matches on clay to beat him (Wawrinka)".

The world No 1 has played himself into form in Paris and will meet Stan Wawrinka for a place in his second successive final in Paris on Friday after a four-set victory over Kei Nishikori.

He said: "It was a really close two sets".

Wawrinka beat Gael Monfils 7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-2, while Cilic led Kevin Anderson 6-3, 3-0 before the South African was forced to retire.

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