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Andy Murray's march continues in Kei Nishikori fight back

Andy Murray's march continues in Kei Nishikori fight back”

Murray will be the favorite to win going into the match.

The duo also produced a thrilling five-set battle in the Davis Cup in March 2016 with Murray eventually prevailing in the fifth.

- Second seed Karolina Pliskova came back from a set down to claim a 2-6 6-3 6-4 win over Paraguayan Veronica Cepede Royg.

Unlike Nishikori, Murray has not forgotten their US Open quarter-final previous year and is looking to make amends for one that got away.

The clash against Wawrinka will be Murray's fourth semi in a row at Roland Garros, while the Swiss star, who won the title in 2015, is in his third straight semi-final. "Stan had played really well, while I had struggled in some matches".

Despite holding the top spot in the ATP world rankings since November, Murray has exceeded pre-tournament expectations in Paris but he will now have the belief that he can reach a second successive final.

In the women's category, Halep defeated 21st-seeded C. Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-1, 6-1 and Garcia defeated fellow compatriot Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4 in an all-French affair again on Philippe-Chatrier. Murray hasn't played his best tennis in this tournament, but he finds ways to push through and has shown he doesn't have to play great to beat great competition. When I come on the court, I just know that I can do it.

Nadal, who next faces Austrian Dominic Thiem after he knocked out holder Novak Djokovic, has spent only about eight hours on court, dropping 22 games, to reach his 10th French Open semi with his 100th win in a best-of-five sets match on clay. "I think physically and mentally I feel ready", he said. Obviously it was quite windy today so timing was a little bit hard but once I started to get in a better rhythm I was able to keep him a bit further away from the baseline and that made a big difference.

Nishikori hit back by winning the first game of the fourth against serve, but it was one-way traffic thereafter as an increasingly assured Murray cruised to victory. The other men's quarterfinals later Wednesday are Andy Murray vs. Kei Nishikori, and Stan Wawrinka vs. Marin Cilic.

"He's a great player, a very smart tennis player. So it was important to stay strong with myself, and I'm happy to get through this match", he said. I think a little bit of rushing too much, [and I was] too aggressive sometimes.

"Looks like one of the top four guys" is going to end up grasping the champion's Coupe des Mousquetaires, seven-time major titlist John McEnroe observed.



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