World No1 Sir Andy Murray has promised to come out all guns blazing in his semi-final clash with Stan Wawrinka after booking his place in the French Open last four with victory over Kei Nishikori yesterday.
But Murray responded by taking the second set easily and stormed through a third-set tie-break before finishing off a tiring Nishikori to seal a fourth successive semi-final appearance in Paris. "Obviously, tried to dictate as many points as I can". I think when things aren't going well, it's very easy to overthink things.
In wind Murray double-faulted to lose serve in the third game and Nishikori pinged a forehand victor past him to move 5-2 ahead before serving out the set.
The 30-year-old Murray arrived at Roland Garros with genuine concerns over his form after a mediocre claycourt swing, but with coach Ivan Lendl watching over his shoulder he has rediscovered the winning mentality just in time.
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. In 2008, he dropped 25. But again, I know the way I'm playing so far, and hopefully I can win this match.' About Novak Djokovic's loss to Thiem: 'No one expected Djokovic with 6-Love in the third set, but I watch a little bit the first set. Today was a flawless match for me, I thought very well from the beginning. He won in Geneva so is obviously confident.
Murray's match against Nishikori was not the best advertisement for his improved form.
"I can't say he's the only one, but it's definitely something he likes". And also, the fact I have a solid track record, winning tournaments, Grand Slam tournaments, and that really helps.' You are the oldest semifinalist since Jimmy Connors back in 1985.
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Neither Hogg nor Davies returned for the start of the second half which began with Farrell missing his first kick of the day. The Irishman stepped into fly-half, with Farrell coming in for Davies at outside centre.
All told, the 2015 champion broke Cilic's serve on six occasions and won half of the big-serving Croatian's service points in a match that featured little suspense.
"Today was a flawless match for me, I thought I played very well from the beginning", Wawrinka told a news conference.
"There have been other tournaments where making it to the semi-finals was much more hard", Wawrinka said.
"From then on I started to do a bit better".
"I expect him to try to do the same because that's always how he is trying to play against me, to be aggressive".
The third set was a scrappy affair.
Japanese superstar Nishikori had outlasted Murray in a five-set classic at last year's US Open and looked set to get the better of the Scotsman after breezing through the opening set.
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