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Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori French Open quarterfinals match preview

19 Juin 2017

Kei Nishikori admitted he couldn't remember last year's U.S. Open upset of Andy Murray after booking a quarterfinal rematch with the world No. 1 at Roland Garros on Monday.

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.

Murray defeated 21-year-old Khachanov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and four minutes to register his 650th match win of his career.

"Stan has played fantastic this tournament so far", the Scot said. But Nishikori famously dumped the 2012 US Open champion out in NY past year after rallying from sets to one down.

"I couldn't do anything first set but I tried to play a little more heavy and a little more aggressive sometimes, and start working a little bit better", Nishikori said.

Nine-time champion Nadal is due to take on compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, while title-holder Djokovic faces sixth seed Dominic Thiem in a repeat of last year's semi-final.

'And also, the fact I have, you know, a solid track record, winning tournaments, Grand Slam tournaments, and, you know, that really helps'.

Wawrinka has yet to drop a set in this year's tournament at Roland Garros and he hopes that stands him in good stead against the world number one.

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"I didn't feel like I played great tennis today. I don't think about it during the points", added Halep.

Wawrinka, 32, is now the oldest semifinalist at Roland-Garros since Jimmy Connors in 1985. Garcia sealed the result on the second of three match points when the No. 43 hit a forehand into the net following a long rally. "He had some injury problems and was a little bit sick so he couldn't practise as much as he needs to in order to be ready, especially on clay".

"He played very well (against Khachanov) and he's playing better and better. So it was important to stay strong with myself, and I'm happy to get through this match", he said.

Murray quickly levelled the match but after twice breaking in the third set, at 2-2 and 5-5, he handed the advantage straight back and needed a tiebreak to forge ahead.

The third-seeded Halep, who trailed 5-0 in the first set, was down 5-1 in the second.

Wawrinka won his eighth straight against Marin Cilic, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1.

Andy Murray insists he is not comparing the size of his grand slam trophy collection with that of French Open semi-final opponent Stan Wawrinka. "It was not a good first set, I struggled at the start of the second".

Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori French Open quarterfinals match preview