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Stan Wawrinka ready for French Open rematch with Andy Murray

21 Juin 2017

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.

The world number one has played himself into form in Paris this fortnight and will meet Stan Wawrinka on Friday after a 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7/0) 6-1 victory over Kei Nishikori.

Men's 4th rd: Kei Nishikori (Jpn) bt Fernando Verdasco (Esp) 0-6 6-4 6-4 6-0, Andy Murray (Gbr) bt Karen Khachanov (Rus) 6-3 6-4 6-4, Marin Cilic (Cro) bt Kevin Anderson (Rsa) 6-3 3-0 ret, Stan Wawrinka (Sui) bt Gael Monfils (Fra) 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 6-2.

When Murray beat Wawrinka this time previous year to reach his first French Open final, it was probably his best performance on a clay court.

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.

Cilic, who started the claycourt season with a tournament win in Istanbul is yet to drop a set for the tournament and will come into his match with Wawrinka fresh as he looks to go even further in his best-ever Roland Garros performance. It's great. I'm really happy to be in the semifinal here.' About his next match against Andy Murray, Wawrinka said: 'It's going to be interesting match, for sure.

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In the women's competition, Romanian Simona Halep established her credentials to become the newest French Open champion with a blistering 6-1, 6-1 victory over Carla Suarez-Navarro of Spain to reach the quarter-finals.

Djokovic was thumped 7-6, 6-3, 6-0 by the Austrian in the French Open quarter-finals. "I think physically and mentally I feel ready", he said. "I've come a long way the past 10 days or so". He's a great player.

But Murray, now just two games away from his third different Grand Slam trophy, battled back in his typical, gritty fashion - winning five games in a row to take the second set and level up the match. Murray will be the favorite to win going into the match.

"Obviously for a couple of points after that I was sacked up, because I was frustrated at that moment", said Murray.

"It was awesome tennis from Petra today and she was really striking the ball well", Svitolina said.

Svitolina rallied to beat Croatian qualifier Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. How do you explain this? 'I think it's because I'm very confident and mentally very strong. Stay tuned to see how their quarterfinals meeting unfolds.

Stan Wawrinka ready for French Open rematch with Andy Murray