Andy Murray powers into French Open quarterfinals

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

Having levelled the match by winning the second set 6-1, Murray won the third set on a tie-break and romped home in the fourth, 6-1.

Third seed and 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka made the last eight defeating Gael Monfils 7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-2.

It is a repeat of last year's semi-final, which Murray won in four sets before going on to lose in the final match to Novak Djokovic.

Murray, who was runner-up to Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros a year ago, will meet 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka for a spot in Sunday's final. "I played one of my best clay-court matches past year to get the win against him".

"Last year, I was playing really well and I was confident, but I remember that he played better than me on that court", he said.

The third seed has not lost a set on his way to a third successive semi-final in Paris. "Hopefully I can take advantage of that and find solutions to beat him", the Swiss said of that upcoming Friday battle of three-time Grand Slam champions. Play was suspended on Tuesday just before 3.30 pm local time (7pm IST) during the first two women's quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

Andy Murray feels the odd man out after arriving at the French Open playing "garbage" but that did not stop him reaching a fourth consecutive semi-final at Roland Garros.

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Paris: Andy Murray vented his frustration at a lack of consistency from umpires after receiving two time violations in Wednesday's win over Kei Nishikori at the French Open.

The win boosts his record to 84-2 against players ranked outside the top 50 in the world, and he hasn't lost such a match since the 2006 Australian Open, a streak of 83 wins.

The world number one struggled with his opponent's explosive baseline hitting on Philippe Chatrier, but slowly warmed to his task in windy conditions as he secured a 2-6 6-1 7-6 (0) 6-1 victory. Corretja worked with Murray between 2009 and 2011 centrally on his clay court game and believes his former protégé has timed his run of form perfectly.

Nishikori, who advanced through a five-set thriller on Sunday, had to come back from one set down to see off Fernando Verdasco 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0. "He [Nishikori] was dictating all of the points in the first set".

"It's not like I played a great point the next point".

"He's always a tough guy to play against". I think a little bit of rushing too much, [and I was] too aggressive sometimes. "I was really happy to come back in the second set".

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