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Murray happy to win ugly against Nishikori

Murray happy to win ugly against Nishikori

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.

In windy conditions 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. It certainly wasn't the best match I've played here.

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka celebrates winning his fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament against France's Gael Monfils in three sets 7-5, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, Monday at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

"I probably need to play better than I did today, but you never know", Murray said.

Echoing similar views, former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic said that although Murray started the tournament searching for form, he has managed to bring himself back on track as the French Open progressed.

"Stan has played fantastically this tournament, I don't think he's dropped a set and a year ago he was also playing very well, I had to play one of my best matches on clay to win".

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In the only match involving two Indians pitted across the net, seventh seeds Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada defeated second seeds Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-3, 6-4 to enter the mixed doubles semi-finals.

Svitolina rallied to beat Croatian qualifier Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. "The match was really decided in the first set".

"Obviously he's played fantastically at this tournament so far. Physically and mentally I feel ready". Wawrinka has won nine straight matches on clay court. In another quarterfinal, Pliskova meets No. 28 Caroline Garcia, a 6-2, 6-4 victor against Alize Cornet in a match between two Frenchwomen. And Thiem then took the second set 6-3.

And last year's beaten finalist was not to let the opportunity slip, despite an opening game break, to once again blitz his way to six games and take his place in the last four where Warwinka stands in the way of a second Roland Garros final. Nadal is 3-0 against Carreno Busta. Nadal was leading 6-2, 2-0 at the time.

"On Friday is Nadal".

Nishikori surpassed Jiro Sato, who died in 1934, for the most quarterfinal appearances by a Japanese man, as he made the last eight for the second time in three years in Paris.

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