Murray must up game to defeat Wawrinka in Paris

09 Juin, 2017, 09:07 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier

He can also be extremely resilient as he showed in almost beating Murray from two sets down in Davis Cup last March and especially in his quarter-final victory over the Scot at the US Open nine months ago.

Nishikori has now had three tough days in a row on court after finishing his rain-delayed third-round match against Hyeon Chung on Sunday.

After the match, Murray said, "I wanted to try to change the pace of the shots a little because he is a big hitter". They allow him to find a rhythm on the court and give him more time to understand both his own game and what an opponent is doing. It was not my best tennis today. "Today (he) was maybe more erratic than usual, but I do think a little bit of that was to do with the conditions being hard".

Andy Murray defeats Kei Nishikori to advance at Roland Garros.

But with the Swiss star not having lost a set so far, the task will be a challenge.

"I don't think I've ever seen a guy who can defend as well as Murray and also complain as much as Murray and still play such great tennis - it's an incredible mix".

Asked about his chances of going on to win the French Open, a major that has hitherto eluded him, Murray said: "I probably need to play better than I did today, but you never know".

Next up for Murray is a showdown with No. 3 seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who was imperious as he coasted past Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in his quarter-final on the same day.

Wawrinka has played superbly at Roland Garros this year, and given he usually improves as Grand Slam tournaments rumble on, there's no doubt he'll be Murray's toughest challenge yet. He has dropped the first two sets of his quarterfinal match against sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria.

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Thiem had never beaten Djokovic in five previous matches, but the 23-year-old's game turned into a juggernaut as he dominated to deny the Serb a ninth Paris semifinal.

The Taiwanese-Swiss duo saved two of three break points and converted five of nine to complete their 12th straight victory following their title-winning exploits in Madrid and Rome last month.

The Austrian finished on his second match point.

Murray later said any delay was down to him missing a ball toss. "I want to keep going".

It's hard to go past Murray if he wins the first set. Obviously, I broke the following game. Anyone can win matches when they are playing well.

Thiem said: "It was a very good match for me". I won a very close tiebreak.

"Obviously, it was not the flawless way for the match to end and especially against a good friend", said Nadal, who has lost just 22 games in five matches so far.

"I feel fresh. My tennis is good".

"It's awesome for me", Thiem said. Today was a flawless match for me, I thought very well from the beginning. I have positive feelings and am playing well.

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