Luck and perfect tennis sends Nishikori to French Open QF

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 7, 2017

"I'm looking forward to another grand slam". Dive in for the all the headlines and sidelines from the fifth day. However, Martic, bidding to become only the 10th qualifier to make the last eight in Paris threw away a golden chance for victory. There were so many long rallies, second and third sets.

Andy Murray eased into his 29th grand slam quarter-final with a straight-sets win over Karen Khachanov in Paris.

Playing on Court Philippe Chatrier, Halep improved her career record against Suarez Navarro to 7-5 by beating the Spaniard for the second time in a row. Before Monday, Khachanov had held serve for 48 successive service games.

Murray will next play eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori, who recovered to beat Fernando Verdasco 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.

Nishikori won a dramatic five-setter 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 to reach the semifinals at Flushing Meadows.

Title favorite and 2014 runner-up Simona Halep trounced Spain's Carla Suarez-Navarro 6-1, 6-1 to make the last eight without dropping a set or breaking sweat.

I think it was a tough match, tough conditions, quite windy, a lot of tension, because we know each other so well. "So, yeah, very tough battle but very happy to win today". The 25-year-old will tackle Ukraine's fifth seed Elina Svitolina for a semi-final place.

"Paris has had some problems in the last few years and I'm sure everyone will join me in sharing the fact that our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this".

Former champion Stan Wawrinka and top-ranked Andy Murray were to play later Monday.

World number 67 Chung levelled matters emphatically when he completed a fourth-set bagel upon the resumption of play on Sunday, setting up an enthralling decider. - Novak Djokovic cites Nelson Mandela to outline the powerful reach of sport. "I managed to push her back".

"I lost my mind, after 6-0 down I knew I had to change something", said Nishikori.

"I felt ashamed about what I did". Murray had never before played the unseeded Russian.

"Come a long way the last 10 days or so", Murray, runner-up to Novak Djokovic past year, told reporters. "Actually I'm very bad with the memories", Nishikori said sheepishly.

"I don't know how I get the second and third".

The world number one was the favourite to claim the title in NY last summer after winning Wimbledon and Olympic gold, but came unstuck on a dramatic evening.

Murray is a master at frustrating young players into too many errors with his remarkable talent simply for getting balls back in play. "One of the matches that I remember - well, it was more the goal that I remember, was Gascoigne's goal".

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