Kei Nishikori earns rare win to reach quarterfinals again

AP- Nadal

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After experiencing a five-set thriller in the third round delayed by the rain, the eighth-seeded Nishikori regrouped himself and came back from one set down to see off Fernando Verdasco 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.

Stan Wawrinka will be the oldest man to play in the French Open semi-finals since Jimmy Connors in 1985, but the 32-year-old Swiss insists he is in great shape as he prepares to face Andy Murray.

World No1 Sir Andy Murray has promised to come out all guns blazing in his semi-final clash with Stan Wawrinka after booking his place in the French Open last four with victory over Kei Nishikori yesterday. "Each match I feel like I played better", said Murray, who lost in last year's final.

Japanese superstar Nishikori had outlasted Murray in a five-set classic at last year's US Open and looked set to get the better of the Scotsman after breezing through the opening set.

Murray worked out of danger after dropping the first set to Nishikori with the 30-year-old finding a way. On the bottom half, No. 2 Djokovic, the defending champion, and No. 4 Nadal, seeking a record-extending 10th title in Paris, would set up a showdown in the semifinals with one victory apiece today. I also think when he played the French Open final here with Novak Djokovic, he played extremely well.

Svitolina rallied to beat Croatian qualifier Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. I mean, it's a joke how tough it is to win a slam. In another quarterfinal, Pliskova meets No. 28 Caroline Garcia, a 6-2, 6-4 victor against Alize Cornet in a match between two Frenchwomen. "It's not always about how well that you play or the level that you play at. but with the right attitude, right game plan, right tactics, you can still win matches".

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Murray on the way to his next semi-finals at Roland Garros made seven breaks, organized 31 Vinner and committed 26 unforced errors.

"It will be very tough but I'll fight as hard as I can, hopefully play some good tennis and make it a tough battle".

Earlier, third-seeded Simona Halep and fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina advanced and will face each other in the quarterfinals. Murray will be the favorite to win going into the match.

"I am in semifinals with a very positive feelings", Nadal said.

It is the 10th time in the last 12 grand slams that the Swiss, the victor here in 2015, has reached the last eight.

Second seed Djokovic was a shadow of the player who a year ago completed a career Grand Slam by winning Roland Garros for the first time to hold all four major trophies simultaneously.

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