Murray regroups to beat Nishikori

The U.S Open finalist fought back from a set down to spoil the upset bid of Veronica Cepede Royg with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win.

The Japanese star recovered from a terrible start to beat veteran Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 in the French Open fourth round to reach a seventh Grand Slam quarter-final.

Murray, a 2016 finalist, will next face 2015 victor Stan Wawrinka, who won his eighth straight against Marin Cilic, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. "Each match I feel like I played better", said Murray, who lost in last year's final.

On facing Murray, Nishikori said: "It's going to be a tough match, but I'm starting to play better and I'm very happy with my tennis right now".

The clash against Wawrinka will be Murray's fourth semi in a row at Roland Garros, while the Swiss star, who won the title in 2015, is in his third straight semi-final.

Newsmen report that the three-time Grand Slam champion cruised to a 6-3 6-3 6-1 win against the Croatian in an hour and 40 minutes.

The 32-year-old is the oldest man to make the last four at Roland Garros since Jimmy Connors in 1985.

World No.1 Andy Murray says he will have to improve if he is to defeat Stan Wawrinka in the French Open semi-finals tonight.

World No. 1 Andy Murray stormed into the quarter-finals of the French Open after registering a straight-sets victory over Karen Khachanov on Monday.

"Andy's much tougher to beat in best of five, he's worked so hard on his conditioning".

"Obviously for a couple of points after that I was sacked up, because I was frustrated at that moment", Murray said in his news conference after his 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-1 win over eighth-seeded Nishikori.

The Japanese twice came from behind in a third set that ebbed and flowed, only to surrender meekly during the subsequent breaker.

"I lost my mind in the first set", Nishikori said.

"I'm a little bit sore. It's always nice to see him play well". "I think he's a very good umpire". Nadal has dropped just 20 games on the way to the quarterfinals, his second-fewest in a grand slam quarterfinal run in his career (19 at the 2012 French Open). "Rafa's had a great clay-court season, as has Thiem". But, yeah, a little bit gained some confidence during second and third. "When I beat him in Rome, all was going well for me, everything was landing will be a different story on Friday".

In the other men's match, Rafael Nadal faces fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.



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