Andy Murray shrugged of a sluggish start, staging a comeback Wednesday for a 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-0), 6-1 defeat of Kei Nishikori and a place in his fourth straight French Open semifinal.
Having levelled the match by winning the second set 6-1, Murray won the third set on a tie-break and romped home in the fourth, 6-1.
Andy Murray rebounded strongly to beat Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-1 in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros.
Third seed Stan Wawrinka is yet to drop a set and ended France’s hopes for another year with a 7-5 7-6 (9/7) 6-2 victory over Gael Monfils.
Nishikori outdueled Murray in a five-set classic at last year’s US Open and looked capable of a repeat success as he rolled through the opening set.
“Stan has played fantastic games this tournament so far”, said the Scot.
“Obviously we played at the US Open and that was five sets, a match that got away from me a little bit, so I need to learn a bit from that”, Murray told Eurosport.
‘Well, he defeated me a year ago, ‘ Wawrinka said after his straight sets win against Cilic.
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal will take on Dominic Thiem in the second semi-final after the Austrian knocked out defending champion, Djokovic.
Murray said: “Obviously for a couple of points after that I was sacked up, because I was frustrated at that moment”.
Later Monday, Czech world No. 2 Karolina Pliskova, also in the running to become both a first time major victor and the new world No. 1, took on Veronica Cepede Royg in her last-16 tie.
“Physically, I feel great. So it was important to stay strong with myself, and I’m happy to get through this match”, he said.
The 32-year-old Wawrinka, a late bloomer who has developed a reputation as one of tennis’ best big-match players, radiated confidence after his lopsided quarterfinal win.
“He was playing better than me I remember that”.
Murray came out on top in their last meeting in Paris but Wawrinka is not anxious about the result in 2016 and thinks he can get on top of the Scot this year.
The win boosts his record to 84-2 against players ranked outside the top 50 in the world, and he hasn’t lost such a match since the 2006 Australian Open, a streak of 83 wins.
In the women’s competition, Romanian Simona Halep established her credentials to become the newest French Open champion with a blistering 6-1, 6-1 victory over Carla Suarez-Navarro of Spain to reach the quarter-finals.
Nishikori said: “We have been playing so many times”. “After 6-0 down I knew I had to change something”.
The Swiss goes on to face Croatian seventh seed Marin Cilic for a spot in the semifinals.
“I think he was able to take all the opportunities he had, especially at key moments in the match”.