French Open Wrap: Nadal, Murray, Wawrinka Reach Semi-Finals
Here’s a wrap of the big results on day 11 of French Open.
The eleventh day of French Open panned out as planned for all the top seeds except for the defending champion Novak Djokovic, who was knocked out after losing 6-7 (5), 3-6, 0-6 to Dominic Thiem in quarter-finals in Paris on Wednesday.
However, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka booked their semi-final spots after beating Kei Nishikori, Pablo Carreno Busta and Marin Cilic respectively.
Here’s a look at the matches played by Murray, Nadal and Wawrinka.
Murray Beats Nishikori in 4 Sets
World number one Andy Murray shrugged off a sluggish start to reach his fifth French Open semi-final with a 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-1 defeat against Japan's Kei Nishikori.
Murray dropped serve twice in the opening set as the gremlins that have dogged his season briefly returned, but he was generally in charge after that against the eighth seed.
Nishikori, who beat Murray in the quarter-finals of last year's US Open, could not sustain his early form and although he courageously forced a third-set tiebreak, he lost that 7-0.
Murray, runner-up last year to Novak Djokovic, recovered an early break of serve in the fourth set and reeled off the last six games to set up a repeat of last year's semi-final when he produced a dazzling display to beat Stanislas Wawrinka.
Nadal’s Opponent Carreno Busta Quit
Rafael Nadal barely broke sweat to reach the semi-finals as fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta quit with an injury less than an hour into their quarter-final clash.
Nadal, bidding for a 10th title at Roland Garros, was leading 6-2, 2-0 when Carreno Busta, who had received lengthy treatment on an abdominal injury at the end of the first set, decided he could not continue.
The 31-year-old Nadal has spent only around eight hours on court, dropping 22 games in the process, to reach his record-extending 10th semi-final at the French Open.
He will face Dominic Thiem in his next match.
Wawrinka Crushes Cilic
2015 French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka demolished Croatian Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 to reach the semi-finals in awe-inspiring fashion.
The Swiss third seed broke the big-serving Cilic six times, spraying the court with winners throughout the match to ruthlessly sweep the seventh seed aside.
Wawrinka ended Cilic's ordeal on his first match point with a second-serve ace.
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