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French Open 2017 men's review: Day nine

19 Junio 2017, 01:01 | Gerardo Tarin

Men's 4th rd: Kei Nishikori (Jpn) bt Fernando Verdasco (Esp) 0-6 6-4 6-4 6-0, Andy Murray (Gbr) bt Karen Khachanov (Rus) 6-3 6-4 6-4, Marin Cilic (Cro) bt Kevin Anderson (Rsa) 6-3 3-0 ret, Stan Wawrinka (Sui) bt Gael Monfils (Fra) 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 6-2.

Tonight's clash will be a repeat of last year's semi-final which the Briton won in four sets before going on to lose to Novak Djokovic in the final.

The good news was that he found a way to get over the line reasonably comfortably and will now hope to replicate last year's win over Wawrinka at the same stage, one of his best ever performances on clay. The 30-year-old has won eight of their 10 previous meetings, most recently at the ATP World Tour Finals last November.

All the men's quarter-finals will be played on Wednesday after the matches between Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta and Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem were rained off on Tuesday.

Andy Murray insists he is not comparing the size of his grand slam trophy collection with that of French Open semi-final opponent Stan Wawrinka.

And also, the fact I have a solid track record, winning tournaments, Grand Slam tournaments, and that really helps.' You are the oldest semifinalist since Jimmy Connors back in 1985.

Thiem said: "It was a very good match for me".

Andy Murray has emerged as a contender to win his maiden French Open title, believes former coach Alex Corretja.

Hello. Add your message here. I didn't feel like today I was playing slower than I was in the other matches.

'I think he's probably a bit less confident. He's great player. Very smart tennis player.

"It wasn't easy, but actually (the delay) helped me a lot against Hyeon in the third round", he said.

"I have never had any issues with him before", Murray said.

In the women's draw, third seed Simona Halep battled back from a set down to beat Elina Svitolina 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0. "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". It is Cilic's first Roland Garros last-eight spot while he is the first Croatian to get this far since Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic in 2006.

"Personally I think it was put down to the conditions".

"The fourth, I think it was flawless tennis I played".

"I think he was able to take all the opportunities he had, especially at key moments in the match".



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