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Ivanisevic: 'Mentally weak' Nishikori won't beat Murray

19 Junio 2017, 04:31 | Gerardo Tarin

Japan's Kei Nishikori clenches his fist as he defeats Spain's Fernando Verdasco during their fourth round match of the French Open

Japan's Kei Nishikori clenches his fist as he defeats Spain's Fernando Verdasco during their fourth round match of the French Open

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka celebrates winning his fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament against France's Gael Monfils in three sets 7-5, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, Monday at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

Murray beat 53rd-ranked Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Court Philippe Chatrier while Wawrinka got the better of World No.15 Gael Monfils 7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Monday.

For the fourth year in succession, Murray is through to the last four of the French Open, his latest passage to the semi-finals coming courtesy of a four-set victory over Nishikori on Court Philippe Chatrier.

"I think today was probably the best I have played overall", said the top seed, who will face eighth seed Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.

"How the players are supposed to know that in their head when we're playing at one speed throughout the whole year, and then you show up at the slams, you're expected to speed up by 5 seconds".

Paris - Tennis legends John McEnroe and Goran Ivanisevic reckon Andy Murray has a good chance of making the final at Roland Garros.

"I played well, was very solid and took my opportunities". I also think when he played the French Open final here with Novak Djokovic, he played extremely well. "He was really aggressive, pushing me all the time, so it was tough for me to find a solution".

Nishikori said of the scoreline: "It's a little bit unusual".

Pliskova reached the U.S. Open final a year ago, but the Czech player had never been past the second round at Roland Garros in five previous appearances.

In four previous matches on clay, Simon Halep had never been able to beat Carla Suarez Navarro.

"Well, obviously the way I turned the match around, it was not a good first set", Murray said. There was so many long rallies, second and third sets.

Wawrinka was surprised to see the sixth seed win so easily, particularly picking up a bagel in the third set against the reigning champion.

'He was playing better. "He had some injury problems and was a little bit sick so he couldn't practise as much as he needs to in order to be ready, especially on clay". I think he started really well, the court bounces really high today and he was using a very heavy forehand and I was running side to side.

He might need another level, however, against Swiss former champion Wawrinka, who annihilated Marin Cilic 6-3 6-3 6-1.

- Second seed Karolina Pliskova came back from a set down to claim a 2-6 6-3 6-4 win over Paraguayan Veronica Cepede Royg.



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