Murray reaches semifinals of French Open

David Josek

Murray was tossing the ball up when umpire Carlos Ramos gave it.

Wawrinka is the prime example of a player who hits peak form when he needs too.

"I think today I showed that I'm stronger mentally", Halep said after the match. Rafael Nadal will replace him in second spot behind Andy Murray. "It was just today it was just odd how it came about".

The Scot will now play Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka in a repeat of last year's semi-final.

Murray dropped the opening game of the fourth set on his serve and then swept Nishikori aside, beating the Japanese player for the ninth time in 11 career meetings.

- The 22-year-old Ukrainian racked up an impressive tally of 22 points on her first-serve to take the set in just over 45 minutes.

"It looked in the third set like he just didn't want to be out there, couldn't compete any more, and that's shocking for a guy that's won as much as he has and prides himself on competition". He dropped a set in his first two matches against Andrey Kuznetsov and Martin Klizan, but finished off strongly in both matches. She bounced back and then saved a match point in the tiebreaker.

The second-seeded Czech fended off three break points on her way to claiming the second set 6-3, clinching it with a forehand victor on her second set point.

After this victory over Elina Svitolina, Halep next takes on Karolina Pliskova.

Friday's other semi-final will pitch world number one Murray, the runner-up to Djokovic in 2016, against 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka. The Romanian wasted four set points but evened the match on her next opportunity in the tiebreaker after saving a match point.

The first women's semifinal match at the French Open is underway. He won a clay court tournament in Geneva a fortnight ago and so far in this year's second Grand Slam, he has played near his best.




Nadal, who is seeded fourth, can become only the third man in history to make 10 appearances in the final at one Grand Slam tournament.

Reigning champion Novak Djokovic suffered a demoralising quarterfinal exit as he slumped to a 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 defeat by Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem on Wednesday.

Thiem will next face Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

Thiem is the only player to beat Nadal in the claycourt run-up to Paris this year.

The second-seeded Czech hit 24 unforced errors as Halep took the opener 6-4.

Ostapenko unleashed a series of impressive winners in the tiebreaker and took the set with a backhand volley.

Prediction: Thiem will get a French Open title - just not quite yet. The second set proved to be an enjoyable time for Nadal as Pablo was feeling that stomach injury more and Rafa wasn't letting up and was making him work it as much as possible.

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.

A gift was given to Nadal who needed none and that was a double fault by Carreno Busta resulting from Nadal grabbing the first set in no less than a half hour at best.

No man has ever beaten Djokovic and Nadal back-to-back and won a grand slam, and even if Thiem were to get past the Spaniard, he would still have to defeat either former champion Stan Wawrinka or three-time grand slam victor Andy Murray in the final.

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