23 June, 2017
Having dispatched Karen Khachanov in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, Murray used his courtside post-match interview to talk about the terror attacks at Manchester Arena and London Bridge that left 29 people dead and many more injured.
For his part Nishikori has only ever beaten Murray twice but one of those wins came at last year's US Open when Nishikori got home in five sets 1-6 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-5. Murray was badly in need of inspiration and he was handed it via umpire Carlos Ramos who gave the 2016 runner-up a time violation while serving at 1-1 in the second set.
Unlike Nishikori, Murray has not forgotten their US Open quarter-final a year ago and is looking to make amends for one that got away.
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A fired-up Murray duly reeled off five games in succession to win the set and level the match, but the Wimbledon champion did not feel his run-in with the official had a huge influence. Murray has a chance to reach his second career French Open final. Halep clinched the second set with a forehand victor and swept through the decider as Svitolina's spirit sagged, sealing victory with an ace. "I have never seen that", the three-time Grand Slam champion Murray said. "I played well in all the matches here".
The Croat, who is playing in the "legends" event at Roland Garros, said of Murray: "He didn't start the year like he wanted and he started to be a little not confident, but he found himself in the right moment. So I'm sure it's going be tough one, but I will try to enjoy it and try to win the match". "I think it does have an impact". In another quarterfinal, Pliskova meets No. 28 Caroline Garcia, a 6-2, 6-4 victor against Alize Cornet in a match between two Frenchwomen.
Andy Murray is coming off a four set win over Kei Nishikori that took 35 games to decide. "When I beat him in Rome, all was going well for me, everything was landing in.it will be a different story on Friday". I know it will be very tough but I will fight as hard as I can, hopefully play some good tennis and make it a tough battle.
"From then on I started to do a bit better". His 100-2 record includes his only pair of Roland Garros defeats: against Robin Soderling in the 2009 fourth round and Djokovic in the 2015 quarterfinals.