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Summary

  1. Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 Nishikori
  2. World no 1 Murray rallies after losing first set
  3. Third seed Wawrinka wins 6-3 6-3 6-1 against Cilic
  4. Defending champion Djokovic out as Nadal reaches last four
  5. Halep recovers to beat Svitolina, setting up Pliskova semi-final

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By Matthew Henry

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Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 Nishikori

Not a performance which will give Wawrinka a sleepless night, but Murray polished Nishikori off well in the 4th set to reach a 5th RG SF

Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 Nishikori

Who are you backing?

The world number one? The nine-time champion? The 2015 champion? Or the young pretender?

Semi-final line-up complete

Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 Nishikori

So that is the men's semi-final line-up complete for this year's French Open.

Andy Murray will play Stan Wawrinka while Dominic Thiem's reward for beating Novak Djokovic is a last four match against the imperious Rafael Nadal.

Those matches will be played on Friday.

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Andy Murray and Carlos Ramos
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In a funny way, Andy Murray may have umpire Carlos Ramos to thank for that turn-around.

The Scot was riled when Ramos called a time violation after Murray had just pulled out of a serve.

At that point Murray trailed by a set and was locked in a nervy service game at the start of the second.

Murray powered through that game with a big cry of "let's go" and a fist pump in the umpire's direction and from there, minus the odd blip, took control.

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Dennis Ethan: Murray - Wawrinka is the SF I was looking forward to...Thanks! Friday has to come here sooner enough. Allez Stanimal!!

Simon: Andy Murray has done brilliantly to reach the semi finals, have to say he's the underdog at this point though.

Chanice Hird: A big test but Andy came through with flying colours! Didn't think he would get to this stage! Well done!

Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 Nishikori

Andy Murray after his win over Kei Nishikori: "It was windy and the timing was difficult. Once I got into better rhythm I was able to keep him further away."

On the prospect of facing Stan Wawrinka in the semi-final: "He has played fantastic this tournament so far. Last year when we met he was playing very well and I had to play one of my best matches on clay to beat him.

"It not always been easy for me here but the last few years have been great.

Murray through to semi-finals

Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 Nishikori

Murray is now into his 21st Grand Slam semi-final where he will face Swiss third seed Stan Wawrinka.

Those two met in the semi-final last year with Murray playing one of his best clay-court matches to reach the final.

Andy Murray celebrates
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Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 Nishikori

A good work out for the British number one.

He struggled with Kei Nishikori's power early on but fought back impressively.

Another win the bag. The world number one is getting stronger and stronger.

Game, set and match

Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 Nishikori

All over!

Andy Murray marches on.

Andy Murray celebrates winning his quarter final
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*Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 5-1 Nishikori

This looks done and dusted. No more drama to come surely?

Murray fires down another serve and is on the brink.

Two match points...

*Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 5-1 Nishikori

"Move your legs," shouts Murray in his Scottish tones as he lets two break points slip.

Not this time. He steps in and whacks a return and seals the double break.

The end is nigh.

Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 4-1 Nishikori*

I've doubted Kei Nishikori once in this match and he came came to break Murray in the following game but he can't have much left here.

He puts two forehands out at the start of the next game and things look like they're slipping away.

Another error. Three break points Murray.

Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 4-1 Nishikori*

What a difference a strong serve can make.

Nishikori is struggling for cheap points in his own service games but Murray uses his first shot of the rally to race to 40-0.

Nishikori makes a right mess of a simple shot at the net but I don't think he is too bothered, that game already looked out of his reach.

*Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 3-1 Nishikori

Barry Flatman

Sunday Times tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live

That was another strange point. Murray should have finished it off about three times before he did.

I wonder how much ground both players covered doing that one point?

Murray breaks

*Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 3-1 Nishikori

What a point! Both players in to the net and out again like they're doing the hokey cokey.

Murray just doesn't give up. He keeps the ball in play and eventually Nishikori relents. A break secured for the second time in this set.

Andy Murray reacts
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Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 2-1 Nishikori*

Nishikori has looked unsure on his overheads all day and he fails to put another away before Murray makes him pay by finding the clay by his feet with the next shot.

Murray senses the opening. Wide from Nishikori. Two more break points to Murray.

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Barry Flatman

Sunday Times tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live

I thought, given evidence we'd seen in the clay-court season, that if Andy Murray made it into the second week then very good.

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Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent at Roland Garros

An outbreak of quality tennis has been reported on the Philippe Chatrier court.

Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 2-1 Nishikori*

Serve to the rescue for Muzza.

He bangs two pacey efforts that Nishikori can't return.

Wife Kim waves her first in her man's direction and mouths "come on".

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*Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 1-1 Nishikori

Murray has taken note of those stretches by his opponent.

Is Nishikori tiring? The world number one wants to find out, playing a drop shot on two points in a row.

Nishikori still looks good from the baseline though, firing a forehand down the line. Murray gives an exacerbated look towards his box.

Are we going to see a third break in a row? To deuce we go again.

*Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 1-1 Nishikori

Feeling confident that Murray will wrap this one up before you start making your dinner? Tennis commentator David Law has a word of warning...

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Murray breaks back

*Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 1-1 Nishikori

Here's an opportunity for Murray.

His opponent goes wide with a volley. Break point to the Scot.

He gets it! Nishikori goes wide again.

Murray clenches his fist. Nishikori leans against the backboard to stretch out his calf.

Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 0-1 Nishikori*

Can Murray get straight back on terms?

He is trying to step into his return and put his opponent on the defensive.

Nishikori finds himself a point away from the game but a hard-hitting point goes Murray's way. Deuce.

Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 0-1 Nishikori*

Barry Flatman

Sunday Times tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live

There is no pattern to this match. No pattern whatsoever.

Doesn't it worry you that if Murray plays this inconsistently against Wawrinka, what damage the Swiss can do.

Andy Murray
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Nishikori breaks

Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 0-1 Nishikori*

Fair play Kei Nishikori.

After such a poor breaker he could have crumbled but no, he breaks Murray with another well crafted point.

Muzza's thighs get another slap. They'll be red raw if this goes the distance.

*Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 0-0 Nishikori

Muzza will be looking to ram home his authority here as the Scot starts us off in this fourth set.

Both players throw in a couple of errors but ask Carlos Ramos to get out of his seat and check the mark in the clay. Who knows, the Spaniard might appreciate the chance to stretch his legs.

Murray gives his racquet a hefty whack in the red stuff as Nishikori's forehand gives him an early break point.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Roland Garros

After a tie-break that bad, it's little wonder Nishikori took it out on his racquet. His matches so often produce strange scorelines due in part to his streaks of brilliance, interrupted by some pretty rotten stuff. Murray will still need to tighten things up on serve if he's to close this out relatively comfortably. Meanwhile, Lendl stands for a stretch. He's beaming with satisfaction, on the inside.

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Ally Siu: Murray is amazing to be able to switch gears and tactics so quickly!

Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) Nishikori

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent at Roland Garros

That must have been the worst tie-break I've ever seen put together by a top 10 player.

Game and third set

Murray 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) Nishikori

Can Murray take the tie-break to love? Yes he can!

Nishikori returns into the net and then slams his racquet down in anger. He's livid.

The world number one is in the driving seat.

Kei Nishikori throws his racket
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*Murray 2-6 6-1 6-6 (6-0) Nishikori

Nishikori is furious. Swinging his racquet against the surface of the clay. How has he thrown away this tie-break?

Murray refuses to give up and runs down a ball he had to right to get. Nishikori makes the mistake again.

As they change ends, Andy Murray has won all six points in this tie-break.

*Murray 2-6 6-1 6-6 (5-0) Nishikori

Nishikori's first serve is out. His second serve is good but then he shanks a backhand well over the chalk.

The Japanese is losing his cool here.

Kei Nishikori reacts
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Murray 2-6 6-1 6-6 (4-0) Nishikori*

Nishikori takes an age mopping his face with his towel before the next point. No movement from umpire Carlos Ramos.

Double fault from the Japanese player! He is crumbling in this tie-break.

Murray 2-6 6-1 6-6 (3-0) Nishikori*

Murray adjusts his hat, serves, and takes another point as Nishikori hits long.

This is going well for the Scot.

*Murray 2-6 6-1 6-6 (2-0) Nishikori

First serve missed by Murray. Not much in it but it was wide.

Nishikori goes for the jugular, looking for a backhand winner down the line but he nets.

Murray stays ahead.

*Murray 2-6 6-1 6-6 (1-0) Nishikori

Tie-break time!

Nishikori waits for the crowd to hush before serving...and then he massively overcooks a forehand and the point goes to Murray.

Nishikori breaks back

Murray 2-6 6-1 6-6 Nishikori*

Murray slaps his legs when he gives Nishikori the first point by playing a drop shot that clips the tape and falls back on the Scot's side.

Murray is ticking. More slaps of the thigh and a scream to his box as falls 0-30 behind.

Another sneer to his box by Murray. Nishikori's coach Michael Chang is on his feet. Nishikori sets up two break points...

And he takes the first of them! The crowd cheer. They want more. To a tie-break we go.

Game, set and match - Wawrinka

Wawrinka 6-3 6-3 6-1 Cilic

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Stan Wawrinka is making mincement of this French Open draw.

The Swiss third seed powers past 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic in exactly 100 minutes.

Easy money.

Stan still hasn't dropped a set on his way to the semi-finals. Next up? Andy Murray or Kei Nishikori.

He'll be hoping to watch that one go long into the Paris night...

Stan Wawrinka celebrates
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Murray breaks

*Murray 2-6 6-1 6-5 Nishikori

There's the break!

Murray has had one of them already in this set but this time he knows if he holds his next service game, he'll be a set from the semi-final.

Andy Murray of Britain reacts
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