Kei Nishikori earns rare win to reach quarterfinals again

Ross Houston
June 7, 2017

With his confidence growing and his form moving towards its peak, Murray will take on Kei Nishikori tomorrow for a place in the semi-finals.

The world No 1 was the favourite to claim the title in NY last summer after winning Wimbledon and Olympic gold, but came unstuck on a dramatic evening. "Each match I feel like I played better", said Murray, who lost in last year's final to Novak Djokovic. "Third set, I didn't play a good game and reset pretty quickly and played some really good points the following game to get the break back and serve it out".

Halep is on the hunt for her maiden Grand Slam title, having come closest at the French Open in 2014, when she was a runner-up.

"I lost my mind, after 6-0 down I knew I had to change something", said Nishikori.

If Murray has had his health issues in 2017, Nishikori has struggled with injuries throughout his career, a right wrist hampering him this season after hip and rib problems in 2016.

"I think that was probably the best I have played overall [at the tournament]", said last year's runner-up.

Whether it be power and spin off both wings or the drop shots and lobs that caught Khachanov off guard, Murray's weapon selection was impeccable, both here and against Juan Martin Del Potro in the previous round.

Like in the second set, though, he immediately handed the advantage back to Murray, who served out at the first time of asking. The Japanese is a more consistent player with a better all-round game that Murray will not be able to shut down as easily.

Caroline Garcia beat French compatriot Alize Cornet in straight sets at the French Open to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Although Nishikori cannot remember their NY tussle, he needs no reminding how tough an opponent Murray can be.

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.

Dealing quite well with a swirling wind that other players complained about, Murray made only 14 unforced errors and broke the strong-serving Khachanov five times. He's hitting great balls.

"Gael and I have practiced a lot together, I was expecting a tough match". Nishikori made it past unseeded Fernando Verdasco on Monday.

That was his third day playing in a row after the Chung match was affected by rain and, as ever with Nishikori, the key question surrounds his fitness.

"I'm a little bit sore". Playing three days in a row.

"When it's like that you need some hard and long matches in the early rounds to get yourself going". "So even when things aren't going well, I believe I can turn it around".

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"What better way to find yourself than at the French Open, when you're top seeded?"

"Last year at the start of the tournament was pretty tough".

"I don't see Nishikori beating Andy".

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