Murray says need to learn from US Open defeat to Nishikori

Murray defeated 21-year-old Khachanov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and four minutes to register his 650th match win of his career. After stuttering starts in Paris, not helped by a lingering fever, the 30-year-old was impressive in straight sets wins over Juan Martin del Potro and Karen Khachanov, ending the Russian's serving streak of 48 games held in the process.

It is Cilic's first Roland Garros last-eight spot while he is the first Croatian to get this far since Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic in 2006. "From there I started to do a bit better".

He handed him two break points with a terrible smash and Murray was up 3-1.

This was a odd match, with both men rarely playing well at the same time and Nishikori's level in particular going up and down like a yo-yo.

"It's possible that I'm playing too slow".

Wawrinka, the third seed, booked a place in the quarterfinals for the fourth time with a comfortable 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 win over Gael Monfils, the last French player in the men's draw.

He is the oldest man to make the last four since Jimmy Connors in 1985.

Lendl told Press Association Sport: "Obviously winning is better but I knew the reasons why he is struggling".

Novak Djokovic's French Open title defense ended with a surprisingly lopsided 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria on Wednesday.

"Actually I'm very bad with the memories", the eighth seed said with a sheepish grin.

The world No.1 has yet to lift the French Open crown, and there were fears that run may continue when Nishikori took the first set of their quarter-final clash.

This match is a toss-up in my eyes, as Wawrinka does have the edge on clay and is playing better tennis overall, but it's tough to bet against Murray and that defense.

Former champion Stan Wawrinka is through to the semifinals of the French Open after beating seventh-seeded Marin Cilic in straight sets.

"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. The fourth, I think it was ideal tennis I played". "I think Stan had played really well coming into the match". Murray looks for his third grand slam final appearance since last season. "A year ago he was also playing really well and I had to play one of my best matches on clay to beat him", Murray added.

A combination of luck and ideal tennis helped Kei Nishikori reach the quarterfinals of the French Open. "This is a whole new situation that I'm feeling". "So, yeah, very tough battle but very happy to win today". Hopefully I can take advantage of that and find solutions to beat him.

Wawrinka in the match against Cilic converted 6 of 9 break points, won 25 goals action and made 17 unforced errors.

  • Jo Lloyd