Murray, Wawrinka to meet 2nd time in French Open semis

Murray said he would need to be at his best if he was to beat Wawrinka, who defeated Marin Cilic 6-3 6-3 6-1 in his quarter-final. Wawrinka is into the semis for the third straight year and won the second of his three Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros in 2015.

"Obviously, it was not the flawless way for the match to end and especially against a good friend", said Nadal, who has lost just 22 games in five matches so far.

Japanese superstar Nishikori had outlasted Murray in a five-set classic at last year's US Open and looked set to get the better of the Scotsman after breezing through the opening set. Murray went ahead two times, but each time Nishikori fought back.

The third seed Halep trailed by a set and 5-1 against the fifth seed but somehow dug herself out of a hole before storming to victory.

"It's not always been easy for me here but the last few years have been great", Murray said courtside. "So I'm sure it's going to be a tough one, but I'll try to enjoy and try to win the match".

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Murray's match against Nishikori was not the best advertisement for his improved form.

Wawrinka hopes to make his second French Open final.

Svitolina rallied to beat Croatian qualifier Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Rafael Nadal took issue with Ramos earlier in the tournament for treating him like a "machine" and suggested he was being unfairly targeted to speed up play.

The Portuguese official has also had a run-in with Novak Djokovic.

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The three-time major champion is on the prowl again, striking fear in the hearts of less aggressive, opportunistic players. Wawrinka has won nine straight matches on clay court.

Thiem had never beaten Djokovic in five previous matches, but the 23-year-old's game turned into a juggernaut as he dominated to deny the Serb a ninth Paris semifinal. The 32-year-old Swiss took just 100 minutes to dispose of the 2014 US Open champion to reach the semi-final for a third time in a row.

Murray received an award for finishing 2016 as world number one, with brother Jamie sharing the men's doubles trophy with Brazilian partner Bruno Soares.

The no.6 seed will face Rafa Nadal in the semi-finals on Friday. In the women's quarterfinals, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki meets 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko, and No. 13 Kristina Mladenovic faces No. 30 Timea Bacsinszky. The first set was tough, lasting an hour and a quarter.

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