French Open semis predictions: Rafa will roll, but no guarantees for Murray

French Open semis predictions: Rafa will roll, but no guarantees for Murray

French Open semis predictions: Rafa will roll, but no guarantees for Murray

Wawrinka is the prime example of a player who hits peak form when he needs too.

"I don't know how many games I lost this year, but I really don't care about this".

John McEnroe has accused Novak Djokovic of "giving up" in his defeat to Dominic Thiem in the French Open quarterfinals. "To beat him for the first time in the quarter-final of a grand's a dream", said Thiem. "It probably helps me to win today".

But she failed to put away Halep and the 2014 Roland Garros runner-up powered through the decider in just 20 minutes to complete a remarkable 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-0 victory.

Murray advanced to his fourth straight semi-final in Paris, defeating Nishikori to avenge his loss to the Japanese star at the US Open a year ago.

Pliskova improved as the match progressed and saved two set points in the ninth game to hold her serve.

The stats would suggest that Murray should be the favourite, given that he is the world number one and more significantly he beat Wawrinka at this exact stage of the competition past year.

Wawrinka, who won at Roland Garros in 2015, will face either top-ranked Andy Murray or No. 8 Kei Nishikori.

In the women's competition, Romania's Simona Halep come from behind to defeat Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 3-6, 7-6, 6-0 in the quarter-finals. Rafa made a decision to take a bathroom break near the end of the first set and Pablo felt it was a good time to call the trainer to tend to a stomach ailment he'd had.

Ostapenko converted her second match point with a forehand attack, her 50th victor of the match.

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The Scot set up a semi-final rematch with third seed Wawrinka after beating the Swiss in four sets at the same stage a year ago.

She will play Karolína Plíšková of the Czech Republic in the last four.

She only needed one, winning with a crosscourt forehand victor.

"It's going to be the fourth match against him in, like, five or six weeks". She fended off another set point in the next game but a forehand error handed Halep the set.

Murray surrendered the first set but was mentally very tough to come back and win the match in four sets.

Teenager Jelena Ostapenko rallied from a set down, and overcame two rain delays and a vastly more experienced opponent to become the youngest player to advance to the semifinals of the French Open in a decade on Tuesday.

Novak Djokovic insisted Wednesday that he still has the hunger to regain his status as the best player in the world, but did not rule out taking a break from the sport.

The symbols of the three places where he won Grand Slam titles - a kangaroo for the Australian Open, the Eiffel Tower for Roland Garros and the Statue of Liberty for the U.S. Open - are printed on the back of his shoes, above the words "Stan" on his left and "The Man" on his right. Having parted company with his coaching team last month, Djokovic was advised by Andre Agassi at the French Open.

Reigning champion Novak Djokovic suffered a demoralising quarterfinal exit as he slumped to a 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 defeat by Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem on Wednesday.

Like Nadal and Thiem, Wawrinka has not lost a set on his way to a third successive semi-final at Roland Garros. He has converted three of seven break points, while Thiem took only one of his seven opportunities to break serve.

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