Nadal, Djokovic can set up French Open semifinal showdown

Nadal, Djokovic can set up French Open semifinal showdown

Published Jun. 5, 2017 3:03 p.m. ET

A quick look at the French Open:


Fourth round: No. 1 Andy Murray beat Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4; No. 3 Stan Wawrinka beat No. 15 Gael Monfils 7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-2; No. 7 Marin Cilic beat Kevin Anderson 6-3, 3-0, retired (left hamstring); No. 8 Kei Nishikori beat Fernando Verdasco 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.



Fourth round: No. 2 Karolina Pliskova beat Veronica Cepede Royg 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; No. 3 Simona Halep beat No. 21 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-1; No. 5 Elina Svitolina beat Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5; No. 28 Caroline Garcia beat Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4.


20 of 24 - That was the run of points won by Svitolina to end her comeback victory after trailing 5-2 in the third set and serving at love-30.


''Actually, I'm very bad with the memories. I don't even know if I (won) or lost. I won?'' - Nishikori, when asked what he remembers from his match against upcoming opponent Murray in the U.S. Open quarterfinals in September. (For the record, Nishikori won in five sets.)


Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic can set up a semifinal showdown with victories. In his quarterfinal, nine-time French Open champion Nadal faces No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain at Court Philippe Chatrier. Nadal is 3-0 against Carreno Busta. Djokovic, the defending champion, takes on No. 6 Dominic Thiem of Austria at Court Suzanne Lenglen in a rematch of a 2016 semifinal at Roland Garros that Djokovic won in straight sets. ''I'm sure he's going to be as motivated as ever, so I expect him to come out and really play his best,'' said Djokovic, who has won all five matches, and 11 of 12 sets, he's played against Thiem. ''I'm going to be ready for that.'' There are some milestones at stake, too: Nadal can become the first man in the professional era to reach 10 semifinals at Roland Garros; Djokovic can reach a seventh consecutive French Open semifinal and break a tie with Jimmy Connors for second place with a 234th Grand Slam match win (Roger Federer's record is 314). 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. Only Bacsinszky has been to the French Open semifinals in the past, losing to Serena Williams at that stage in 2015.


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