French Open 2017, Day 11 as it happened: Murray, Wawrinka enter semis; Halep-Pliskova set up SF showdown

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French Open 2017, Day 11 as it happened: Murray, Wawrinka enter semis; Halep-Pliskova set up SF showdown
  • 23:24 (IST)

    Merci beaucoup for following along on Day 11 of the French Open! We hope you join us tomorrow again for the women's semi-finals as well as the mixed doubles final, which features Indian Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski. 

    Au revoir! 

  • 23:22 (IST)

    Before we sign off, here's our image of the day. A jubilant Simona Halep after her thrilling comeback win.

  • 23:19 (IST)

    Here's the Order of Play for Thursday, Day 12 at Roland Garros:

    Court Philippe Chatrier (12 noon local/3.30 PM IST)

    Mixed doubles final

    Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Robert Farah (GER/COL) v Gabriela Dabrowski/Rohan Bopanna (CAN/IND x7)

    Not before 3.00 PM local/6.30 PM IST 

    Women's singles semi-finals

    Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI x30)

    Simona Halep (ROM x3) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE x2)

  • 23:15 (IST)

    Can Wawrinka make another Grand Slam final?

  • 23:15 (IST)

  • 23:14 (IST)

  • 22:55 (IST)

    Here's a look at all the results of Day 11:

    Men's quarter-finals

    Andy Murray (GBR x1) bt Kei Nishikori (JPN x8) 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/0), 6-1

    Stan Wawrinka (SUI x3) bt Marin Cilic (CRO x7) 6-3, 6-3, 6-1

    Rafael Nadal (ESP x4) bt Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP x20) 6-2, 2-0 retired

    Dominic Thiem (AUT x6) bt Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-0

    Women's quarter-finals

    Simona Halep (ROM x3) bt Elina Svitolina (UKR x5) 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-0

    Karolina Pliskova (CZE x2) bt Caroline Garcia (FRA x28) 7-6 (7/3), 6-4

  • 22:53 (IST)

    What a crazy, thrilling day of tennis we have had!

    Some insane matches, some unbelievable comebacks and a few surprising results. 

  • 22:44 (IST)

    The men's semi-finals are set!

    [1] Andy Murray vs [3] Stan Wawrinka

    [4] Rafael Nadal vs [6] Dominic Thiem

  • 22:43 (IST)

    Andy Murray defeats Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(o), 6-1 to reach his 4th straight semi-final at Roland Garros.

  • 22:40 (IST)

    Andy Murray wins the fourth 6-1 to seal his victory over Kei Nishikori

    Quite the brilliant turnaround from the top seed after dropping the first set. He finishes the match is style! 

  • 22:29 (IST)

    Murray breaks and holds at love for a 4-1 lead

    Just way too many errors from Nishikori and he is suddenly in a lot of trouble. The Japanese looks spent out there on Court Philippe-Chatrier. 

    Murray just needs two more games to reach the semi-finals.

  • 22:21 (IST)

    Quick exchange of breaks between Murray and Nishikori to start the 4th set

    It's 1-1 with a break apiece. Nishikori broke in Murray's opening service game but then returned the favour with an error-strewn game. 

  • 22:08 (IST)

    Quite the collapse from Nishikori in the tie-break after fighting to take the set so far.

  • 22:07 (IST)

    Andy Murray wins the 3rd set tie-break 7-0 and now leads 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(0) against Kei Nishikori.

    Utter domination from the top seed in the tie-break to not concede a single point. 

  • 22:03 (IST)

    Tie-break to decide the third set between Murray and Nishikori

    The top seed races to a 6-0 lead. Nishikori yet to win a point in the tie-breaker.

    SIX set points for Murray. 

    Nishikori dumps his return into the net and Murray wins the tie-break. 

  • 21:57 (IST)

    Stan the Man is through to the semis for a 3rd straight year at Roland Garros

  • 21:54 (IST)

    Stan Wawrinka defeats Marin Cilic, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the French Open semi-finals.

    The former champion is looking in dangerous form and is a strong contender for the title. 

  • 21:47 (IST)

    Cilic holds at love for 1-5

    Wawrinka will now serve for a place in the French Open semi-fnals. 

  • 21:38 (IST)

  • 21:38 (IST)

    Meanwhile in the other match, Wawrinka is racing away with the third set

    The Swiss player leads 3-0 in the 3rd set after winning the first two. 

    He is hitting the ball extremely well and Cilic has no reply for the barrage of backhands being fired his way. 

  • 21:35 (IST)

    Nishikori breaks back for 3-3

    Small opportunity for Nishikori to break back at 15-40 

    He sends a backhand flying at full stretch on the first break point but Murray misses his forehand on the next point and we are back on serve in the third set.

    Th lapse in concentration from Murray might prove costly later.

  • 21:31 (IST)

    Murray gets the break in the third set, leads 3-2

    The Scot puts pressure on the Nishikori forehand is awarded instantly. 

    He has reduced his unforced errors from the first set and looks in control of the match.

  • 21:27 (IST)

    Stan Wawrinka holds for 6-3 and takes a 2-0 lead over Marin Cilic

    The former champion is just one set away from making another semi-final at Roland Garros. 

  • 21:19 (IST)

    He was so pissed that he had to break right back!

  • 21:18 (IST)

    Exchange of breaks in Wawrinka vs Cilic

    Cilic broke the Swiss player's serve to make it 3-3 in the second set.

    Wawrinka breaks right back to love to lead 4-3. 

  • 21:11 (IST)

    Andy Murray wins the second set 6-1 in 36 minutes. 

    Quick turnaround by the Scot after dropping the opener 2-6 to Kei Nishikori. It's one-set all. 

  • 21:06 (IST)

    That time violation could be the turning point in this match!

  • 21:05 (IST)

    Murray has finally found his groove in this match, breaks for 5-1

    The Scot is now hitting winners on the run and moving Nishikori really well all over the court.

    Two more break points for Murray. 

    Nishikori saves the first but then makes a bad judgment call on the second and lets a Murray groundstroke fly past him which lands in.

    Murray breaks for 5-1 and will serve for the second set.

  • 21:01 (IST)

    Murray consolidates the break for 4-1, Wawrinka breaks for 2-1

    Stan is on fire! He leads by a set and a break. 

    Meanwhile, Nishikori makes a costly unforced error on his backhand to allow Murray to hold.

  • 20:53 (IST)

    Horrendous game from Nishikori to get broken

    Nishikori missed an overhead at 30-30 to give Murray a break point and then threw in a double fault to gift him the break.

    Murray leads 3-1 and is suddenly in the lead out of nowhere. The hold in Murray's last game after he was given a time violation seems to have spurred him on.

  • 20:49 (IST)

    Former champion Stan Wawrinka wins the first set against Marin Cilic 6-3 in just 36 minutes.

  • 20:49 (IST)

    Wawrinka serves it out at love!

    What a way to win the first set. Wawrinka barely drops a sweat to clinch the opener 6-3. 

  • 20:45 (IST)

    Stan Wawrinka is serving for the opening set at 5-3

    The Swiss player broke early in the opening set against Marin Cilic and hasn't relented the pressure since then.

    He's hitting the ball really well, and pounding winners off his backhand. Saved the sole break point he's faced so far.

  • 20:41 (IST)

    Murray will have to do better than this if he wants to win this match

  • 20:35 (IST)

    Kei Nishikori takes the opening set 6-2 against Andy Murray in 36 minutes. 

  • 20:29 (IST)

    Nishikori up a double break, 5-2

    The 8th seed has been the far better player so far. Murray is committing too many errors. 

    Nishikori serving for the opening set at 5-2. 

  • 20:23 (IST)

    On Suzanne-Lenglen, in the other men's quarter-final, Stan Wawrinka has taken a 2-0 lead over Marin Cilic in the opening set. 

  • 20:16 (IST)

    Nishikori is the first one to break 

    The Japanese takes a 3-1 lead in the opening set against Murray. 

  • 20:02 (IST)

    It's time to switch attention to the last two quarter-finals:

    [1] Andy Murray vs Kei Nishikori [8] 

    [3] Stan Wawrinka vs Marin Cilic [7]

  • 19:58 (IST)

    The French Open women's semi-finals are set: 

    [47] Jelena Ostapenko vs [30] Timea Bacsinszky

    [3] Simoa Halep vs [2] Karolina Pliskova  

  • 19:55 (IST)

    So much at stake in the next tow matches!

  • 19:54 (IST)

    This was quite incredible!

  • 19:51 (IST)

    Simona Halep sets up a semi-final clash against Elina Svitolina with a stunning 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-0 comeback victory.

  • 19:48 (IST)

    ​Simona Halep completes her most impressive win of career! 

    The 3rd seed was down 3-6, 1-5. Then, she won 12 of the last 13 games for a 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-0 win over 5th seed Elina Svitolina.

  • 19:44 (IST)

    Some good news for Indians:

    Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski have made the mixed doubles final with a 7-5, 6-3 win over 3rd seeds Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Andrea Hlavackova.

  • 19:40 (IST)

    Karolina Pliskova will overtake Angelique Kerber at No 1 if makes the French Open final.

  • 19:40 (IST)

    Karolina Plsikova defeats Caroline Garcia 7-6(3), 6-4 to enter the French Open semi-finals.

  • 19:39 (IST)

    Meanwhile on Philippe-Chatrier, Karolina Pliskova has booked her place in her maiden French Open semi-final.

    Pliskova brought up two match points on Garcia's serve with a gorgeous lob. She then hits a thumping forehand to break serve and clinch the win, 7-6, 6-4. 

  • 19:32 (IST)

    Simona Halep wins the second set 7-6(6) to level the quarter-final against Elina Svitolina. 

Because of rain on Tuesday, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had to wait a day to try to set up a semi-final showdown, and their matches are scheduled to begin earlier Wednesday.

In his quarter-final, nine-time French Open champion Nadal faces No 20 Pablo Carreno Busta; defending champion Djokovic plays No 6 Dominic Thiem in a rematch of a 2016 semi-final won by the Serb in straight sets.

Rafael Nadal's loss to Dominic Thiem also brought to an end his 17-match winning run. Getty Images

Rafael Nadal takes on Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarters. Getty Images

The other men's quarter-finals, at the end of the day, are 2016 runner-up Andy Murray vs No 8 Kei Nishikori, and 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka vs No 7 Marin Cilic.

In the last two women's quarter-finals, No 2 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic takes on No 28 Caroline Garcia, the last French player in either singles draw, while No 3 Simona Halep of Romania faces No 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in a rematch of the Italian Open final won by Svitolina after Halep tore a ligament in her right ankle.

Pliskova and Halep both have a chance to move atop the WTA rankings after the tournament, depending on how each fares the rest of the way as No 1 Angelique Kerber lost in the first round last week.

Here's a look at the Order of Play for Wednesday:

Court Philippe Chatrier (11.00 AM local/2.30 PM IST)

Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP x20) v Rafael Nadal (ESP x4)

Not before 2.00 PM local (5.30 PM IST)

Caroline Garcia (FRA x28) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE x2)

Andy Murray (GBR x1) v Kei Nishikori (JPN x8)

Court Suzanne Lenglen (11.00 AM local/2.30 PM IST)

Dominic Thiem (AUT x6) v Novak Djokovic (SRB x2)

Not before 2.00 PM local (5.30 PM IST)

Elina Svitolina (UKR x5) v Simona Halep (ROM x3)

Stan Wawrinka (SUI x3) v Marin Cilic (CRO x7)


Published Date: Jun 07, 2017 11:25 pm | Updated Date: Jun 08, 2017 04:35 am


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