Andy Murray claims he is the 'odd one out' in the French Open semi-finals because he's been playing 'garbage'

Murray is through to the semi-finals of the French Open for the fourth successive year and yet admits he headed to Paris having played 'garbage' in the clay court tune-ups

Eleanor Crooks
Paris
Thursday 08 June 2017 11:33
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Murray will play Stan Wawrinka for a place in the French Open final
Murray will play Stan Wawrinka for a place in the French Open final

Andy Murray feels he will be up against it in the French Open semi-finals as the odd man out who arrived at Roland Garros playing "garbage".

The world number one has worked himself into form in Paris this fortnight and will face Stan Wawrinka on Friday after a 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7/0) 6-1 victory over Kei Nishikori.

Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem will meet in the other last-four clash after the young Austrian stunned defending champion Novak Djokovic.

Nadal, Thiem and Wawrinka are yet to drop a set this tournament while Murray has lost three, and their build-ups were rather different too.

Murray, who lost back-to-back matches to Borna Coric and Fabio Fognini in Madrid and Rome, said: "They are all obviously playing extremely well.

"Rafa's had a great clay-court season, as has Thiem. Stan this tournament has played great. He won in Geneva so is obviously confident.

"I came in playing garbage. I'm the odd one out in the semis, but hopefully I can keep it up."

Murray is all too aware his rivals have been playing better than him

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

Both men struggled with the cool, windy conditions, and after a terrific first set Nishikori's play was up and down.

Murray was just the steadier, although he also played some poor games, dropping serve twice in the third set - both times immediately after breaking Nishikori - and once to start the fourth.

The good news was that he found a way to get over the line reasonably comfortably and will now hope to replicate last year's win over Wawrinka at the same stage, one of his best ever performances on clay.

Murray has been slowly improving on clay

Murray said: "It wasn't the best match. It was tricky out there.

"Obviously if someone had offered me a semi-final spot before the tournament, I would have signed up for that because I was not playing well at all. And practice also was not good.

"It's been really good so far. I want to keep going."​

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