Sports

Andy Murray Taking On Kei Nishikori: 2015 Madrid Open Semi-finals

Andy Murray Taking On Kei Nishikori: 2015 Madrid Open Semi-finals

andy murray vs kei nishikori 2015 madrid open semi finals

Andy Murray is continuing to coast on exhaustion fumes, but it’s certainly working for him as he’s beaten Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-5 on Friday at the 2015 Madrid Open and will go on to face Kei Nishikori in the semi-finals.

The event doctor diagnosed Raonic with a pinched nerve in his right foot after the match. The Thornhill, Ont., native is scheduled to play at the French Open, which begins May 24.

“It was a good match for what it was,” said Raonic. “I just tried to fight through, considering the situation. I tried to make the most of the opportunities and considering everything, it was pretty good.

andy murray taking on kei nishikori 2015 madrid open

“I want to make sure that the next time I step out on court, I’m 100 per cent and can make the most of the challenges ahead of me.”

World No. 3 Murray hit 19 winners and saved all five break points faced in the one hour 41-minute match. In Madrid for a ninth time and a champion in 2008, Murray reached his 23rd ATP World Tour semifinal. He will next face last year’s runner-up Kei Nishikori.

“I feel like I’ve been moving well,” said Murray. “The first couple of weeks on the clay, I tried to work on it quite a lot in my training block before I started playing the tournaments.

“Because I feel healthy this year, I’m not worrying about my back or worrying about things when I am put in difficult positions on court. That obviously gives me a bit more confidence in the movement.”

kei nishikori vs andy murray 2015 madrid open semi finals

In the last match of the day, the fourth seed Kei Nishikori beat David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2.

Nishikori hit 22 winners and capitalized on five of his six break point opportunities in the 72-minute match. The Japanese star extended his unbeaten record on clay this year to eight matches as he reached his fifth ATP World Tour semifinal.

Earlier Friday, Serena Williams was beaten in the semifinal of the women’s tournament, a short time after Maria Sharapova also lost.

Petra Kvitova defeated the top-ranked Williams 6-2, 6-3, while Svetlana Kuznetsova ousted Sharapova 6-2, 6-4.

The victory was Kvitova’s first against Williams, a 19-time Grand Slam champion.

“I’m just exhausted today,” said Williams, who had her serve broken six times. “But it’s really good preparation for Roland Garros.”

Kuznetsova beat Sharapova for the first time in seven years, breaking her opponent’s serve three times and saving the one break point she faced.

“I’m just happy to be in the final,” said Kuznetsova, who had never before even reached the semifinals at the Madrid tournament.

Sharapova, who could have returned to No. 2 in the rankings with a victory, said she wasn’t able to take advantage of Kuznetsova’s second serves like she had done previously.

“Today she had much more pop on her ball than I did, while I felt my shots were a bit too flat,” Sharapova said. “I also think the court and the bounce, with the altitude here, meant her spin was getting really high.”

Kuznetsova, who will be playing in her first final in nine months, is 1-3 against Kvitova but beat the Czech on clay last year at the French Open in their last meeting.

Sports
@movietvtechgeek

Jackie Warner is the go to person for all types of reviews at Movie TV Tech Geeks News. She's also the lucky one to get to test all of our Cool Stuff Tech and Toys for review.

More in Sports

Dominic Thiem, Jo Wilfried Tsonga win ATP Titles in Rio, Marseille 2017 images

Dominic Thiem, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga win ATP Titles in Rio, Marseille

Shane LambertFebruary 27, 2017
Novak Djokovic in Acapulco Draw, Could Face Rafael Nadal 2017 images

Novak Djokovic in Acapulco Draw, Could Face Rafael Nadal

Shane LambertFebruary 25, 2017
2017 nba trade deadline winners and losers images

2017 NBA Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

Chris MauriceFebruary 24, 2017
Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams to battle for No. 1 in March 2017 images

Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams to battle for No. 1 in March

Shane LambertFebruary 23, 2017
carmelo anthony looking safe with knicks as trade deadline hits 2017 images

Carmelo Anthony looking safe with Knicks as trade deadline hits

Chris MauriceFebruary 23, 2017
Top 5 Quarterbacks to watch in NFL 2017 images

Top 5 Quarterbacks to watch in NFL 2017

Shane MclendonFebruary 22, 2017
kevin garnett blames aau for killing nba 2017 images

Kevin Garnett blames AAU for killing NBA

Chris MauriceFebruary 22, 2017
kyrie irving seems unsure on earth is flat comment now 2017

Kyrie Irving now unsure on ‘earth is flat’ comment

Chris MauriceFebruary 21, 2017
Pelicans Acquire DeMarcus Cousins from Kings for a Bag of Chips and a Flat Coca Cola 2017 images

Pelicans Acquire DeMarcus Cousins from Kings for a Bag of Chips and a Flat Coca-Cola

Chris MauriceFebruary 21, 2017

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription