Andy Murray praises 'tough' Kei Nishikori

Andy Murray
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Andy Murray praises his 'tough' opponent after advancing to the semi finals of the Australian Open.

Andy Murray has praised his 'tough' opponent after beating Kei Nishikori to advance to the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

The Scot saw off Nishikori in straight sets to set up his fifth semi-final appearance.

"I thought it was a good match, there were a lot of good points," Murray said. "Most of the fun points he was winning so I was trying to keep them as short as possible but I did well.

"He's had a few long matches and I thought the first two sets he fought really well, there were a lot of close games and I played better in the third. It was tough, I think he played two five-setters and a four-setter in the last few rounds."

Murray, ranked fourth in the world, identified his serve as an area to work on ahead of his next match.

"I think I need to serve better," he said. "I didn't serve particularly well but the returning was good."

Murray will face either Novak Djokovic or David Ferrer in the semi-finals.

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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray11,540
2Serbia Novak Djokovic9,825
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,695
4Canada Milos Raonic4,930
5Japan Kei Nishikori4,730
6Spain Rafael Nadal4,115
7Croatia Marin Cilic3,410
8Austria Dominic Thiem3,375
9Switzerland Roger Federer3,260
10Belgium David Goffin3,245
11France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga3,230
12France Gael Monfils3,145
13Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,925
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,880
15Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,190
16Australia Nick Kyrgios2,165
17Lucas Pouille2,131
18Alexander Zverev1,895
19France Richard Gasquet1,875
20Croatia Ivo Karlovic1,875