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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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
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