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 Murray10,370
2Serbia Novak Djokovic7,445
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,445
4Spain Rafael Nadal5,375
5Switzerland Roger Federer5,035
6Canada Milos Raonic4,360
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10Alexander Zverev3,150
11Belgium David Goffin3,055
12Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,900
13France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,870
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,780
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16France Gael Monfils2,365
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19Australia Nick Kyrgios2,155
20Albert Ramos-Vinolas2,065