third game to lead 4-1 and raced away with the tie as Bouchard wilted, although the Russian still needed five match points to get the job done.
It’s MURRAY vs NADAL
There is not much that spooks Rafa Nadal at the French Open but David Ferrer managed to do just that — for 49 bewitching minutes — before watching in despair as his fellow Spaniard turned into a man possessed to set up a semi-final with Andy Murray.
Facing a rival who had beaten him the last time they had met, Nadal could barely believe his eyes on Wednesday when he dropped his first set of the tournament at 7:36 p.m. local time.
If that gave Ferrer hope that he could join Robin Soderling as the only men to have beaten the eight-times champion at Roland Garros, Nadal quickly squashed those dreams into the red dust as he went on a 10-game rampage en route to inflicting a 4-6 6-4 6-0 6-1 defeat on his countryman.
While Nadal improved his mindboggling French Open win-loss record to 64-1, Murray was relieved to silence the pantomime boos that greeted his arrival on Philippe Chatrier Court.
As dusk fell over Paris, his 6-4 6-1 4-6 1-6 6-0 win over Gael Monfils not only earned him a place in his second semi-final in Paris, but also prolonged France’s 31-year wait for a men’s champion. It was not long before Murray’s thoughts turned to the challenge that lies ahead.
“Rafa has good memories on this court so it will be tough to play him,” said the British seventh seed, who has not won a title since triumphing at Wimbledon last July.
Unseeded pair wins title
Unseeded Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer won the French Open mixed doubles title on Thursday.
They beat eighth seeds Julia Goerges of Germany and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia 4-6 6-2 10-7 in the final. Groenefeld won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon in 2009 with Mark Knowles of the Bahamas.Rojer reached the Wimbledon semi-finals last year with Russian Vera Dushevina.