Andy Murray recovered from a shaky start to better home favourite Richard Gasquet at Roland Garros, eventually coming through in 4 sets to reach the French Open semi-finals.
Murray squandered a 5-2 lead in the opening set before losing 5 straight games to fall behind in the match, with a similar scenario then unfolding in the second set, as Murray served to level the tie but was again broken back to lose his advantage.
This time the capitulation was less dramatic however as the Scot held serve at the next opportunity to take the set to a tie-break, wining 7-3 to level the match. From there the final two sets were relatively plain sailing as Murray swatted aside the Frenchman for the loss of just two more games, going on to win 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0, 6-2.
The world number two made it through to his fourth French Open semi-final in the process – his 19th in Grand Slams overall – where he will meet defending champion Stan Wawrinka on Friday.
Number 3 seed Wawrinka came through Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas with relative ease, winning 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7).
Novak Djokovic predictably saw off the spirited challenge of Roberto Bautista Agut meanwhile, the Serb back on court after rain delays had brought a halt to their fourth round encounter with Djokovic leading 4-1 in the third. He eventually emerged a winner in four sets, by scores 3-6 6-4 6-1 7-5. Due to the delays in that half of the draw, quarter-final ties between Djokovic and Tomas Berdych, and potential semi-final opponents David Goffin and Dominic Thiem will now be played on Thursday.