Olympics: Nishikori to face Murray in semi-finals

Japan's Kei Nishikori returns the ball to France's Gael Monfils.
Japan's Kei Nishikori returns the ball to France's Gael Monfils.PHOTO: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori saved two match points to defeat France's Gael Monfils 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 7-6 (8/6) to reach the Olympic Games men's singles semi-finals on Friday.

Nishikori will face defending champion Andy Murray, who carved out a 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2) win over Steve Johnson of the United States, for a place in the gold medal match.

Monfils had led 4/0 in the final set tiebreaker before his chances disappeared when he double-faulted on his second match point.

He was also undone by 51 unforced errors.

Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro will meet in Saturday's other semi-final.