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Ranked Andy Murray eases into French Open quarterfinals

Ranked Andy Murray eases into French Open quarterfinals

Britain?s Andy Murray in action during his fourth round match of the French Open against Russia?s Karen Khachanov in Paris, on Monday.

Andy Murray moved into the quarter-finals of French Open.

"I think one of the great things about tennis is that, I don't know exactly how many different countries are represented here in the men's and women's events, but it's a lot", said Murray after his 6-3 6-4 6-4 win over Khachanov.

The Japan player beat Fernando Verdasco of Spain in four sets winning 0-6 6-4 6-4 6-0.

And while Khanchanov was brilliant in bits and pieces, he could not match Murray.

"There was a awful tragedy in London, also in Manchester only a few weeks ago", he said during his post-match interview. "Yeah, I've come a long way the last 10 days or so". It's obviously something affecting large parts of Europe and all over the world. "I am grateful that I can still perform in front of everyone", he added.

2016 finalist Murray was punished for a rare sloppy service game at 3-3 but snatched the second of two immediate break-back points before claiming the second set.

Pliskova reached the French Open quarterfinals for the first time with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Cepede Royg.

Cilic will face No3 seed and former champion Stan Wawrinka-a fellow junior champion at Roland Garros-after the Swiss beat Gael Monfils, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-2.

"I mean, always, you know, when we play, it's always a battle".

"I just try to find myself into this zone where I don't do much unforced errors", the Ukrainian said, "and still play aggressive".

But clay is a less comfortable surface for Nishikori, who has never been past the last eight at Roland Garros.

Marin Cilic completed the quarterfinal line-up when South Africa's Kevin Anderson retired with a thigh injury trailing 6-3, 3-0.

Murray broke the serve of the 21-year-old Russian, playing in a Slam fourth round for the first time, on five occasions.

Murray followed up his impressive third-round win over Juan Martin del Potro with another display that suggests he is a real contender in Paris.

Murray would not relinquish this chance, easing through to a two-set lead and moving 2-0 up in the third.

Murray and 2015 champion Wawrinka each advanced with respective straight-sets victories over Karen Khachanov and Gael Monfils respectively.

Mofils's exit means France's hopes of ending their 34-year-search for a men's champion at Roland Garros will extend into at least 2018.

The second set rubbed salt into the Khachanov confidence with a quick break, drawing a double fault from the young player, and the Briton then held to love, 3-1.

Halep thrived under pressure and won six of the seven break points she faced, per the IBM Slamtracker, compared to Suarez Navarro's success rate of just one in six.


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