Murray, Halep Power Into Roland Garros Quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori has been battling an inflamed wrist brushed off a ragged opening round victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis

Kei Nishikori has been battling an inflamed wrist brushed off a ragged opening round victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka celebrates winning his fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament against France's Gael Monfils in three sets 7-5, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Mon.

World No. 1 Andy Murray made short work of unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov yesterday to reach the French Open quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

The World No.1, runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2016, brushed aside Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Andy Murray paid an emotional on-court tribute to the victims of the recent terror attacks in London and Manchester that left 29 people dead and scores injured.

"Obviously there was a awful tragedy in London, and in Manchester six or seven days ago". Paris has also had some problems in the last one or two years.

"I am sure everyone will share in thoughts and prayers for everyone who has been affected. The fourth, I played flawless tennis". "I am grateful that I can still perform in front of everyone", he added.

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Dealing quite well with a swirling wind that other players complained about, Murray made only 14 unforced errors and broke the strong-serving Khachanov five times.

A brilliantly timed forehand victor off Khachanov's serve brought up break point, before Murray's trademark defence forced the Russian to go wide and surrender serve.

Murray's victory was a 650th Tour-level win for the Scot, who will face Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals after the Japanese fought back from a set down to win 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 against Spain's Fernando Verdasco.

Wawrinka beat Gael Monfils 7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-2, while Cilic led Kevin Anderson 6-3, 3-0 before the South African was forced to retire. Nadal is 3-0 against Carreno Busta.

- Third-seed Simona Halep beat Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals.

"I couldn't do anything first set but I tried to play deeper and more aggressive, and little by little I got better today".

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"Actually I'm very bad with the memories (smiling)".

The two met in the Rome final on the eve of Roland Garros when Halep was beaten and suffered an ankle injury which threatened her appearance in Paris. Each match I feel like I've played better. "And on clay I (have) never won against her, so it was a really good match".

Svitolina reached the quarterfinals for the second time, ending the dream run of world No. 290 Petra Martic with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 win. "I've come a long way the last 10 days or so". However, she got things together in the second stanza thanks to an early double break, and when the pressure was on at 4-4 in the third set, she struck again.

Later Monday, Czech world No. 2 Karolina Pliskova, also in the running to become both a first time major victor and the new world No. 1, took on Veronica Cepede Royg in her last-16 tie.

Pliskova next faces 28th seed Caroline Garcia who won her all-French grudge match with Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4.

- Caroline Garcia defeated Alize Cornet 6-2 6-4 in an all-French fourth-round encounter.

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The British-Brazilian pair looked in control of the match and Murray served for the victory in the second set.

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