Ranked Andy Murray eases into French Open quarterfinals

Men's world No. 1 Andy Murray secured his place in the last eight at the French Open with a sweep over Karen Khachanov on Monday, setting up a quarter-final clash with Asian top-ranked Kei Nishikori.

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares suffered a disappointing loss to Santiago Gonzalez and Donald Young in the quarter-finals of the men's doubles at the French Open.

Murray looked perhaps his best yet during the tournament, dismissing big-hitting Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Nishikori, meanwhile, recovered from a first-set bagel at the hands of Fernando Verdasco to progress in four sets, while in Monday's other fourth-round match Cilic was 6-3 3-0 up on Kevin Anderson when the South African retired with a hamstring injury.

Following the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, Murray was asked about tennis' ability to promote more altruistic values.

"Obviously, there was bad tragedy in London and Manchester".

'I'm sure everybody will join me in sharing thoughts and prayers for everyone who's been affected by this. It's something that has affected large parts of Europe and all over the world.

'I appreciate everyone still coming out to support the tennis and creating a fantastic atmosphere'. We couldn't break serve in the third set and they hit two good shots at the end and that was it.

The third-seeded Swiss next plays No. 7 Marin Cilic of Croatia.

Venus stellar in Paris with straight sets win over Japan's Nara
Venus Williams was making rather heavy weather of things in the first set of her second round match at the French Open . I think that's a good position to be in. "I know it's going to be emotional for quite some time". "It feels fine.

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

With the win, Murray completed his 650th Tour level victory and will face Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals of the French Open 2017.

While the United Kingdom was on his mind, so was the improvement in his game over the past week and it's a confident world No.1 that heads into the quarters against Kei Nishikori.

The win elevates Murray into his seventh Roland Garros quarter-final, the most last-eight appearances of any current players behind Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who all have 11.

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.

Murray had never before played the unseeded Russian. The 290th-ranked Martic was leading 5-2 and 30-0 on Svitolina's serve in the deciding set.

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.

The only break of serve in the opening set came in the sixth game.

  • Regina Walsh