Wawrinka, Murray, Halep in action in 4th round in Paris

Ross Houston
June 6, 2017

But she had never been past the second round in five previous appearances at Roland Garros.

Khachanov took the 4 set in yet another tiebreak, ending the tall American's French Open hopes and going on to play Andy Murray.

Pliskova now faces No. 28 Caroline Garcia of France for a semifinal berth.

Joining them in the quarters are 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic. There was so many long rallies.

Nishikori beat Murray in a dramatic five-setter 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 past year to reach the semifinals at Flushing Meadows.

There was only a light breeze and the temperature was a refreshing 20C on a glorious Parisian spring afternoon when Murray opened proceedings in a half-empty Court Philippe Chatrier just after 12.30 by holding serve to love.

"Kei, obviously I lost against him in the US Open, he plays well on the clay".

"I couldn't do anything first set but I tried to play a little more heavy and a little more aggressive sometimes, and start working a little bit better", Nishikori said.

"Sorry that I don't remember much", Nishikori responded when asked of the confidence he could draw from that five-set victory.


Beyond that, Murray could well face Stan Wawrinka, who comfortably overcame Gael Monfils on Tuesday, in the semi-finals and who he beat in the 2016 event at Roland Garros.

The 2015 champion sealed victory on his third match point with a backhand down the line that the Frenchman could not return.

Cilic advanced as Kevin Anderson retired hurt with a leg injury, when trailing the Croat 6-3, 3-0.

Cilic was leading 6-3, 3-0 after just 48 minutes when Anderson called it quits.

He faces Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals, a savvy operator who notably beat Murray at the US Open at the same stage past year.

- Japan's Kei Nishikori reached his seventh grand slam quarter-final with a 0-6 6-4 6-4 6-0 win over experienced Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. "Paris has had its problems too in recent years", Murray said.

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

But the key number was simply "1" - the amount of unforced errors he made in the opening gambit, which he won 6-3.

This marks Murray's seventh overall trip to the round of eight at Roland Garros.


"It's a bad tragedy in London, we had it in Manchester only six or seven days ago and Paris has had some problems in the past year or two", he added.

Murray efficiently saw out the set, which ended with the first ace of the match, and a costly double fault from Khachanov saw the top seed break for a 2-1 lead in the second. And while that may be ludicrous to say of a three-time Grand Slam victor and world No. 1, he was written off by plenty before a ball was struck at this French Open.

Halep will meet Ukrainian Elina Svitolina who beat beating Croatian qualifier Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

The Ukrainian managed to hold serve, however, which allowed Martic to serve for the match at 5-3.

On the women's side, Simona Halep made short work of her toughest competition thus far in Carla Suarez Navarro.

"I broke straight back the following game and closed it out".

Former Wimbledon victor Goran Ivanisevic has also been impressed by Murray's revival.

Andy Murray's daughter Sophia is unlikely to follow in his footsteps if her first reaction to a tennis racket is anything to go by.

All four of the day's fourth-round matches pitted one woman who has won at least one major trophy (Muguruza, Venus Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Samantha Stosur) against a woman who has not.


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