World number one Andy Murray powered his way into the French Open quarterfinals on Monday, moving past Russia’s Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the final eight.
“I think today was probably the best I have played overall,” said Murray. “It was difficult conditions. It was pretty windy out there and wasn’t easy. Each match I feel like I’ve played better. I have hit the ball cleaner and started to see the right shots at the right moments. I’ve come a long way the past 10 days or so.”
Murray played clean tennis, hitting 29 winners to just 14 unforced errors and converted on five of his nine break point chances.
In the quarterfinals, the Briton will take on Japan’s Kei Nishikori. The eighth-seed shook off a disastrous first set to beat Spain’s Fernando Verdasco 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 on Monday.
The other quarterfinal set up on Monday will see third-seed Stan Wawrinka take on seventh-seed Marin Cilic. 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.
Romania’s Simona Halep dismissed 21st seed Carla Suarez-Navarro 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals on the women’s side. Halep converted on six of her seven break point chances to advance in just an hour.
She will take on fifth-seed Elena Svitolina, who came back from a set down to beat Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Monday.
28th seed Caroline Garcia knocked out fellow Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4 to set up a matchup with second-seed Karolina Pliskova. The U.S Open finalist fought back from a set down to spoil the upset bid of Veronica Cepede Royg with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win.
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