Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Andy Murray moves into French quarters with 650th career win

Andy Murray moves into French quarters with 650th career win

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

The Scot was given a standing ovation after using his on-court post-match interview with former player Fabrice Santoro to "share thoughts and prayers with everyone who has been affected" by recent attacks in London and Manchester, where 29 people have died over the past two weeks.

Men's world No. 1 Andy Murray recorded the 650th victory in career as he beat Karen Khachanov in the fourth round.

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.

Eighth-seeded Nishikori booked a seventh Grand Slam quarter-final spot - the best ever by a Japanese man - with a 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 win over 33-year-old Verdasco of Spain. A failed drop shot gave Khachanov two break points and a long backhand allowed him to level the score at 4-4. I do think sport, and tennis in particular because of the nature of it, is such a global sport, it does bring lots of people together from many different places.' 'It's a very hard time just now' Murray added.

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Murray made only 14 unforced errors.

Nishikori will now try to repeat his US Open success against Andy Murray when he faces the world number one on Wednesday.

Chess fan Khachanov began to find himself a pawn in Murray's game as the 30-year-old moved ahead again at the start of the third set.

The third-seeded Wawrinka, the French Open champion in 2015, will face 15th-seeded Gael Monfils. It has been 34 years since a Frenchman won the tournament in Paris.

On facing Murray, Nishikori said: "It's going to be a tough match, but I'm starting to play better and I'm very happy with my tennis right now".

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"Actually I'm very bad with the memories", Nishikori said.

On the women's side, Simona Halep made short work of her toughest competition thus far in Carla Suarez Navarro. "Third set, I didn't play a good game and reset pretty quickly and played some really good points the following game to get the break back and serve it out". However, she admitted she had a back niggle ahead of her match with Petra Martic on Monday. Wawrinka won the match in straight sets, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-2.

Halep had lost her previous four clay-court matches against Suarez Navarro, including in the first round at Roland Garros in 2013.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova was another big name who had trouble with an outsider, as she needed all three sets available to overcome Veronica Cepede Royg.

Already he was ranked 53 and he would be at No3 in the Race to Milan irrespective of whether he built on his debut fourth-round Major run with a debut quarter-final.

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