Luck and perfect tennis sends Nishikori to French Open QF

Andy Murray

Cepede Royg, ranked 97 in the world, is only the second Paraguayan to make the fourth round of a major.

(AP Photo/Michel Euler). Romania's Simona Halep plays a shot against Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

Murray was already picking up the huge deliveries of Khachanov, and he worked a break-point chance with one such cracking return of serve, and broke for 4-2 as the Russian put a forehand wide. Murray was seeing Khachanov's serves and forehands with relative ease and the younger man had too little tactical variation to adjust to Murray's outstanding defence.

For his part Nishikori has only ever beaten Murray twice but one of those wins came at last year's US Open when Nishikori got home in five sets 1-6 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-5. Once again Murray served out for the set in emphatic fashion, holding to 15. "I've come a long way the last 10 days or so".

"I think that was probably the best I have played overall [at the tournament]", said last year's runner-up. I have hit the ball cleaner and started to, you know, see the right shots at the right moments.

It is Cilic's first Roland Garros last-eight spot while he is the first Croatian to get this far since Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic in 2006. But, the Briton emerged as a completely different player and played like the number one player in the world on Monday against Karen Khanchanov. "I knew I had to impose my game on him and send a message that he was going to have to hang tough for three hours if he wanted to beat me".

In his seventh Paris quarter-final, Murray will face Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishikori who defeated 33-year-old Fernando Verdasco of Spain 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.

"I'm glad to go through in three sets", said the player, who has won 16 of his last 17 matches.

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.

For sure, we all share locker rooms together, practice courts together.

Third seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland and seventh seed Marin Cilic are both in action later on Monday.

He'll take on No. 3 seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who ran out a 7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-2 victor against Gael Monfils, who was the last remaining French contender in the men's bracket at Roland Garros.

Anderson retired against Cilic with a leg injury. Cilic reached his first quarterfinal here after South African Kevin Anderson was forced to retire while trailing 6-3, 3-0.

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