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Murray eases into French Open quarters
PARIS---Getting better and better, Andy Murray
worked his way into the quarterfinals of the French
Open for the fourth straight year by beating Karen
Khachanov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 yesterday.
The top-ranked Murray became the 15th man to reach
650 tour-level match wins.
"I think today was probably the best I have played
overall. Each match I feel like I played better," said Mur-
ray, who lost in last year's final. "I have hit the ball cleaner
and started to hit the right shots at the right moments.
(I have) come a long way the last ten days or so."
Murray had never before played the unseeded Russian.
The 53rd-ranked Khachanov made 38 unforced errors,
compared to only 14 for Murray.
Murray will next play eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori,
who recovered to beat Fernando Verdasco 0-6, 6-4,
"Kei is dangerous off both wings," Murray said.
Earlier, third-seeded Simona Halep and fifth-seeded
Elina Svitolina advanced and will face each other in the
In four previous matches on clay, Halep had never been
able to beat Carla Suarez Navarro. But the Romanian
took care of that problem on Monday, routing Suarez
Navarro 6-1, 6-1 on Court Philippe Chatrier.
"I was expecting a very tough game," said Halep, the
2014 French Open runner-up. "I managed to push her
Svitolina rallied to beat Croatian qualifier Petra Martic
4-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
The 290th-ranked Martic was leading 5-2 and 30-0
on Svitolina's serve in the deciding set. The Ukrainian
managed to hold serve, however, which allowed Martic
to serve for the match at 5-3.
But Svitolina, who needed treatment on her back at the
start of the third set, broke and soon won on her second
match point, when Martic hit a backhand into the net.
"It was amazing tennis from Petra today and she was
really striking the ball well," Svitolina said. "I was really
happy to come back in the second set. Thanks to the
crowd for cheering me on. They gave me the energy
Former champion Stan Wawrinka was to play later
Monday. The third-seeded Swiss, the French Open
champion in 2015, will face 15th-seeded Gael Monfils.
A quick look at the French Open:
YESTERDAY'S MEN'S RESULTS
Fourth round: No. 1 Andy Murray beat Karen Khachanov
6-3, 6-4, 6-4; No. 3 Stan Wawrinka beat No. 15 Gael Monfils
7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-2; No. 7 Marin Cilic beat Kevin Anderson
6-3, 3-0, retired (left hamstring); No. 8 Kei Nishikori beat
Fernando Verdasco 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.
Fourth round: No. 2 Karolina Pliskova beat Veronica Ce-
pede Royg 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; No. 3 Simona Halep beat No. 21
Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-1; No. 5 Elina Svitolina beat
Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5; No. 28 Caroline Garcia beat Alize
Cornet 6-2, 6-4.
STAT OF THE DAY
20 of 24 --- That was the run of points won by Svit-
olina to end her comeback victory after trailing 5-2 in
the third set and serving at love-30.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Actually, I'm very bad with the memories. I don't
even know if I (won) or lost. I won?" --- Nishikori, when
asked what he remembers from his match against up-
coming opponent Murray in the U.S. Open quarterfinals
in September.(For the record, Nishikori won in five sets.)
LOOKAHEAD TO TUESDAY
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic can set up a sem-
ifinal showdown with victories. In his quarterfinal,
nine-time French Open champion Nadal faces No. 20
Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain at Court Philippe Cha-
trier. Nadal is 3-0 against Carreno Busta. Djokovic, the
defending champion, takes on No. 6 Dominic Thiem
of Austria at Court Suzanne Lenglen in a rematch of a
2016 semifinal at Roland Garros that Djokovic won in
Britain's Andy Murray
celebrates winning his
fourth round match
against Russia Karen
Khachanov in three sets
6-3, 6-4, 6-4, at the
French Open tennis
tournament at the
Roland Garros stadium,
in Paris, France,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
straight sets. "I'm sure he's going to be as motivated
as ever, so I expect him to come out and really play his
best," said Djokovic, who has won all five matches, and
11 of 12 sets, he's played against Thiem. "I'm going to
be ready for that." There are some milestones at stake,
too: Nadal can become the first man in the professional
era to reach 10 semifinals at Roland Garros; Djokovic
can reach a seventh consecutive French Open semifinal
and break a tie with Jimmy Connors for second place
with a 234th Grand Slam match win (Roger Federer's
record is 314). In the women's quarterfinals, former
No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki meets 19-year-old Jelena
Ostapenko, and No. 13 Kristina Mladenovic faces No.
30 Timea Bacsinszky. Only Bacsinszky has been to the
French Open semifinals in the past, losing to Serena
Williams at that stage in 2015. (AP)
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