Nishikori recovers from nightmare first set to book meeting with Murray

World number one Andy Murray made short work of unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov to reach the French Open quarter-finals with a clean-as-you-like 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory on Monday.

A vintage Murray performance sealed a 6-3 6-4 6-4 win over Karen Khachanov and confirmed the world No1's claim that he was playing himself into top form just when it matters most.

The No.8 seed bounced bag from a first-set drubbing to take down Spain's Fernando Verdasco, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.

Following the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, Murray was asked about tennis' ability to promote more altruistic values.

"It was a awful tragedy in London and also in Manchester only a few weeks ago", he said. "I am sure everyone will join me. we share our thoughts and prayers with everyone". It's obviously something affecting large parts of Europe and all over the world. "I am grateful that I can still perform in front of everyone".

"The 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".

Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic reached her first French Open quarterfinal by coming back to edge 97th-ranked Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Stan Wawrinka's array of shots was too much to handle for a resurgent Gael Monfils as the 2015 champion reached the French Open quarterfinals with a 7-5 7-6 (7) 6-2 victory.

But clay is a less comfortable surface for Nishikori, who has never been past the last eight at Roland Garros.

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Murray defeated 21-year-old Khachanov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and four minutes to register his 650th match win of his career.

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.

He did not even have to complete his match on Monday, with opponent Kevin Anderson pulling out when trailing 6-3 3-0 with a thigh injury.

Halep thrived under pressure and won six of the seven break points she faced, per the IBM Slamtracker, compared to Suarez Navarro's success rate of just one in six.

The Czech contender will go up against Garcia on Wednesday as the highest-seeded player remaining in the women's bracket takes on its second-lowest.

Dealing quite well with a swirling wind that other players complained about, Murray made only 14 unforced errors and broke the strong-serving Khachanov five times.

In his quarterfinal, nine-time French Open champion Nadal faces No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain at Court Philippe Chatrier.

The second followed suit as he broke early and although Khachanov showed good character to hit back, Murray's greater experience saw him break a second time to secure a 2-0 lead.

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