Ability to 'reset' behind improvement - Murray

"Wish him all the best in the future and I am committed to go after my goals with current team". "I have hit the ball cleaner and started to hit the right shots at the right moments".

Unlike Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray has not forgotten their US Open quarter-final and is looking to make amends for one that got away.

Suddenly Andy Murray is looking like the World No.1 again.

Murray extracted more errors from the Russian's racquet at 4-4 in the third set before serving out the match with relative ease.

Svitolina reached the quarterfinals for the second time, ending the dream run of World No. 290 Petra Martic with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 win.

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

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka celebrates winning his fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament against France's Gael Monfils in three sets 7-5, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, Monday at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. "I've come a long way the last 10 days or so".

With chief threats Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem lurking on the other half of the draw, Murray's potential path to the final is favourable with third seed Stan Wawrinka seemingly the biggest obstacle.

After experiencing a five-set thriller in the third round delayed by the rain, the eighth-seeded Nishikori regrouped himself and came back from one set down to see off Fernando Verdasco 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.

Wawrinka, who will take on Croatian Marin Cilic for a place in the last four, squandered three set points in the second set tiebreak but prevailed on his fourth attempt.

Nishikori, a beaten quarter-finalist in Paris in 2015, has now made the last eight of a Slam for a seventh time, a record for a Japanese man. Murray is the 15th player in ATP World Tour history to reach the milestone.

It was also Murray's 650th match win of his career.

He added with a smile: "I mean, always, you know, when we play, it's always a battle". "I managed to push her back". The Ukrainian managed to hold serve, however, which allowed Martic to serve for the match at 5-3.

Svitolina plays 2014 runner-up Halep, who defeated No. 21 Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-1, 6-1.

Murray had never before played the unseeded Russian.

The former Wimbledon champion joined Berdych's coaching team last August.

  • Julie Sanders