Luck and perfect tennis sends Nishikori to French Open QF

He said: "It was a really close two sets".

Nishikori won a dramatic five-setter 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 to reach the semifinals at Flushing Meadows.

Top seed Andy Murray gave Karen Khachanov a twohour tennis lesson in the French Open fourth round on Monday before predicting a top-20 place for the rising Russian this year. I think we were both very tense.

Cilic knows what it takes to win a major title - he topped Nishikori in the 2014 U.S. Open final - so he appreciates his easy path.

"I'm glad to go through in three sets", said the player, who has won 16 of his last 17 matches. "One of the matches that I remember - well, it was more the goal that I remember, was Gascoigne's goal".

Murray quickly broke again to seize control and looked comfortable throughout the third set in which he again broke twice.

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, at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Mon. The third-seeded Swiss, the French Open champion in 2015, will face 15th-seeded Gael Monfils.

Cilic was leading 6-3, 3-0 against Kevin Anderson when the unseeded South African pulled out with a left thigh injury.

The Scot beat 53rd-ranked Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Court Philippe Chatrier in two hours and four minutes, booking his spot in the Roland Garros quarters for the seventh time.

Andy Murray secured safe passage through to the quarter-finals of the 2017 French Open at a windy Roland Garros on Monday afternoon (5 June).

Nishikori recovered from losing the opening set 6-0 to Fernando Verdasco to win 0-6 6-4 6-4 6-0.

Caroline Garcia, seeded 28th, beat French compatriot Alize Cornet in straight sets at the French Open to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Khachanov showed few signs of nerves early on, but Murray was quickly able to temper his opponent's style and the Briton pounced in game five. Murray is the 15th player in ATP World Tour history to reach the milestone.

It was far from a flawless first week, but Murray has improved steadily and put in probably his best performance of the year in Saturday's third round defeat of former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro. Committing only one single unforced error, he eventually sealed it in 38 minutes with an emphatic ace.

Murray made the Roland Garros final 12 months ago, the only time he has been in the showcase finale, where he missed out to Novak Djokovic.

"Hopefully we can find a solution for (the terror attacks), because it s been going on a long time".

Svitolina rallied to beat Croatian qualifier and world No. 290 Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. "That's very positive, because I wasn't doing that for the last few tournaments". Last year's finalist could bounce back immediately after suffering two breaks in the third set, reports Xinhua news agency.

  • Julie Sanders