Andy Murray eases into quarterfinals; Stan Wawrinka through to last eight

The No. 1-seeded Murray, a three-time major champion and last year's runner-up at Roland Garros, and No. 3 Wawrinka, whose own trio of Grand Slam trophies includes the 2015 French Open, moved into the quarters with ho-hum, straight-set victories Monday.

World No.1 Murray, the runner-up in Paris to Novak Djokovic in 2016, brushed aside Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Murray had served well from the start and finished off the set with a service game to love, completing the job with an ace.

It was Murray at his best as he scampered around the back of the court on break point at 3-2 in the first set, retrieving the seemingly irretrievable until Khachanov, ranked 53, pushed a forehand wide.

"I couldn't do anything in the first set but I tried to play deeper and more aggressive, and little by little I got better today".

He felt he stepped up another level against Khachanov, saying: "I think this was probably the best I have played overall".

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'It's never easy, and I think this week he's been playing well.He's hitting great balls.

The 27-year-old Japanese player has already played one five-set match in Paris and twice lost sets 6-0.

Women's title favorite and 2014 runner-up Simona Halep trounced Spain's Carla Suarez-Navarro 6-1, 6-1 to make the last eight without dropping a set or breaking sweat.

Save for a slightly sloppy game in the third set and a handful of decent returns from the Russian in the second, both of which cost Murray his serve, he left Khachanov to play catch-up.

Nishikori beat Murray in a dramatic five-setter 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 past year to reach the semifinals at Flushing Meadows.

The No. 3-seeded Wawrinka edged French favorite and No. 15 seed Gael Monfils 7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-2, while Cilic benefited when opponent Kevin Anderson of South Africa retired trailing 3-6, 0-3.

Watch the best moments from the Andy Murray/Karen Kahchanov duel at the men's fourth round of Roland-Garros 2017 (Andy won 6:3, 6:4, 6:4).

And fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina advanced by beating Croatian qualifier Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Czech world No. 2 Karolina Pliskova, also in the running to become both a first time major victor and the new world No. 1, was facing Veronica Cepede Royg in her last-16 tie.

The third-seeded Romanian took care of that problem on Monday at the French Open, routing Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

"I'm happy with where my game's at", the Scot said. I do think sport, and tennis in particular because of the nature of it, is such a global sport, it does bring lots of people together from many different places.' 'It's a very hard time just now' Murray added.

  • Julie Sanders