Cilic advances to French Open quarterfinals

Alicia Guzman
June 6, 2017

Britain's Andy Murray serves against Russia Karen Khachanov during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

Murray, who will take on Japan's Kei Nishikori in the next round, has now reached the final eight of the French Open on seven seperate occasions.

He took care of Khachanov in clinical fashion, running out a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victor in two hours and four minutes.

The Briton, who lost to Novak Djokovic in previous year s final at Roland Garros, will meet Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishikori for a place in the last four.

After the match, Murray forsook the usual on-court match analysis to send condolences to those affected by recent terrorist attacks, and he afterwards elaborated on the global tennis community that had prompted his sentiments.

Cilic advances to French Open quarterfinals

"Obviously it was a awful tragedy in London, also in Manchester", Murray said.

"I have come a long way the last 10 days or so". It's obviously something affecting large parts of Europe and all over the world. "I am grateful that I'm able to perform in front of you".

Murray – beaten finalist past year – continued where he left off against Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday to beat the unseeded Russian with barely a scare.

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.

Cilic will face No3 seed and former champion Stan Wawrinka-a fellow junior champion at Roland Garros-after the Swiss beat Gael Monfils, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-2.

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While the United Kingdom was on his mind, so was the improvement in his game over the past week and it's a confident world No.1 that heads into the quarters against Kei Nishikori.

"After that (first set) I started playing with fewer errors and that was good".

He will face either third seed and 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka or Gael Monfils for a place in the semi-finals.

Murray is a master at frustrating young players into too many errors with his remarkable talent simply for getting balls back in play.

Marin Cilic completed the quarterfinal line-up when South Africa's Kevin Anderson retired with a thigh injury trailing 6-3, 3-0.

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World number one Sir Andy Murray paid tribute to the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester after he booked his place in the quarter-finals of the French Open at Roland Garros today.

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