Andy Murray powers into French Open quarterfinals

Andy Murray of Britain produced a clinical performance to see off Russian Karen Khachanov and reach a seventh French Open quarterfinal.

Last month, 22 people died when a suicide bomber struck at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

ANDY Murray has paid tribute to victims of terror after delivering he most emphatic display of a previously stuttering French Open crusade, posting his 650th career win by toppling young Russian Karen Khachanov in straight sets.

He said: 'It was a bad tragedy in London, also in Manchester. "(I have) come a long way the last ten days or so". It's obviously something affecting large parts of Europe and all over the world. "I appreciate everyone still coming out to support us and I'm grateful that I can perform in front of you".

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.

Murray made only one unforced error in the first set, won 75 percent of his second-serve points and clinically took advantage every time the 21-year-old Khachanov was betrayed by his lack of grand slam experience.

Pliskova reached the French Open quarterfinals for the first time with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Cepede Royg.

The eighth-seeded Nishikori will face the world No. 1 at Roland Garros tomorrow.

Andy Murray says his ability to "reset" after setbacks has been crucial to his improved form at the French Open.

Andy Murray powers into French Open quarterfinals
Andy Murray powers into French Open quarterfinals

After battling hard in the first two sets against Wawrinka, Monfils' resistance was swiftly ended in the third as he bowed out 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 and the last home hope in the men's singles draw found conditions tricky on Court Philippe Chatrier.

"I couldn't do anything in the first set but I tried to play a little more heavy and a little more aggressive", he said.

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.

The Swiss goes on to face Croatian seventh seed Marin Cilic for a spot in the semifinals.

The 25-year-old Halep will tackle Ukraine's fifth seed Elina Svitolina for a semi-final place.

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

"He has improved with each of his four matches in Paris to date and today was comfortably his most dominant win of the clay-court season, even if Khachanov was the bigger hitter".

Svitolina reached the quarter-finals for the second time, ending the dream run of world number 290 Petra Martic with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 win.

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