Karen Khachanov has inside information on Andy Murray for French Open clash

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 7, 2017

Pliskova now faces No. 28 Caroline Garcia of France for a semifinal berth. In another quarterfinal, Pliskova meets No. 28 Caroline Garcia, a 6-2, 6-4 victor against Alize Cornet in a match between two Frenchwomen.

Men's top seed Andy Murray and No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka both withstood tense battles at the start to sweep over their opponents, booking last 16 berths at the 2017 French Open here on Saturday.

"If I say something, you guys ask me what I was saying; if I say nothing, you ask me why I don't say anything". "I don't even know if I won or lost".

"I was expecting a tough game against a very good clay-court player", Halep said.

"But each time I had the opportunity to move around and dictate the points with my forehand from my backhand corner".

The Briton will meet either Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishikori or Spain's Fernando Verdasco for a place in the semi-finals. Murray, who lost in the last year's final to Novak Djokovic, won 7-6 (10/8), 7-5, 6-0 to reach the pre-quarter-finals.

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

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza and French favorite Kristina Mladenovic are heading to a third set at Court Suzanne Lenglen with a Roland Garros quarterfinal spot at stake.

You'd sign up for 40 minutes getting to the courts, so there's quite a lot of time spent going to and from the tennis, which makes the days feel a bit longer.

With the year's second Grand Slam in progress, another one exactly one month away, and a third to begin in less than three months, Murray is raising his level to the tune an impressive first week at the French Open.

Murray played cleanly to beat 53rd-ranked Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Court Philippe Chatrier. The 53rd-ranked Khachanov made 38 unforced errors, compared to only 14 for Murray.

This marks Murray's seventh overall trip to the round of eight at Roland Garros.

There have been times this year when you have watched Andy Murray and wondered if there was an imposter in the house, so different has he appeared to the 2016 version.

Khachanov, who has only just turned 21, is the youngest man to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros since Marin Cilic in 2009. This was his third Grand Slam tournament.

Third round: No. 2 Karolina Pliskova beat Carina Witthoeft, No. 5 Elina Svitolina, Petra Martic beat No. 17 Anastasija Sevastova, Veronica Cepede Royg beat Mariana Duque-Marino.

"The five-set format has definitely helped, so I have maybe not been as anxious going into some of the matches, because I know there is some time to turn it around". Also into the fourth round: 2014 runner-up Simona Halep and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.

In four previous matches on clay, Halep had never been able to beat Carla Suarez Navarro.

"My service was not hurting him as much any more later into the match".

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