Emotional Murray in last eight

The hand-knotted carpet in the main prayer hall that took eight months to design and two years to complete
The hand-knotted carpet in the main prayer hall that took eight months to design and two years to complete
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06 June, 2017

Kei Nishikori can't remember beating Andy Murray at the U.S. Open, ahead of their French Open quarterfinal.

The incident follows a bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester less than a fortnight ago which saw bomber Salma Abedi detonate a bomb in the foyer of the Manchester Arena, killing 22.

Britain's Andy Murray returns the ball to Russia's Karen Khachanov during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on Monday in Paris.

"Obviously, there was bad tragedy in London and Manchester". I'm sure everybody would join me in sharing our thoughts and prayers with those affected by this. It's obviously something affecting large parts of Europe and all over the world. I appreciate everyone still coming out to support us and Im grateful I can perform in front of you.”.

Russian Khachanov was the youngest man to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros for eight years, and he showed enough in this match alone to suggest he will be going a lot further in the not-too-distant future.

The clay courts of Roland Garros host the second Grand Slam of the season.

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.

"It's a huge bonus for me, looking to the rest of the tournament", Cilic said, "knowing that, mentally and physically, I haven't spent any energy at all". I don't know how I got the second and third.

Nishikori, who has won just two of 10 matches against Murray, added with a smile: "I mean, always, you know, when we play, it's always a battle".

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The Japanese man beat Fernando Verdasco, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.

"I just try to find myself into this zone where I don't do much unforced errors", the Ukrainian said, "and still play aggressive".

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

Wawrinka, who will take on Croatian Marin Cilic for a place in the last four, squandered three set points in the second set tiebreak but prevailed on his fourth attempt.

He did not even have to complete his match on Monday, with opponent Kevin Anderson pulling out when trailing 6-3 3-0 with a thigh injury.

Having started the French Open harbouring significant doubts about his form, Murray has played himself into familiar territory.

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

Fourth round: No. 2 Karolina Pliskova beat Veronica Cepede Royg 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; No. 3 Simona Halep beat No. 21 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-1; No. 5 Elina Svitolina beat Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5; No. 28 Caroline Garcia beat Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4.


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