French Open: Murray marches into quarter finals

The British player produced a polished act to see off Russian Karen Khachanov and reach a seventh French Open quarter-final.

By Carlo Chikomba

The world number one reaffirmed his position as he clinically dispatched his Russian opponent 6-3 6-4 6-4 to claim his 650th Tour-level victory in two hours and four minutes.

Andy Murray will now go on to face a familiar foe in Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the eighth seed, in the last eight of the tournament.

The encounter is likely to produce fireworks with Nishikori having proven on multiple occasions to be a tough competitor for the top seed.

After the win, the Scott paid tribute to the victims of recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, describing the events as tragic.

“It was a terrible tragedy in London and also in Manchester only a few weeks ago,” he said.

“Paris has had some problems in the last few years and I’m sure everyone will join me in sharing the fact that our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this.

“It is something which has affected large parts of Europe and all over the world. I appreciate everyone still coming out to support us and I’m grateful I can perform in front of you.”

The 30 year old will be looking to go a step further than his performance last year, where he was a beaten finalist.

Should he succeed in claiming the title, Murray would become only the second British man to achieve that feat after Fred Perry, in 1935.

However, with the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic still in the mix, this will by no means be an easy task for Andy.

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