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Murray sweeps past Khachanov into French Open quarters

Murray sweeps past Khachanov into French Open quarters

IAN LANGSDON

EFE

The world number one made short work of the unseeded Russian to reach the last eight in Paris for the seventh time as he seeks a first Roland Garros title.
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World number one Andy Murray brushed past unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov to reach the French Open quarter-finals with a clean-as-you-like 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory on Monday.

Murray largely dispensed with the chuntering and lapses that accompanied his first two matches as he maintained the momentum established in beating Juan Martín del Potro with an assured display on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Murray clinical

The 30-year-old Briton made only one unforced error in pocketing the opening set and although he did drop serve late in the second he broke back immediately to take complete control of his first meeting with the talented Russian.

The powerful 21-year-old Khachanov, playing in his third grand slam event, showed flashes of brilliance in the sunshine but not for long enough spells to worry Murray who is through to the quarter-finals for the seventh time.

Murray broke in the ninth game of the third set, having just dropped his own with a rare baseline error, and wrapped up his 650th Tour-level win when Khachanov sprayed a forehand wide.

He will face Kei Nishikori after the eighth seed beat Fernando Verdasco to reach the last eight.

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