British number one Andy Murray stormed into the quarter finals of this year’s French Open yesterday after beating America’s John Isner in straight sets. A rain break interupted play for an hour during the second set but Murray returned to the court and won the match 7-6 (11-9), 6-4, 6-3. World number two Murray, 29 will now face Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the last eight. On route to the last eight Murray defeated Ivo Karlovic 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) in round three and Mathias Bourgue in five sets 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in round two after his five set win against Radek Stepanek in the first round.
Defending champion and third seed Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Viktor Troicki in four sets 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-2 to also reach the last eight and will play Albert Ramos-Violas from Spain in his quarter-final match. World number one and top seed Novak Djokovic plays his fourth round match today against Roberto Bautista-Agut from Spain on the Philippe-Chatrier Court as does David Goffin who faces thirteenth seed Ernests Gulbis. On the Suzanne-Lenglen Court seventh seed Tomas Berdych plays eleventh seed David Ferrer and Marcel Granollers faces Dominic Thiem.
Serena Williams, top seed in the Women’s dram will play seed eighteenth Elina Svitolina today in her fourth round match and her sister Venus who is ninth seed faces eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky. Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland also plays today against Tsvetana Pironkova from Bulgaria. Fourth seed Garbine Muguruza won her fourth round tie against thirteenth seed and 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4 and will now play American Shelby Rogers. Irina-Camelia Begu lost to Rogers 6-3, 6-4 in their fourth round encounter.
In other French Open news, nine time champion Rafael Nadal was forced to pull out of this years event due to a a wrist injury after progressing to the third round with a straight-sets victory against Facundo Bagnis that gave him his 200th Grand Slam victory. Australian Open Doubles champions and fourth seeds Jamie Murray and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares lost against sixteenth seeds Marcin Matkowski and Leander Paes 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4) in the third round. British number one Johanna Konta and fellow Brits Laura Robson and Naomi Broady all lost in the first round and Heather Watson was defeated by Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-3 in round two. Murray is the only male British still standing after Kyle Edmund lost in straight sets against Isner and Bedene lost in the third round against Djokovic 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.