French Open, Day 8 as it happened: Murray, Wawrinka advance to quarters; Raonic, Nishikori crash out

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French Open, Day 8 as it happened: Murray, Wawrinka advance to quarters; Raonic, Nishikori crash out
  • 00:40 (IST)

    That's all from the day today. Rain has suspended play, do join us tomorrow for all the Day 9 action from the French Open.

  • 00:08 (IST)

    It's raining in Paris.

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  • 23:58 (IST)

    Here's what's in store for you tomorrow 

  • 23:56 (IST)

    Radwanska cruises though her first set against Pironkova

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    Gasquet upsets Nishikori in four sets, reaches his first quarterfinal at French Open after 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over Nishikori

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    Gasquet takes early advantage in the 4th set

  • 23:11 (IST)

    The Santina run has come to an end in the third round. B. Krejcikova, K. Siniakova beat Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis, 6-3, 6-2

  • 23:06 (IST)

    Nishikori pulls back a set. Gasquet still leads 6-4, 6-2, 4-6

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    Andy Murray goes past John Isner to enter the quarter-finals. 7-6, 6-4, 6-3

  • 22:50 (IST)

    Williams sisters didn't survive their second doubles match of the day.

  • 22:27 (IST)

    Gasquet has come out swinging after the rain delay. he's riding the crowd support and has gone two up against Nishikori. 

  • 22:06 (IST)

    Murray gets the break and also gets the second set. he now now leads 7-6, 6-4 against Isner. 

  • 21:50 (IST)

    Fan-favourite Richard Gasquet rallies to take first set 6-4 against Kei Nishikori

  • 21:38 (IST)

    Murray and Isner are back on the court. Murray has the first set in the bag.

  • 21:26 (IST)

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    Murray is haunted by the rain again. Play halted due to showers.

  • 20:16 (IST)

    Murray takes first set against Isner after a long tie-breaker, 11-9. He'd be relieved 

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    Stan the man advances to QF

    The defending champion dropped a set against Troicki, but is through to Quarter-finals. Stan Wawrinka wins 7-6(5) 6-7(7) 6-3 6-2 against Viktor Troicki. 

  • 19:21 (IST)

    Stan doesn't like waiting

  • 19:20 (IST)

    Stan is truly the man. He played a few shots with a ballboy during Troicki's medical time out. It's the boy's lucky day!

  • 19:15 (IST)

  • 19:13 (IST)

    Wawrink has gained the upper hand in the tie. 

  • 19:05 (IST)

    Murray-Isner is underway

  • 19:03 (IST)

    Shelby Rogers beats Irina-CameliaBegu 6-3 6-4 at the French Open to reach her first career Grand Slam quarterfinal.

  • 18:56 (IST)

    Leander Paes-Marcin Matkowski beat Jamie Murray-Bruno Soares 7-6, 7-6, reach QF 

  • 18:35 (IST)

    Meanwhile, Williams sisters have triumphed in their doubles clash

  • 18:35 (IST)

    This one is going to be a long game

  • 18:33 (IST)

    Troicki takes second set against Wawrinka after a long-tie break. It's been a brilliant clash so far.

  • 18:21 (IST)

    This game is refusing to give any inches. Wawrinka and Troicki again play tie-break for second set. Troicki leads3-1

  • 18:03 (IST)

    Wawrinka pulls back to get things even at 4-4 in second set. Troicki on serve.

  • 17:48 (IST)

    Paes and Matkowski have taken the first set 7-6 against Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares

  • 17:35 (IST)

    Wawrinka takes first set, 7-6

  • 17:23 (IST)

    TIE-BREAK

    Troicki's serve averts the break and thus the set loss. He then goes on to clinch advantage and take the game. 6-6/. The first set has entered tie-break.

  • 17:21 (IST)

    Meanwhile, Wawrinka-Troicki is going on, It's a tight contest, Wawrinka leads 6-5 and is now on a set point

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    Raonic didn't know what hit him, he has been dispatched by Ramos-Vinolas. It was a superlative display from the left-handed Spaniard and the 8-seed Canadian had no answer to it. Vinolas has advanced to his first-ever Major Semi-final.

  • 17:03 (IST)

    Albert Ramos-Vinolas stuns eighth seed Milos Raonic, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4

  • 16:57 (IST)

    Garbine Muguruza of Spain blazed into the French Open quarter-finals for the third straight year on Sunday, defeating former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4.

    The 22-year-old Venezuelan-born fourth seed will next play the winner of the tie between Shelby Rogers of the United States and Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania for a place in the semi-finals.

    "At the end it is always very tough. She is a player with a lot of experience and I just had to be there," she said.

    "Quarter-finals is a great run and I am looking forward to improving my result here."

    Muguruza is seen as one of the new stars of the women's game after a breakthrough season in 2015 when she was runner-up to Serena Williams at Wimbledon and made the semis at the WTA Finals.

    But in 30-year-old Kuznetsova she was up against one of the wiliest and experienced players on the women's circuit with two Grand Slam titles to her name -- the 2004 US Open and the 2009 French Open.

    Both players had early break points on a sparsely-filled Philippe Chatrier centre court in a match of high quality.

    And it was the Spaniard who struck first in the eighth game powering in a fine backhand return past the Russian to move 5-3 up.

    She then served out comfortably for the set in 46 minutes.

    Muguruza kept up the pressure and broke Kuznetsova's serve twice at the start of the second set, although she dropped her own in between.

    The Russian pulled back to level at 4-4, but it was Muguruza who rose to the occasion taking the next two games and clinching the win on her fifth match point.

    AFP

  • 16:36 (IST)

    Get your popcorn people, next up  Viktor Troicki vs Stan 'the man' Wawrinka. 

  • 16:33 (IST)

    Muguruza will play Begu or Rogers in the quarter-finals.

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    Muguruza advances with a 6-3 6-4 win over 2009 champion Kuznetsova.

  • 16:20 (IST)

    Ramos-Vinolas has brought his A-game today.

  • 16:15 (IST)

    Welcome to the French Open, Day 8 live blog. Sorry for the delay in proceedings, but we are now underway. Eighth-seed Canadian Milos Raonic has lost his first two sets to Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Stan Wawrinka plays in a while, and Andy Murray takes on Isner as well. Kuznetsova is down a set against Muruguza. Stay with us for all updates

Paris, France: Andy Murray takes a 5-0 career lead over John Isner into their FrenchOpen last-16 clash Sunday as both men seek to set new national landmarks in Paris.

Second seed Murray is bidding to move ahead of Fred Perry, who was a five-time quarter-finalist, for the most Roland Garros last-eights reached by a British man with six.

Isner, the 15th seed, is aiming to become the first American man to reach the last-eight since Andre Agassi in 2003.

Murray has won all of the pair's five meetings but they have never met on clay.

"He generally doesn't play that deep on his returns," said Isner, the last American man in the tournament.

Andy Murray in action at French Open. Getty Images

Andy Murray in action at French Open. Getty Images

"He takes the ball early. Against me, he stands in the court and sort of blocks it back. He has such great hands."

Third seed and defending champion Stan Wawrinka goes up against Serbian 22nd seed Viktor Troicki also boasting a dominant record at 4-0.

In those meetings, Troicki has taken just one set off the Swiss.

But Troicki has plenty of incentive to see off the champion as he has yet to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam.

Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori has a 6-2 record over French ninth seed Richard Gasquet ahead of their last-16 tie.

Two of those wins came during the European claycourt swing this year in Madrid and Rome and both in straight sets.

Nishikori is trying to make the last-eight in Paris for the second successive year while Gasquet, the last French player remaining in either the men's or women's singles, has yet to reach the quarter-finals.

In the women's fourth round, Polish second seed Agnieszka Radwanska takes on 2010 Wimbledon semi-finalist Tsvetana Pironkova, the world number 102 from Bulgaria.

Radwanska has a 9-2 career stranglehold on the 28-year-old who has reached the fourth round in Paris for the first time.

But Pironkova has already knocked out two seeds on her way to the last-16 -- Sara Errani and Sloane Stephens.

Garbine Muguruza, the Spanish fourth seed, is looking to make the quarter-finals for the third year running.

She faces 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova who won the pair's only previous meeting in Madrid on clay in 2015.

The day's other quarter-finals see Romanian sixth seed Simona Halep, the 2014 runner-up, against 2010 finalist Samantha Stosur of Australia.

Unseeded American Shelby Rogers faces Romanian 25th seed Irina-Camelia Begu.

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Court Philippe Chatrier (0900GMT/1100 local)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x13) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP x4)

Viktor Troicki (SRB x22) v Stan Wawrinka (SUI x3)

Kei Nishikori (JPN x5) v Richard Gasquet (FRA x9)

Simona Halep (ROM x6) v Samantha Stosur (AUS x21)

Court Suzanne Lenglen (0900GMT/1100 local)

Milos Raonic (CAN x8) v Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM x25) v Shelby Rogers (USA)

John Isner (USA x15) v Andy Murray (GBR x2)

Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x2)


Published Date: May 30, 2016 12:45 am | Updated Date: May 30, 2016 01:33 pm


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