Nishikori rallies from set down to make quarters

Echoing similar views, former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic said that although Murray started the tournament searching for form, he has managed to bring himself back on track as the French Open progressed.

Djokovic, who has won 12 grand slams, was trounced 7-6, 6-3, 6-0, which means for the first time in seven years the Serbian will be absent from the last-four tussles in Paris. The two last faced one another in the 2016 ATP Finals.

"I think today was probably the best I have played overall".

Halep, who was runner-up at Roland Garros in 2014, will next face second-seeded Karolina Pliskova. But again, I know the way I'm playing so far, and hopefully I can win this match.

Eighth-seeded Japanese Nishikori reached his seventh grand slam quarter-final with a 0-6 6-4 6-4 6-0 win over unseeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

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Nishikori claimed not to remember that quarter-final win but expects a tough quarter-final. Each [of the four] matches I feel like I played better.

What I have to say else, I don't know Novak is still looking his way back.

Victories over Andrey Kuznetsov, Martin Klizan, Juan Martin del Potro and Karen Khachanov have been achieved for the loss of just two sets and, with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on the opposite side of the draw, the Briton is targeting a second straight appearance in the Paris event's final.

"He was dictating all the points in the first set, making me move a lot".

Murray came out on top in their last meeting in Paris but Wawrinka is not anxious about the result in 2016 and thinks he can get on top of the Scot this year.

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"It's not like I played a great point the next point".

"I couldn't do anything first set but I tried to play a little more heavy and a little more aggressive sometimes, and start working a little bit better", Nishikori said. Jelena Ostapenko was serving for the second set in her match against Caroline Woznacki after the Dane clinched the opener 6-4. "I played well in all the matches here".

Third seed Stan Wawrinka is yet to drop a set and ended France's hopes for another year with a 7-5 7-6 (9/7) 6-2 victory over Gael Monfils.

Stan Wawrinka beat Marin Cilic 6-3 6-3 6-1 to advance into the Roland Garros semifinals for the third year in a row.

"Obviously if someone had offered me a semi-final spot before the tournament, I would have signed up for that because I was not playing well at all".

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