Simona Halep strolls into French Open quarters

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Romanian No. 3 seed Simona Halep faced little resistence from Carla Suarez Navarro as she won women's singles fourth round 6-1, 6-1, while the fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina came back from the brink of an elimination to beat Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 at the 2017 French Open here on Monday.

Svitolina wasn't the only top seed to have a scare in the fourth round with world No.3 Karolina Pliskova overcaming an terrible start to beat unheralded Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay 2-6 6-3 6-4 to reach the quarters for the first time.

"I pushed her back, I tried to be aggressive and I was extra motivated because I really enjoy this court and it's great to play the quarter-final again".

"So I think when I finished Stuttgart, he said he had seen enough, and he's ready to come back. (I have) come a long way the last ten days or so".

"I forgot how to win, how to play", she said.

But nearly out of the tournament at 2-5 in the deciding set, she got into "Svitolina mode". The 53rd-ranked Khachanov made 38 unforced errors, compared to only 14 for Murray.

Losing a set in the first round, almost taken to five sets in the second and playing two sets that could have gone either way against Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday - he won them both - men's No. 1 Andy Murray got some respite, Monday.

In four previous matches on clay, Simon Halep had never been able to beat Carla Suarez Navarro. Despite suffering a bagel - or 6-0 set - for the second straight day, the Japanese baseliner rallied to beat Fernando Verdasco 0-6 6-4 6-4 6-0. Halep led their head-to-head record, but only by 6-5.

When that match was brought up in his press conference, Nishikori incredibly claimed he forget who won. The three-time major champion is now 650-181 for his career, a.782 winning percentage.

"I'm sure everyone would join me in sharing our thoughts and prayers with everyone who's been affected by this".

Whatever Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic can do, Andy Murray can match. It's obviously something that has affected large parts of Europe.

"It's awesome how I won today, how I played against Carla". The third-seeded Swiss, the French Open champion in 2015, will face 15th-seeded Gael Monfils.

Ivanisevic, who won Wimbledon in 2001 and helped Marin Cilic win the US Open in 2014, joined Berdych's coaching team in August.



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