Wawrinka and Murray into last eight, plus a Spanish lefty

Sun May 29, 2016 3:03pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

PARIS (Reuters) - Perennial grand slam title contenders Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray were joined in the French Open quarter-finals by two unfamiliar faces on Sunday as the Parisian clay continued to turn up unexpected plot lines.

It was no surprise to see Swiss title holder Wawrinka beat Viktor Troicki although it took a while for the third seed to subdue the Serb 7-6(5) 6-7(7) 6-3 6-2.

Murray's 7-6(9) 6-4 6-3 defeat of John Isner was entirely predictable, even if the second seed had to save three set points in the opener before extending his career record over the towering American to 6-0 in clinical fashion.

Three-times semi-finalist Murray will play Richard Gasquet, the sole surviving French singles player, who had the crowd in raptures on Court Philippe Chatrier with a scintillating 6-4 6-2 4-6 6-2 win over Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori.

Ninth-seeded Gasquet, 29, collapsed joyously on his back after sealing victory and a long-overdue place in the last eight of his home grand slam for the first time in 13 attempts.

"The crowd put the pressure on him," Gasquet said on court as the crowd chanted 'Richard, Richard'. "It was probably not easy for him to play with that crowd."

He will need them in full voice again against Murray.

Two other players advanced to the second week of a grand slam for the first time.   Continued...

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros - Viktor Troicki of Serbia v Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland - Paris, France - 29/05/16. Wawrinka returns a shot.  REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen