But with each match I feel like I played better.
Svitolina dealt with sudden pain in her back about a half-hour before her match and said she panicked. It was pretty windy out there and wasn't easy.
Nishikori, meanwhile, recovered from a first-set bagel at the hands of Fernando Verdasco to progress in four sets, while in Monday's other fourth-round match Cilic was 6-3 3-0 up on Kevin Anderson when the South African retired with a hamstring injury.
It was the first ever meeting between the two on the ATP level.
In his seventh Paris quarter-final, Murray will face either Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishikori or Spain's Fernando Verdasco.
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After battling hard in the first two sets against Wawrinka, Monfils' resistance was swiftly ended in the third as he bowed out 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 and the last home hope in the men's singles draw found conditions tricky on Court Philippe Chatrier.
"I'm sure everybody will share in thoughts and prayers for everyone who's been affected by this".
"I appreciate everyone still coming out to support us and I'm grateful I can perform in front of you".
Romania's Simona Halep dismissed 21 seed Carla Suarez-Navarro 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals on the women's side. I served well and opened up the court. The 26-year-old led 5-2 in the final set before Svitolina rallied to race away with the last five games.However, it has been a dream run for Martic, from playing playing qualifiers at a pocket-money claycourt tournament on sub-standard courts in Italy to reaching the fourth round of a Grand Slam.
Women's seeds Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina, both title tips at a wide-open Roland Garros edition, both advanced into the last eight.
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"The match itself was probably the most routine and comfortable win that Murray has notched since February, when he lifted his one title of the season to date in Dubai", says Simon Briggs of the Daily Telegraph.
But the 2016 Australian and US Open champions were pegged back, 7-6 in the second to set up a decider, while the same scoreline was to haunt them in the last set as they missed out on the last four.
- Elina Svitolina on the shooting back pain that surfaced just before her match against Petra Martic.
"We have been playing so many times".
Czech world number two Karolina Pliskova needed three sets to get past Paraguay's Veronica Cepede Royg. However, she got things together in the second stanza thanks to an early double break, and when the pressure was on at 4-4 in the third set, she struck again.
It is the 10th time in the last 12 grand slams that the Swiss, the victor here in 2015, has reached the last eight.
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