FRENCH OPEN Venue: Roland Garros Date: 24 May - 7 June Coverage: Live on BBC Red Button, live streaming and daily text commentary on BBC Sport website, updates on BBC Radio 5 Live plus second week commentary on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra. TV coverage on Eurosport.
Highlights - Murray storms past Cilic (UK only)
By David Ornstein
Britain's Andy Murray produced another clinical display to beat Marin Cilic 7-5 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 and reach the French Open quarter-finals for the first time.
The first set was a tale of two in-form players exchanging blows but Murray broke at 5-5 before serving out.
Murray took the second set on a tie-break after breaks were exchanged and the third seed stormed past a deflated Cilic in the third to wrap up victory.
The world number three meets Fernando Gonzalez in the last eight on Tuesday.
Gonzalez, the 12th seed from Chile, claimed an emphatic 6-2 6-4 6-2 win against Victor Hanescu.
The pair have played twice previously - Gonzalez triumphed in Basel in 2005 and Murray in New York in 2006 - but never on clay.
I'm playing well - you don't get to the quarters of the French Open by not playing good clay-court tennis
Murray will take great confidence from his defeat of 13th seed Cilic, who was yet to drop a set all tournament and had only seen his serve broken three times in the process.
The Scot becomes only the third British man to make the Roland Garros quarter-finals in the Open era here, after Roger Taylor in 1973 and Tim Henman in 2004.
"I played maybe two bad service games but you are always going to get moments like that in a best-of-five-set match," said Murray.
"I was obviously happy to win in straight sets because he's been playing very well.
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"I'm playing well - you don't get to the quarters of the French by not playing good clay-court tennis."
The Scot got off to a fine start by pinning Cilic to the baseline with a succession of deep groundstrokes, which helped him earn two break points in game one.
The first was saved but Murray then illustrated why many regard him as the finest defender on the men's tour - scampering after a rasping Cilic forehand, lobbing a return to just inside the baseline, taking control of the rally and forcing his opponent to net.
Cilic, a 6ft 6in right-hander, responded aggressively and broke straight back with a superb return that Murray, digging it out from his feet, could only net.
Cillic called for the trainer to treat a thigh injury in the third set
The contest finally settled into some sort of rhythm as Cilic, who beat Murray in the semi-finals of the junior tournament at Roland Garros in 2005, held to 30 and the British number one to love.
Both players attempted to shake things up by employing the drop shot but Murray, whose speed around the court has improved considerably in recent months, always looked more comfortable in such situations.
A commanding hold drew Murray level at 5-5 and he brought up two break points when Cilic went wide with a forehand and long with two backhands.
Cilic saved the first when Murray went long but Murray used his inside-out forehand to target his opponent's second serve and Cilic again went long with a backhand.
Murray wrapped up the set with an unreturnable serve and his purple patch continued after the changeover.
Cilic started the second set with a love hold but Murray comfortably levelled at 1-1 and then cranked up the pressure to break for a 2-1 lead with a magnificent forehand cross-court winner.
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