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Murray reaches French Open quarter-finals

sports Updated: Jun 01, 2009 00:06 IST

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Andy Murray became only the third British man in the Open era to reach the quarter-finals of Roland Garros on Sunday with a 7-5, 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 win over Croatia's Marin Cilic.

The third-seeded Briton will now tackle three-time quarter-finalist Fernando Gonzalez, the Chilean 12th seed, for a place in the semi-finals.

Ever-improving Murray, 22, has now won four successive matches on clay for the first time in his career and he looked impressive today with his physical fitness proving crucial in a tie of long, punishing rallies.

He broke Cilic, whom he had beaten twice in their two previous meetings, in the opening game and although the tall Croatian hit back immediately, Murray nipped ahead again in the 11th game on his way to taking the opener 7-5.

Breaks were traded again in the seventh and eighth games of the second before Murray's greater experience told in the tie-break.