Andy Murray paid tribute to to those who had suffered in the recent terrorism atrocities
The world no. 1 further paid tribute to the crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier who had turned up the event despite the increasingly dark shadow threatening everyday life.
It had taken him just 2 hr 4 min to see off world no. 53 Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 but in a departure from the usual form, used his post-match on-court interview with Fabrice Santoro to deliver his message rather than talk about the game.
Referring to the incident on London Bridge and the Manchester Arena, as well as the Paris bombings in November 2015, Murray said: “Obviously it was a terrible tragedy in London and also in Manchester, six or seven days ago.
"Paris has had its problems in the last year or so, too.
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I appreciate everybody still coming out to the tennis today and creating a great atmosphere
“I am sure everybody will join me in sending our thoughts and prayer to everyone affected.
It has been something that has affected large parts of Europe.
“So I appreciate everybody still coming out to the tennis today and creating a great atmosphere.”
Murray dispensed with the chuntering and lapses that accompanied his first two matches as he maintained the momentum established in beating Juan Martin del Potro with an assured display on Court Philippe Chatrier.
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The 30-year-old Briton made only one unforced error in pocketing the opening set and although he did drop serve late in the second he broke back immediately to take complete control of his first meeting with the talented Russian.
Andy Murray is through to the French Open quarter-finals at Roland Garros
The powerful 21-year-old Khachanov, playing in his third grand slam event, showed flashes of brilliance in the sunshine but not for long enough spells to worry Murray who is through to the quarter-finals for the seventh time.
Murray broke in the ninth game of the third set, having just dropped his own with a rare baseline error, and wrapped up his 650th Tour-level win when Khachanov sprayed a forehand wide.
He will face either eighth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan or Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the last eight.