The fourth round of the French Open concluded on Monday, on yet another day of high-drama.
Headlines in France this evening are dominated by Caroline Garcia’s grudge-match victory over Alize Cornet, after the pair had a very public falling out earlier this year over Garcia’s refusal to play in a Fed Cup tie.
British attention was meanwhile focused on Andy Murray, who played the talented youngster Karen Khachanov for a place in the quarter-finals.
Here, we round-up the ninth day of the second Grand Slam of the season.
We also preview Tuesday’s action.
Hero of day nine
There was more at stake than simply a place in the quarter-finals of the French Open when Caroline Garcia squared off against Alize Cornet on Court Philippe Chatrier on Monday afternoon.
This was personal. The pair had not been on speaking terms since a controversy surrounding Garcia's refusal to play in the Fed Cup this year, with Cornet and a number of her team-mates taking to Twitter to publically ridicule her decision.
However, after being mocked by Cornet as well as Kristina Mladenovic and Pauline Parmentier, it was Garcia who had the last laugh. She won 6-2 6-4 in a commanding performance, to reach the quarter-final stage of a Slam for the first time in her career.
“It was a weird match, these matches are not fun to play. It was crucial to forget what surrounded the game," Garcia, who knelt and pointed at her box after the victory, said courtside after her win.
“I want to thank my team because they helped me get over what happened in the past few weeks.”
Upset of the day
There were no real upsets to speak of on day nine of the French Open – although World No 97 Veronica Cepede Royg went mighty close to causing one.
The Paraguayan was given little chance of beating second seed Karolína Plíšková but stunned the Czech when she won the first set, despite having only ever played two Grand Slams before.
However Plíšková, who reached the final of last year’s US Open and the quarter-finals of this year’s Australian Open, battled back to win in three sets: 2-6 6-3 6-4. She will now play Garcia in the quarter-finals.
Performance of the day
Simona Halep is the bookies favourites to win her first Grand Slam at this year’s French Open and her dominant victory over Carla Suarez-Navarro only served to reinforce this view.
Halep blasted past the World No 16 with an extraordinary 6-1 6-1 win which lasted just over an hour.
“I was expecting a tough game against a very good claycourt player,” Halep said afterwards.
“But I managed to push her back. “I feel very, very good now. I think I played the best match here in Roland Garros against Carla, which always was a tough match. And on clay I never won against her, so it was a really good match. I played exactly what I had to.”
All eyes were on Andy Murray on Monday, who claimed his 650th Tour-level victory with a clinical 6-3 6-4 6-4 win against the talented young Russian Karen Khachanov.
Murray headed to Paris in poor form and feeling more than a little bit under the weather and was expected to struggle at Roland Garros, typically the Grand Slam where he most struggles.
But the World No 1 looks to be playing himself into some form, and beat Khachanov in just two hours and four minutes. He will now play Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the eighth seed, for a place in the semi-finals.
Andy Murray's projected route to the final
Andy Murray's projected route to the final
1/8 Andy Murray's projected route
Who will the World No 1 come up against if he is going to win at Roland-Garros for the first time?
2/8 R1: Andrey Kuznetsov
The World No 85 is not a renowned clay court performer, although his run to the third round of the 2015 French Open will ensure that Murray does not underestimate him.
3/8 R2: Martin Klizan
The Slovak was ranked just outside the top 20 two seasons ago. But has since dropped outside the top 50 and lost in the first round of every Slam last season.
4/8 R3: Juan Martin del Potro
One of the most dangerous players in the draw. The former US Open champion hasn't played at Roland-Garros since 2012 but did beat Murray the last time the two met: in the Davis Cup tie between Britain and Argentina.
5/8 R4: Tomas Berdych
The former Wimbledon finalist is no longer the force he once was. Reached the semis in 2010 and the quarters last season, but he is a player Murray would expect to beat.
6/8 QF: Alexander Zverev
The rising star of men's tennis. The 20-year-old has not yet been beyond the third round of a Major, but his recent victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of the Italian Open means he enters the tournament as a legitimate dark horse.
7/8 SF: Stan Wawrinka
The 2015 French Open champion is the highest ranked player in Murray's half of the draw. Has a terrific clay-court game and an impressive 41% win ration against Murray.
8/8 F: Rafael Nadal
Nadal is the favourite to win the 2017 French Open for what would be his tenth title at Roland-Garros. Murray has only beaten him twice before on clay, both times at the Madrid Open, and only once before at a Grand Slam, when Nadal retired hurt during their 2010 Australian Open quarter-final match.
Quote of the day
“It was probably the coldest kiss of my life. But it was a kiss.”
Alize Cornet on the kiss she shared with Caroline Garcia at the end of their all-French grudge match. It’s fair to say they’re unlikely to be exchanging Christmas cards anytime soon.
As mentioned, Murray's 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory over Khachanov was the Briton' 650th tour-level match win. The three-time major champion has a 650-181 win-loss record for his career with a 78.2 winning percentage.
Tuesday’s order of play
From 1pm UK time
Court Philippe Chatrier
Mladenovic v Bacsinszky
Nadal v Carreno Busta
Court Suzanne Lenglen
Ostapenko v Wozniacki
Djokovic v Thiem