Paris: Jurgen Melzer’s French Open dream continued on Monday when the Austrian reached the quarter-finals of the claycourt grand slam with a 7-6 4-6 6-1 6-4 win over Russian qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili.
The 22nd-seeded Melzer, the first Austrian to reach the last eight in Paris since Thomas Muster in 1998, proved more consistent on another gloomy morning to prevail after two hours and 54 minutes.
Gabashvili missed three set points in the opener as he dropped his first set of the tournament but levelled the match with some eye-catching winners.
Melzer, making his first appearance in a grand slam last 16, then took command, cantering through the third set before breaking serve decisively in the ninth game of the fourth.
Melzer, at 29 the oldest player remaining in the men’s draw, will next face world number three Novak Djokovic for a place in the semi-finals.