Former US Open champion Marin Cilic saw off Feliciano Lopez, who was limited by a neck injury, 6-1 6-3 6-3.
Croatian seventh seed Cilic will next meet Anderson, who matched his best run at Roland Garros with a five-set win over
World No 1 Murray triumphed 7-6 (10/8) 7-5 6-0 for his seventh win in 10 meetings with Del Potro, whose challenge fizzled out after squandering four set points in the 87-minute opener.
“I expected a very tough match. Whoever won that first set would have the momentum as it would have been very difficult to come back in these heavy, slow conditions,” said
“He was playing much better than me in the first set. He had chances in the first set, he double-faulted on set point.”
In a titanic first set, Del Potro wasted four set points then saved two before
The 28-year-old slumped over the net and stayed bent over during most of the changeover to catch his breath.
Del Potro, playing in
He retrieved it when
Weary Del Potro, who had already summoned the doctor early in the second set, knew his challenge was over and he managed just 11 points in the third set.
In the women’s event,
However, that success is overshadowed by a bitter feud between compatriots Alize Cornet and Caroline Garcia, who will clash for a place in the quarter-finals.
Cornet reached the last 16 for just the second time with a 6-2 6-1 win over Polish ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who lost all her seven service games.
Garcia, seeded 28, made the fourth round of a Slam for the first time with a 6-4 4-6 9-7 win over
Those wins guaranteed the home nation will have at least one quarter-finalist in
However, Cornet admitted that her relationship with Garcia has virtually broken down. “I think that the relationship is not very good,” said 27-year-old Cornet.
“I think she may have a grudge against us, so she’s not ready to talk with me, so I don’t think that it will be good to talk to her, because we are playing against each other.”
Garcia fell out with her teammates earlier this year after she pulled out of a Fed Cup tie.
Romanian third seed and 2014 runner-up Simona Halep sealed her place in the fourth round with a 6-0 7-5 win over