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Summary

  1. Murray won 16-minute first-set tie-break
  2. Rain came with Murray 7-6 2-1 ahead
  3. Briton held serve throughout the match
  4. Murray faces Nishikori or Gasquet next

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By Jonathan Jurejko

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Goodbye!

Andy Murray
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Andy Murray can sleep well tonight. The British number one is safe in the knowledge that he does not have to get up in the morning and go back to work. 

He's beaten John Isner - and the unpredictable Paris weather - to book his place in the quarter-finals. There he will face either France's Richard Gasquet and Japan's fifth seed Kei Nishikori on Tuesday. Gasquet currently leads 6-4 6-2 4-5 - head over to our live scores page to see how that one pans out.

Au revoir!

Barry Flatman

Tennis correspondent for the Sunday Times on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Andy really is a clay-court player of some substance. To win in straight sets against John Isner is always a battle because of his big serve. But Murray scowled and grumbled his way throughout it, as ever, but he got the job done tremendously well."

Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 3-6 Murray

Andy Murray, speaking on Court Suzanne Lenglen: "It was very important to win that first-set tie-breaker. It was a very close opening set and it could have gone either way.

"I got lucky with the opening set point that Isner had in the first, I guessed the right way and got the winner.

"It was difficult conditions with the rain and to go into the rain delay with an advantage was very important."

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent in Paris

"Murray deserves the applause from the crowd. He's done very well to come back from the stressful start he made to the tournament with two straight-set victories."

Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 3-6 Murray

Andy Murray reaches the French Open quarter-finals for a sixth time - that's now the most by any British male. Fred Perry managed it five times. 

Game, set and match - Murray

Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 3-6 Murray

All over! Andy Murray reacquaints himself with the Roland Garros quarter-finals. He needs two hours and 40 minutes to see off John Isner and, ironically against the American serve-machine, crashes down an ace to seal a straight-sets victory.

Andy Murray celebrates beating John Isner
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Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 3-5 Murray

Not the tidy finish that Andy Murray wanted. Murray has faced four break points - now he is facing a fifth at the crucial stage. Two of those previous four were saved with an ace. And guess what?! So is the fifth! Into deuce....

Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 3-5 Murray*

If Murray is going to win this match in the next few minutes then John Isner is making sure he does it on his own serve. Isner's service game is on point, banging down an ace out wide to hold. Over to you Andy...

Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 2-5 Murray

A huge sigh of relief from Murray - he has clawed his way out of trouble. Isner clubs a forehand into the tramlines and Murray is another break away from the last eight...

Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 2-4 Murray

Murray's tennis tourette's is going into overload. The Scot uncontrollably splutters out a string of swear-filled sentences as he fails to shake off Isner. The Briton is pegged back again and again by his American rival, not helping himself with a double fault for 30-30 mind. Isner earns himself a break point, only for Murray to pull an ace out of the top drawer. Timely..

Andy Murray reacts
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Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 2-4 Murray*

Anyone got a 'get out of jail free' card? John Isner needs one. The American loses his cool, a double fault handing Muzza another break point. Ah, here it is! Isner aces his way out of a sticky spot, backing it up with a couple of decent points. A forehand smash close to the left-hand net post ends Murray's hopes of a quick finish.

John Isner returns against Andy Murray
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Barry Flatman

Tennis correspondent for the Sunday Times on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Do you ever think what it must have been like in the Murray household when he opened his Christmas presents and didn't get what he wanted?"

Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 1-4 Murray

The writing is on the wall for Isner. Murray has a double break point...

The American saves the first one, forcing Murray into a sloppy forehand that crashes into the tape. The second? Also saved. This is more down to Murray's sloppiness, a baseline backhand flying over the far line. Deuce...

And a return for Murray's irritable tennis syndrome...

Andy Murray backhand
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*Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 1-4 Murray

Andy Murray is edging closer to a sixth quarter-final appearance at Roland Garros. Isner needs a break - and he needs it quick - but Murray is not in the mood to hand one over. Easy hold for the Briton, let's move on...

Gasquet 6-4 6-2 Nishikori

Over on Chatrier, Richard Gasquet looks on course to set up a quarter-final meeting with Andy Murray. The Frenchman, carrying the home hopes after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled out yesterday, is two sets up against fifth seed Kei Nishikori.

Murray breaks

Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 1-3 Murray*

Neither player can grab this deuce by the scruff of the neck. Advantage Isner, advantage Murray, advantage Isner. Anyone going to see this one through? Murray tots up a third break point - after Isner argues that Murray's forehand return didn't hit the whitewash. Sorry John, it did. Murray starts to win the arm wrestle in the decisive point, pumping the ball at Isner's suspect backhand. The pressure tells and Murray claims that vital break.

* denotes next serve

Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 1-2 Murray

John Isner is like a can of cola which has been open for a while - the fizz has just disappeared. I can't claim those beautiful words. They're all yours Jim Courier. But it is exactly what I was thinking (honest). Murray brings the drop-shot back to the party at 30-30, Isner lunging forward desperately to no avail. The Scot can't take his chance though...deuce it is...

John Isner
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*Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 1-2 Murray

Isner takes a moment to change his racquet, but it doesn't help his returning game. Murray is trundling along rather smoothly now. Another comfortable hold - this time to love - for the second seed. 

John Isner
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Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 1-1 Murray

Murray will be hoping to crack on with this and see off Isner in three - like he has in their three previous meetings. Isner recomposes himself after a sticky start following the rain delay. Murray is sniffing at 40-30, but an Isner ace - his 15th of the afternoon - clinches the hold.

*Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 0-1 Murray

Want more good news Andy Murray fans? John Isner must do something he has only ever done once before - fightback from two sets down. Murray to open this third (and final?) set...and it is a straightforward hold.

* denotes next server

Andy Murray
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Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 Murray

Mike Dickson

Daily Mail tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"It's not been easy but since the restart Murray is getting a little bit more time to look at Isner's serve because of the slightly slower conditions.

"Also. Isner has not been quite as solid on the ground since the break.

"Murray will be desperate to finish this tonight and get off court and enjoy a day off tomorrow."

Game and second set - Murray

Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-6 Murray

Murray's got that break! Finally the British number one is grinning.

Murray loses the opening point after sending back a return with interest, screaming in frustration. Two Isner backhands into the net brighten his mood, putting him within two points of the second set.

After another exchange of points, Murray sees the job through. The Scot wraps up the second set after a wonderful drop-shot leaves Isner scrabbling, Murray lurking at the net to whack down the forehand winner.

Andy Murray celebrates
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*Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-5 Murray

The Lenglen crowd are throwing their support behind Isner it seems, groaning when the 15th seed lags a backhand into the net for 30-0. Murray continues to target the big man's backhand, that paying dividends as he holds to love.

Now can he find that elusive break??

Isner 6-7 (9-11) 4-4 Murray*

Isner has been affected by that enforced rain break. Some might say his spirit has been, ahem, dampened by the wet weather...

Two confidence-lacking forehands fail to trouble Murray, giving the Briton a 30-0 lead. Break points a coming? Not if Isner can help it. The American goes to Plan A - bring out the big first serve. Four straight points later and Isner has sneaked out of the escape door.

John Isner
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*Isner 6-7 (9-11) 3-4 Murray

Something is really getting Murray's goat. The British number one is irritable - more irritable than sneeze-inducing, eye-scratching hayfever. He's constantly muttering to himself. But it doesn't affect his execution, steaming past Isner in a hold to 15.

Isner 6-7 (9-11) 3-3 Murray*

Not this time. Murray again barks loudly at himself, muffling his frustration with his hand. He didn't do much wrong to my untrained eye, Isner crafting an excellent point that ended in the big American showing soft as silk hands at the net to cushion a winner. Two backhand errors later and Isner holds.

Andy Murray
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Isner 6-7 (9-11) 2-3 Murray

Murray appears to be sulking. The Scot has a little moan at his towel girl after he goes 15-0 down, then is cheered up when Isner misses a simple forehand. Another forehand goes missing down Murray's backhand sideline for 15-30...then moments later a break point falls into the second seed's lap...

Andy Murray
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*Isner 6-7 (9-11) 2-3 Murray

Isner puffs his cheeks out as he waits on the baseline. That was a draining hold - mentally more than physically. Murray, despite his chuntering, seems focused enough, racing into a 40-0 lead. Isner drags his opponent back to 40-30, but cannot reach a probing Murray forehand with that suspect backhand.

*Isner 6-7 (9-11) 2-2 Murray

Murray screams 'Say something!' after losing that second break point. Well I don't know what to say. Who's he talking to?? Isner keeps schtum too and let's his tennis do the talking...an ace and a well-constructed winning point finally swatting away Murray.

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Isner 6-7 (9-11) 1-2 Murray

Isner's first serve misses the target, the American going down the middle with the second...and it's easy for Murray to blast back. Isner goes wide with a backhand, but Murray can't convert the advantage. Moments later the Briton has another break point....that's snuffed out by a 133mph ace out wide. Isner forces Murray long, but can't stoop down to a Murray drop-shot...deuce #6...

Isner 6-7 (9-11) 1-2 Murray

Here we go then...take two. Isner has the ball in his hand. Murray senses a vital break chance could be coming.

John Isner
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Isner 6-7 (9-11) 1-2 Murray

*Public service announcement*

The players are back out on court. I repeat, the players are back on court.

Andy Murray and John Isner are out on Court Suzanne Lenglen, limbering up ahead of the restart. The Paris crowd are slowly heading back outside.

The match will resume at deuce in the fourth game of the second set, with Isner serving.

BreakingPlay to resume shortly

Hello! Anyone still out there?? We have news. Positive news! The Roland Garros courts have been uncovered and play will resume shortly...

So the chat in Paris is there won't be play for at least another 40 minutes. 'At' and 'least' being the two key words there. Optimistic predictions are the forte of the Roland Garros bosses. I'm going to nip off for an ice cream in the Salford sunshine (that is not an oxymoron) and we'll kick this live text commentary back into life later on. Hopefully...

Mike Dickson

Daily Mail tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Our luck has run out. The forecast is not great for the next few days. It's a bit early to say this but we could be looking at play going into the third week.

"It could have an impact on the eventual outcome as well because players will have to play several days on the trot.

"Dkokovic has a day off today but Murray could find himself coming back tomorrow and playing again on Tuesday."

I'm not going to lie...the weather forecast in Paris is stinking. And it is even worse tomorrow. I'd imagine there are a few worried Roland Garros officials scratching their heads down in the corridors of power. 

Yesterday's rain delay lasted TWO-AND-A-HALF hours. Just saying...

It's back...matches have been suspended due to weather. Please stay tuned right here for updates. #RG16

It's back...matches have been suspended due to weather. Please stay tuned right here for updates. #RG16

BreakingRAIN STOPS PLAY

Isner 6-7 (9-11) 1-2 Murray

Murray has his wish. Isner initially looks annoyed, then gives an accepting nod. Belting it down in Paris now.

Isner 6-7 (9-11) 1-2 Murray

Murray accuses the chair umpire of 'not caring' about the safety of the players, still chirping away between each point. Isner isn't distracted, battling back to force deuce. They're off over on Chatrier though. Now Murray is laughing incredulously - he can't believe they haven't been hauled off.

Isner 6-7 (9-11) 1-2 Murray

More brollies are being popped open at Roland Garros. One to watch. Isner is ploughing on, however. Murray has a sniff at 15-30, only for Isner to step onto the front foot. The Scot is chasing the ball left and right, Isner lurking at the net to volley a couple of winners. Murray is chuntering - he isn't happy at still being out there...