Tsitsipas storms through to quarter-finals with win over Carreno Busta

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Tsitsipas storms through to quarter-finals with win over Carreno Busta

Stefanos Tsitsipas was utterly dominant as he stormed through to the quarter-finals of the French Open with a straight sets win over Pablo Carreno Busta.

The fifth seed required just two hours and seven minutes to complete a fine 6-3 6-2 7-5 victory over the hard-working Spaniard and he will now take his place in the last eight in Paris.

Tsitsipas, who is on the opposite side of the draw to both 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic, has a wonderful opportunity of reaching the final on Sunday.

Carreno Busta is a two-time quarter-finalist at Roland Garros, but got off to a terrible start as he was broken in his opening service game. And it only got worse from there.

After losing the opening set, he surrendered his first two service games of the second and was soon left staring at a near-impossible comeback.

It looked as though he might restore some pride after racing into a 4-1 lead in the third set, but he then proceeded to lose six of the next seven games as his challenge ended with a whimper.

Tsitsipas did not have everything his own way after he was involved in a very strange and amusing towel drama as he almost received a punishment and had to sprint away.

The Greek found himself desperately having to sprint back across the court to avoid losing a serve after walking over to the other side to grab his towel.

It was an amusing race against time from the Greek, who had already received a warning for taking too long, and he only just made it in the nick of time.

Tsitsipas will next take on either Russian second seed Daniil Medvedev or Cristian Garin in the last eight.