Andy Murray
Murray needed fourth sets to reach his fifth quarter final at the French Open. Getty Images

Andy Murray saw off the challenge of home favourite Jérémy Chardy to reach his fifth French Open quarter-finals following a four set win at Roland Garros.

The British number one set up a last eight clash with David Ferrer after a 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory in Paris, with Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal likely to lie in wait come the semi-final.

Murray dropped just his second set of the tournament as Chardy threatened to cause an upset, but the former Wimbledon and US Open champion kept his cool to extend his unbeaten run on clay in 2015 to 14 matches.

The lead up to the fourth-round match had been overshadowed by the fall out from the pair's previous meeting at the Rome Masters, where Murray prevailed, before withdrawing due to fatigue.

Chardy said he was "upset" by the move, which saw him dumped out of the first round in the Italian capital and derailed his preparations for the French Open. He said he was keen to make amends and reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final.

However the more experienced Murray quelled Chardy in front of a buoyant home crowd and with a combination of good variations on his ground strokes and a flurry of errors at the other end of the court, he took the opening set with ease.

Having enjoyed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's passage into the last eight on 30 May, the French crowd did not abandon Chardy and he rode that wave of that support to level the match with a run of 11 points out of 15 as Murray was blown away.

The world number 45 threatened to run away with the contest with a break in the opening Murray service game, but the Scotsman rallied to win six of the next eight games as a double fault from Chardy opened the door for the two-time major winner.

With a firm grip on the match Murray strolled to an early break in the fourth set as Chardy began to run out of ideas in an attempt to outlast the world number 3 and it was no surprise when, after the Scot clinched a second break, he served out the match with ease to set up a clash with Ferrer, who he has never beaten on clay.