Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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Rafael Nadal continued in his superb form on Sunday with a dominant 6-1 6-2 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista Agut to move easily into the French Open quarter-finals.

But while the fourth seed was happy to secure a 6-1 6-2 6-2 win against his compatriot, he couldn't help but have a sour taste left in his mouth from the decision. The Austrian will meet Horacio Zeballos in the last 16.

Basilashvili agreed, "He's a much, much better player than I am obviously", the Georgian said.

Venus Williams is last on the main court, against Elise Mertens.

Albert Ramos-Vinolas is coming off a five set win over Lucas Pouille that took 44 games to decide.

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Matches involving Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic highlight a packed Day 8 schedule created by all of the rain postponements.

The 26-year-old Martic next faces fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina after the Ukrainian beat Magda Linette 6-4, 7-5.

Djokovic twice found himself a set down as the unseeded Argentine gave him an almighty scare on Philippe Chatrier, but the 2016 champion eventually found a way to come through the troublesome encounter, 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1.

American Steve Johnson lost to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Chung, who is ranked 67th, had never beaten a top-10 player in six attempts but leveled when play resumed, keeping alive his bid to become the first South Korean to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros. The women's slate is also a mix of third- and fourth-rounders.

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This was Muguruza's first attempt at defending a Grand Slam championship, and she ran into a determined Mladenovic, who was backed by a vocal crowd of countrymen who chanted her nickname, Kiki, throughout the match.

- Australian number one Sam Stosur closed out an impressive 6-2 6-2 win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States.

The 14-time grand slam champion clenched his fist after taking the first set in 37 minutes with a vicious forehand victor and led 3-1 in the second after charging in to guide a backhand victor when Bautista Agut struck the net cord.

Nadal won the first set in 23 minutes and won the next five games before world number 63 Basilashvili finally got on the scoreboard. And Shelby Rogers lost to 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic (mih-LAD'-ehn-oh-vich) of France, 7-5, 4-6, 8-6.

- Defending champion Garbine Muguruza claimed a 7-5 6-2 victory over Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan to reach the fourth round.

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Bulgarian 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov, bidding to make the last 16 of the clay-court Grand Slam for the first time, looked fit, sharp and focused as he raced to a 4-0 lead in the first set against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta. This was the second retirement of the day after Belgian David Goffin was forced out with an injured right ankle.

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