Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Novak Djokovic & Rafael Nadal to play quarter-final


Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal kept his hopes alive for a tenth title at Roland Garros as he brushed aside fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets to march into the quarterfinals. Bautista Agut answered with his own dropper that dribbled over the tape before Nadal shoveled a forehand pass down the line breaking for 2-1.

He beat 19th-seeded Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (5), 6-1, 6-3.

Pliskova, who had won just twice in five previous French Open appearances before this year, will face Paraguay's Veronica Cepede Royg for a quarter-final spot.

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The fourth seed will meet compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, while Djokovic will play Dominic Thiem.

So after her title defence ended with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 loss to 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic at a packed and rowdy Court Suzanne Lenglen on a surprise-filled Sunday that left zero past Grand Slam champions in the women's field, Muguruza walked toward the locker room while wagging a finger toward the stands, as if to say, "Tsk, tsk!" "It will be a really special match for me".

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"When I finish a point on the fly, can't I get my towel?"

"Yeah, I expected a very tough match".

"I just think that they sometimes should be a little bit more respectful", she added, as Mladenovic thrived on the partisan support.

The umpire had warned the 31-year-old in the first set for slow play and again in the third before deciding to dock Nadal a first serve.

In remaining women's third-round matches, second-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic brushed aside Germany's Carina Witthoeft, 7-5, 6-1; No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine won, 6-4, 7-5, against Magda Linette, and Croatian qualifier Petra Martic upset 17th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova, 6-1 6-1. And in 2015 there is one player who was playing much better than me. The marathon match took four hours and 17 minutes.

The unseeded Cornet was a surprisingly easy victor against No. 9 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, 6-2, 6-1, while No. 28 Garcia edged Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan 6-4, 4-6, 9-7.

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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.

Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishikori barely survived Korean Hyong Chung, advancing 7-5 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 0-6 6-4.

Monfils, 30, was leading 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 4-3 when his opponent withdrew, setting up a last-16 meeting with Wawrinka.

Danish 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki knocked off 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the last eight for just the second time.

Nishikori had been two sets up but Chung fought back and was 3-0 up in the fourth when play was called off.

This was the second year in a row that Bacsinszky beat seven-time major champion Venus Williams in the fourth round in Paris.

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