Mladenovic beats Shelby to reach 4th round

Rafael Nadal took another step closer to a 10th French Open with a ruthless 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 demolition of Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili in the third round yesterday.

STAT OF THE DAY 1 - Number of games lost by Nadal in his 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili, the fewest in the Spaniard's 100 career best-of-five-set clay-court matches.

Instead, Djokovic righted the ship to defeat Diego Schwartzman 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 during the first day of third-round action.

The "King of Clay" only surrendered one game during a 90-minute span, and lost just 12 of his service points - 22/29 on first serve and 19/24 on second serve.

He overcame Jiří Veselý of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

The underdog came up with a sumptuous backhand as he served out the set and the second went with serve until Djokovic piled on the pressure to go 5-3 up when Schwartzman netted.

Muguruza said that she turns to baking in her spare time to help cope with the pressure of playing at Grand Slam tournaments.

But he was given a real fright by Argentinian Schwartzman before coming through 5-7 7-5 3-6 6-1 6-1. What did I say?

The 14-time Grand Slam champion will face compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut in the next round.

Continuing to command the court, Nadal powered to a 6-0, 2-0 lead permitting just eight points through those eight games. "I don't know. I think kindness makes you feel better, to improve your life and be happy and what destroys you it's all negative things like hate, war, jealousy and negativity".

In another match, American Steve Johnson played his heart out under electric Roland Garros skies before losing to Dominic Thiem in three sets, trading power and precision with the Austrian sixth seed in two hours of tension-filled tennis. "I have no words to describe the love I have for you", said Mladenovic, who rallied from 5-2 down in the third set to book a clash with defending champion Garbine Muguruza on Monday.

Bulgarian 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov surrendered a comfortable first set lead to tumble out of the French Open 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta. "Before the match I felt well, I was optimistic and I had played two good matches (this week)". She clinched the win with an ace and next faces French 13th seed Kristina Mladenovic, who came from 2-5 down in the final set to beat Shelby Rogers of the United States 7-5, 4-6, 8-6.

"I still do it", said fourth seed Muguruza, following her 7-5, 6-2 victory over Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva.

The 10th seeded David Goffin suffered a nasty ankle injury when he got caught in court covers, forcing him to abandon his third-round tie with Horacio Zeballos. "I couldn't hurt him in any place".

These two have played once in the past, which was in the 2014 Madrid Masters, a match Nadal won in straight sets.

  • Salvatore Jensen