Muguruza advances to 4th round at French Open

The home fans breathed a sigh of relief when Kristina Mladenovic, one of the favorites in the women's draw, escaped from a 5-2 hole in the third set to beat 2016 quarterfinalist Shelby Rogers 7-5 4-6 8-6.

Spain's Rafael Nadal cruised into the fourth round of the French Open with a sensational victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia at Roland Garros today.

Friday's victory was his 100th best-of-five-set match on the slow surface, and he now has a staggering win-loss ratio of 98-2.

"Perfection? I don't know about that", said Nadal, who plans to celebrate his 31st birthday on Saturday by watching Real Madrid take on Juventus in the Champions League final.

Fourth seed Nadal coasted to the most one-sided win of his Roland Garros career as his 63rd-ranked opponent, playing his first match on Philippe Chatrier Court, was struck down by stagefright.

"He's a much, much better player than I am obviously", said the Georgian. The Spaniard dazzled the Paris crowd with 27 winners over 90 minutes as he continued his march to a 10th French Open title.

PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY: Defending champion Novak Djokovic came back from two sets to one down to overcome world number 41 Diego Schwartzman 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1 in the third round.

"If he wants me there, yeah, I will come", said 1992 Wimbledon champion Agassi, speaking to Djokovic's former coach Boris Becker.

"I think it's important with all the three matches that I played that are not easy at all". I have played a lot in the last weeks.

Fourth seed Rafael Nadal looked in imperious form as he demolished Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in just under two hours.

Steve Johnson, still grieving the recent death of his father, lost to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-3 in the third round of the French Open.

"I don't feel anything on the wrist since long time ago".

Back on court with the 12th-seeded Tsonga trailing 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 5-4, the Frenchman lasted less than eight minutes, losing the first three points on his serve but managing to save the three match points.

The 21st-seeded Isner entered the tournament as the ATP Tour leader in aces this season, and he had 21 in his 6-3, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) win over Lorenzi. Goffin managed to get to the ball, lifting a lob over the Argentine but slipped in the process, hurting his ankle. That seemed to melt the steel in the Bulgarian's game, and he speared a backhand into the net to concede the first set and the second and the third.

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

  • Leroy Wright