Nadal Defeats Basilashvili In Third Round

Venus Williams and 2009 Roland Garros champion Svetlana Kuznetsova were among those who also advanced.

For example, it took Basilashvili until the 12th game of the match to register on the scoreboard. This would mark her first appearance in the quarterfinals at The Open since 2006.

"I played well from the start, with lots of winners, good intensity and few errors", Nadal said. Nadal has lost before the quarters of the French Open three times in his career.

"I expected a tough match, there were lots of exchanges from the baseline and the conditions were heavy", said Djokovic. "I played very well".

Battle of attrition: Novak Djokovic won his third round clash with Diego Schwartzman in five sets.

No one slipped Djokovic any smelling salts, but metaphorically, "Nole" snapped awake and demolished Schwartzman over the final two sets to book a spot in Sunday's fourth round against Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

It wasn't all easy for the No. 2 seed.

In each of the four most recent major titles Novak Djokovic has won, he struggled to some degree in the middle section of those tournaments. Wouldn't you change? "I really don't understand that question", Djokovic replied.

And that is what happened - in tennis terms - to the Georgian when he took on the irrepressible Spaniard in the French Open third round yesterday.

Johnson has played through grief following the recent death of his father and Thiem consoled him after their match. "I played very well".

However, unseeded pair Paes and Martina Hingis went down to fourth seeds Katarina Srebotnik of Slovakia and Raven Klaasen of South Africa 4-6, 6-1, 2-10 in a first round match of mixed doubles.

The 25th-seeded American had burst into tears after his second-round victory over Borna Coric on Wednesday. Basilashvili was daunted by taking on the nine-time champion on the big stage, but Nadal didn't give him a chance to settle, showcasing raw power and breathtaking invention throughout the match.

Nadal has yet to concede a set in three matches.

The Canadian will now face another Spaniard in Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.

A fierce inside out forehand gave Basilashvili his first victor 38 minutes into the match eliciting a round of sympathetic applause from the crowd.

"Perfection? I don't know about that", said Nadal, who turns 31 tomorrow. "I don't have words to describe the love I have for you and what you bring me".

Rogers, from SC, served for the match at 5-3.

Epa06005771 A general view of Court 1 as Dominic Thiem of Austria play Steve Johnson of the US during their men?s single 3nd round match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 02 June 2017.

Nadal romped to a 6-0 6-1 6-0 victory in 90 minutes on the main showcourt, making the world number 63, a finalist in Memphis and semi-finalist in Lyon and Sofia this year, look like a low-level amateur. "The score is quite embarrassing, you know, but I have to accept it", he added. "When I have a match, I play very well".

This update corrects spelling of Basilashvili.

The world No. 2 seemed unfazed at his first-set loss and began serving well in the second to draw level.

It was the second retirement of the day.

In the women's singles event, defending champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain made it through to the fourth round.

Grisly for everyone except the fourth-seeded Spaniard.

French 13th-seeded hope Kristina Mladenovic stopped Shelby Rogers 7-5, 4-6, 8-6.

Belgium's David Goffin retired with an ankle problem in his match against Horacio Zeballos of Argentina.

An erratic performance saw Djokovic hit 21 errors in relinquishing a 4-1 lead in the first set.

Goffin was leading 5-4 when he chased down the ball towards the back of the Suzanne Lenglen court.

The fifth-seeded Muguruza is up first on Court Philippe Chatrier against No. 27 Yulia Putintseva.

  • Julie Sanders