A quick look at the French Open

June 2 Here is a roundup of day six at the French Open on Friday. And the Spaniard held court in supremely commanding fashion on Friday, beating the unfortunate Basilashvili 6-0 6-1 6-0, the most comprehensive victory of his illustrious career at the grand slam venue in Paris. We're talking about a guy who has lost just 15 games in three matches and just one game in his last match against a top-60 player in the world.

- Rafael Nadal dropped just one game on his way to a straight-sets victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

"I said that I'm very sorry what happened. I have a lot of things to improve physically, mentally, and technical-wise also". He has lost only one match on clay this year, to an inspired Dominic Thiem in Rome, and is heavy favourite to add to his nine titles here at Roland Garros.

The first set saw both players exchanged service games, before took control as he raced into a 4-1 lead.

LOOKING AHEAD TO TODAY The most-anticipated matchup of Day 7 is No. 1 Andy Murray against No. 29 Juan Martin del Potro in a rematch of the final at last year's Rio Olympics. "I won't get necessarily into the politics on what something should and shouldn't be called, but I think to some extent definitely there should be some kind of apology and whatever repercussions".

Nadal, 31 on Saturday, has now won 98 of 100 matches he has played in best-of-five clay-court matches.

"I was expecting, obviously, a very, very hard match, but not something like this", he added.

Djokovic seems to be back on his game in the second set, taking it 6-3, spurrning five break points in the process, before serving out by holding to love, but Schwartzman showed great battling qualities in the third.

"I won winning with that score against a player that already won against [Gilles] Simon and [Viktor] Troicki, so you can not say anything other than "I played very well".

Williams, a seven-time grand slam singles champion who turns 37 this month, will play Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky for a place in the quarter-finals.

Belgian 10th seed David Goffin quit his third-round match after suffering an ankle injury when he got caught up in court covers. I will try perhaps to go out for dinner with my family.

Nadal afforded himself a chuckle as Basilashvili wasted a bit of time by changing his racket. In the men's doubles, the unseeded duo of Paes and S. Lipsky of the USA lost 6-7 (3), 2-6 to Spaniards D. Marrero and T. Robredo in an hour and 31 minutes in their second round match.

Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei's surprise French Open run ended in the third round yesterday after a dramatic 6-4, 4-6, 9-7 defeat to French 28th seed Caroline Garcia.

Raonic was leading 6-1, 1-0 when Garcia-Lopez stopped.

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

  • Julie Sanders