Nadal thumps Georgian to edge closer to 10th French Open

Defending champion Novak Djokovic survived his first stern test at the French Open on Friday, as he came from two sets to one down to overcome world number 41 Diego Schwartzman 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1 and move into the last 16.

- Djokovic after being warned by umpire Carlos Ramos for unsportsmanlike behaviour in his five-set win over Diego Schwartzman.

Improving his overall Roland Garros record to 75-2, Nadal's 6-0 6-1 6-0 thumping of Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili delivered his 98th scalp rom 100 claycourt matches in a best-of-five format.

Elsewhere, 10th-seeded David Goffin stopped playing after turning his ankle when he tripped on a tarp at the back of the court in the first set against Horacio Zeballos; No. 5 Milos Raonic advanced when his opponent, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, quit because of a left thigh injury; No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta eliminated No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 6-3, 6-4; and No. 6 Dominic Thiem was a 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victor against No. 25 Steve Johnson, an American who generated sympathy from fans and foes as he displayed raw emotion while competing just weeks after the death of his father.

On the womens side, with her pregnant sister Serena in attendance, Venus Williams handily defeated Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the fourth round of the womens bracket.

The 10th seed lay on his back for several minutes before a trainer arrived and it was obvious last season's quarter-finalist could not continue. "(It) was a great match for me, no?" I was mentally still strong and as calm as I could be, even though I was two sets to one down I kept believing I could break his resistance. He was the better player probably for first three sets, and then the fourth and fifth set went the way I hoped that the whole match [would] go.

Garcia-Lopez has retired with a thigh strain when trailing Canadian powerhouse Milos Raonic 6-1 1-0.

"Maths was the only subject that I failed in the previous year at school".

"I was expecting a hard game with a lot of rallies from the baseline, because the conditions are heavy", Djokovic said on-court. 'I am who I am, and I'm happy with that'.

Muguruza booked her spot in the fourth round with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Yulia Putintseva, a 2016 quarterfinalist. Goffin, who was leading 5-4 in the first set at the time, went down immediately and held his ankle before officials helped him off the court.

"I will be watching in 20 years with all of you guys".

"It was wonderful for me-[after] the match with the crowd, all the people here", Schwartzman reflected. I'm just trying to enjoy every possible moment that I have next to him when he's here with me and when he's not of course we are in daily contact, calling each other, texting and so forth.

  • Carolyn Briggs