Ominous Nadal back on court in Paris
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 5:32
Thiem is a talented, up-and-coming player, to be sure, and he is the only man to beat Nadal in the Spaniard's 23 matches on clay in 2017.
This was Muguruza's first attempt at defending a Grand Slam championship, and she ran into a determined Mladenovic, who was backed by a vocal crowd of countrymen who chanted her nickname, Kiki, throughout the match.
Two weeks past his 21st birthday, unseeded Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation became the youngest man to reach the French Open's fourth round since 2009, beating 21st-seeded American John Isner 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3).
Djokovic held two set points in the opener but couldn't convert either, then lost that in a tiebreaker 7-6 (5). I'm very happy to be in the quarters of the French once again.
On the women's side of things, the absences of Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova meant that, for the first time in almost a decade, the draw was wide open for anyone to win the title. That was only the second time that Djokovic lost a final set by the score of 6-0 in his 937 career tour-level matches.
Nadal next faces Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarter-finals and remains on course to win the competition for a 10th time.
The 23-year-old Thiem will face nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal next.
"There's no easy match in a Grand Slam quarter-final, it will be very hard for both of us", said Djokovic of his upcoming challenge. Sometimes I feel I'm under pressure during the whole match.
For the third year in a row, Svitolina marched toward the fourth round of the tennis tournament, defeating Linette 6-4, 7-5 in an hour and 28 minutes.
Croatian qualifier Petra Martic upset 17th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 6-1 to reach the fourth round of the French Open. His best result came in 2014 when he reached the quarter-finals.
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Three third-round men's matches are scheduled to resume after rain cancelled play on Saturday afternoon: No. 8 Kei Nishikori against Hyeon Chung, No. 15 Gael Monfils against No. 24 Richard Gasquet, and No. 21 John Isner against Karen Khachanov.
Seven-time major champion Venus Williams is bidding for a quarterfinal spot against No. 30 Timea Bacsinszky.