Brilliant Nadal, Djokovic through to Q'final
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 12:38
Nadal continued his ruthless form at Roland Garros by dispatching Spanish 17th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to match Roger Federer s mark of last-eight appearances in Paris. Nadal has dropped just 22 games through five rounds, the fewest he's ever lost at this stage at the French.
Serbian ace Djokovic will be hoping the extra day of preparation helps him to get back into the groove.
The fourth seed will meet compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, through to his first Slam quarter-final, for spot in the last four after the latter stunned Canada s Milos Raonic.
Twenty-five years after Petr Korda reached the French Open final, son Sebastian made his junior debut on Sunday beating sixth seed Marko Miladinovic 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
The 12-time grand slam victor began working with Agassi during the lead-up to this event, where he has forged an uncertain path to the last eight, needing five sets to get past Diego Schwartzman and failing to convince early on against Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Sunday. In fact, Djokovic only won eight points in total in the final set, with one of them being a double fault from the world No. 7.
Pretty insane stat, but Novak Djokovic had played 905 consecutive sets in Grand Slam play since losing one 6-0. He really will step it up and try to do something special. "It was just today it was just odd how it came about".
Defending women's champion Garbine Muguruza, meanwhile, hit out at the Roland Garros crowd after suffering a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 defeat to home favourite Kristina Mladenovic.
Since then he has bagged only two titles and in grand slam there has been a worrying decline. On Wednesday, with a 32nd grand slam semi-final looming, he fell apart against Thiem, losing 7-6 (5) 6-3 6-0. "It's unfortunate to finish at Roland Garros the way I did today".
Ostapenko defeated Samata Stosur of Australia 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
"If you want to play well, you have to let players breathe a little", Nadal said.
In the penultimate sentence of his final postmatch news conference Wednesday at the French Open, Novak Djokovic spoke of moving on to the next chapter. "It's possible that I'm playing too slow".
"I still can't believe that I'm sitting here".
Pliskova, the Czech, beat Carina Witthoft of Germany 7-5 6-1, while Svitolina of Ukraine overcame Poland's Magda Linette 6-4 7-5.