Defending champion Muguruza crashes out of French Open

Mladenovic, who has been hampered by back problems, tops the tally of double faults produced at Roland Garros, having served 40 since the tournament started.

"I couldn't really find my game, but I don't think I did really something wrong out there", an emotional Muguruza said after the match.

That happened less than an hour after defending champion Garbine Muguruza was beaten 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 by 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic at Court Suzanne Lenglen. "It's not a good feeling", she added.

Mladenovic has to be confident after winning 49 percent of her return points and breaking the French Open favorite and defending champ six times.

With the boisterous crowd willing her every step of the way, Mladenovic was the more opportunistic player in the final set.

This was the second year in a row that Bacsinszky beat seven-time major champion Venus Williams in the fourth round in Paris.

"I don't know if I have a different culture of sport".

Also on Day 7, 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic beat Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-3, 6-3, and next meets big-serving Kevin Anderson, who edged Kyle Edmund 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.

Mladenovic, 24, will now face Venus Williams or Timea Bacsinzky in the last eight.

"I think the rain helps me a lot, because I was really down in the fourth set and mentally I wasn't ready", admitted Nishikori. I don't know how to explain.

The 14-time Major victor is yet to drop a set, conceding just six games in the last two rounds, and he looks in formidable form in his quest to become the first player to win a single Major 10 times. "I experienced something in Germany where it was way more fired up, but I didn't criticise the crowd being unfair or anything, because it's also normal to see the crowd picking out their favourite".

There is no secret to the French crowd at Roland Garros.

Kristina Mladenovic denied suggestions the crowd was unfair during her win over Garbine Muguruza at the French Open, labelling the atmosphere "amazing". "I feel like I played well today, but I didn't quite figure out the solution in time".

Muguruza left the court visibly unhappy with the partisan crowd, and afterwards the tearful Spaniard admitted that they had made it extra hard for her.

Former world number one Wozniacki moved into the quarter-finals with a three-set win over Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova.

11 - Roland Garros quarter-finals Nadal and Djokovic have now made to join Roger Federer at the top of the list for most Roland Garros quarter-finals reached in the Open Era.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova, third seed Simona Halep and fifth seed Elina Svitolina will aim to reach the quarter-finals when they play their fourth-round matches on Monday.

  • Julie Sanders