Nadal, Djokovic advance to last-8, on course to meet in semis
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 9:31
"I just have to watch that I'm not giving him his favourite positions on the forehand", he added.
Dane Wozniacki, 26, reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the first time since 2010 with a 6-1 4-6 6-2 win over Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, the eighth seed and 2009 champion.
"If we live in fear that's not life. if it's a destiny for you to be somewhere in some place in a wrong time, it can happen to all of us, God forbid". A guy I saw as in a similar position as Murray going in was Novak Djokovic, but after watching him play this week and seeing the way he's handled adversity in his matches, I think he has the second-best chance to win the tournament.
The 14-time major victor is yet to drop a set, conceding just six games in the last two rounds as he strives to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single grand slam.
Wednesday's defeat to Thiem was Djokovic's first straight-sets loss at a major in four years and comes just 12 months after he completed the career Grand Slam in Paris. He was definitely the better player on the court.
Djokovic owns a 5-0 head-to-head record against Thiem, including a dominating 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory during last year's French Open semi-final.
"I obviously always expect a lot from myself, but it's a fact that I'm not playing close to my best, and I know that". "This is a whole new situation that I'm feeling".
The rain delay from Saturday helped Japan's Kei Nishikori as he recovered from a wrist injury and back treatment to beat Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-6, 6-4 of South Korea when their third-round match resumed Sunday. Otherwise, he lost his No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray and lost in the third round of Wimbledon, the first round of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and the second round of the Australian Open. Still, it was clear that she was up to the task against the 11th-seeded Wozniacki, who is 26 and has been to two U.S. Open finals and yet somehow seemed the less sure of herself.
A year ago, she lost in the first round of the French Open.
While his form appears solid, Nadal is simply a class above.
A year after showing so much resolve while winning the French Open, Muguruza fell apart down the stretch. Nadal is 3-0 against Carreno Busta.
A match against a resurgent Rafael Nadal, a man on a mission to win La Decima.
Both women's quarterfinals were interrupted twice because of showers; the first delay lasted more than 3 hours, the second about a half-hour.