Witthoeft arrives late to French Open match

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal surged into the French Open quarterfinals for a record-equalling 11th time on Sunday, while reigning women's title-holder Garbine Muguruza crashed out in the last 16.

The 31-year-old, who is bidding for his 10th Roland Garros title, will today lock horns with fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in last-four.

The Serb's new supercoach has left Paris for other previous engagements but there was no visible withdrawal symptoms for Djokovic, who battled early and cruised late to notch a 7-6 (5), 6-1, 6-3 victory over Spaniard southpaw Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Thiem has never beaten Djokovic in five previous meetings, with the Serbian also beating the No.6 seed in the French Open a year ago, when Thiem had no answer in a straight set loss in the semifinals.

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In other matches, Japan's eighth seed Kei Nishikori survived a scare to beat unseeded South Korean Hyeon Chung in five sets.

Thiem is on a brilliant run of form and is yet to drop a set at the French Open.

Wozniacki advanced to the French Open quarterfinals with her win on Sunday.

He said: "I just didn't start off the blocks the way I wanted".

Nishikori, 27, needed nearly four hours to win 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 0-6, 6-4 in a third-round match finished on Sunday after the previous days rain delay.

The emerging baseliner eliminated Isner 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3) to earn his first grand slam quarter-final berth.

Police officers patrol outside the Roland Garros stadium for the French Open tennis tournament, Friday, June 2, 2017 in Paris. I play a great match or two in a row, and then I play a completely opposite match.

"I'm sure he's going to be as motivated as ever, so I expect him to come out and really play his best".

Though his mettle was tested in a first set that saw him trail by a break twice, the 30-year-old pushed through in a tiebreaker and used the momentum to put wind in his sails for the final two sets.

The French 13th seed is through to just her second Slam quarterfinal - after the 2015 US Open - and will face Venus Williams or Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky for a spot in the last four.

Four women's singles third round encounters still need to be played, including Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova against Germany's Carina Witthoeft and Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina versus Poland's Magda Linette.

Djokovic thrashed the youngster 6-1 6-0 when they met in Rome last month. "I also have some experience playing against him now".

In the next round, she will face unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko.

  • Julie Sanders