Nadal into quarters, Muguruza out
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 2:36
Rafael Nadal returned to Roland Garros after his birthday celebrations and showed no signs of slowing up, railroading compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 6-2 6-2 in a fourth round performance that was also an emphatic statement.
However, he eventually moved ahead after 73 minutes, coming through a tie-break that he led 4-0 before being pegged back to 4-4.
Thiem has never beaten Djokovic in five previous meetings, with the Serbian also beating the No.6 seed in the French Open past year, when Thiem had no answer in a straight set loss in the semifinals.
Fifth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada also advanced to the fourth round when his opponent, Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, retired from the match with a left thigh injury.
Defending champion Garbiñe Muguruza's fourth round against French No.1 Kristina Mladenovic is one of today's blockbuster matches.
The quarterfinals of the 2017 French Open will begin Tuesday with eight big matches for singles competition. It's very important for me to be in the quarter-finals one more time.
According to reports, Goffin, ranked 12th in the world, had not suffered a ligament tear but more time would be needed to determine the length of his absence and whether he would play during the grass season.
Danish 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki knocked off 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the last eight for just the second time.
Wozniacki, who made her only other quarter-final appearance at Roland Garros in 2010, will next meet Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko, a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victor over 2010 finalist Samantha Stosur.
The umpire had warned the 31-year-old in the first set for slow play and again in the third before deciding to dock Nadal a first serve.
However, Garbine Muguruza crashed out in the last 16.
"If I think that I don't have chances, I will not play", Carreno Busta said.
But Carreno Busta's victory over Raonic was just the first in 17 attempts against a top-10 player.
Finally, Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky defeated 2002 runner-up Venus Williams 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, while Danish 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki knocked out 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the last eight for just the second time. "I think it was unbelievable tough for him to even play here".