French Open: Dominant Rafael Nadal moves into fourth round
Jun 03 2017 by Desiree Burns
Fourth seed Nadal eased to the most one-sided victory of his Roland Garros career as his 63rd-ranked opponent, who was playing his first match on Court Philippe Chatrier, was struck down by stagefright. This was the 100th best-of-five-sets match on clay for the Spaniard, who took his record on the surface to 98 and two.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal remain on course for a colossal semi-final meeting at the French Open after both players reached the second week in Paris with vastly contrasting third-round wins at Roland Garros.
However, unseeded pair Paes and Martina Hingis went down to fourth seeds Katarina Srebotnik of Slovakia and Raven Klaasen of South Africa 4-6, 6-1, 2-10 in a first round match of mixed doubles. By the end, he looked in fine fettle, closing out set and match, 6-1, but it had been a hot-and-cold match.
"He hits the ball so quick but I believe I played my best match in a while".
"Perfection? I don't know about that", said Nadal.
The Spaniard, a nine-time victor at Roland Garros, was sensational throughout this lopsided contest, eventually winning 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 against the Georgian. David Goffin was forced out with an injured right ankle against Horacio Zeballos. From qualifying week onwards, the temperatures soared, such that a walk through the back streets to Roland Garros before 9am left the body dripping in 30C heat.
Raonic won the first set 6-1 in 21 minutes and led 1-0 in the second when the Spaniard ended the contest.
Fifth seed Milos Raonic advanced to the last-16 when Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired with a thigh injury in the second set.
On Thursday, Nick Kyrgios was docked a point for smashing rackets, and the 18th seed went from a set and a break up to a swift loss, ceding 16 of the last 19 games while being beaten 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 Kevin Anderson.
"Juve only conceded three goals in the whole Champions League so it's going to be so hard", Nadal added.
"I still do it", said fourth seed Muguruza, following her 7-5, 6-2 victory over Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva.
Women's 3rd rd: Samantha Stosur (Aus) bt Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 6-2 6-2, Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) bt Shelby Rogers (USA) 7-5 4-6 8-6, Jelena Ostapenko (Lat) bt Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr) 6-1 6-4. Schwartzman capitalised with one break back but Djokovic had been stung into action, he was focused and he held to love, 6-1.