Nadal moves into French Open quarters in ominous style
Jun 04 2017 by Michele Stevens
Richard Gasquet retired from his all-French third-round match against Gael Monfils at Roland Garros after getting treatment on his right thigh.
Bacsinszky won 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in Court Philippe Chatrier, the second year in a row that she beat Williams in the fourth round in Paris. Meanwhile, Rohan Bopanna and partner Pablo Cuevas beat Dennis Istomin and Treat Huey 5-7 7-6 6-4. And there's a week left in the tournament to figure out which of the 12 women still around that will be.
He earned a break to go 4-1 up and won the three-hour, 51 minute marathon when Chung double-faulted on matchpoint. Djokovic lost the ground in these moments, he started to make too many errors and he suffered another break in game 11, leaving Schwartzman to serve for the opener.
Mladenovic has been struggling with a bad back since the eve of the tournament and served 16 double faults.
It was the eighth consecutive year that Djokovic has reached the round of 16 here in Paris.
Other third round matches to be played on Sunday include Elina Svitolina, who was one of the pre-tournament favourites, taking on Poland's Magda Linette. A 6-1 win in the second set was testament to her eventual dominance. "I was trained to stay focused and I'm happy I could finish it early". Mladenovic took the opener 6-1.
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal surged into the French Open quarter-finals for a record-equalling 11th time on Sunday, while Caroline Wozniacki reached the last eight after ousting 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. "Before the match I felt well, I was optimistic and I had played two good matches (this week)". What I will try and do is play my tennis, be aggressive, and I will try and play fast, and then we will see what happens.
Elsewhere on Day 6 at Roland Garros, 10th-seeded David Goffin stopped playing after turning his ankle when he tripped on a tarp at the back of the court in the first set against Horacio Zeballos; No. 5 Milos Raonic advanced when his opponent, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, quit because of a left thigh injury; No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta eliminated No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 6-3, 6-4; and No. 6 Dominic Thiem was a 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victor against No. 25 Steve Johnson, an American who generated sympathy from fans and foes as he displayed raw emotion while competing just weeks after the death of his father.
Pliskova, who had won just twice in five previous French Open appearances before this year, will face Paraguay's Veronica Cepede Royg for a quarter-final spot.