Rafael Nadal cruises into quarterfinals at French Open

Solenn Plantier
Июня 19, 2017

"I think it's always about being conscious of what time of the day or night you go, where do you go, but, you know, it's very unpredictable". "It's very important for me to be in the quarter-finals one more time", said Nadal, who turned 31 Saturday. "I really needed to get to my chair, and I had already received a warning about time". Djokovic hopes to make his 11th grand slam semifinal since 2014.

The 14-time major victor believes that some umpires are stricter than others who may afford a player more leeway especially in the red-hot atmosphere of a Grand Slam.

Dominic Thiem is coming off a straight sets win over Horacio Zeballos that took 23 games to decide. However, fourth-round opponent Kristina Mladenovic, the French number one, will have the majority of the crowd behind her on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Whether Nadal will be so generous in the quarter-finals is extremely unlikely as he continues to obliterate his opposition.

UPSET ALERT: Clay isn't his best surface but Milos Raonic would have expected to beat 20th-seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta - 84 unforced errors later and the Canadian was beaten 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (8-6) 6-4 8-6 - by a player who had never previously taken a set from him in three matches. "Her confidence has gone up", said Muguruza.

Muguruza forced a third set by taking the second 6-3, breaking in the last game. Their only prior meeting was a tight affair as Mladenovic scraped through in two tie-break sets on the clay in Marrakesh two years ago.

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 second-seeded Pliskova hit 34 winners as she raced to a 7-5, 6-1 victory in 70 minutes.

Nishikori recovered to beat Hyeon Chung, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-6, 6-4; Monfils was leading 7-6 (5), 5-7, 4-3 against Richard Gasquet when his countryman retired after getting treatment on his right thigh.

Pliskova, who had won just twice in five previous French Open appearances before this year, will face either Paraguays Veronica Cepede Royg or Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia for a quarterfinal spot. The score stood at 7-6 (5) 5-7 4-3. The scoreline has occurred only five times at grand slams in the Open era, with three of them coming in Paris. Novak Djokovic vs Dominic Thiem live streaming, French Open live streaming and tennis live streaming info follows.

Bacsinszky won 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 over 2002 runner-up Venus Williams of the US.

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