Djokovic, Nadal reach French Open third round
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 2:15
A round-up of reports and results from the men's and women's singles on Day 6 at the French Open.
On Friday, Djokovic will play against Argentine Diego Schwartzman for a place in the last 16.
The 36-year-old turned back the clock with a vintage display to set up a meeting with Belgium's Elise Mertens. "That he's a great guy and a great player", the sixth-seeded Thiem said after beating the 25th-seeded American 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-3.
Nadal is yet to drop a set in his hunt for La Decima, while he has lost serve on just two occasions in three matches. Basilashvili looked like he might be saved by the weather as thunder rumbled overhead late in the third set. It is the first time in a completed match at the tournament that Nadal has only lost one game.
"It was a solid match, solid performance", said Thiem afterwards. Nadal was more forgiving in the second set, with Basilashvili winning 10 points. Basilashvili hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career.
"Perfection? I don't know about that", said Nadal, who plans to celebrate his 31st birthday on Saturday by watching Real Madrid play Juventus in the Champions League final.
"I think that she played her second match".
"I felt I had things pretty much under control, that I could change the direction the ball went in".
The 30-year-old, nearly undone by 55 unforced errors, eventually triumphed, racking up 12 of the last 14 games as Schwartzman's challenge was foiled by a late back injury.
Fifth-seeded Milos Raonic advanced to the fourth round of the French Open when opponent Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired from the match with a left thigh injury.
Garbine Muguruza continued her French Open title defence with a straight-sets victory over Yulia Putintseva.
Goffin wrenched his ankle in a sickening incident after scrambling to hit a lobbed backhand victor, only to land heavily on tarpaulins at the back of the court.
David Goffin suffered an unfortunate exit after a trip at the back of the court forced him into quitting the match, with Horacio Zeballos the beneficiary.