Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Economy | By Guillermo Lane

Nadal cruises into quarter-finals at Roland Garros

Nadal cruises into quarter-finals at Roland Garros

Nadal dismantled fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 6-2 6-2, hitting 31 winners and Nadal is yet to drop a set this year at Roland Garros.

The 12-time grand slam victor, who equalled Jimmy Connors' mark of 233 triumphs in grand slam singles matches, has not found progress at Roland Garros particularly easy and now faces sixth seed Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals.

Djokovic's struggles with his game deepened as the match wore on, making some uncharacteristic unforced errors, while Thiem was expertly constructing points, and things got worse for the 12-time Grand Slam victor in the third, as he was bageled in just 23 minutes. A guy I saw as in a similar position as Murray going in was Novak Djokovic, but after watching him play this week and seeing the way he's handled adversity in his matches, I think he has the second-best chance to win the tournament.

In the men's section, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic play their quarter-final matches against Pablo Carreno-Busta and Dominic Thiem respectively.

Djokovic became an 11-time quarter-finalist as he sauntered past Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7/5), 6-1, 6-3.

"His career has plummeted since he won last year's French Open and now constitutes an ordeal of a passionless competitor".

Security officers check visitors before entering the Roland Garros stadium, at tthe French Open tennis tournament, Sunday, June 4, 2017 in Paris.

The eighth-seeded Nishikori was leading 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-3 when rain stopped play as the 21-year-old Chung rallied.

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Meanwhile, Bautista Agut was trying to reach the last eight at a Grand Slam for the first time.

"I knew I had to change something to beat him today, so I think I made some adjustments to make it a little better than yesterday".

The 14-time Grand Slam victor has blasted French Open umpire Carlos Ramos for treating him "like a machine" and suggested he was being unfairly targeted in an effort to speed up play.

Play was interrupted at 1327 GMT because of rain and storms, with local favourite Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 1-1 down against Swiss Timea Bacsinszky on Court Philippe Chatrier.

In the men's doubles India's Purav Raja and Divij Sharan showed stomach for a fight but eventually went down 4-6, 7-6 (5), 2-6 to American Ryan Harrison and New Zealand's Michael Venus.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova advanced to round four with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Germany's Carina Witthoeft.

"It's a fact that I'm not playing close to my best", Djokovic said.

"I still can't believe that I'm sitting here".

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