Rafael Nadal storms into quarter-final


Rafael Nadal feels umpires must allow players to "breathe a little" after he was involved in the latest time violation controversy at Roland Garros on Sunday.

No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic survived a grueling first set against No. 19 Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the French Open on Sunday and seized control of the match from there, winning 7-6, 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.

He is now in a record-equalling 11th quarter-final at Roland Garros and 31st at all the majors.

Later defending champion Novak Djokovic eased into thquarter-finals after outclassing claycourt specialist Alberto Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (5) 6-1 6-3.

Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem also reached quarterfinals for a second successive year with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 win over Horacio Zeballos of Argentina. The concerns after ankle injury and dip in form look to have been addressed by the Serbian and new part-time coach Andre Agassi (who is not with Nole in the second week).

This is published unedited from the ANI feed. Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki moved a step closer to erasing an unwanted footnote from the list of her tennis achievements with victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova in the French Open fourth round. "Probably I didn't play as well as I did the other day, but I still played well." as reported by Firstpost.

"I have to change something compared to the last matches", he said breezily. Thiem was caught off guard by Djokovic, while the Serbian played extremely well, one of the best matches of his entire year. I can't really understand.

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Later, Ramos deducted him a first serve for playing too slowly again, although, much of the problem is down to the officials haphazardly enforcing the twenty-second rule between points at the Grand Slams.

That happened less than an hour after defending champion Garbine Muguruza was beaten 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 by 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic at Court Suzanne Lenglen.

World number 290 and qualifier Petra Martic reached the last 16 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Latvian 17th seed Anastasija Sevastova. But the Spaniard has been repeatedly answering questions recently about whether expectations are different now that she is a major champion and whether that sort of pressure might affect her on court. "Through the match, I was getting more and more".

The win was Carreno Busta's first over a top-10 player. Thiem has lost just 10 first serve points in his last two matches and has been broken just three times this tournament overall.

South Korean upstart Hyeon Chung took the fight to Japanese star Kei Nishikori in the first third-round meeting between two Asian players at Roland Garros before rain intervened.

Eighth seed Nishikori led the all-Asian tennis duel two sets to one but trailed by a double break at 0-3 down in the fourth set when rain halted play.