Djokovic, Muguzura, Nadal in action at French Open

Jonathan Hernandez
June 5, 2017

The defending French Open champion got off to a good start by breaking the diminutive Kazakh's serve.

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Sunday, June 4, 2017 in Paris.

23 - years since two Frenchwomen had last reached the quarter-finals of Roland Garros. Bacsinszky showed great fight after dropping the first set, and she lost just three games in the two sets she won to advance.

Raonic, the world number six, cruised through the first set 6-1 in 21 minutes and led 1-0 in the second when the Spaniard retired at the changeover after a brief exchange with his opponent. "The atmosphere was just, yeah, amazing", Mladenovic said.

Despite a career-long habit of overstepping the time allowance - a situation not helped by his idiosyncratic plucking at his shorts and smoothing of his eyebrows - the 14-time major victor insisted he would not change.

"She's had great results in this tournament two years in a row, and last year she played flawless".

Mladenovic seemed in control when leading 40-0 on Rogers's serve at 3-3 in the second.

The 24-year-old Mladenovic reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the first time.

"Everything wasn't flawless. There were a few concerns", Mladenovic said, before joking: "I made about 35 double-faults today, but everything's OK!" "Let me try to speak". Second seed Karolina Pliskova was the most notable victor, while Elina Svitolina, Petra Martic and Veronica Cepede Royg also progressed to the last 16. I obviously was a little bit nervous. "You give me so much strength".

Williams recovered from 5-1 down to win the first set but then faded against Swiss Bacsinszky, who is through to the quarter-finals for the third straight year.

The last time a woman repeated her title at Roland Garros was Justine Henin, who won the Grand Slam event for three consecutive years from 2005-07. "I just think that they were a little bit disrespectful of my game", she said.

Williams' loss means that the tournament will produce a first-time Grand Slam champion.

The 11th-seeded Wozniacki had 15 fewer unforced errors than No. 8 Kuznetsova.

"It's obviously very bad what's happening or what's happened the last few weeks and obviously what happened here (in Paris) in the past, as well", Wozniacki said. I think for the tournament, for the crowd, for us. I don't think that they crossed the line. I'm going to be super happy to come back.

Kuznetsova will meet the victor of No. 11 Caroline Wozniacki and American teen CiCi Bellis.

The 47th-ranked Ostapenko is the youngest player in the tournament at age 19.

As if by stealth, Dominic Thiem moved into the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 win over Horacio Zeballos.

Croatia's Martic, a former top 50 player whose ranking slumped after a back injury sidelined her for 10 months, will face Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.

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