Djokovic books French Open last eight in straight sets


Defending champion Novak Djokovic struggled into the French Open last 16 today, downing battling Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

On the women's circuit defending champion and 4 seed Garbine Muguruza overcame Kazakh 27 seed Yulia Putintseva with a 7-5, 6-2 win.

It was nine-time champion Nadal's most comfortable Grand Slam victory, edging out the two games he lost in a straight-sets romp over Juan Monaco in Paris in 2012.

epa06009899 Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain during their men?s singles 4th round match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 04 June 2017.

Djokovic hugged Schwartzman at the net and joined in the applause for the Argentine player, ranked No. 41 in the world. "I expected a hard match with a lot of baseline exchanges, so congratulations for a big battle to Diego".

"I think the rain helps me a lot, because I was really down in the fourth set and mentally I wasn't ready", admitted Nishikori, who faces Fernando Verdasco next.

As light rain fell, Djokovic regained his composure - despite berating the ball boys - to level the match at two sets each and was quickly a break up in the decider.

The brutality of Nadal's destruction of the world number 63 on the Roland Garros main showcourt was withering.

"I don't know if it was perfection", Nadal, who turns 31 on Saturday, said afterwards.

Yet there was no shortage of that competitive spirit on Court Philippe Chatrier, where he twice came from a set down to topple Diego Schwartzman in a gripping match which went the distance on day six.

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"I was focused on the screen and I saw obviously people reacting when he arrived", said Djokovic after the match.

Rafael Nadal continued his near-flawless form in his favorite tournament as he blitzed compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 6-2 6-2 in the fourth round on Sunday. "He played very, very well".

"Probably I didn't play as well as I did the other day, but I still played well". My level was good throughout the match.

The statistics within the 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 pummelling make for grisly reading. Raonic was leading 6-1, 1-0 when Garcia-Lopez stopped.

The 10th seeded David Goffin suffered a nasty ankle injury when he got caught in court covers, forcing him to abandon his third-round tie with Horacio Zeballos.

Goffin caught his foot under the tarp that was folded at the back of the court while chasing down a ball behind the baseline.

As far India was concerned, second seed Sania and Ivan Dodig of Croatia reached the second round of mixed-doubles with a 7-5, 6-3 win over unseeded Croatian pair Darija Jurak and Mate Pavic. It was, of course, very emotional for him. "I think it was unbelievable tough for him to even play here".

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