French Open: Rafael Nadal Enters Quarters; Garbine Muguruza Exits

Updated: 05 June 2017 00:46 IST

Nine-time Roland Garros champion stays on course for 10th title, women's defending champion shown the door.

French Open: Rafael Nadal Enters Quarters; Garbine Muguruza Exits
Rafael Nadal is aiming to win his 10th French Open title. © AFP

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal surged into the French Open quarter-finals for a record-equalling 11th time on Sunday, while reigning women's title-holder Garbine Muguruza crashed out in the last 16. Rafael Nadal continued his ruthless form at Roland Garros by dispatching Spanish 17th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to match Roger Federer's mark of last-eight appearances in Paris. The 14-time major winner is yet to drop a set, conceding just six games in the last two rounds as he strives to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam.

"I'm happy because Roberto is a very good player. It's very important for me to be in the quarter-finals one more time," said Nadal, who turned 31 on Saturday.

The fourth seed will meet compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, through to his first Slam quarter-final, for spot in the last four after the latter stunned Canada's Milos Raonic. Carreno Busta, seeded 20th, needed seven match points to clinch a thrilling 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 8-6 win over the fifth-seeded Raonic in four hours and 17 minutes.

Novak Djokovic, the second seed, defeated Albert Ramos of Spain in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals. He won 7-6(5) 6-1 6-3.

Japan's Kei Nishikori fought off a fierce five-set challenge from rising South Korean talent Hyeon Chung to clinch a place in the last 16. Eighth seed Nishikori led two sets to one but trailed by a double break at 3-0 down in the fourth set when rain halted play on Saturday.

Chung forced the contest into a deciding set as play resumed on Sunday, but the world number 67 double faulted on match point to gift Nishikori a 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 0-6, 6-4 victory.

Karen Khachanov will play Andy Murray in the fourth round after the giant Russian beat American 21st seed John Isner 7-6 (7/1), 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3).

Kristina Mladenovic ensured France will have women in the quarter-finals for the first time since 1994 after dumping out fourth seed Muguruza 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. The French 13th seed is through to just her second Slam quarter-final -- after the 2015 US Open -- and will face Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky for a spot in the last four.

Danish 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki knocked off 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the last eight for just the second time. Wozniacki, who made her only other quarter-final appearance at Roland Garros in 2010, will meet Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko next.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova advanced to round four with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Germany's Carina Witthoeft. Pliskova, who had won just twice in five previous French Open appearances before this year, will face Paraguay's Veronica Cepede Royg for a quarter-final spot.

World number 290 and qualifier Petra Martic reached the last 16 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Latvian 17th seed Anastasija Sevastova. 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.

"When I got injured, my only hope was that I would get a second chance so I can play some of my best tennis again," said Martic. "I still can't believe that I'm sitting here."

Fifth seed Svitolina downed Magda Linette of Poland 6-4, 7-5.

Topics : Rafael Nadal Garbine Muguruza Tennis
Highlights
  • Nadal beat Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets
  • The 14-time Major winner is yet to drop a set
  • Muguruza lost in three sets in the last 16 stage
Related Articles
No More Practice, Roger Federer Is Ready For The ATP Tour
No More Practice, Roger Federer Is Ready For The ATP Tour
Rafael Nadal Wins Record-Breaking 10th French Open
Rafael Nadal Wins Record-Breaking 10th French Open
French Open 2017: Simona Halep Pulls Off Great Escape; Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray Enter Semis
French Open 2017: Simona Halep Pulls Off Great Escape; Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray Enter Semis
Show Comments
Advertisement