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Djokovic in great Paris escape, Nadal cruises

03 June 2017

He caused an upset in the first round, overcoming Gilles Simon in four sets, before getting the better of Viktor Troicki in three separate tie-breakers, proving his ability to handle pressure.

The king of clay then came up against Benoit Paire in the first round and ran over the top of him in straight sets, before doing similar to Robin Haase.

Desperate to avoid a demeaning double bagel, Basilashvili finally held in the 12th game to salvage a bit of pride before Nadal served out the second set. He has a 58-11 win-loss record behind Rafael Nadal (75-2) and Roger Federer (65-16) while Vilas recorded 58-17. Ultimately the sets went 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1.

"I respect her so much so I said okay, I'll go early since I have to be in Paris anyway, and I'll just get to know him".

Djokovic sealed victory on his first match point with a forehand victor down the line, completing the win in 3 hours, 19 minutes.

With pregnant Serena Williams absent, Maria Sharapova denied an invitation and top seed Angelique Kerber a first-round casualty, familiar faces are relatively thin on the ground in Paris, and Muguruza's 7-5 6-2 win over Kazakh Yulia Putintseva was greeted warmly by fans on the Philippe Chatrier court.

"When I have a match, I play very well".

A defiant Novak Djokovic came through a titanic battle with the unseeded Diego Schwartzman to reach the fourth round of the French Open on Friday.

"I think I played very well today".

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Rafael Nadal is yet to be placed under any sort of pressure at the French open and he will be aiming to keep it that way when he takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili in the third round.

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.

Nadal next faces compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the quarter-finals. Indeed, his 100th best-of-five-set match on clay was also the most lopsided. The Spaniard had already received treatment at the end of the first set.

The world No. 6 will meet either Grigor Dimitrov or Pablo Carreno Busta for a spot in the quarterfinals.

- Fifth seed Milos Raonic progressed to the last 16 after Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired hurt on Court 2.

"So I think there are ways he can take his game, at 30 years old, and older - because hopefully he will want to play for a while - and he will start making it easier for himself by knowing what he should do with the guy across the net".

Albert Ramos-Vinolas is coming off a five set win over Lucas Pouille that took 44 games to decide.

Belgian 10th seed David Goffin quit his third-round match after suffering an ankle injury when he got caught up in court covers.