French Open: Dominant Rafael Nadal moves into fourth round

"It's tricky, because I have to stay in the house and it has to have equipment", said Muguruza. Paes and his partner Martina Hingis of Switzerland, who were unseeded, lost to fourth seeds Katarina Srebotnik (Slovakia) and Raven Klaasen (South Africa) 4-6, 6-1, 2-10.

The second seed, now joint third on the all-time list for most wins at Roland Garros with 58, was on the back foot for much of the match, allowing the Argentine to dictate the pace from the baseline.

"So, I think mentally it will affect me in a positive way".

The fourth-seeded Spaniard's flawless performance on Court Philippe Chatrier in Paris against Basilashvili, from the country of Georgia, was his 100th best-of-five-sets match on clay (98-2 record).

Men's 3rd rd: Dominic Thiem (Aut) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 6-1 7-6 (6-4) 6-3, Roberto Bautista (Esp) bt Jiri Vesely (Cze) 6-3 6-4 6-3, Horacio Zeballos (Arg) bt David Goffin (Bel) 4-5 (Goffin retired), Milos Raonic (Can) bt Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Esp) 6-1 1-0 ret.

But things were less straightforward for Novak Djokovic, who needed five sets.Nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal has advanced to the last 16 with a straight-sets victory in the third round.

Venus Williams of the United States secured her place in the next round this evening with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Belgium's Elise Mertens.

Tagged one of the pre-tournament favourites after reaching the final in the Madrid and Stuttgart claycourt tournaments, the 13th-seeded Mladenovic is looking to become the first French woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup.

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"I'd like to congratulate him for a great battle because he played very, very well".

The home fans breathed a sigh of relief when Kristina Mladenovic, one of the favorites in the women's draw, escaped from a 5-2 hole in the third set to beat 2016 quarterfinalist Shelby Rogers 7-5 4-6 8-6. "That doesn't mean that the numbers don't worry me now".

The underdog came up with a sumptuous backhand as he served out the set and the second went with serve until Djokovic piled on the pressure to go 5-3 up when Schwartzman netted.

"It's quite disappointing and quite embarrassing, but I have to accept it", said a downcast Basilashvili, the world number 63.

Remarkably, it took just 90 minutes for Nadal to come through this one and secure his place in Round 4, playing some mesmerising tennis along the way.

Raonic won the first set 6-1 in 21 minutes and led 1-0 in the second when the Spaniard ended the contest.

16 - points in a row won by defending champion Garbine Muguruza in her match against Yulia Putintseva.

His previous best was a 6-2 6-0 6-0 win over Juan Monaco here in 2012. The Spaniard was almost flawless, winning 63 percent of the points on Basilashvili's serve and saving all three of the break points he faced.

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