Rafael Nadal through to quarterfinals at French Open

Hazel Gray
June 4, 2017

And there's a week left in the tournament to figure out which of the 12 women still around that will be. "I didn't play too numerous five-setters the last couple of years, " he said.

She can now make that twice after a 6-1 3-6 6-3 victory over Muguruza that was not short on drama. "Her confidence has gone up", said Muguruza.

She was under pressure in nearly every game - often self-inflicted with a raft of double faults.

It appeared there was no love lost between the players either, with Muguruza asked about Mladenovic's habit of shouting "forza" in Italian at key moments.

The Spaniard stormed off court wagging her finger at the vocal crowd, while Mladenovic celebrated nearly as if she had won the tournament, running to shake hands with French federation president Bernard Giudicelli.

The 31-year-old admits he has been encouraged by his form so far at the second Grand Slam of the season, but insists he still has plenty of work to do if he is to win his 15th major title.

Elsewhere in the women's draw, Svitolina continued her march towards a first Grand Slam title, edging out Poland's Linette in two evenly matched sets of tennis.

Djokovic outclassed Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 6-3 and will face rising Austrian star Dominic Thiem in a rematch of their 2016 semi-final, which Djokovic won 6-2 6-1 6-4.

Carreno Busta, the 20th seed, will be playing in his first Slam quarter-final at the age of 25.

The eighth-seeded Nishikori was leading 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-3 when rain stopped play on Saturday, but was clearly struggling with a wrist injury and had also had treatment on his back as the 21-year-old Chung rallied.

The only defeats for the fourth seed have come against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals.

Kuznetsova, meanwhile, rates clay as her favourite surface and had been among the hot favourites to lift the trophy.

But that proved to be as good as it got for the Georgian, whose final tally of five winners and 34 unforced errors rather told its own story.

Wozniacki is in Paris with National Basketball Association star boyfriend David Lee, and she believes happiness off the court is a factor in her form.

"Roberto is a very good player so it's a great victory for me".

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