Nadal beats Bautista Agut to reach quarterfinals

Hazel Gray
June 14, 2017

Nadal continued his merciless form at Roland Garros by sending 17th seeded compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

There may a decent debate about who presents a greater challenge for Nadal, who will face his friend Pablo Carreno Busta after PCB edged Milos Raonic in a physical 8-6-in-the-fifth level marathon, except that debate is unanswerable.

"It's obviously very bad what's happening, or what's happened the last few weeks, and obviously what happened here in the past, as well", Wozniacki, who is Danish, said.

It is the 11th time he has reached the quarter-finals at the French Open - a record shared with Roger Federer.

Second seed Novak Djokovic remains on course to face Nadal in the semi-finals after a 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 6-3 win against 19th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas. The last time this happened at Roland Garros was in 1994, when Mary Pierce reached the final, Julie Halard was a quarterfinalist and Alexia Dechaume-Balleret made the fourth round.

"The first set I had a big lead but I started making catastrophic errors", Bacsinszky said.

The 30-year-old Monfils won 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 4-3 to set up a last-16 meeting with third seed Stan Wawrinka.

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Reigning champion Novak Djokovic found himself in deep trouble against Diego Schwartzman, trailing the Argentine by two sets to one before pulling through. The record nine-time French Open champion inflicted a crushing defeat on Nikoloz Basilashvili in round three, dropping just one game in his most lopsided Grand Slam victory.

Thiem has never beaten Djokovic in five previous meetings, with the Serbian also beating the No.6 seed in the French Open past year, when Thiem had no answer in a straight set loss in the semifinals.

Serbian ace Djokovic will be hoping the extra day of preparation helps him to get back into the groove.

"He is a one of the best players in the world, especially on this surface".

Nadal booked his place in the quarter-finals of the second major of the season after registering a comfortable 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.

Pliskova, the Czech, beat Carina Witthoft of Germany 7-5 6-1, while Svitolina of Ukraine overcame Poland's Magda Linette 6-4 7-5. That happened less than an hour after defending champion Garbine Muguruza was beaten 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 by 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic at Court Suzanne Lenglen. Here I will point out some of the highlights of the tournament so far and make some updated predictions about what's to come considering how the players have looked so far.

"His career has plummeted since he won last year's French Open and now constitutes an ordeal of a passionless competitor".

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