Djokovic, Muguzura, Nadal in action at French Open

by Steven Clarke June 5, 2017, 1:31
Djokovic, Muguzura, Nadal in action at French Open

The first match of the day on Day 6 of the French Open on Court Philippe Chatrier saw the fourth seed Garbiñe Muguruza show her fighting qualities against the tricky, 27th seed from Kazakhstan, Yulia Putintseva to reach the fourth round of the French Open.

Venus Williams of the US plays a shot against Japan's Kurumi Nara during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

The 14-time major victor 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.

"Well, I think I'm 50% better on clay, 50% better on hard court, and on grass, in this moment, I am not good, but I will try to continue". "If you had been in my shoes on the court, I think you would have understood".

"I'm still happy I'm here and playing".

Muguruza upset Serena Williams in the Paris decider a year ago to register her first grand slam singles triumph, but she has struggled to hit those heights again in the subsequent 12 months.

The Austrian, who is the only player to defeat Nadal on clay this season, will meet American 25th seed Steve Johnson next as he looks to build on last year's run to the semi-finals.

Mladenovic will move into the quarterfinals to face Timea Bacsinszky, who beat Venus Williams in three sets in a later match on Sunday.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is also on the bill, facing Joao Sousa on Court Suzanne Lenglen. She led 5-4 in the first set and was only two points short of breaking Mladenovic's serve and winning the opening set.

The last two Brits still left in the singles - Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund - both return to action on Saturday. Playing close to the lines, she got back into her stride and took the decider in 32 minutes on the first of two match points.

It was a solid performance from the world number five and she will take on either 24-year-old American Shelby Rogers or rising French star Kristina Mladenovic in the fourth round.

It will be Bacsinszky who Mladenovic faces after the 30th seed defeated Williams 5-7 6-2 6-1, meaning there will be a new grand slam champion on the women's side.

Danish 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki knocked off 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the last eight for just the second time.

At 36 she is the oldest woman to reach the third round at the French Open since Billie Jean King in 1982.

"It's part of the sport, it's unbelievable to play on such a great stage", she said. "It's a very painful defeat here in the French Open".

But fifth seed Milos Raonic reached the last 16 after Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired through injury.

Mladenovic has never before been past the third round at Roland Garros and momentum - and the crowd - will be on her side. I went prepared out there.

Along with intense disappointment, there was also relief for the Spaniard, who has struggled to cope with the expectation since her triumph here previous year.

Steve Johnson advanced to the third round of the French Open by beating Borna Coric 6-2, 7-6 (8), 3-6, 7-6 (6).

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