Red-faced Basilashvili has no advice for Nadal opponents

Red-faced Basilashvili has no advice for Nadal opponents

Red-faced Basilashvili has no advice for Nadal opponents

Argentina's Diego Schwartzman lays on the court as he plays Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, June 2, 2017 in Paris.

Yet Basilashvili is no rookie: Nadal did this to him. He has a 98-2 win-loss record.

Sixth seed Dominic Thiem, one of the dark horses to win the tournament, outplayed American Steven Johnson with thundering groundstrokes to claim a 6-1 7-6 (4) 6-3 victory.

"For me, I do this on my own time and my own dime", Agassi said.

This may surprise the casual tennis observer: Even after a straight-sets win that, on paper, resembles a blowout, the loser has often won nearly as many points as the victor.

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.

The pair have never met before this match, and the victor will move onto the fourth round and play the victor of Jiri Vesely and Roberto Bautista Agut.

Rafael Nadal laid down a marker as he chases his 10th French Open title with his most one-sided ever victory at Roland Garros.

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It was Nadal's 100th best-of-five-sets match on clay. "I want to congratulate Diego for a great battle, because he played very well".

"I don't know if it was perfection", said Nadal, who turns 31 on Saturday.

Putintseva, a pocket rocket early in the first set, fizzled out as the contest wore on and Muguruza turned up the power.

Fifth-seeded Milos Raonic advanced to the fourth round of the French Open when opponent Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired from the match with a left thigh injury. Nadal won 6-0, 6-1, 6-0. "I will be watching in 20 years with all of you guys".

The Belgian 10th seed suffered a freak injury when he tripped over on the court covers, which were situated well behind the baseline, twisting his right ankle in the process and needing to be helped off by two trainers, although his coach later confirmed Goffin had, thankfully, escaped serious injury.

Djokovic was unhappy for being docked a first serve for taking too long while serving at 4-0 in the fourth set and given a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct later in the same game.

France's Kristina Mladenovic clenches her fist after scoring a point against Shelby Rogers of the USA during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

In action from the French Open on Friday, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had contrasting matches but both booked a place in Round 4.

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