PARIS, June 2 (Reuters) - Spanish duo Rafa Nadal and Garbine Muguruza made light work of their opponents to seal third-round victories while defending champion Novak Djokovic needed five sets to complete the job at the French Open on Friday.
Nadal, the nine-times Roland Garros champion who will celebrate his 31st birthday on Saturday, stormed past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-0 6-1 6-0 to record his most one-sided victory at Roland Garros.
Defending champion Muguruza’s 7-5 6-2 win over Kazakh Yulia Putintseva set up a mouth-watering last-16 clash with home favourite Kristina Mladenovic, who registered a hard-fought 7-5 4-6 8-6 victory over American Shelby Rogers.
Men’s title holder Novak Djokovic faced the toughest test of the day in the form of Diego Schwartzman as the Serb came back two sets to one down to win 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1.
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. The Austrian will meet Horacio Zeballos in the last 16.
Highlights from day six of the French Open tennis championships on Friday (all times GMT):
- Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki’s third-round match against American Catherine Bellis was suspended due to rain at 6-2 2-5.
- American Venus Williams defeated Belgian Elise Mertens 6-3 6-1 in a match that lasted just over an hour.
- Albert Ramos-Vinolas bagged his second ever win over a top 20 opponent at a grand slam, beating Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-2 3-6 5-7 6-2 6-1.
- The Spaniard will meet defending champion Novak Djokovic in the fourth round.
- Eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia edged past China’s Shuai Zhang 7-6(5) 4-6 7-5 in the third round.
- Defending champion Novak Djokovic came out on top in a five-set thriller with a 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1 win over Argentine Diego Schwartzman on Court Philippe Chatrier.
- It was the Serb’s 25th win in 33 grand slam five-setters as he booked a spot in the last 16.
- Sixth seed Dominic Thiem bagged a comfortable 6-1 7-6(4) 6-3 victory over American Steve Johnson.
- The 23-year-old Austrian will meet Horacio Zeballos of Argentina in the fourth round.
- France’s Kristina Mladenovic pulled off a spectacular recovery from 5-2 down in the third set to book a fourth round spot with a 7-5 4-6 8-6 win over American Shelby Rogers.
- She will face defending champion Garbine Muguruza in the next round.
- Australian number one Sam Stosur closed out an impressive 6-2 6-2 win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States.
- She will face Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, who reached her first grand slam fourth round with a 6-1 6-4 win over Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine.
- Nine-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal was in a hurry to avoid a rain interruption as he stormed to a 6-0 6-1 6-0 victory over Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili to reach the fourth round.
- Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta outplayed 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 6-3 6-4 to set up a fourth round clash against Milos Raonic.
- Fifth seed Milos Raonic progressed to the last 16 after Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired hurt on Court 2.
- The Canadian was leading 6-1 1-0 when the Spaniard retired at the changeover.
- Defending champion Garbine Muguruza claimed a 7-5 6-2 victory over Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan to reach the fourth round.
- The Spaniard will meet France’s Kristina Mladenovic or American Shelby Rogers in the last 16.
- Belgian 10th seed David Goffin retired with an ankle injury after slipping on Court Suzanne Lenglen while leading in the first set of his third-round match against Argentine Horacio Zeballos.
- Goffin, who was 5-4 up, was chasing a deep backhand and slid into a cover, hurting his right ankle.
- After Goffin briefly received off-court treatment, the chair umpire announced that the Belgian had to abandon the match. (Compiled by Hardik Vyas and Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris and Ed Osmond)