June 2, 2017 / 1:21 PM / 2 months ago

WRAPUP 1-Tennis-Highlights of French Open sixth day

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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):

1830 Play Suspended Due to Rain

- Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki's third-round match against American Catherine Bellis was suspended due to rain at 6-2 2-5.

1800 Williams Through to Last 16

- American Venus Williams defeated Belgian Elise Mertens 6-3 6-1 in a match that lasted just over an hour.

1715 Ramos-Vinolas Advances to Fourth Round

- 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.

1740 Kuznetsova Battles Past Zhang

- Eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia edged past China's Shuai Zhang 7-6(5) 4-6 7-5 in the third round.

1630 Djokovic Survives Schwartzman Scare

- 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.

1400 Thiem Cruises Into Round Four

- 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.

1345 Mladenovic Recovers to Beat Rogers

- 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.

1300 Stosur Advances

- 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.

1250 Nadal Beats Rain and Basilashvili

- 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.

1145 Carreno Busta Upsets Dimitrov

- 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.

1105 Raonic Through to Last 16, Garcia-Lopez Retires

- 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.

1050 Muguruza Marches on

- 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.

1010 Goffin Retires Injured

- 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)

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