Nadal remains on course to meet second seed Novak Djokovic in the last four after the defending champion defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, 6-3.
An ace down the middle gave Thiem victory on his first match point. In addition, all eight women who play in the fourth round Monday are seeking a first major title, so it will be the first French Open since 1977 – and first major tournament anywhere since the 1979 Australian Open – without a past Slam champion among the quarterfinalists.No. 6 Dominic Thiem, with the winners facing off in the semifinals. Three men then got out of the vehicle with large knives and attacked people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market until they were fatally shot by police. And as Muguruza walked to the locker room after her defeat, she wagged a finger toward the stands as if to say, “Tsk, tsk!” “If you had been in my shoes on the court, I think you would have understood”, defending champion Garbine Muguruza on the partisan French crowd’s behaviour during her loss to local hope Kristina Mladenovic – Muguruza would later break down in tears.
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.
He finally won with a forehand volley at the net, with Raonic near the back of the court.
Djokovic has been struggling for consistency and the 23-year-old Thiem is expected to provide a tough challenge even if the Austrian has won only one set in their five previous encounters. Mladenovic took the opener 6-1.
This season has seen Djokovic go on a lot of unexpected walkabouts at inopportune moments but there was only a firmness and a growing belief on Sunday as he finished off the No.19 seed in two hours and 27 minutes. One of the earlier ones ended at 9-7, the other at 8-6.
The third round of the French Open has drawn to a close.
Mladenovic had never made it past the third round in Paris.
1994 – The last time three French women reached the fourth round at Roland Garros.
Thus the world No. 4 is through to the French Open quarterfinals for the 11th time in his career.
On his way to winning the tournament, he knocked Thiem out in a commanding straight sets victory, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.
Wozniacki is the 11th seed and she will face the unseeded Jelena Ostapenko on Tuesday.
The 24th-seeded Gasquet stopped playing while trailing 4-3 in the third set.
“The first set I had a big lead but I started making catastrophic errors”, Bacsinszky said.
There are Spaniards a-plenty in the draw today as Nadal takes on the ever-consistent Roberto Bautista Agut in just their second meeting. “It’s very important for me to be in the quarter-finals one more time“, said Nadal, who turned 31 on Saturday. His last major came at Roland Garros in 2014.
Isner was the last USA man in the draw of 11 who entered the tournament.