Grieving Johnson loses at French Open

Posted June 03, 2017

While it took Basilashvili 12 games and 49 minutes just to claim a single game - which spectators greeted with a roar as he stood motionless and straight-faced - Schwartzman not only took the second game of his match against Djokovic, he grabbed the opening set, too.

- Sixth seed Dominic Thiem bagged a comfortable 6-1 7-6 (4) 6-3 victory over American Steve Johnson.

He's still on course to meet defending champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals after the Serbian came back from two sets to one down to win a five set thriller against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1.

The brutality of Nadal's destruction of the Georgian on the Roland Garros main showcourt was withering. This was the 100th best-of-five-sets match on clay for the Spaniard, who took his record on the surface to 98 and two.

Raonic won the first set 6-1 in 21 minutes and led 1-0 in the second when the Spaniard ended the contest.

The fourth-seeded and the reigning champion outscored Putintseva 26-14 in winners, and reached the 73 per cent in winning on first serve, 24 percent higher than Putintseva.

While it's hard to say based on the opponents he has faced, Nadal still looks like he has gears to go up throughout the second week of the tournament.

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"I'm happy because I had never played against him and I knew it would be tough". That's a quirk of tennis's scoring system, which bundles points into games, and games into sets, while sets are what count towards victory.

Unleashing vicious topspin drives, Nadal stormed through 11 consecutive games in a punishing performance that left an overwhelmed Basilashvili waving his arms at one point in a gesture of helplessness in halting the onslaught.

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.

Muguruza plays either French 13th seed Kristina Mladenovic or American Shelby Rogers, who she beat in last year's quarter-finals, for a place in the last eight. Zeballos carried Goffin's bag.

The fifth-seeded Muguruza is up first on Court Philippe Chatrier against No. 27 Yulia Putintseva.

Paris: Rafael Nadal will briefly step back from his assault on a 10th French Open title to support his beloved Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final against Juventus.

Venus Williams of the United States secured her place in the next round this evening with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Belgium's Elise Mertens.

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