Djokovic, Muguzura, Nadal in action at French Open

Tennis - Mats Point: Underperforming French men a disappointment

Tennis - Mats Point: Underperforming French men a disappointment

"It's a very painful defeat here in the French Open", said a tearful Muguruza. Raonic kept the world No21 on court to contest 382 points and the Spaniard said later: "It was really tough". "I just think that they were a little bit, sometimes should be a little bit more respectful".

While that blizzard of statistics might be a lot to take in, pity the plight of Agut, who had to soak up 31 clear winners in less than two hours, 18 of them ripped on that forehand by the left wrist that a year ago gave up on Nadal after two matches. And each time, the less-accomplished player won. But then the Spaniard drifted a couple of balls long and the 12-time major victor had the first set.

Bautista Agut dropped his opening service game of the match at 0-1 in the first set and got broken at 1-1 in the second, so he never had much of a chance.

There was also a clown doing the rounds and he did not prove to be quite as popular with some, who were given a fright to say the least.

Reigning champion Novak Djokovic found himself in deep trouble against Diego Schwartzman, trailing the Argentine by two sets to one before pulling through.

Paris: Rafael Nadal took another step closer to a 10th French Open with a ruthless 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 demolition of Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili. It's true for some moments I make a few mistakes, but, no, not important ones. "It's all behind me now, so whatever happens in this tournament is not necessarily my concern anymore".

Rafael Nadal eased past 17th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open. Next up: Nadal vs.

Carreno Busta set-up a clash with Nadal after taking the biggest scalp from men's draw so far with victory over fifth seed Milos Raonic in five sets. No. 6 Dominic Thiem, with the winners facing off in the semifinals.

After today, week one of the 2017 French Open will be done and after tomorrow the men's quarterfinals will be set.

How right those folks were.

The 14-times grand slam champion believes that umpires should focus on the match rather than the time elapsed.

The passionate French fans have high hopes for Mladenovic and she did not let them down on day eight, beating the Spaniard in front of a raucous, packed crowd.

Whether Nadal will be so generous in the quarter-finals is extremely unlikely as he continues to obliterate his opposition. "I think in the first set I was playing good tennis, but as you saw I lost 6-1".

The last woman representing France to win the country's Grand Slam tournament was Mary Pierce in 2000.

Wozniacki, who made her only other quarterfinal appearance at Roland Garros in 2010, will meet Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko next.

"Everything wasn't ideal. There were a few concerns", Mladenovic said, before joking: "I made about 35 double-faults today, but everything's [okay]!"

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