Djokovic takes five against Schwartzman

Djokovic takes five against Schwartzman

Djokovic takes five against Schwartzman

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.

The American was in tears at the net after getting past Borna Coric last time out, but he proved unable to extend his fearless campaign, Thiem winning 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

Nadal annihilated Nikoloz Basilashvili as he targets a 10th title in Paris and 15th overall, but it was a very different affair for Djokovic, who twice had to come from behind to beat Diego Schwartzman in a five-set thriller.

The Serbian came back from two sets to one down to win 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 against his unseeded opponent.

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The Australian, a French Open finalist in 2010 and a semi-finalist in 2009, 2012 and 2016, collected an easy 6-2, 6-2 victory over American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Raonic, the world No 6, cruised through the first set 6-1 in 21 minutes and led 1-0 in the second when the Spaniard retired at the changeover after a brief exchange with his opponent.

Putintseva, a pocket rocket early in the first set, fizzled out as the contest wore on and Muguruza turned up the power.

"I have no words to describe the love I have for you", said Mladenovic, who rallied from 5-2 down in the third set to set up a date with defending champion Garbine Muguruza on Monday.

Serving for the set at 5-4, Goffin's demise gifted Argentine Horacio Zeballos passage into the fourth round.

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"Before the match I felt well, I was optimistic and I had played two good matches (in the tournament)", Djokovic said.

Grisly for everyone in the way of the fourth seed.

This was the second retirement of the day after Belgian David Goffin was forced out with an injured right ankle.

Garcia-Lopez has retired with a thigh strain when trailing Canadian powerhouse Milos Raonic 6-1 1-0.

France's Kristina Mladenovic clenches her fist after scoring a point against Shelby Rogers of the USA during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. It is thus Zeballos, not Belgium's Goffin, who will face Thiem in the fourth round.

Albert Ramos-Vinolas is coming off a five set win over Lucas Pouille that took 44 games to decide.

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

Nadal will meet compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Venus Williams is last on the main court, against Elise Mertens.

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