All so hard for Djokovic, easy for Nadal at French Open

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic On a Collision Course

"I had a couple of plays in my head, how to play against him, but couldn't find any rhythm", he said.

He had reached the third round with impressive wins over French 31st seed Gilles Simon and experienced Davis Cup victor Viktor Troicki. Ramos-Vinolas has played 12 sets to get to this point and is putting a ton of pressure on his opponent with his serve.

Nadal won the first set in 23 minutes and won the next five games before world number 63 Basilashvili finally got on the scoreboard. Djokovic meanwhile overcame Diego Schwartzman 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1.

This may surprise the casual tennis observer: Even after a straight-sets win that, on paper, resembles a blowout, the loser has often won nearly as many points as the victor.

Muguruza swept into round four of the women's draw with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Kazakh 27th seed Yulia Putintseva. Taciturn at the best of times, he avoided superlatives with a customary assessment: "Was a great match for me, no?" he told reporters.

Improving his overall Roland Garros record to 75-2, Nadal's 6-0 6-1 6-0 thumping of Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili delivered his 98th scalp rom 100 claycourt matches in a best-of-five format.

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. "I played very well".

Raonic was leading 6-1, 1-0 when 153rd-ranked Garcia-Lopez quit after just 28 minutes of their third round encounter.

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"I don't know if it was perfection", said the Spaniard, who turns 31 on Saturday.

Zeballos, 32, is through to the fourth round of the French Open for the first time, and will now play the victor of the match between sixth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria and American Steve Johnson. "I will be watching in 20 years with all of you guys".

- After Goffin briefly received off-court treatment, the chair umpire announced that the Belgian had to abandon the match.

Raonic also benefitted from a retirement, the Canadian fifth seed 6-1 1-0 up when Garcia-Lopez had to pull out due to a thigh 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.

Goffin was serving for the first set and led 40-0 but allowed Zeballos back into the game.

But David Goffin, one of the form players of the clay-court swing, was forced to retire at 5-4 in the first set against Argentina's Horacio Zeballos when he injured his ankle sliding into a tarp at the back of the court.

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