Paris - Nine-time
champion Rafael Nadal and title-holder Novak Djokovic surged into the
French Open quarter-finals for a record-equalling 11th time on Sunday,
but reigning women's champion Garbine Muguruza crashed out in the last
Nadal continued his ruthless form at Roland Garros by dispatching
Spanish 17th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to match Roger
Federer's mark of last-eight appearances in Paris.
The 14-time major winner has dropped just 20 games in four matches as
he strives to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand
"I'm happy because Roberto is a very good player. It's very important
for me to be in the quarter-finals one more time," said Nadal, who
turned 31 on Saturday.
"Probably I didn't play as well as I did the other day, but I still played well."
The fourth seed will meet compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, through to
his first Slam quarter-final, for spot in the last four after the latter
stunned Canada's Milos Raonic.
Carreno Busta, seeded 20th, needed seven match points to clinch a
thrilling 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 8-6 win over the fifth-seeded
Djokovic also became an 11-time quarter-finalist as he sauntered past Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7/5), 6-1, 6-3.
The Serb needed 75 minutes to clinch the opening set but then outclassed the 19th seed to set up a showdown with Dominic Thiem.
"There's no easy match in a Grand Slam quarter-final, it will be very
difficult for both of us," said Djokovic of his upcoming challenge.
The Serb also confirmed that coach Andre Agassi had, as planned, already left Paris.
Austrian sixth seed Thiem thrashed Argentina's Horacio Zeballos 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 to reach the quarters for a second straight year.
Japan's Kei Nishikori fought off a fierce challenge from South
Korea's Hyeon Chung in an all-Asian tussle held over from Saturday
following rain to clinch a place in the last 16.
Chung quickly forced the contest into a fifth set as play resumed on
Sunday, but the world number 67 double faulted on match point to gift
Nishikori a 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 0-6, 6-4 victory.
"I think the rain helps me a lot, because I was really down in the
fourth set and mentally I wasn't ready," admitted Nishikori, who faces
Fernando Verdasco next.
Karen Khachanov will
play Andy Murray in the fourth round after the giant Russian beat
American 21st seed John Isner 7-6 (7/1), 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3).
Kristina Mladenovic ensured the host nation will have two women in
the quarter-finals for the first time since 1994 after dumping out
fourth seed Muguruza 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
"I'm sad. It's a very painful defeat here in the French Open," said
Muguruza, who left Court Suzanne Lenglen angrily wagging her finger at
"I just think that they sometimes should be a little bit more
respectful," she added, as Mladenovic thrived on the partisan support.
The French 13th seed is through to just her second Slam quarter-final - after the 2015 US Open - and will face Switzerland's Timea
Bacsinszky for a spot in the last four.
The Swiss 30th seed, a 2015 semi-finalist, defeated 2002 runner-up
Venus Williams 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 to guarantee a first-time major champion
will be crowned next Saturday.
Danish 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki knocked off 2009 champion
Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the last eight for just the
Wozniacki, who made her only other quarter-final appearance at Roland
Garros in 2010, will next meet Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko, a
2-6, 6-2, 6-4 winner over 2010 finalist Samantha Stosur.
Second seed Karolina Pliskova advanced to round four with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Germany's Carina Witthoeft.
Pliskova, who had won just twice in five previous French Open
appearances before this year, will face Paraguay's Veronica Cepede Royg
for a quarter-final spot.
World number 290 and qualifier Petra Martic reached the last 16 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Latvian 17th seed Anastasija Sevastova.
Croatia's Martic, a former top 50 player whose ranking slumped after a
back injury sidelined her for 10 months, will face Ukraine's Elina
Fifth seed Svitolina downed Magda Linette of Poland 6-4, 7-5.
French Open results on Sunday, the eighth day of the 2017 tournament at Roland Garros (x denotes seeding):
Pablo Carreño-Busta (ESP x20) bt Milos Raonic (CAN x5) 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 8-6
Rafael Nadal (ESP x4) bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x17) 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
Dominic Thiem (AUT x6) bt Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) bt Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP x19) 7-6 (7/5), 6-1, 6-3
Karen Khachanov (RUS) bt John Isner (USA x21) 7-6 (7/1), 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3)
Kei Nishikori (JPN x8) bt Hyeon Chung (KOR) 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 0-6, 6-4
Gael Monfils (FRA x15) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA x24) 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 4-3 - retired
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS x23) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x11) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x8) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA x13) bt Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP x4) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI x30) bt Venus Williams (USA x10) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
Elina Svitolina (UKR x5) bt Magda Linette (POL) 6-4, 7-5
Petra Martic (CRO) bt Anastasija Sevastova (LAT x17) 6-1, 6-1
Verónica Cepede (PAR) bt Mariana Duque (COL) 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3
Karolína Plíšková (CZE x2) bt Carina Witthoeft (GER) 7-5, 6-1