Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Rain pushes Nadal, Djokovic quarter-finals back to Wednesday

Rain pushes Nadal, Djokovic quarter-finals back to Wednesday

Spain's Rafael Nadal, right, hugs his opponent and compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta who withdrew with an injury from their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. "Obviously never losing to a player always helps mentally a little bit, but I don't think it's going to play too big of a role. It's very important for me to be in the quarter-finals one more time", said Nadal, who turned 31 Saturday. I am maybe exhausted but I have one day off.

Carreno Busta, underpowered against Raonic ground out the win 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (8-6) 6-4 8-6 as 84 unforced errors spewed from the Canadian's racquet. Awaiting him will be the No. 6 seed, Dominic Thiem.

He will next face in-form Austrian, Dominic Thiem, the sixth seed, in a rematch of last year's semi-final. But what that score does not reveal is that Thiem was weakened having beaten claycourt king Rafa Nadal the previous round.

Two weeks past his 21 {+s} t birthday, Khachanov became the youngest man to reach the fourth round here since 2009, beating 21 {+s} t-seeded John Isner - the last American man in the tournament - 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3).

Spanish fourth seed Muguruza, 23, lost 6-1 3-6 6-3 to home favourite Kristina Mladenovic.

Nine-time victor Nadal now has a 76-2 win-loss record at Roland Garros with his only defeats coming against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in the 2015 quarterfinals.

Thiem said of Nadal, "You have to play the best guys round after round".

Four women's singles third round encounters still need to be played, including Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova against Germany's Carina Witthoeft and Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina versus Poland's Magda Linette.

In the next round, she will face unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko.

"It's a fact that I'm not playing close to my best", Djokovic said. "I still can't believe that I'm sitting here".

French Open champion Novak Djokovic continues his title defence on Sunday afternoon with an awkward looking fourth-round match against the 19th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Nishikori had been two sets up but Chung fought back and was 3-0 up in the fourth when play was called off.

"She just played well. It was just today it was just odd how it came about". Provided Nadal and Djokovic win today, they will take on each other in the semi-finals and given the kind of form they are in, the likelihood of that happening is quite high. The match also was suspended a night earlier after the first set because of rain. We'll keep you up to date as that match nears its conclusion, but in the meantime have a read below of a report of Djokovic's five-set third round win over Argentina's Diego Schwartzman. The Swiss clinched the match with a delectable drop shot. I play a great match or two in a row, and then I play a completely opposite match.

"For me, it's a whole new situation that I'm facing, especially in the last seven, eight months, not winning any tournament, which hasn't happened in many years".

Like Nadal and Thiem, Wawrinka has not lost a set on his way to a third successive semi-final at Roland Garros.

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