Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Djokovic trails 2-1 against Schwartzman in Paris

Djokovic trails 2-1 against Schwartzman in Paris

"He hits the ball so quick but I believe I played my best match in a while".

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.

Novak Djokovic is coming off a five set win over Diego Schwartzman that took 44 games to decide.

Nadal is the nearly unbackable favourite to take out his tenth crown at Roland Garros and based on the way he has started the tournament, it's hard to argue.

Djokovic will no doubt have caught some of Rafael Nadal's one-sided encounter with Nikoloz Basilashvili - which preceded his match on Philippe-Chatrier - but his own hopes of an easy afternoon's work were not to come to fruition.

The Spaniard has now won 98 of 100 best-of-five set clay-court matches in his career and has also won 75 of 77 matches at Roland Garros. Raonic was leading 6-1, 1-0 when Garcia-Lopez was forced to condede. The Spaniard had already received treatment at the end of the first set.

On the women's side, defending champion and fourth seed Garbine Muguruza reached the fourth round with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Kazakh 27th seed Yulia Putintseva.

While it's hard to say based on the opponents he has faced, Nadal still looks like he has gears to go up throughout the second week of the tournament.

"I went on court thinking it was going to be a tough match".

The king of clay then came up against Benoit Paire in the first round and ran over the top of him in straight sets, before doing similar to Robin Haase.

The fourth-seeded Spaniard broke her opponent's serve three times in the second set.

Fifth seed Milos Raonic reached the last 16 for the second year in a row after Spanish veteran Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired at the start of the second set with a thigh muscle injury.

Belgian 10th seed David Goffin suffered a nasty ankle injury when he got caught up in court covers, forcing him to abandon his third-round tie with Horacio Zeballos of Argentina.

Muguruza will face France's 13th seed Kristina Mladenovic in the last 16. It is thus Zeballos, not Belgium's Goffin, who will face Thiem in the fourth round.

Djokovic was unhappy for being docked a first serve for taking too long while serving at 4-0 in the fourth set and given a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct later in the same game.

Nadal, aiming to win his 10th French Open title from 12 visits, was in ruthless form, allowing Basilashvili just eight points in the first set as he wrapped up the opener in 25 minutes.

Venus Williams of the U.S. secured her place in the next round this evening with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Belgium's Elise Mertens.

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