Rafael Nadal blows away Nikoloz Basilashvili to reach French Open fourth round

Djokovic said he is buoyed by Agassi’s presenceAP

Djokovic, a straight-sets victor over Marcel Granollers in round one, completed a 6-1 6-4 6-3 victory in just over two hours and will face Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in his next outing.

In addition to the Serbian, the bottom half of the draw also counts with extremely unsafe players such as Dominic Thiem, David Goffin, Grigor Dimitrov or even Milos Raonic. It'll be tough sailing as Nadal is 13-0 in third-round matches at the French Open, dropping only one of the 34 sets he has played in that round of the event. Williams, who is playing in this tournament without her sister, who is out due to her pregnancy, is the 10th seed and will face Elise Mertens on Friday.

Novak Djokovic prevented a stunning upset as he eventually overcame Diego Schwartzman in five gruelling sets in their the French Open third-round clash.

I'll take Nadal in three sets.

Wilander said that, intellectually, players know what they need to do to beat, for example Nadal, on the clay courts on which he has dominated for so long.

There were doubts about Djokovic heading into the second Grand Slam of the season, as the champion has showcased some inconsistency on clay in 2017. "I played five matches".

You don't often see that number one finishes the Grand Slam after the first match. The Spaniard dropped just a single game in a 90-minute clinic, blowing Basilashvili away - who had no answer to Nadal's faultless display.

Nadal shrugged off the momentary blip to take a two-set lead, while he raced through the final set to win after one hour and 30 minutes on court. "I believe I played the best match since a while".

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.

"I was more or less under control during the whole match, so I'm very happy". In May, Thiem defeated Nadal in straight sets at the Italian Open and the 23-year-old Austrian has looked sharp this year following his semifinals appearance at the French Open last year. Goffin managed to get to the ball, lifting a lob over the Argentine but slipped in the process, hurting his ankle.

Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin sailed through, but French hopes suffered a huge blow as 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga crashed out to Renzo Olivo in his opening match.

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