Djokovic wins second set against Schwartzman

Erica Murray
June 3, 2017

Thiem defeated American Steve Johnson - who was playing weeks after the death of his father - 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

Desperate to avoid a demeaning double bagel, Basilashvili finally held in the 12th game to salvage a bit of pride before Nadal served out the second set.

RAFAEL Nadal has added further lustre to a phenomenal claycourt record, surging closer to a 10th French Open crown with victory in his 100th five-set claycourt match.

Raonic, the world number six, cruised through the first set 6-1 in 21 minutes and led 1-0 in the second when the Spaniard retired at the changeover after a brief exchange with his opponent.

Putintseva, a pocket rocket early in the first set, fizzled out as the contest wore on and Muguruza turned up the power.

With pregnant Serena Williams absent, Maria Sharapova denied an invitation and top seed Angelique Kerber a first-round casualty, familiar faces are relatively thin on the ground in Paris, and Muguruza's 7-5 6-2 win over Kazakh Yulia Putintseva was greeted warmly by fans on the Philippe Chatrier court. "The fourth and fifth went the way I had hoped the whole match would go".

Trouble brewed when facing break points with a healthy lead, though, with the umpire handing him a warning - something that bemused the Serb.

Djokovic applauded Schwartzman's gutsy display at the end of the match.

Grisly for everyone in the way of the fourth seed.

Elsewhere on Day 6 at Roland Garros, 10th-seeded David Goffin stopped playing after turning his ankle when he tripped on a tarp at the back of the court in the first set against Horacio Zeballos; No. 5 Milos Raonic advanced when his opponent, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, quit because of a left thigh injury; No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta eliminated No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 6-3, 6-4; and No. 6 Dominic Thiem was a 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victor against No. 25 Steve Johnson, an American who generated sympathy from fans and foes as he displayed raw emotion while competing just weeks after the death of his father.

That seemed to melt the steel in the Bulgarian's game, and he speared a backhand into the net to concede the first set and the second and the third.

- The Spaniard will meet France's Kristina Mladenovic or American Shelby Rogers in the last 16.

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. Zeballos carried Goffin's bag.

The Argentine had a break back point and, at the end of a long rally, Goffin got to a tough ball.

Nadal will not be able to celebrate too much should Madrid win, though, given he will face fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the fourth round on Sunday.

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