Djokovic, Nadal on course for French Open semi-final collision

In quarter-finals Rafael Nadal faces compatriot and close friend Pablo Carreno Busta, the 20th seed at the French Open who has never made it this far at a Slam in his career

Djokovic, Nadal on course for French Open semi-final collision

"I'm going to be ready for that", the World No. 2 said, via The Australian. I can't really understand. So I just rushed back and said (to the chair umpire) 'Please, I'm really sorry, I've got clay all over my hands. "I'm sure that when we go to the play, they will do a great job, too".

Round 3: Veronica Cepede Royg (Par) bt Mariana Duque (Col) 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3; 5-Elina Svitolina (Ukr) bt Magda Linette (Pol) 6-4, 7-5; 2-Karolina Pliskova (Cze) bt Carina Witthoeft (Ger) 7-5, 6-1; Petra Martic (Cro) bt 17-Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) 6-1, 6-1.

The sixth seed's single-handed backhand ranks as one of the best shots in men's tennis but so far it has been feeble against Djokovic who he has scraped one set against in five matches and who thrashed him 6-1 6-0 in the Rome semi-finals.

This is not the first time Ramos' name has come under controversies as defending French Open champion also seemed unhappy with him on Saturday. They were still playing their fourth-round match when Nadal finished his in less than 2 hours. In the victory, Djokovic won 72 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points.

The French 13th seed is through to just her second Slam quarterfinal - after the 2015 US Open - and will face Venus Williams or Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky for a spot in the last four.

1994 - The last time three French women reached the fourth round at Roland Garros.

Mladenovic reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the first time.

Carreno Busta, 25, reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final with a 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 8-6 win over Canadian fifth seed Milos Raonic.

The No.2-seed converted 7 of 10 break points and smashed 34 winners to ensure a finish just before sunset in Paris.

Djokovic and Nadal are however seeded to meet in the semi-finals. Mladenovic took the opener 6-1. One of the earlier ones ended at 9-7, the other at 8-6.

Muguruza beat Serena Williams in the French Open final past year. This year, Garcia, Alize Cornet and Kristina Mladenovic made it. Thiem hopes he can make back-to-back French Open semifinal appearances.

On his way to winning the tournament, he knocked Thiem out in a commanding straight sets victory, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

She compiled a whopping 46-15 advantage in winners against the 23rd-seeded Stosur, who won the 2011 U.S. Open.

Gael Monfils also advanced in Paris when his compatriot Richard Gasquet retired midway through the third set.

Eighth seed Nishikori led two sets to one but trailed by a double break at 3-0 down in the fourth set when rain halted play on Saturday. The players split the first two sets. Nadal hit 31 victor and served four aces as he closed out the match in just under two hours.

"Nadal is at his best", the 17th-seeded Bautista Agut said. Up next for the Spaniard in his quest for a 10th title in Paris, is a matchup with fellow countryman Pablo Carreno Busta on Tuesday.

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