French Open 2017: Nadal consoles Carreno Busta after injury withdrawal

Gladys Abbott
June 9, 2017

I don't know how to explain. "I had an 0-5 record against him".

"It was ideal today, I'm very satisfied", said reigning US Open champion Wawrinka after a 12th win in 14 meetings with Cilic.

Today, how differently do you feel as a player heading into this Rafa match? 'I think a year ago everything was sensation for me.

These two have played five times and Djokovic has won all five meetings.

Djokovic controlled the match with his powerful serve, winning 72 percent of his first-serve points, per RolandGarros.com. I am maybe exhausted but I have one day off.

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. This time, Thiem will have had plenty of rest coming into the match.

Wozniacki, who made her only other quarterfinal appearance at Roland Garros in 2010, will meet Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko next. "We had a hurricane, a sandstorm, and we nearly had snow, too", Bacsinszky told the crowd at Court Philippe Chatrier.

She only needed one, winning with a crosscourt forehand victor. David Ferrer's opening round match was my personal favorite when he took out Donald Young 13-11 in the fifth set. The Romanian wasted four set points but evened the match on her next opportunity in the tiebreaker after saving a match point. Thiem is looking to take the next step and win his first Grand Slam title, but he'll have his hands full with Djokovic on Tuesday.

"All the top players go through this".

Spain's Rafael Nadal, who has won two Wimbledon titles and is seeking a 10th at the French Open, said: "With these kind of things, you can not feel 100 percent safe".

Nadal is going to cotinue marching straight towards a tenth French Open crown.

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That happened less than an hour after defending champion Garbine Muguruza was beaten 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 by 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic at Court Suzanne Lenglen.

A match against a resurgent Rafael Nadal, a man on a mission to win La Decima. The 23-year-old Austrian beat Nadal last month in Rome in the Spaniard's only loss on clay this season.

Since then he has bagged only two titles and in grand slam there has been a worrying decline.

Heading into this French Open, many figured the women's draw was wide open, because of the absences of Williams' sister, Serena, and Maria Sharapova.

While Thiem's part in Djokovic's downfall should not be overlooked, it was the Serbian world number two's astonishing collapse that was the talk of Roland Garros.

After a strong fight, the Spaniard Muguruza was eliminated in three sets against the home favourite - 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 - and later complained about the conduct of the partisan French crowd.

Thiem had only won one set against Djokovic in five previous meetings and lost easily in the semi-finals here past year.

Rafael Nadal advanced to the French Open semifinals for the 10th time when Pablo Carreno Busta retired from their match because of injury.

Nadal led 6-2, 2-0 when Carreno Busta stopped.

Second seed Djokovic's progress has been troublesome in comparison, being stretched to five sets by Diego Schwartzman in round three-but the battle-hardened Serb is well-versed in the business end of slams and usually raises his game.

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