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Lynette Rowe
June 14, 2017

If Nadal and Djokovic play against each other in the semi-finals, then it would be their 51 meeting with Djokovic leading the head-to-head 26-24 although the Spaniard comprehensively defeated Djokovic in their last meeting at the semi-finals of the Madrid Open. Djokovic hopes to make his 11th grand slam semifinal since 2014.

The No.2-seed converted 7 of 10 break points and smashed 34 winners to ensure a finish just before sunset in Paris. I have obviously played him a year ago semis here, played a really good match, played an incredible match against him in Rome.

He'll next face Austrian Dominic Thiem, who blitzed Horacio Zeballos, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1, to reach his second consecutive quarterfinal.

Should Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal they win today they will advance to their 11 Roland Garros quarter-finals, joining Roger Federer at the top of the list for the most French Open quarter-final appearances in the Open Era.

Nishikori will play Fernando Verdasco for a place in the quarterfinals.

In the absence of new coach Andre Agassi, who had been scheduled to leave Paris for a prior engagement, Djokovic was well below his best on Court Philippe Chatrier during an underwhelming start to the last singles match of the opening week at Roland Garros.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal will face fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in the other quarter-final on Tuesday.

"I am healthy and I am playing well", the nine-time Roland Garros champion assessed.

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Pliskova and Svitolina won their rain-delayed third-round matches on Sunday, while former world number one Caroline Wozniacki reached the last eight.

Meanwhile eighth seed Kei Nishikori looked in trouble against young Korean Chung Hyeon when rain stopped play on Saturday, but recovered to win in five sets.

The umpire had warned the 31-year-old in the first set for slow play and again in the third before deciding to dock Nadal a first serve.

World No. 290 and qualifier Petra Martic reached the last 16 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Latvian 17th seed Anastasija Sevastova.

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic is through to the fourth round of the French Open after swatting aside Germany's Carina Witthoeft in straight sets.

Thiem hinted that he has spent countless hours studying film of Djokovic, with hopes of downing the 12-time Grand Slam victor.

American John Isner was knocked out in his third-round match by Russian giant Karen Khachanov, who won 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3).

This was the second year in a row that Bacsinszky beat seven-time major champion Venus Williams in the fourth round in Paris.

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