Nadal drops just one game in Roland Garros romp
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 2:02
"He's a much, much better player than I am obviously", said the Georgian.
The American was in tears at the net after getting past Borna Coric last time out, but he proved unable to extend his courageous campaign, Thiem winning 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.
However, the former world No. 1's heated exchange with umpire Carlos Ramos seemed to serve Djokovic well in a five-set comeback win against Diego Schwartzman.
Nadal is the nearly unbackable favourite to take out his tenth crown at Roland Garros and based on the way he has started the tournament, it's hard to argue. The Spaniard has now contested 100 best-of-five set matches on clay, winning a remarkable 98 times.
The fourth seed and favourite to lift the Coupe des Mousquetaires next Sunday allowed Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili just a single game in a 6-0 6-1 6-0 victory. "The fourth and fifth went the way I had hoped the whole match would go".
"Honestly I went through so many emotions during this match that I don't know what to say".
The second-seeded Djokovic saved four set points before Schwartzman, who is ranked 41st, clinched it 7-5 on his next opportunity when the Serb hit a backhand long.
Djokovic twice found himself a set down as the unseeded Argentine gave him an almighty scare on Philippe Chatrier, but the 2016 champion eventually found a way to come through the troublesome encounter, 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1.
Goffin was leading Argentina's Horacio Zeballos 5-4 when he chased down the ball towards the back of the Suzanne Lenglen court. Raonic will tackle Pablo Carrena Busta next, after the Spaniard ousted 11th seed Dimitrov in straight sets.
Garcia-Lopez has retired with a thigh strain when trailing Canadian powerhouse Milos Raonic 6-1 1-0.
The Belgian 10th seed suffered a freak injury when he tripped over on the court covers, which were situated well behind the baseline, twisting his right ankle in the process and needing to be helped off by two trainers, although his coach later confirmed Goffin had, thankfully, escaped serious injury.
Albert Ramos-Vinolas is coming off a five set win over Lucas Pouille that took 44 games to decide.
Muguruza plays either French 13th seed Kristina Mladenovic or American Shelby Rogers, who she beat in last year's quarter-finals, for a place in the last eight. It is thus Zeballos, not Belgium's Goffin, who will face Thiem in the fourth round.
Venus Williams is last on the main court, against Elise Mertens.