Relentless Nadal moves closer to semi-final collision with Djokovic

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Paris: Defending champion Novak Djokovic and nine-time champion Rafael Nadal surged into the French Open quarter-finals for a record-equalling 11th time on Sunday, but reigning women's champion Garbine Muguruza crashed out in the last 16.

Paris: Novak Djokovic and other players at the French Open say they are not anxious about competing at Wimbledon next month despite the recent terrorist attacks in Britain. 'I played against a very good player, and I was able to win in straight sets with very positive result.

Although Dominic Thiem hasn't lost a set at the 2017 French Open, it's understandable that he's flying under the radar a bit. "She is also at home". The Austrian won 7-6, (7/5), 6-3, 6-0, needing two hours and 17 minutes to pick up the win.

It's a rematch of their semifinal a year ago, when Djokovic defeated Thiem in straight sets.

"Then against Rafa, yeah, I played with the last percents".

The world number four won the title in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid but lost to Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters. It was an fantastic match but the next day, I was just done.

"I'm sure Wimbledon's on top of that stuff", he said. It's very important for me to be in the quarter-finals one more time.

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It's an awesome experience but sometimes you can let the occasion get the better of you and interfere with your tennis. While neither Williams nor Stosur had won a title at the French Open specifically, both Muguruza and Kuznetsova had.

Known for tremendous footwork and court coverage, the No. 2-seeded Serb even stumbled and tumbled to the court, his racket flying out of his hands, early in the second set.

Former world No1 Rafael Nadal sounded an ominous warning to his rivals after continuing his quest for a 10th French Open title with a comprehensive fourth-round dismantling of compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut. Suzanne Lenglen Court had given its backing to Mladenovic.

Thiem had only won one set against Djokovic in five previous meetings and lost easily in the semi-finals here a year ago. If Nadal and Djokovic prevail in their Round of 8 matches, tennis fans will be treated to a blockbuster semi-final clash against the two modern-day greats on Thursday.

Djokovic is most players' least favourite opponent, such is his prowess on the tennis court.

He will now face Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat Milos Raonic, in the quarter-finals where victory will be his 100th in best-of-five-set matches on his beloved clay.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova advanced to round four with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Germany's Carina Witthoeft.

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