French Open: Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic advance to fourth round

first_imgRafael Nadal dropped just one game on his way to a straight-sets victory over Nikoloz Basilazhvili.It was Nadal’s 100th best-of-five-sets match on clay. He has a 98-2 win-loss record.With the rainclouds rolling in, Nadal seemed keen to get his third-round match over as quickly as possible and the No. 4 seed took 90 minutes to win 6-0, 6-1, 6-0.”I don’t know if it was perfection,” said Nadal, who turns 31 on Saturday.”I went on court thinking it was going to be a tough match … I believe I played the best match since a while.”Fifth-seeded Milos Raonic advanced to the fourth round when opponent Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired from the match with a left thigh injury.Raonic was leading 6-1, 1-0 when Garcia-Lopez stopped. The Spaniard had already received treatment at the end of the first set.It was the second retirement of the day. David Goffin was forced out with an injured right ankle.Defending champion Garbine Muguruza advanced to the fourth round by beating Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 6-2.The fourth-seeded Spaniard broke her opponent’s serve three times in the second set.David Goffin retired from his third-round match after injuring his right ankle against Horacio Zeballos.The 10th-seeded Belgian was leading 5-4 in the first set when he limped off court with two trainers helping him. Zeballos carried Goffin’s bag.Goffin was serving for the first set and led 40-0 but allowed Zeballos back into the game.The Argentine had a break back point and, at the end of a long rally, Goffin got to a tough ball. He won the point to get back to deuce but slid after he hit it, catching his foot on the tarp at the back of the court.advertisementlast_img

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