Garbine Muguruza ,Rafael Nadal win; Leander Paes out
Paris: Roland Garros breathed a sigh of Gallic relief on Friday when defending champion Garbine Muguruza navigated her way through a draw bereft of star appeal to reach the French Open fourth round.
Muguruza's 7-5, 6-2 win over Kazakh Yulia Putintseva was greeted warmly by fans on the Philippe Chatrier court.
Clearly Nikoloz Basilashvili had come to face Rafael Nadal with a plan but, like Mike Tyson said, everybody has a plan until they're punched in the face.
The 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 pummelling make for grisly reading. Grisly for Basilashvili, grisly for Nadal's next opponent Roberto Bautista Agut, grisly for everyone in the draw.
Fifth seed Milos Raonic reached the French Open last 16 after Spanish veteran Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired at the start of the second set on Friday.
Supremely gifted, the Bulgarian 11th seed has a stylish all-round game showcased by a silky smooth single-handed backhand, which was to prove his downfall in a 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 defeat in the circular arena of court one.
Belgian 10th seed David Goffin was forced to retire from his third-round encounter against Argentine Horacio Zeballos at the French Open after slipping and hurting his ankle.
The ninth seeded Rohan Bopanna and his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas survived a tough three-set battle to enter the third round of the men's doubles. They were made to sweat by the unseeded duo of Dennis Istomin of Uzbekistan and Treat Huey of the Philippines before notching up a 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 victory.
Meanwhile, Leander Paes crashed out of both the men's doubles and the mixed doubles. The Indian pair of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan advanced to the men's doubles pre-quarterfinals after an upset win but their senior compatriot Leander Paes ended his campaign in the French Open on Friday.
The unseeded Indian combo defeated Oliver and Mate 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the second-round match that lasted two hours and 11