Thiem searching for secret of success against Djokovic

Djokovic, Muguzura, Nadal in action at French Open

Defending champion Novak Djokovic remains on course to face Nadal in the semi-finals after outclassing claycourt specialist Alberto Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (5) 6-1 6-3.

In the women's section, former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and French No. 1 Kristina Mladenovic play their quarter-final games today against Latvian Jelena Ostapenko and former French Open semi-finalist Timea Bacsinszky, respectively.

Fifth seed Elina Svitolina downed Magda Linette of Poland 6-4, 7-5.

Margaret Court is the only player to have won 10 or more titles at one Grand Slam event, winning the Australian Open on 11 occasions between 1960 and 1973. Nadal is a formidable opponent for the rest of the Spanish Armada - he has a 12-0 win-loss record alongside a 19-3 win-loss record against his compatriots at Grand Slams overall.

Meanwhile, reigning women's champion Garbine Muguruza had to leave her press conference in tears yesterday following a feisty encounter with French No 1 Kiki Mladenovic.

Here are the highlights and the lowlights of a set of cracking matches.

Muguruza, who was seeded No. 4 in Paris, beat Serena Williams in the French Open final past year.

Richard Gasquet retired from his all-French third-round match against Gael Monfils at Roland Garros after getting treatment on his right thigh. Djokovic, who had a scratchy five-setter against Diego Schwartzman is looking for an eighth straight Last-Eight appearance, and would put him in second place in the Open Era list of consecutive quarter-final appearances at Roland Garros.


Karen Khachanov will play Andy Murray in the fourth round after the giant Russian beat American 21st seed John Isner 7-6 (7/1), 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3).

Williams, who turns 37 this month, earned all of those titles at Wimbledon or the U.S. Open.

Defending champions Djokovic, on the other hand, made it to the last-eight after sweeping aside Spain's Albert Ramos Viñolas 7-6 (7-9), 6-1, 6-3.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova advanced to round four with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Germany's Carina Witthoeft. He will be facing Nadal, who looks as good as he ever has at Roland Garros.

The 27-year-old Nishikori needed nearly four hours to win 7-5 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 0-6 6-4 in a third-round match finished on Sunday after the previous day's rain delay.

"Svetlana's a great player, especially on clay so I knew it wouldn't be easy", said Wozniacki, a two-time US Open runner-up.

Things did not begin promisingly, but after twice fighting back from a break down in the opening set he pulled away to win 7-6 (7/5) 6-1 6-3.

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