Djokovic, Nadal on course for French Open semi-final collision

A rest day for Andy Murray before he faces Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

"I have to change something compared to the last matches", he said breezily. "Having the pressure of the umpires is something we don't really need", said the 29-year-old. "I think I've played at a very good level, which is good for my confidence and positive news for me".

Paris: The French Open will have a star-studded Sunday lineup with defending champion Novak Djokovic and nine-time victor Rafael Nadal in fourth round action while third round games still need to be completed after rain washed out play on Saturday. Three men then got out of the vehicle with large knives and attacked people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market until they were fatally shot by police.

Defending champion Garbiñe Muguruza's fourth round against French No.1 Kristina Mladenovic is one of today's blockbuster matches.

Mladenovic reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the first time.

Whether Nadal will be so generous in the quarter-finals is extremely unlikely as he continues to obliterate his opposition.

Fifth seed Svitolina downed Pole Magda Linette 6-4, 7-5.

He finally won with a forehand volley at the net, with Raonic near the back of the court.

Djokovic, who has struggled for fitness in 2017 after a shock early exit at the Australian Open was unable to win a tournament during the clay court season, reaching the quarter-final in Monte Carlo, the semi-final in Madrid and the final in Rome. Mladenovic took the opener 6-1. The marathon match took four hours and 17 minutes.

Big-serving American John Isner, seeded 21, was knocked out in his third-round match by Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation, who won 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3).

The third round of the French Open has drawn to a close.

No French woman has won the title since Mary Pierce in 2000.

Thus the world No. 4 is through to the French Open quarterfinals for the 11th time in his career.

Ostapenko defeated Samata Stosur of Australia 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Seeded winners in the women's third round: No. 3 Simona Halep, No. 11 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 21 Carla Suarez Navarro, No. 28 Caroline Garcia. The players split the first two sets. His best showing in Paris was a semifinal run in 2008.

Novak Djokovic booked a fascinating quarter-final clash with Dominic Thiem after a mightily encouraging 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 6-3victory against Albert Ramos-Vinolas. He joins Roger Federer at the top of the chart for most Roland Garros quarterfinal showings in the Open Era (since April 1968).American Williams, the 2002 champion, was beaten 5-7 6-2 6-1 by Swiss 30th seed Timea Bacsinszky. Up next for the Spaniard in his quest for a 10th title in Paris, is a matchup with fellow countryman Pablo Carreno Busta on Tuesday.

Isner was the last USA man in the draw of 11 who entered the tournament. Nadal hit 31 errors and 23 unforced errors. Khachanov converted 1 of 6 break points on Isner's serve, but that was enough.

The 11th-seeded Wozniacki is a two-time runner-up at majors. I have experience of playing against him. She lost in the first or second round each of the previous three years.

"But it is different conditions, it's best of five, it's a Grand Slam".

The 15th-seeded Monfils was leading No. 24 seed Gasquet 7-6 (5), 5-7, 4-3 when play stopped.

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic is through to the fourth round of the French Open after swatting aside Germany's Carina Witthoeft in straight sets.

Thiem has never beaten Djokovic in five previous meetings, with the Serbian also beating the No.6 seed in the French Open past year, when Thiem had no answer in a straight set loss in the semifinals.

Rafael Nadal feels umpires must allow players to "breathe a little" after he was involved in the latest time violation controversy at Roland Garros on Sunday.

Chung forced the contest into a deciding set as play resumed on Sunday, but the world number 67 double faulted on match point to gift Nishikori a 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 0-6, 6-4 victory.

Djokovic, the second seed and defending champion, has a very tough outing against Dominic Thiem, the sixth seed.

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