Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Rafael Nadal through to quarterfinals at French Open


Rafael Nadal has expressed his dissatisfaction at umpire Carlos Ramos taking a serve off him for a time violation during his fourth-round win over Roberto Bautista Agut at the French Open.

The nine-time champion matched Roger Federer's Open era record for appearances in the last eight at Roland Garros.

Next up for Nadal is another fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta after an impressive five-set win over fifth seed Milos Raonic.

"Rafa and I need to play a lot of points".

A year after showing so much resolve while winning the French Open, Muguruza fell apart down the stretch.

Carreno Busta reached is first Grand Slam quarter-final the hard way, wasting six match points through a combination of unforced errors and big winners from Raonic.

Nadal said: "They are top level players so I will have to play at my very best to have a chance".

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The win has taken Nadal one step closer to a 10th Roland Garros crown.

Kuznetsova, who won the 2009 French Open and 2004 U.S. Open, was ousted by two-time major finalist Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, while 2011 U.S. Open champion Stosur was eliminated by 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

He has lost only 20 games in four matches.

Spain's Garbine Muguruza returns the ball to Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, June 2, 2017 in Paris. However, fourth-round opponent Kristina Mladenovic, the French No 1, will have the majority of the crowd behind her on Court Philippe Chatrier.

The only other two women with a Grand Slam trophy on their resumes who made it to the fourth round - Svetlana Kuznetsova and Samantha Stosur - lost earlier Sunday to women without one.

Djokovic outclassed Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 6-3 and will face rising Austrian star Dominic Thiem in a rematch of their 2016 semi-final, which Djokovic won 6-2 6-1 6-4. Nadal hopes to make his second grand slam semifinal since 2015, and he's lost in the quarters of the French Open just once in his career.

In remaining women's third-round matches, second-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic brushed aside Germany's Carina Witthoeft 7-5, 6-1; No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine won 6-4, 7-5 against Magda Linette, and Croatian qualifier Petra Martic upset 17th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 6-1.

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