French Open 2017: Top names survive to advance, Nadal continues dominance; Paes exits, Bopanna wins

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 3, 2017 1:39 pm
Novak Djokovic, French Open, indian express Novak Djokovic advanced after a five-set battle (Source: Reuters)

Defending champion Novak Djokovic survived a five-set battle against Diego Schwartzman by overcoming a two set deficit to beat he French 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1 and move into the last 16. Rafael Nadal also advanced with a 6-0 6-1 6-0 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili. In the women’s singles Garbine Muguruza advanced alongwith Venus Williams and  Kristina Mladenovic. For India, Leander Paes crashed out after losing mixed doubles match while Sania Mirza won her match with Ivan Dodig. Rohan Bopanna also won in men’s doubles while unseeded pair of Purav Raja-Divij Sharan.

French Open 2017 Day 6

2200 hrs IST: Elise Mertens was knocked out by Venus Williams after the American won 6-3 6-1. Albert Ramos-Vinolas took out local boy Lucas Pouille 6-2 3-6 5-7 6-2 6-1

2154 hrs IST: Two match points for Djokovic and he closes it out with a winner on serve. He went two sets to one down but gets the job done in the end. Through to the round of 16. Wins 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1. Into the fourth round here for eighth year in a row

2140 hrs IST: Djokovic breaks the Argentine and leads 2-1. But his groundstrokes are way off mark today. And yet he finds the sidelines to keep himself going. Holds serve and makes it 3-1

2127 hrs IST: Schwartzman gets the fifth set underway. Holds serve with rather ease

2121 hrs IST: Djokovic wins the fourth set 6-1 with ease. INTO THE FIFTH!

2051 hrs IST: WE’VE GOT OURSELVES A MATCH HERE! Schwartzman leads two sets to one! Survives Djokovic’s hunt on his serve to break back but he holds on. The Argentine leads 7-5, 3-6, 6-3!

1935 hrs IST: Klaasen/Srebotnik send Paes/Hingis packing in the first round. The Slovak-South African pairing win 6-4, 1-6, 10-2. Elsewhere, Bopanna/Cuevas win vs Huey/Istomin 5-7, 7-6, 6-4

1929 hrs IST: Novak Djokovic led 4-1 vs Schwartzman but ends up dropping his first set of the French Open. The Argentine takes it after the Serb’s backhand goes long

1928 hrs IST: Steve Johnson’s emotional run at French Open comes to an end. The American who lost his father two weeks ago fails to get past Dominic Thiem. Austrian wins 6-1, 7-6, 6-3

1909 hrs IST: From 2-5 down, Mladenovic has won 21 pts and Rogers has won 7 pts. And now Shelby is on the verge of exit. Kiki with thumping forehands to leave Rogers with no answer. Superb serve on Rogers’ backhand and then sends a winner. Crowd applauds what is a huge, huge effort!

1845 hrs IST: Shelby Rogers serving for the match against Kiki Mladenovic. She’s up 5-7, 6-4, 5-3. But Mladenovic is not going away without a fight. Brings up three break points with a gusty forehand. And then forces Rogers into an error at the net. Roars and we’re back on serve!

1810 hrs IST: Nadal with a serve out wide and Basilashvili sends the return wide. Rafa gets the job done in an hour and half. Wins 6-0, 6-1, 6-0!

1738 hrs IST: Nadal is thrashing, bulldozing and rummaging past Basilashvili. Leads 6-0, 6-1

1707 hrs IST: Nadal storms through the first set to win 6-0 vs Basilashvili. No trouble whatsoever for the Spaniard who is seeking his tenth title at Roland Garros

1653 hrs IST: Nadal is on court against Basilashvili and he starts off by breaking the Georgia player’s serve. Takes a 3-0 lead

1648 hrs IST: Goffin’s ankle twist looks worse on the zoomed in angle. Hope he’s okay

1635 hrs IST: Second retirement of the day at Roland Garros in under two hours of play. Guillermo Garcia Lopez pulls out and Milos Raonic moves into the fourth round. The Canadian led 6-1, 1-0

1620 hrs IST: Muguruza closes it out with an ace down the tee. She wins it 7-5, 6-2 and is into the fourth round. Faces the winner of Shelby Rogers and Kristina Mladenovic

1612 hrs IST: Leander Paes and Scott Lipsky’s good run together over the past four tournaments comes to an end in the second round of the French Open. They lose 6-7, 2-6 to Marrero/Robredo

1607 hrs IST: Rain on the horizon in Paris later in the day. We could see interruption in proceedings.

1605 hrs IST: Muguruza is off to a good start in the second set. She leads 3-1 as ‘Poots’ gets one serve break back.

1536 hrs IST: Pity for Goffin. He trips on the tarp, twists his ankle and is unable to continue. Zeballos progresses in the most absurd fashion

1527 hrs IST: Muguruza takes a 5-3 lead by winning 14 of 15 points versus Putintseva but fails to close the set out. She has another chance to do so after breaking the Kazakhstan player’s serve and leads 6-5

1430 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the French Open on Day 6. Plenty of matches with a banana skin on offer today. Nadal takes on Basilashvili, Muguruza against Putintseva, Shwartzman vs Djokovic, Shelby Rogers vs Mladenovic, Wozniacki vs Cici Bellis

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