In yet another ominous performance, Nadal destroyed his opponent on Court Suzanne Lenglen to move into the quarter-finals and one step closer to a 10th Roland Garros crown.
Whoever comes out on top will then likely face a semi-final battle against Nadal, with the nine-time victor undoubtedly grateful he’ll only have to face one of his two greatest challengers at Roland Garros.
“He hits the ball so quick but I believe I played my best match in a while”.
He will now face either Milos Raonic or Pablo Carreno Busta in the last eight.
Bautista Agut dropped his opening service game of the match at 0-1 in the first set and got broken at 1-1 in the second, so he never had much of a chance.
Annabel Croft broke down the match between Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Novak Djokovic, as the second seed made the quarter-finals.
The eighth-seeded Nishikori was leading 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-3 when rain stopped play on Saturday, but was clearly struggling with a wrist injury and had also had treatment on his back as the 21-year-old Chung rallied.
With this victory Nadal has extended his French Open win-loss record to 75-2 and is just four matches away from an unprecedented 10 French Open title.
In remaining men’s third-round action, there were wins for No. 8 Kei Nishikori of Japan; No. 15 Gael Monfils of France and unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov.
On the women’s circuit defending champion and 4 seed Garbine Muguruza overcame Kazakh 27 seed Yulia Putintseva with a 7-5, 6-2 win.
The French 13th seed is through to just her second Slam quarterfinal – after the 2015 US Open – and will face Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky for a spot in the last four.
Grigor Dimitrov losing to Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets 7-5 6-3 6-4.
While Djokovic is the reigning men’s singles champion in Paris, many will feel sixth seed Thiem has a strong chance given his excellent form on clay this year.
Ostapenko defeated Samata Stosur of Australia 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. I’m sure he’s going to be as motivated as ever, so I expect him to come out and really play his best.
Williams’ chances of adding a first French Open title to her collection of seven grand slams faded after the 36-year-old was beaten 5-7 6-2 6-1 by Bascinszky. She will next face the victor of the match between Veronica Cepede Royg and Mariana Duque-Marina.
The 22-year-old victor of the Taipei, Dubai, Istanbul and Rome tournaments will play the next round against Croatian Petra Martic, who defeated Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, 6-1, 6-1.
“I hope he recovers quickly”, said Zeballos, who packed up Goffin’s racket bag and carried it off the court for him. “I also believe that you kind of attract, you know, certain things that when you are, you know, living under stress and fear of everything”, he said.