Nadal storms into quarters, Muguruza and Venus exit

"It's tough to accept these kind of things", Nadal said, "but it's happening very often today and (it) is hard to change that for the moment".

"I am healthy and I am playing well", the nine-time Roland Garros champion assessed.

However, the former world number one added: "I remember this pressure in the past, because I take time before I serve". Nadal sent 31 winners whizzing past his opponent and converted seven of his 18 break-point opportunities.

Croatian qualifier Petra Martic upset 17th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 6-1 to reach the fourth round of the French Open.

The 14-time Grand Slam victor has blasted French Open umpire Carlos Ramos for treating him "like a machine" and suggested he was being unfairly targeted in an effort to speed up play. I played finals in Madrid before, and then already in the first two matches of Rome I felt that somehow I'm getting more and more empty. Nadal hit 31 victor and served four aces as he closed out the match in just under two hours.

"There's no easy match in a Grand Slam quarter-final, it will be very hard for both of us", said Djokovic of his upcoming challenge.

Four women's singles third round encounters still need to be played, including Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova against Germany's Carina Witthoeft and Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina versus Poland's Magda Linette. She will next face the victor of the match between Veronica Cepede Royg and Mariana Duque-Marina.

In other matches, Japan's eighth seed Kei Nishikori survived a scare to beat unseeded South Korean Hyeon Chung in five sets. He overcame him in straight sets in the French Open last four a year ago, and drubbed the sixth seed in the semi-finals of the Rome Masters last month.

Thiem's level of exhaustion in the drubbing Djokovic gave him at Rome is underrated, but combine that with the casual beatdown he took in the French Open semis previous year and it's hard to make a case for the Austrian to match that result.

Nishikori had been two sets up but Chung fought back and was 3-0 up in the fourth when play was called off.

The 12-time Grand Slam victor had a complete overhaul of his coaching staff ahead of the second Grand Slam of the year, and said when asked that he would not rule anything out as he attempts to address a worrying slump in form.

"It's a very painful defeat here in the French Open", said a tearful Muguruza.

The Swiss 30th seed, a 2015 semi-finalist, defeated 2002 runner-up Venus Williams 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 to guarantee a first-time major champion will be crowned next Saturday.

Two weeks past his 21 {+s} t birthday, Khachanov became the youngest man to reach the fourth round here since 2009, beating 21 {+s} t-seeded John Isner - the last American man in the tournament - 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3).

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