All so difficult for Djokovic, easy for Nadal at French Open

Police officers meet in front of the Roland

Police officers meet in front of the Roland

Djokovic, the reigning champion, found himself two sets to one down against Diego Schwartzman, the World No. 41, but found a higher gear in time to go through with a 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win.

A wrist injury knocked Rafael Nadal out of last year's event prior to the third round, but all systems are go this time around. It was his 100th match over five sets on clay, and this took his record to 98-2.

Seeded losers in the women's third round: No. 27 Yulia Putintseva, No. 32 Zhang Shuai.

Hsieh, looking to reach the last-16 of a Grand Slam for just the second time, led 3-1 in the final set before Garcia reeled off four games on the trot.

You know, I have had many situations like this before where just, you know, having a day to recover is more than enough.

On the womens side, with her pregnant sister Serena in attendance, Venus Williams handily defeated Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the fourth round of the womens bracket. The Serbian, who has had a not so good outing since his win at Paris past year, was up against a spirited Diego Schwartzman, not intimidated by the stature of his opponent and looking to pounce on every opening he gave him which was not less in number.

Djokovic earned his 58th career match win (58-11) at the French Open, tying Guillermo Vilas for third among men on the all-time list in the Open Era.

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The Serbian was given a code violation and two time violations, and also made 55 unforced errors in an unpredictable contest that stretched out to three hours and 18 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier. Then, facing Ramos, Djokovic briefly lifted his racket overhead, before using it to flip a ball backward toward a ball boy. Djokovic walked over and barked: "What's wrong with you? Today I had experience so that helped a lot", Williams said. Why did you give me warning? "What? Do you understand Serbian or what?"

Ramos had trouble getting a word in edgewise, but he responded: "Because of what you did. This is not acceptable".

The Argentine had a break back point and, at the end of a long rally, Goffin got to a tough ball.

The Serbian great has suffered an alarming slump since completing a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros a year ago, struggling to maintain his drive after claiming an elusive title in Paris.

"He had an MRI, and the news is reassuring: There is no tearing of the ligaments and no bone that's been broken, either", said Goffin's coach, Thierry van Cleemput.

Muguruza will next play French 13th seed Kristina Mladenovic, who outlasted American Shelby Rogers 7-5, 4-6, 8-6 yesterday, for a place in the last eight in Paris.

On the 14th stroke, Goffin raced to his left to reach a deep shot and, just as he flicked a backhand lob, his momentum carried his sliding right foot into the edge of the tarp.