Plain sailing for Nadal and Djokovic, Muguruza edges through

Esther Moore
June 1, 2017

Nadal improves to 74-2 lifetime at Roland Garros and 19-1 on clay for the season.

On the women's side, competition at the top got a little less intense as sixth seed Dominika Cibulkova was beaten by the unseeded Ons Jabeur. She has said she will return to the tour in 2018. "Especially in the third set, he missed an easy forehand to go a break up in the third".

- Kuznetsova will meet China's Zhang Shuai in the third round.

Seeded losers in the men's second round: No. 23 Ivo Karlovic. He will now face Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia, who squeezed past Viktor Troicki by winning three successive tiebreaks to advance through to the third round of a Grand Slam for only the second time in his career.

The 20-year-old Canadian qualifier's cause was not helped by 30 unforced errors during the match that lasted only 52 minutes.

"It was really hard for me a year ago", Nadal, who had to withdraw because of an injury in 2016, said.

Defending champion Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain survived a scare as she dropped the opening set of her match with world number 99 Anett Kontaveit of Estonia before recovering to clinch a 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 triumph.

He will next play Argentina's Diego Schwartzman, who made the third round of a Major for the first time, for a place in the last 16. Muguruza needed three sets to beat Kontaveit, but she got her win, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2.

He hit no fewer than 33 winners in an emphatic performance, with Haase failing to create a single break point.

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2016 quarter-finalist Shelby Rogers reached the third round with a 7-6 (6) 6-4 win over Turkey's Cagla Buyukakcay.

Belgian 10th seed David Goffin beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2 6-4 3-6 6-3. Winning in straight sets is always great news.

Dominic Thiem, the sixth seed, is another popular pick by experts and he breezed through Simone Bolelli, 7-5, 6-1, 6-3, on Wednesday.

Kvitová had produced an emotional win to reach the second round of the women's draw but her fairytale recovery came to an end with defeat to American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, was playing in her first competition this week after a five-month injury absence following a stabbing by a burglar past year.

Tsonga had just broken back to trail 5-4 in the fourth set and by two sets to one, meaning he immediately had to serve to stay in the match when it resumed on Wednesday.

But before contemplating their respective accomplishments, each man had a second round match to attend to, with the shock early exits of seeded players including Alexander Zverev (9), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (12) and Jack Sock (14) offering timely reminders that neither Nadal or Djokovic can afford to count their chickens just yet.

Seven-time grand slam victor Venus Williams cruised past Kurumi Nara with a 6-3 6-1 win to book a third round spot.

Sousa had an encouraging start to the second set, targeting the Djokovic backhand as he successfully took the lead for the first time in the match.

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