Novak Djokovic escapes Diego Schwartzman's clutches in five sets

Spain's Rafael Nadal during his third round match against Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili                  Reuters  Christian Hartmann

Spain's Rafael Nadal during his third round match against Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili Reuters Christian Hartmann

Djokovic admitted that Schwartzman was the better player for the first three sets, in which he committed an astonishing 42 unforced errors alone, but was happy he came through the challenge. I was mentally still strong and as calm as I could be, even though I was two sets to one down I kept believing I could break his resistance. "It is going to put me in a good place mentally". The Spaniard played some precision shots to win 7-5, 6-2 against Yulia Putintseva.

Meanwhile fifth seed Milos Raonic reached the French Open last 16 for the second year in a row after Spanish veteran Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired at the start of the second set with a thigh muscle injury. The Spaniard dropped just a single game in a 90-minute clinic, blowing Basilashvili away - who had no answer to Nadal's faultless display.

"Nevertheless I put it all in perspective by the end ... he's a spectacular player who can get through hard times even if he's not necessarily on point but I think that match made him better in a lot of ways now".

Djokovic, with coach Andre Agassi sat impassively in the stands, looked to have turned things around when he claimed the second set but Schwartzman was not finished. The 26-year-old Canadian has quietly slashed his way through this draw, but could call attention to himself with a win over Carreno Busta, who hit his career-high ranking of No. 18 just this month.

"You're losing your mind", Novak Djokovic bluntly told an umpire Friday as the Serb skirmished with officialdom at the French Open.

The third-seeded American twins Bob and Mike Bryan lost in the second round of the French Open, beaten by Sam Groth of Australia and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden 7-6 (4), 6-3.

The champion had gears to go through, though, and with his tournament status in doubt, he really turned it on, winning the final two sets for the loss of a couple of games. I have played a lot in the last weeks. Why did you give me warning?

Agassi, an eight-time Grand Slam victor, was unveiled last month as Djokovic's coach for the May 28 to June 11 French Open. Your support helps me so much.

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Johnson has played through grief following the recent death of his father and Thiem consoled him after their match.

"Kiki! Kiki!", the crowd chanted again in an electric atmosphere, declaring their love back to Mladenovic.

"It was fantastic for me-[after] the match with the crowd, all the people here", Schwartzman reflected.

A scan of the statistics makes for grisly reading.

It was Nadal's 100th best-of-five-sets match on clay. "(It) was a great match for me, no?"

- Goffin, who was 5-4 up, was chasing a deep backhand and slid into a cover, hurting his right ankle.

The 10th-seeded Belgian was leading 5-4 in the first set when he limped off court with two trainers helping him.

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