Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori advance to fourth round

Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori advance to fourth round

The 23-year-old American with power to burn was far too strong for Buzarnescu whose dream run came to an abrupt halt.

In the women's draw, fourth seed Elina Svitolina's French Open breakthrough was again put on hold as the Ukrainian fourth seed suffered a 6-3 7-5 loss in the third round to Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu.

She sealed the win with an ace on her third match point.

The 10th-seeded Stephens was a 6-2, 6-0 victor against No. 25 Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in 52 minutes, while No. 13 Keys beat No. 31 Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 6-1, 6-4 in 65 minutes.

Maria Sharapova has continued her French Open charge, the 28th seed belting Czech No.6 and former top-ranked Karolina Pliskova, 6-2 6-1.

The 13th-seeded American built a big lead, then barely avoided getting pushed to a third set before beating 21st-seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-1, 7-6 (7) in a matchup of powerful baseliners.

The best buddies both reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the first time on Sunday, thanks to some encouragement from each other.

"It was a fourth-round match and everyone is play good now". I just haven't been able to watch any of her matches.

Hopes of a repeat of that duel failed to materialise, though, in a match that only briefly caught fire on a tiresome day.

Serving a second time for the match, the 23-year-old Keys let out a scream of "Come on!" when she hit a superb cross-court backhand victor to make it 40-15 and give herself another two chances for victory.

A cruel, wrongfooting pass left Strycova helpless in the beginning of the second set and her cascade of 33 unforced errors made it impossible for her to break her opponent's defence.

A brilliant reflex backhand victor was another Buzarnescu highlight as she reduced the deficit with another hold - but Keys, going back to basics, still had one more opportunity to serve the match out.

Kontaveit rallied from 2-4 in the second set but squandered two match points when serving at 5-4 - missing two regulation forehands.

With a style that generates easy power and a potent serve, Keys will move into the second half of the tournament as a risky floater in a wide-open draw.

"None", Zverev said. "Mainly, I was thinking (about) what I was going to have for lunch". "I feel like this year especially I have been finding the balance of being a little bit more patient but also playing my game". "But I think - obviously I lost my nerves early after I lost that set".

But the 31st-seeded Buzarnescu, a Romanian with a PhD in sports science, continued the surge that has seen her rise almost 350 spots in the rankings over the past year.

Stephens has a scrambling ability to extend points that works well on clay; it's just that she had been 0-4 in the fourth round at Roland Garros until Sunday.

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