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Rafael Nadal has dropped just 20 games in his first four matches at the 2017 French Open.

By Jamie Lisanti
June 04, 2017

Just one day after his 31st birthday, No. 4-seed Rafael Nadal continued to dominate at the French Open, posting a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory over countryman Roberto Bautista Agut in under two hours on Sunday.

The win put Nadal into his 11th Roland Garros quarterfinals, tying him with Roger Federer at the top of the list for most French Open quarterfinals appearances in the Open Era. Nadal has only dropped 20 games during his first four matches in Paris so far, only one off his mark in 2012, where he only lost 19 games through four matches en route to the Roland Garros title.

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19-year-old Latvian Jelena Ostapenko pulled off a comeback win over last year’s French Open semifinalist Sam Stosur on Sunday. World No. 47 Ostapenko advanced to her first career Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over 2010 French Open finalist Stosur.

Ostapenko will face Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals, after the No. 11 seed defeated No. 8-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 on Sunday. Ostapenko leads the head-to-head match-up against Wozniacki 3-0, including wins on clay in Charleston and Prague this season.

 

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Kristina Mladenovic rode the French crowd on a packed Suzanne-Leglen court to help lift her over defending champion Garbine Muguruza on Sunday. After nearly two hours, Mladenovic defeated Muguruza 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.

No. 13-seed Mladenovic started the match off strong, blanking Muguruza from first ball in the opening set. But as the match went on Muguruza settled in—as the crowd settled down—and the Spaniard found her groove in the second set to force a decider. In the third set, Mladenovic again relied on the crowd to lift her game, and also ruffle her opponent.

"I think the crowd today was a little bit obviously tough for me," Muguruza said after the match. "I just think that they were a little bit, sometimes should be a little bit more respectful, even though for the game, because we had to, you know, stop....I know she's a French player, and I understand that. I went prepared out there. But it's always tricky when you have to defend your title and you have someone that's going to be a tough match, no matter in which country you play."

Mladenovic's serve seemed to be the key stat in the match. Despite hitting 16 double faults for the match, Mladenovic was able to hold onto a lead in the final set to defeat Muguruza and advance to the French Open quarterfinals for the first time in her career. She also advances to only her second career major quarterfinal (2015 U.S. Open). 

"I know she makes a lot of double faults. That was a big thing on the match, but she managed to recover all those points," Muguruza said. "I obviously was a little bit nervous....So it's true that I couldn't really find my game, but I don't think I did really something wrong out there. You know, I just think it went to her side, and that's all. There was, like, few points that she played well at the end of the match, and kind of that was it."

Mladenovic will move into the quarterfinals to face Timea Bacsinszky, who beat Venus Williams in three sets in a later match on Sunday.

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For the second straight year, Timea Bacsinszky defeated Venus Williams in the fourth round at the French Open.

The No. 30 seed and 2015 French Open semifinalist beat 10th-seeded Venus 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 on Sunday to advance to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the third year in the row. Bacsinszky started the match with a 5-1 lead in the opening set, but Venus mounted an impressive comeback, saving two set points at 4-5, to win the first set 7-5. But Bacsinszky, who beat Garbine Muguruza in straight sets in Madrid heading into the French Open, didn't back down. The Swiss was able to capitalize on Venus' errors and rode her momentum into the final set, where she closed out the match after two hours and 15 minutes.

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"I think she just played really well. She had so many answers today," Venus said of Bacsinszky after the match. "I just give her credit for playing well every point, even in the first set."

Before the match, Bacsinszky praised seven-time Grand Slam champ Venus for her longevity and accomplishments in her career.

"Like this year, I mean, she's even more than inspiration," she said. "Really sometimes I'm, like, oh, my God, we're not playing in the same world. How old is she? 36? 36? Favorite against Venus? Seriously, how many Grand Slams does she have?"

Bacsinszky will move into the quarterfinals to face Kristina Mladenovic, who upset defending champion Garbine Muguruza earlier on Sunday.

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