Mladenovic beats Shelby to reach 4th round

Ruben Hill
June 3, 2017

"I believe I played the best match since a while". Winning in straight sets is always great news.

The 14-time major victor next faces Nikoloz Basilashvili for a place in round four after the Georgian matched his best ever run at a major.

But with Agassi applauding his every victor, he rode out the storm to win in five sets: 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Despite an angry confrontation with the umpire regarding a time violation in the fourth, the 12-time major champion levelled the match before a leg-weary Schwartzman collapsed in the decider, as Djokovic prevailed 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1.

"I think I played a good match; I think I played a solid match", Nadal assessed.

The Spaniard romped through his first two matches without dropping a set while Georgian opponent Nikoloz Basilashvili has matched his best run at a Grand Slam by reached the third round. It stacks up rather nicely to those of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who have the highest match win percentages in the Open era on grass (.869) and hard courts (.845), respectively.

Reigning champion Muguruza survived another tough examination from 53rd-ranked Anett Kontaveit, who beat the Spaniard in Stuttgart last month.

After dropping the opening set against Kontaveit, Muguruza was down a break in the second before coming back.

Sixth seed Dominic Thiem, one of the dark horses to win the tournament, outplayed American Steven Johnson with thundering groundstrokes to claim a 6-1 7-6 (4) 6-3 victory.

On Saturday, he celebrates his 31st birthday, but it will take more than another number added to his age to stop Nadal in his tracks. "I know the kitchen, and I know that the owner, the woman loves to bake, so I have everything I need for muffin, cakes, and stuff", she said. "I think my serve worked better than yesterday. When I have a match, I play very well". Still, with his huge backhand and history of success at the tournament, he might be one of the few players who can hang with the Spaniard from the backcourt.

"I'm disappointed, for sure". In the first set he played like he wanted to play, and lost 6-1.

"But I really fought".

But after holding her next serve, Kuznetsova took her chance on her third match point when Zhang's scooped shot from the back of the court sailed long.

"But especially on this surface, I've been very happy all the special things that have happened". "In upcoming weeks, it will be business as usual".

Venus Williams of the USA secured her place in the next round this evening with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Belgium's Elise Mertens.

"Do I sense (the draw) is open?"

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