Rafael Nadal keeps up dominant form to make quarter-finals

"We're not machines that can not think", said Nadal, who repeatedly fell foul of the rule which stipulates a maximum 25 seconds between points.

Austria's Dominic Thiem clenches his fist as he plays Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their quarterfinal match the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in Paris.

"Probably I didn't play as well as I did the other day, but I still played well".

Nadal next faces another Spaniard, Pablo Carreno Busta, who finally clinched an epic 4-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 8-6 victory over fifth seed Milos Raonic on his seventh match point.

Monfils, 30, was leading 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 4-3 when his opponent withdrew, setting up a last-16 meeting with Wawrinka.

No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic survived a grueling first set against No. 19 Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the French Open on Sunday and seized control of the match from there, winning 7-6, 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.

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Meanwhile, Kei Nishikori survived a tough challenge from South Korea's Hyeon Chung.

But Djokovic has shown his toughness in Paris and he has navigated a tricky draw of accomplished clay-courters-Marcel Granollers, Joao Sousa, Diego Schwartzman and Ramos-Vinolas-and passed every test, including coming back from two sets to one to defeat Diego Schwartzman in the third round.

"I think the rain helps me a lot, because I was really down in the fourth set and mentally I wasn't ready", admitted Nishikori.

"Of course, it's good to have conserved your energy, but for Thiem I think I'd have liked to see him answer a few more questions", the Swede, in Paris as a presenter for Eurosport's daily flagship show "Game, Set and Mats", told Reuters.

In the women's section, former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and French No. 1 Kristina Mladenovic play their quarter-final games today against Latvian Jelena Ostapenko and former French Open semi-finalist Timea Bacsinszky, respectively.

The 21-year-old will now face British world number one Andy Murray in the fourth round on Monday.

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Seven-time grand slam victor Venus Williams also bowed out, losing 7-5, 2-6, 1-6 to Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky.

Rafael Nadal produced another dominant display to race into his 11th French Open quarter-final.

In the men's doubles India's Purav Raja and Divij Sharan showed stomach for a fight but eventually went down 4-6, 7-6 (5), 2-6 to American Ryan Harrison and New Zealand's Michael Venus. "Both players are top level, so I'm going to have to be at my best to have any chance".

Pliskova, the Czech, beat Carina Witthoft of Germany 7-5 6-1, while Svitolina of Ukraine overcame Poland's Magda Linette 6-4 7-5.

However, Garbine Muguruza crashed out in the last 16.

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