Nishikori brushes aside Simon to reach last 16

Madison Keys of the U.S. celebrates after winning her third round match against Japan's Naomi Osaka

Madison Keys of the U.S. celebrates after winning her third round match against Japan's Naomi Osaka

Keys squandered a match point in the next game, however, and the 23-year-old US Open runner-up looked increasingly tight as the set moved into a tiebreaker.

Following her third-round exit, world number four Elina Svitolina admitted she was surprised by the qualities of her Romanian opponent Mihaela Buzarnescu, who had never won a main draw match at a Grand Slam event before this week.

Second-seeded Alexander Zverev is into the fourth round of the French Open for the first time, saving match point to win 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 against Damir Dzumhur, who collided with a ball boy in the fourth set.

"Once you get this far there is still more to be done but a personal milestone for myself was getting to the quarters, obviously doing well here (after falling in the) fourth round a lot of the years", said 10th seed Stephens, who had lost in the last 16 four times.

The 13th-seeded American matched her best run in Paris with a 6-1 7-6 (7) win over Japan's Naomi Osaka on Friday and probably expected to be facing Svitolina next.

Play was suspended because of rain, with Russian Karen Khachanov leading 6-3 7-5 1-1 against local favourite Lucas Pouille in a third round match on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

"I know that she's seeded and I always see her name".

Osaka was no stranger, with Keys having met her and beaten her twice - once in a three-set cliffhanger at the U.S. Open in 2016, also at the third round stage.


Osaka broke back but the mini-revival seemed to have petered out when another double fault allowed Keys to serve for the match at 5-4, only for Keys to tighten up and drop serve. Keys held steady, though, and was able to convert her second match point when Osaka double-faulted.

With Court Suzanne Lenglen still half empty, Keys established a 3-1 lead in the second set before Osaka finally began to land some telling blows with her punchy groundstrokes.

However, Keys faced a set point at 5-6 and needed some superb defence to fend off the fired-up Japanese.

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. "I definitely feel more comfortable on it", she said. "It's a shame, because physically I felt good", Dimitrov told reporters.

"I watched little bit video of her playing, so I knew a little bit what to expect".

"I don't think that I'm such a great claycourt player".

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 didn't face a single break point against 25th-seeded Kontaveit, who struggled to mount any pressure while making 21 unforced errors and hitting just six clean winners.

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