French Open 2019: Djokovic eases into quarters, Nishikori battles past Paire

first_img Reuters ParisJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 19:18 IST Novak Djokovic made only 11 unforced errors in the one hour 33 minute match against Jan-Lennard Struff (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDjokovic is bidding to become only the second man to hold all four Grand Slams simultaneously twiceDjokovic will face either Fabio Fognini or Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finalNishikori delivered to reach the Roland Garros last eight for the third timeTop seed Novak Djokovic’s untroubled progress continued at the French Open as he chalked up a fourth successive straight-sets victory on Monday, this time outclassing Jan-Lennard Struff to reach the quarter-finals.His 6-3 6-2 6-2 defeat of the 45th-ranked German means Djokovic is the first man to reach 10 successive quarter-finals at Roland Garros – a feat even Rafael Nadal has not achieved.Struff was bidding to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final and provided some early resistance in drizzly conditions on Court Philippe Chatrier.Djokovic had an early chance to break in the second game but Struff won a fierce baseline rally to avert the danger.It felt like only a matter of time before Djokovic moved up a gear though, and in the seventh game he brought up two more break points with a stunning backhand passing shot.He duly converted with a smash after softening up Struff with a series of punishing groundstrokes into the corners.After holding serve to take the opening set, Djokovic rolled through the next two in cruise control, making only 11 unforced errors in the one hour 33 minute workout.He will face either Italian Fabio Fognini or German’s Alexander Zverev in the quarter-final.Djokovic is bidding to become only the second man to hold all four Grand Slams simultaneously twice, having first achieved the feat three years ago when he won his only French Open title.Kei Nishikori extinguished the hot-headed Benoit Paire’s fiery challenge to book his place in the quarter-finals of the French Open with an error-strewn 6-2 6-7(8) 6-2 6-7(8) 7-5 victory on Monday.advertisementLocal favourite Paire’s focus, or lack of, was the key to a match that was interrupted by failing light on Sunday, as the Japanese seventh seed set up a meeting with 11-time champion Rafa Nadal.The match resumed on Court Suzanne Lenglen at two sets to one, with Paire taking command in the fourth with an early break.He then wasted a chance to get another break and Nishikori eventually forced a tiebreak only to get tight-armed, wasting two match points on serve before handing a set point with an ugly double fault.Paire, who hit a woeful 79 unforced errors – including 16 double faults – this time converted.He went 3-1 up in the decider as Nishikori continued to lack consistency, then 5-3 up with another break immediately after himself handing a break to his Japanese opponent.Serving for the match, however, Paire dropped serve, and then did so again to allow Nishikori to lead 6-5 with his service to come.This time, Nishikori delivered to reach the Roland Garros last eight for the third time, although his display suggests he is unlikely to progress further, with Nadal resting on his 33rd birthday on Monday.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow French OpenFollow Novak DjokovicFollow Kei Nishikori French Open 2019: Djokovic eases into quarters, Nishikori battles past PaireNovak Djokovic became the first man to reach 10 successive quarter-finals at Roland Garros while Kei Nishikori registered an error-strewn 6-2 6-7(8) 6-2 6-7(8) 7-5 victory against Benoit Paire.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Woman in critical condition after being punched by robber riding pillion on

The robbers made off on the vehicle in the direction of Stag Lane and no arrests have been made.Detective Sergeant Richard Lewsley said: “This was a horrific attack, the victim had her bag on her shoulder when the males approached her. “She resisted for some time until the pillion passenger punched her, causing her to fall backwards.”She is currently in a critical condition and we need to catch these males before they strike again.”Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting CAD 7898/04 June. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. A scooter inside Watches of Switzerland on London’s Regent Street after raiders on scooters armed with knives and hammers entered the store and stole several items of propertyCredit:PA/John Stillwell A woman is in a critical condition after she was punched when a moped gang stole her mobile phone in north London. It was the second moped-related crime of the day on the streets of the capital Monday after comedian Michael McIntyre was a victim of a similar gang when the windows of his Range Rover was smashed by two men wielding hammers in Hampstead. In a separate incident on Tuesday, a gang armed with knives stormed Watches of Switzerland on Regent Street and stole several items. The woman, 24, was walking along a tree lined residential street when she was approached by two thugs on a moped in north London just after 9pm Monday.They tried to grab her bag and phone and in the struggle the pillion passenger punched the lone woman knocking her off her feet.During the incident she suffered a head injury and was taken to a central London hospital where she remains in a critical condition. A scooter inside Watches of Switzerland on London's Regent Street after raiders on scooters armed with knives and hammers entered the store and stole several items of property Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more