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French Open 2017: Men's round-up: Goffin out after fall, Raonic through as Garcia-Lopez retires

Men's round-up: Goffin out after nasty fall, Raonic through as Garcia-Lopez also retires
By Eurosport

02/06/2017 at 19:46Updated 02/06/2017 at 20:55

Belgian 10th seed David Goffin was forced to retire from his third-round encounter against Argentine Horacio Zeballos at the French Open on Friday after slipping and hurting his ankle.

The in-form Goffin, ranked 12th in the world, was leading 5-4 in the first set when Zeballos, who had earned his first break point, forced him to the edge of the court near a cover with a deep groundstroke.

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Goffin, a semi-finalist in Monte Carlo this year, managed to get to the ball, lifting a lob over the Argentine but slipped in the process, hurting his ankle.

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Medical staff rushed on and helped him off the court for a medical check. The umpire announced minutes later that the 26-year-old was forced to retire.

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Zeballos, 32, who is through to the fourth round of the French Open for the first time, will now play sixth seed Dominic Thiem.

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.

Rafa Nadal made light work of his opponent to seal a third-round win while defending champion Novak Djokovic needed five sets to complete the job.

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Nadal, the nine-times Roland Garros champion who will celebrate his 31st birthday on Saturday, stormed past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-0 6-1 6-0 to record his most one-sided victory at Roland Garros.

Men's title holder Djokovic faced the toughest test of the day in the form of Diego Schwartzman as the Serb came back two sets to one down to win 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1.

Meanwhile, fifth seed Milos Raonic is also through to the fourth round after Guillermo Garcia-Lopez was forced to retire in the second set.

Canadian Raonic took the first set 6-1 with Garcia-Lopez visibly struggling out on Court 2 - the Spaniard called it quits after the first game.

Raonic faces Pablo Carreno Busta in the next round, with the Spaniard overcoming 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 6-3 6-4 on Friday.

The 20th seed broke Dimitrov for a third time to take a topsy-turvy first set 7-5, while he needed just one break in the remaining two sets to see out the match.

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Elsewhere, Roberto Bautista-Agut was the first victorious player by means of a completed a match on Friday, with the 17th seed beating Jiri Vesely 6-3 6-4 6-3 - he faces Rafael Nadal in the next round.

Results from the French Open Men's Singles Round 3 matches on Friday

19-Albert Ramos (Spain) beat 16-Lucas Pouille (France) 6-2 3-6 5-7 6-2 6-1

2-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1

6-Dominic Thiem (Austria) beat 25-Steve Johnson (U.S.) 6-1 7-6(4) 6-3

4-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) 6-0 6-1 6-0

20-Pablo Carreno (Spain) beat 11-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 7-5 6-3 6-4

17-Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic) 6-3 6-4 6-3

Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) beat 10-David Goffin (Belgium) 4-5 (Goffin retired)

5-Milos Raonic (Canada) beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain) 6-1 1-0 (Garcia-Lopez retired)

Additional reporting from Reuters

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