Stephens into first French Open quarterfinal

Madison Keys- Roland Garros 2018- Getty

And now they're both French Open quarterfinalists, each making it that far in Paris for the first time with relatively easy straight-set victories at Court Philippe Chatrier on Sunday. With the tournament now reaching the business end, having three-times Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport in her corner helps, says Keys.

The French Open fourth-round match between No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 14 Daria Kasatkina has been suspended for the day in the second set because of darkness.

The last time the duo faced each other over the net, Stephens ended up consoling her tearful friend after she demolished Keys in the 2017 U.S. Open final.

Buzarnescu, who reached the final in Prague on clay last month, next faces American 13th seed Madison Keys, the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up.

Keys, who has yet to drop a set at Roland Garros, has now reached the final eight at every Grand Slam.

Nishikori, the 19th seed, needed just 2 hours, 1 minute to dispatch Simon 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

On the men's side, Novak Djokovic dominated No. 30 seed Fernando Verdasco to advance, matching Roger Federer's mark of reaching nine consecutive quarterfinals at the French Open.

Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys are eager to renew the friendliest rivalry in tennis - and to do that both need to win one more match at the French Open.

It's also Djokovic's 12th career trip to the round of eight in Paris, a record for the 50-year professional era.

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The 25th-seeded Kontaveit was unable to exert any pressure on the 10th-seeded Stephens with her error-strewn game.

His will next play either seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem — a semifinalist at Roland Garros the past two years — or unseeded Italian Matteo Berrettini. In the tiebreaker, Osaka went ahead 4-1, and held set points at 6-5 and 7-6. He'll play the second-seeded Alexander Zverev next.

"None", Zverev said. "Mainly, I was thinking (about) what I was going to have for lunch".

The victory was his first on Court Philippe Chatrier. Against Buzarnescu, serving a second time for the match, Keys screamed "Come on!" when she crushed a cross-court backhand victor to make it 40-15 and give herself another two chances for victory.

"Naomi raised her level a lot in the second set and I really just had to hang in there", Keys said after the match.

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.

Dimitrov is playing left-hander Fernando Verdasco on Court 1.

Keys next faces either No. 26 Barbora Strycova or Yulia Putintseva.

Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina surprisingly lost 6-3, 7-5 in the third round of the French Open against Mihaela Buzarnescu, who never had won a Grand Slam match until this week.

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