There was a major shock in the women's bracket when Serena Williams fell to Sofia Kenin. The 23-time Grand Slam winner was overpowered as Kenin seized a straight-sets win, 6-2, 7-5.
No. 5 seed Alexander Zverev progressed into the next stage of the competition following a 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 1-6, 6-2 victory over Dusan Lajovic. His next opponent will be ninth seed Fabio Fognini, who defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (5), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 to maintain his push in Paris.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, 20, also extended his best run at a French Open and advanced after completing his win over Filip Krajinovic, which was suspended on Friday. Like his fourth-round foe, Stanislas Wawrinka was also stopped at two sets up against Grigor Dimitrov and completed his win to set up a meeting with Tsitsipas.
Defending women's singles champion Simona Halep was first out of the gates on Saturday and made extremely light work of Lesia Tsurenko as she won 6-2, 6-1.
Halep won on a day when top seed Naomi Osaka was shocked by Katerina Siniakova.
(6) Stefanos Tsitsipas bt. Filip Krajinovic: 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6)
(9) Fabio Fognini bt. (18) Roberto Bautista Agut: 7-6 (5), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
(5) Alexander Zverev bt. (30) Dusan Lajovic: 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 1-6, 6-2
(24) Stanislas Wawrinka bt. Grigor Dimitrov: 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8)
Jan-Lennard Struff bt. (13) Borna Coric: 4-6 6-1 4-6 7-6(1) 11-9
(1) Novak Djokovic bt. Salvatore Caruso: 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
(14) Gael Monfils bt. Antoine Hoang: 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
(4) Dominic Thiem bt. Pablo Cuevas: 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
(10) Karen Khachanov bt. Martin Klizan: 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
(8) Juan Martin del Potro bt. Jordan Thompson: 6-4, 6-4, 6-0
(3) Simona Halep bt. (27) Lesia Tsurenko: 6-2, 6-1
(14) Madison Keys bt. Anna Blinkova: 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4
Katerina Siniakova bt. (1) Naomi Osaka: 6-4, 6-2
Iga Swiatek bt. Monica Puig: 06, 6-3, 6-3
Aliona Bolsova bt. Ekaterina Alexandrova: 6-2, 7-5
Amanda Anisimova bt. Irina-Camelia Begu: 7-6(6), 6-4
(8) Ashleigh Barty bt. Andrea Petkovic: 6-3, 6-1
Sofia Kenin bt. (10) Serena Williams: 6-2, 7-5
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Djokovic's growing comfort on clay saw him stay strong on serve against an overwhelmed Caruso. It was ominous for the rest to see the world No. 1 grow in confidence and efficiency as the match progressed.
In the end, Djokovic had sent an emphatic reminder about his ability to minimise mistakes on this surface:
While Djokovic cruised, Williams found herself unnerved early by a determined opponent. Kenin unleashed a fast serve and went on the attack whenever Williams served.
The aggressive tactics left Williams reeling early:
A brief comeback in the second set proved short-lived, as Kenin held serve when it counted to eventually seal a remarkable result.
Zverev's habit of running Grand Slam matches longer than is recommended continued on Saturday, and his clash against Lajovic took on a similar pattern to that of his first-round win over John Millman.
As was the case then, the German led by two sets before allowing his opponent to break back level and sealing victory in five. Tennis writer Carole Bouchard there were times when Zverev looked far from his usual self:
Whether down to a lack of concentration, a spike in fatigue or both, Zverev knows he has much to work on ahead of his fourth-round duel opposite ninth seed Fognini.
The Italian beat Bautista Agut for the seventh time in his career on Saturday and dominated a clear-cut fourth set 6-1. Fognini made it to the French Open quarter-finals in 2011 and has made it past the third round only once since then, now sitting just one win from matching his best result.
Tsitsipas led Krajinovic 7-5, 6-3, 5-5 when their match was suspended late on Friday, and it took the Greek longer than he would have wanted to solidify his place in the next round after they resumed.
Unseeded Krajinovic, who was featuring in the French Open third round for the first time in his career, couldn't capitalise, however, as Tsitsipas improved his budding majors record, per tennis writer Jose Morgado:
It was a quick day's work for Halep in the women's singles, and she made it through to the fourth round confidently after dominating Tsurenko in straight sets.
Osaka may have won the last two majors, but the 21-year-old experienced a painful letdown against Siniakova. The latter refused to yield her serve and consistently left the world No. 1 frustrated:
By contrast, Halep made it past the second round of the French Open only once in her first six appearances—she finished runner-up in 2014—but she's now made it to at least the fourth round in the last four tournaments.
An aggressive stance saw the Romanian break her opponent eight times across two sets, finishing Tsurenko off with some astute net play, via the Tennis Channel:
Halep may be defending her title at Roland Garros but has gone under the radar somewhat this year, but she's now showing the kind of form one would expect from a champion on the throne.