Keys fends off Osaka to reach French Open last 16

Madison Keys- Roland Garros 2018- Getty

Keys, the US Open runner-up previous year, will face either Czech 26th seed Barbora Strycova or Yulia Putintseva, the 98th-ranked Kazakh, for a place in the semi-finals.

In the women's draw, second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki will play French wild-card entry Pauline Parmentier on Chatrier.

Keys broke for a 3-1 lead in the second set and looked to be closing in on a straightforward victory when 21st seed Osaka suddenly found her range and levelled the set.

Kasatkina won the opening set 7-6 (5) against reigning Australian Open champion Wozniacki.

"I made the final of the US Open but lost to my friend Sloane Stephens", Keys said.

Keys saved another set point at 6-7, this time with a booming first serve. "Hopefully big things can happen here". The Romanian clawed back from 1-5 to 4-5 but Keys did not panic and closed out victory with an ace.

Strycova, who was making her first fourth-round appearance in Paris, struggled to find her rhythm and continued to spray the court with unforced errors as Putintseva raced to a 4-1 lead in the second set.

A loss would have left the No. 2-seeded Zverev with an 0-8 record at major tournaments against men ranked in the top 50.

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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. Dominic Thiem is also into the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the third straight year after dominating Kei Nishikori of Japan.

Osaka, who rocketed up the rankings this year after a spectacular title run at Indian Wells, even managed a rueful smile towards her coach as she faced match point and was not too downhearted after defeat.

Zverev is on Court Philippe Chatrier against Damir Dzumhur, a 26th-seeded Bosnian who is trying to reach the fourth round of any major for the first time. "Lindsay has been unbelievable for me in a lot of ways but I think we have always really managed slams well", she said.

Putintseva can feel a boost of self-confidence remembering the junior days when she beat Madison Keys twice in their only meetings so far.

Keys admitted in the build-up that she had never watched Buzarnescu in action, but quickly got to grips with the unheralded 30-year-old who was playing in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

"During treatment yesterday I had Sloane on (TV) and was living and dying on every point in the end", said Keys, who needs to overcome Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva to set up a potential semi-final showdown with Stephens.

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

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