Mladenovic survives epic encounter to set up Muguruza clash

Kristina Mladenovic used another life at the French Open to set up an enticing fourth-round clash with defending champion Garbine Muguruza.

Having defied a bad back to beat Jennifer Brady 9-7 in the third set in the first round, Mladenovic trailed Shelby Rogers 5-2 in the decider on Friday but recovered to win 7-5 4-6 8-6.

The 13th seed is carrying the hopes of the home nation, who have waited 17 years to celebrate a French singles champion.

Mladenovic said: "That was epic. I think that's the word I'm going to use, because I still don't know how I won that match.

"Shelby was playing great tennis, but I had no doubt about it, because she played quarter-finals here last year and she has a great game for clay.

"She really pushed me through the last breath I had. I always believe until the last point. That's kind of my motto every single match."