Daniil Medvedev reacts after winning against Miomir Kecmanovic during their men's singles match at the Court Suzanne-Lenglen in Paris on Saturday. AFP
Medvedev will play former US Open champion Marin Cilic or 37-year-old Frenchman Gilles Simon for a place in the last eight.
The second seed needed just an hour and 48 minutes to dispatch the 22-year-old Kecmanovic, and didn't lose serve a single time.
"It's unusual on clay, even with Rafa (Nadal) that never happens," joked Medvedev, who returned from hernia surgery the week before Roland Garros.
The Russian fell in the opening round on his first four trips to Paris before reaching the quarter-finals a year ago.
"It was really hard, everyone was asking how I could be number two in the world without getting past the first round," said the reigning US Open champion.
The 25-year-old, a former doubles number one, defeated Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 2-6 6-4 to become the first Czech to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since Hana Mandlikova, who represented the former Czechoslovakia, triumphed in 1981.
Speaking about her plans to open a tennis academy in Dubai, she added: "My new project is about opening a tennis academy here in Dubai for local Emirati tennis player to become a champion and one day have the chance to play in Wimbledon and elsewhere..."
Bencic, 24, is looking forward to continuing her tennis journey, experiencing the game in a new country, and is eager to show her defeat against Raducanu at the US Open was a one-off.
The Mubadala World Tennis Championship continues to make way for the best with two more world-class players confirmed for the 13th edition of the Arabian Gulf’s leading professional tennis experience, which returns with fans in attendance from Dec.16–18.
The AJP Tour Fujairah International Pro Championship kicked off at Zayed Sports Complex on Saturday with stellar performances from emerging players in Teens, Youth, and Men's Masters categories.
Stand-in India captain Jasprit Bumrah did the bulk of the damage by hitting 29 runs off the bat in an over from Broad that also featured five wides and a no-ball struck for six.
"As a player I give my 100 per cent. Yes, I might play some different shots sometimes, but I try to play my percentage (strokes)."