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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer enter fourth round at French Open

In the French Open tennis, defending champion Rafael Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic stormed into Men’s Singles fourth round yesterday. King of clay Nadal’s 103rd win at the French Open put him on top of the list of most men’s singles match victories at a single Grand Slam. Spaniard Nadal defeated England’s Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 while Djokovic outclassed Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in the third round.

Nadal will now face seeded 18th Italian 19-year-old Jannik Sinner, who defeated Sweden’s Mikael Ymer 6-1, 7-5, 6-3.  Djokovic’s next opponent will be rising Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti, who upset compatriot Marco Cecchinato in five sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the last 16 on his Grand Slam debut.
 
Roger Federer has reached the last 16 by defeating Germany’s Dominik Koepfer 7-6(5) 6-7(3) 7-6(4) 7-5. The 39-year-old 20-time Grand Slam champion lacked his usual zip against the tenacious Koepfer, but slogged his way to the victory.
 
No. 5 seed Stefanis Tsitsipas came back after losing first set to beat John Isner 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 6-1 and enter fourth round.

Spanish Pablo Carreno Busta beat American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to also progress in to the next round.

Russian world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev continued to push for the world No. 1 ranking as he defeated world No. 35 Reilly Opelka of the USA 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 to enter the pre-quarter-finals. If Medvedev makes it to the final and current world No. 1 Djokovic does not, the Russian will be the new world No. 1.  Medvedev will take on clay-court specialist Cristian Garin of Chile who overcame Marcos Geron of the USA 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

In the women’s draw, defending champion Iga Swiatek overcame a sluggish start to book her place in the last 16 with a 7-6(4) 6-0 victory over Estonian Anna Kontaveit.

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Fourth seed Sofia Kenin rallied from a set down to book a place in the last-16, defeating fellow American Jessica Pegula 4-6 6-1 6-4.

2019 women finalist Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic today defeated Polona Hercog in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 to enter fourth round. Spain’s Paula Badosa Gibert defeated Romania’s Ana Bogdan in three sets 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.
 
American 17-year teenager Coco Gauff is into the fourth round for the first time after her opponent, Jennifer Brady, stopped playing because of an injured left foot. Gauff next faces No. 25 Ons Jabeur of Tunisia with a quarterfinal berth at stake.

Earlier, seventh-seeded American star Serena Williams kept her hopes of a 24th singles Grand Slam title alive as she overcame compatriot Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-4 to reach the fourth round.

World No. 32 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia upset No. 3 seed Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 to reach the pre-quarterfinals for the second time.

Fifth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine became the latest big name to exit the tournament after she was beaten 6-3, 6-2 by unseeded Czech Barbora Krejcikova in the third round. Svitolina became the seventh top-10 seed to be knocked out of Roland Garros, following Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Karolina Pliskova, Aryna Sabalenka, Belinda Bencic and Bianca Andreescu.

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