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Djokovic and Nadal keep Quarter-final date, Federer also through to last 8 at Roland Garros

World no.1 Novak Djokovic and 9-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal kept their date with destiny in the quarter-final of the French Open by picking up contrasting wins in the fourth round at Roland Garros today.

Djokovic was in supreme form as he crushed 20th seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 to pick up his 26th straight win of the summer and earn a blockbuster quarter-final showdown with Rafael Nadal, who has only lost one match at the French Open in 10 visits to Paris.


Tsonga, Nishikori, Wawrinka and Ivanovic through to French Open Quarters, Federer made to wait

Only 5 matches were completed in a rain interrupted second Sunday at Roland Garros with the men's draw coming close to wrapping up the action in the bottom half of the draw, while the women were only midway through the action before the weather intervened decisively.

The men's draw saw a minor upset with home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga getting the better of 4th seed Tomas Berdych in four sets. Roared on by a raucous home crowd, more akin to a football match than a tennis contest, Tsonga kept the home flag flying by floating past the Czech powerhouse 6-3. 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3.


Federer leads the way into Last 16 at Roland Garros

2009 French Open champion Roger Federer led the way for the seeds into the fourth round of the French Open with a routine win over 23 year old Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in just 88 minutes. The Swiss legend continues his quest for a second triumph here at Roland Garros, advancing to the last 16 for the 11th successive season.

Federer barely worked up a sweat on Court Philippe Chatrier against the world no. 88, though Dzumhur does leave Paris with the record of having gone further at the French Open than any Bosnian before him.


Djokovic, Nadal and Murray advance to the Third Round in Paris

It was largely a routine day at the office for the big guns in the men's draw at Roland Garros with world no.1 Novak Djokovic and 9-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal leading the way into Round 3. Joining them in the round of 32 are the likes of Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Marin Cilic. There were a few upsets today though with big serving American John Isner, Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber and young Aussie Bernard Tomic all making early exits from Roland Garros.

Novak Djokovic's quest for a maiden French Open title made its way into round 3 today with the Serbian superstar battling past Luxembourg's greatest tennis product Gilles Muller in straight sets 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in a shade under 2 hours. The 32 year old left-hander was never really expected to pose much of a challenge to Djokovic, who rattled off 35 winners en route to the third round.


Serena, Kvitova survive scares, Wozniacki beaten

In what was a thoroughly entertaining day in the women's draw at the French Open, world no.1 Serena Williams and fourth seed Petra Kvitova both dropped the opening set of their matches against relative unknowns, before prevailing in three hard fought sets to advance to the third round. Not quite as fortunate was 5th seed Caroline Wozniacki, who was shown the door by German Julia Goerges, however, in what was easily the match of the day, the 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone edged out the 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in an epic slugfest that lasted nearly 4 hours.

To Williams first, and the favourite for the title was up against unheralded German Anna-Lena Friedsam, a 21 year old, playing in the second round of a Grand Slam tournament for the very first time in her career. The youngster, who is ranked just outside the top 100, stunned Williams by taking the first set 7-5, sending fans (and reporters) in a bit of a tizzy around Paris. Williams though recovered her poise to battle through in three tough sets, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.


Federer & Sharapova register 2nd Round wins in Paris, Halep beaten

Defending French Open champion Maria Sharapova appears to be on the mend. After struggling with a cold and a chorus of boos from the fans on the opening day of the tournament, Sharapova cruised into the third round here at Roland Garros, thumping compatriot Vitalia Diatchenko 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and 21 minutes.

Sharapova, who was clearly not at her best in her opening round encounter with Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, looked more at home on the clay in Paris today and made short work of the world no.91, Diatchenko.


Djokovic, Nadal ease through First Round at French Open, Dimitrov ousted

World no.1 Novak Djokovic and 9-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal have begun the journey towards their proposed showdown in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros by picking up routine wins in their respective first round matches.

Djokovic faced arguably the tougher challenge taking on 33 year old Finn Jarkko Nieminen, now very much towards the twilight of his career. The first and third sets were routine for Nole, but he came perilously close to dropping the second with the veteran two points away from winning the set on a couple of occasions, but failing to take his chances.


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