Nadal sets up French Open meeting with Gasquet


Many are claiming that Nadal already has one hand on the French Open trophy this year, and while it is still early days in the tournament, he is likely to bulldoze his way through this third round clash in straight sets.

"I don't know what the others think". He hits the ball with big topspin.

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Richard Gasquet taking place? Bertens' success story has seen her produce some of the most stunning numbers on this surface and she has been one of the most consistent clay-court specialists over recent years, which is why I would give her the slight edge in this match-up.

"When I left the match, I was with my father at the time, I said, "he's going to win and he might win a lot of Grand Slams behind that because he was incredible", remembered Gasquet. Williams not only sprinted to the ball in time, she whipped a cross-court forehand passing victor to go up 3-1, then let out a loud yell and raised her fist. I can win, I can lose.

"Of course I have won a lot, and it can maybe influence my opponents".

While Nadal is favourite to defend his title, Maria Sharapova is trying to win it again.

The last time they played was at the 2016 Australian Open. No comeback needed. Serena Williams quite simply produced the best performance so far in her return to Grand Slam tennis and easily reached the French Open's fourth round.

Gasquet has now lost his last 28 sets against his fellow 31-year-old, a run dating back to 2008. Haas won the match, 7-5, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-7 (10), 10-8 in 4 hours and 37 minutes.

Nadal has Schwartzman battle on his hands
In the second quarter-final Marin Cilic and Juan Martin Del Potro were locked together at 5-5 in a first-set tiebreak. Nadal , aiming for an 11th French Open title, trails the 11th seed 6-3 3-5.

FRENCH MEMORIES - When Tommy Haas, the No. 12 seed at the 2013 French Open, blew 12 match points this same weekend against John Isner in the 4th set, and was 1-4 down in the 5th, I agreed with former Eastern junior Cathy Schmidt, who once shrieked, "I hate this game!" while she was a junior training at the Port Washington Tennis Academy.

Third-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain has crushed Samantha Stosur 6-0, 6-2 to advance to the fourth round of the French Open.

The 25th-seeded Estonian advanced by beating two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4).

Unseeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko defeated 19th-seeded Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-4.

Williams dominated for stretches against 11th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany, playing cleanly right from the start of a 6-3, 6-4 tour de force at Court Suzanne Lenglen that lasted a mere 75 minutes Saturday and lacked much in the way of theatrics. In the other significant matches in the men's draw, Mischa Zverev couldn't keep up with younger brother Alexander, ending their bid to become the first siblings in 27 years to reach the fourth round at the same Grand Slam.

The 64th-ranked Mischa lost in the third round to 2017 US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, 6-1 6-7 (7-3) 6-3 7-6 (7-4) on Saturday.

Fognini, sporting an eye-catching red T-shirt with black thunderbolts on the front and back, beat 16th-seeded Briton Kyle Edmund 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.