Nadal’s 15-0 winning streak against childhood friend Gasquet

Virginia Santiago
June 6, 2018

"I really have trouble with his forehand that comes to my shoulder every time".

They will next play the Japanese duo of Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya in the third round.

Diego Schwartzman joined countryman del Potro in the fourth round with an impressive 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Borna Coric.

The 2016 champion at Roland Garros lost her serve just once to the Australian, who won the 2011 US Open and made the semifinals in Roland Garros in 2016, 2012 and 2009.

In Paris, the most physically challenging major according to Rod Laver, only Rolf Gehring in 1978, Eliot Teltscher in 1979, Richard Kraijcek in 1993, Guga Kuerten in 1997, Albert Costa in 2003, Gael Monfils in 2006 and Tommy Robredo in 2013 had won three matches in a row in five sets.

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Gasquet actually won their last encounter - but it was at the Kooyong Classic exhibition event this year. She broke serve five times against the sixth-seeded Czech.

"Being in that round, winning good matches".

Play has begun under puffy clouds on Day 7 of the French Open, with No. 3-seeded Garbine Muguruza on Court Philippe Chatrier seeking a fourth-round berth against Samantha Stosur of Australia.

Their third-round match at the French Open on Saturday followed a familiar pattern: Nadal subjected Gasquet to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 pummeling.

Sloane Stephens also advanced to the fourth round, but the 10th-seeded American had a much more hard time beating Italy's Camila Giorgi 4-6, 6-1, 8-6.

Frenchman Lucas Pouille, seeded 15, was dumped out by Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-3 7-5 6-3.

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

No. 3 Marin Cilic eliminated Steve Johnson of the United States, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. He will face No. 18 Fabio Fognini next.

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.

Nadal has been his usual unstoppable self at Roland-Garros so far, sweeping aside both Simone Bolelli and Guido Pella in straight sets despite both those opponents giving good accounts of themselves.

Mischa Zverev couldn't keep up with younger brother Alexander at the French Open, ending their bid to become the first siblings in 27 years to reach the fourth round at the same Grand Slam tournament.

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