Published: Tue, June 04, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Djokovic saunters into French Open fourth round

Djokovic saunters into French Open fourth round

Federer, playing at the tournament for the first time since 2015 when he made the quarter-finals, hailed the fans, two of whom carried a bedsheet with "Federer forever" painted on it.

In a career already full of milestones, Novak Djokovic passed another one in reaching the third round of the French Open: His young son watched him play at the tournament for the first time. No player has ever done that.

"Today was very hard, it was a tough match for me", Thiem told reporters.

Roger Federer cruised into the quarterfinals of the French Open on Sunday with a straight-set victory over Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.

Victory in Paris will see the 32-year-old equal his achievement during 2016 when the held all four majors at the same time.

"I'm feeling motivated, I'm feeling at home".

The Swiss kept the 63rd-ranked Norwegian completely off balance with his glittering array of shots.

Last year, the three-time Grand Slam champion, following injury struggles, lost in the first round to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and dropped out of the world's top 250.

After his problems in round one Alexander Zverev kept it simple at the French Open on Thursday as he outplayed Swede Mikael Ymer 6-1 6-3 7-6 (3). He clubbed an impressive 38 winners to 21 unforced errors.

In women's action, Dutch fourth seed Kiki Bertens retired from her match with Viktoria Kuzmova with illness while trailing 3-1, 40-15. This after her career nearly ended in 2016 because of a back injury.

The biggest compliment Nadal could make Londero was the relief he seemed to feel when holding serve at 4-3, producing a roar and a fist-pump after serving an ace.

"I like the conditions, I know how well I can play here". It was a very, very important match to me, without a doubt.

Asked about a cheeky underarm serve Bublik produced during the first set, Thiem was complimentary, saying: "It's a good choice against players like us who are so far behind the baseline".

The 114th-ranked Maden broke Nadal twice in the fiercely contested third set on a sunny afternoon on Court Suzanne Lenglen, before eventually succumbing 6-1 6-2 6-4 in two hours and nine minutes. On another, her backhand down the line barely caught the line. "I think that's the beauty of sport", said Konta. This is a crucial win for me. "So I had to do something".

She faces Croatian Petra Martić - also a first time quarter-finalist - in the last eight after she fought back from losing the first set against Estonia's Kaia Kanepi to win 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

The 17-time major champion next faces Belgium's David Goffin after the 27th seed eased past Miomir Kecmanovic 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.

"I am grateful to be part of the era with them, because I think they made me the player I am today", Djokovic said. "Were not really bad, but just some not very good for match things probably was running into my head".

If that was a crushing defeat for Krunic, the same could be said of Lucas Pouille's reverse. The seventh seed looked tight in the opening set before finding his range on Court Philippe-Chatrier, rallying back from a break down in the fourth to advance in solid fashion.

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