Federer Advances In Paris

courtesy: MGN Online

PARIS (AP) -- Roger Federer has reached the fourth round of the French Open with a win in his 400th Grand Slam match. The 37-year-old defeated 20-year-old Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-1, 7-6. Ruud's father was in the draw when Federer made his French Open debut in 1999.
Federer became the first person to reach the 400 mark, and improved his career record at the biggest tournaments to 345-55. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has yet to drop a set in this tournament.
Both Federer and 11-time champion Rafael Nadal have reached the last 16 in Paris for a record 14th time. Nadal beat No. 27 David Goffin 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the first matchup of seeded players this tournament.
Among other results Friday, Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR'-ee) needed nearly 4 1/2 hours to beat Laslo Djere 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 4-6, 8-6.
2016 champion Garbine Muguruza (GAHR'-been moo-gah-ROO'-thuh) improved to 6-0 in third-round matches at Roland Garros after beating ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-3.
Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova lost to No. 31 Petra Martic 6-3, 6-3, ensuring that Naomi Osaka will hold onto the No. 1 ranking after the tournament. It was Martic's tour-best 14th win on clay this season. The Croatian has not dropped a set in her opening three matches.
Seventh seed Sloane Stephens managed to regroup from four wasted match points in the second set of a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win over 71st-ranked Polona Hercog to reach the fourth round.



 
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