Federer, Nadal, Nishikori power into French Open 3rd round
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 02, 2019,
Jun 02, 2019, 8:43
Sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas also made it to the third round at Roland Garros for the first time, overcoming a slow start to beat Hugo Dellien of Bolivia 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.
Federer, the tournament's 2009 champion who hadn't been in the field in four years, will be playing his third opponent in a row who is 25 or younger, after beating 144th-ranked Oscar Otte 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round.
On his gamestyle, Caruso added: "I like thinking about being a complete player: I was born on clay, but for my style I always fit to hard and I enjoy the grass".
Neither player served with much success at the beginning of the opener, yet in a set that was decided by relatively fine margins, it was telling that the American's delivery would improve whereas her opponent's lingered at 50% of first serves in.
- Federer has impressed so far on his return to Roland Garros after opting out of the tournament in 2015, notching three consecutive straight-sets wins.
World No 1 Djokovic notched 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 win over Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen while Zverev moved into the third round with a comfortable 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) win over Swedish qualifier Mikael Ymer. Nadal won 17 service games and 5 return games to win the match against David Goffin.
Also Wednesday, two rising female stars withdrew from second-round matches.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion is the oldest person to reach this stage of a major since Jimmy Connors did so at the 1991 US Open aged 39.
It was a similar story in the second set, Federer breaking in the eighth game with a volley before holding for a two-set lead.
And when he beat the fast rising Ruud 6-3 6-1 7-6 (10-8) on Suzanne Lenglen, the 37-year-old also became the oldest man to make the fourth round at the French Open since Italian Nicola Pietrangeli nearly 50 years ago in 1972. "I feel great, and I'm very focused and excited for what's ahead". "He had chances early, then later, and then again after", Federer said.
Federer is the oldest man to book a last-16 place since Tunisian-born Italian Nicola Pietrangeli, a two-time champion, at the age of 38 in 1972.
Not that Federer is buying into the talk of him as one of the men most likely to stop Nadal over the next couple of weeks.
"Of course it is the beginning and the first round is more about talking about what I have to do better".
Unseeded Martin Klizan outlasted Frenchman Lucas Pouille 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 6-3 3-6 9-7 in a contest that resumed on Friday after it was stopped due to fading light on Thursday.