Federer marches on; Nadal through in Paris

Federer marches on; Nadal through in Paris

Federer was making his first appearance at Roland Garros since he reached the quarter-finals in 2015.

Roger Federer's return to clay has not only gone better than expected thus far, but he actually seems to be enjoying himself as he continues to be surprised by the progress he has made thus far. That hasn't happened at any of the other major tournaments even once since the 2015 French Open. Kenin will face the victor of Thursday's match between Serena Williams and Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara.

He next plays 20-year-old Casper Ruud, whose father was in the field when Federer made his debut in Paris in 1999. Can Nadal win yet another French Open men's singles title? .

The two-time quarter-finalist won 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 4-6 8-6 in four and a half hours after coming back from two breaks down in the fifth set and will face French world number 38 Benoit Paire in the fourth round.

The stands at Roland Garros are traditionally filled with children on Wednesdays, the traditional midweek day off for schools in France.

He may feel confident, but he is rated a 25/1 shot just to beat Nadal by the bookmakers.

It is not as exotic as numerous kits on display this week, but then Federer can make anything look good.

Federer's third round encounter against Ruud already saw the Swiss create history by becoming the first man to play 400 grand slam matches.

The No. 1-ranked Osaka couldn't muster a comeback after falling way behind yet again at the French Open, losing 6-4, 6-2 in the third round to No. 42 Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic on Saturday.

Also, 12th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova saved five match points before rallying to beat No. 20 Elise Mertens 6-7 (3), 6-4, 11-9. In a court like today with a lot of people in a Grand Slam, that was always my dream to play in the French Open when I was a kid.

Nadal dipped slightly in the third set - broken in the only game where he faced break chances - but predictably responded in the fourth.

Ukrainian Elina Svitolina will face 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza in the women's third round after the ninth seed's compatriot Kateryna Kozlova pulled out of the tournament before their match with a viral infection.

Del Potro's victory means that all of the top eight seeds have reached the last 32 at Roland Garros for five straight years.

"The level that I kept during the first 45 minutes, you can't really maintain that", Nadal said.

Nadal meets 114th-ranked Yannick Maden on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

The 25-year-old Thiem is bidding for a maiden Grand Slam title and has reached at least the semi-finals in Paris for three consecutive years.

Bublik fired down 16 aces to Thiem's six as the Austrian struggled to cope with his opponent's power, but the Kazakh also mixed up his game to try to unsettle the world number four.

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