Federer, Nadal reach French Open quarters

Federer, Nadal reach French Open quarters

Third seed Roger Federer coasted into the French Open quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-3 6-3 victory over Argentine world number 68 Leonardo Mayer.

Federer, a 20-time major victor, is the oldest man to make the quarter-finals of a Slam since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal was equally impressive during a 6-2 6-3 6-3 win over Argentine debutant Juan Ignacio Londero, reaching his 38th Grand Slam quarter-final.

Nothing quite so riveting earlier, when Federer beat 68th-ranked Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 to become the oldest men's singles quarterfinalist in Paris since 1971.

"You can't expect you're going to play quarter-finals in a Grand Slam, but I played some tough matches", said Vondrousova.

Paris - Four years after his defeat to Stan Wawrinka in the Roland Garros quarter-finals prompted him to call a temporary halt to his Paris aspirations, Roger Federer renews his rivalry with his oldest friend with a place in the semi-finals at stake on Tuesday.

Wawrinka, seeded 24th, saved 22 of the 27 break points he faced, including all eight in the final set as sixth seed Tsitsipas pushed for victory to no avail.

This was a promising clay courter against the best of all time and although Londeiro showed no little courage and skill in saving six of the 12 break points he faced, he was outhit and outrun by Nadal.

The 2015 champion was twice a set up against the young Greek pretender, but Tsitsipas showed again what a superb competitor he is to fight back, and it was the 20-year-old who looked like he would move ahead in the deciding set.

Their five-hour-and-nine-minute clash meant Kei Nishikori led Benoit Paire 6-2 6-7 (8-10) 6-2 when bad light stopped play.

Federer, 37, won his only French Open in 2009, the year Nadal lost to big-serving Swede Robin Soderling in the fourth round.

Federer is chasing a record-extending 21st Grand Slam title.

In a wide-open women's draw after the shock exits of top seed Naomi Osaka and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on Saturday, last year's runner-up Sloane Stephens laid down a marker with a 6-4, 6-3 win over 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza.

Wawrinka edged Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 after 5 hours, 9 minutes to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in two years.

Stephens was the runner-up at Roland Garros previous year, losing to Simona Halep.

Also advancing to the last eight was 26th-seeded Briton Johanna Konta, who beat 23rd-seeded Donna Vekic 6-2, 6-4.

Four years ago, Federer lost in the quarterfinals to Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka in straight sets.

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