Clay court king and defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain and Alexander Zverev of Germany have won their respective matches to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the French Open tennis tournament. In the women’s category, fourth seed American’s Sophia Canin has also reached Round 16. The 34-year-old Nadal, seeking his 13th French Open title, defeated Italy’s Stefano Treveglia 6–1, 6–4, 6–0 in consecutive sets. In the next round, Nadal will face Sebastian Korda of America. This was Nadal’s record 96th win over Red Gravel. Alexander Zverev of Germany, the last runner-up of the US Open, defeated Marco Sechinato of Italy 6–1, 7–5, 6–3 in about two hours to enter the pre-quarterfinals. In the next round, they will face rising Italian player Janik Sinar.
World number 239 Hugo Gaston, who was a wild card player, made a big upset by beating former champion Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 2–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 6–0 in three hours and 10 minutes. The rain also disrupted the match. The 20-year-old Gaston will face US Open champion Dominic Theme in the fourth round, who had been runners-up for the past two years at the French Open. Andrei Rublev of Russia, the 13th seed who won the Hamburg Open title last week, defeated Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-3 6-2 6-3 in an hour and 34 minutes on Saturday to advance to the fourth round.
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Meanwhile, in a major upset, 22-year-old Daniel Altmaer, a qualifier and world number 186 German, defeated seventh seed Italy’s Mateo Berretini 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in two hours and 15 minutes. Became the fourth qualifier to reach Round 16 of the French Open since 2000. In another match of the third round, Pablo Busta of Spain defeated compatriot Roberto Batista Agut 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in a clash of three hours 22 minutes to advance to the fourth round.
In other matches, Stephanos Sitipas of the fifth seed Greece and Grigor Dimitrov of the 18th seed Bulgaria made it to the fourth round by retiring in the third set of their opposition players. Sitsipas defeated Eljaj Bedene of Slovakia 6–1, 6–2, 3–1 in an hour and 20 minutes, while Dimitrov defeated Spain’s Roberto Colores Bayena 6–1, 6–3 in 64 minutes. In the women’s section, fourth seed American’s Sophia Kainin reached the fourth round by defeating Romania’s Irina Bara 6-2, 6-0 in just one hour and 12 minutes. Holland’s Kiki Bertens defeated Katrina Ciniakova 6-2 6-2 to enter the final 16. China’s Shuai Zhang also reached the fourth round. Zhang defeated France’s Clara Burrell 7-6 (2), 7-5.
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