French Open glance: Federer, Nadal both in 3rd-round action
PARIS (AP) — A quick look at the French Open:
LOOKAHEAD TO FRIDAY
Roger Federer’s third-round opponent at the French Open is the son of a player who was in the field when the 20-time Grand Slam champion made his debut in Paris in 1999. The 37-year-old Federer faces 20-year-old Casper Ruud on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Ruud is coached by his father, Christian, who told Casper he once practiced with Federer. With seeded players going head to head for the first time at this year’s tournament, 11-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal plays No. 27 David Goffin on Court Philippe Chatrier. Italian Open champion Karolina Pliskova brings a seven-match winning streak into her meeting with 31st-seeded Petra Martic. Pliskova is seeded No. 2 and has a chance to get to No. 1 in the rankings by the end of the tournament. Sloane Stephens, the 2018 runner-up, plays Polona Hercog.
Partly Cloudy. High of 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).
Cloudy. High of 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius).
THURSDAY’S KEY RESULTS
Men’s second round: No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat Henri Laaksonen 6-1, 6-4, 6-3; No. 4 Dominic Thiem beat Alexander Bublik 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-5; No. 5 Alexander Zverev beat Mikael Ymer 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (3); No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro beat Yoshihito Nishioka 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2; No. 9 Fabio Fognini beat Federico Delbonis 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Women’s second round: No. 1 Naomi Osaka beat Victoria Azarenka 4-6, 7-5, 6-3; No. 3 Simona Halep beat Magda Linette 6-4, 5-7, 6-3; No. 8 Ash Barty beat Danielle Collins 7-5, 6-1; No. 10 Serena Williams beat Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-2.
STAT OF THE DAY
80-0 — Combined record of the French Open’s top eight seeded men in the first and second rounds since 2015, making five years in a row that Nos. 1-8 all made it to the third round, according to the ATP World Tour. That hasn’t happened at any of the other major tournaments even once since the 2015 French Open.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I’m still here, so it’s doing OK.” — Serena Williams, when asked how her left knee is. She cited an injury to that knee when she withdrew from her previous two tournaments.