French Open Day 4: Federer books place in third round, Early exit for third seed Halep

Roger Federer kept his hopes of a second French Open title alive after the Swiss man saw off the brave fight of Spain’s Marcel Granolllers 6-2 7-6(7/1) 6-3 to book his place in the third round at Roland Garros.

Roger Federer lost serve in both the second and third sets but broke straight back image: rte.ie

Roger Federer lost serve in both the second and third sets but broke straight back
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Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saw off the challenge of Dudi Sela of Israel with relative ease in a straight sets 6-4 6-1 6-1 victory, while fifth seed Kei Nishikori also enjoyed a comfortable straight sets win as the Japan man recorded a 7-5 6-4 6-4 over Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.

Tomas Berdych was made to work for his place in the third round as he overcame he brave challenge from Czech man Radek Stepanek in a 6-3 6-7 (9/7) 6-3 6-3 win.

It was also the same case for eight seed Stan Wawrinka as he was given a tough test by Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic but the Swiss man booked his place in the next round nonetheless with a 6-3 6-4 5-7 6-3 victory.

Gael Monfils won against Argentina’s Diego Schwartsman as the two men went all the way as 13th seed Monfils booked his spot in the third round with a 4-6 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-3 win.

Fernando Verdasco and Benjamin Becker of Germany also went through a five set thriller as Becker booked his spot in the third round as he knocked out the Spaniard with a 6-4 0-6 1-6 7-5 10-8 victory.

In women’s action, third seed Simona Halep was stunned by Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni as last year’s beaten finalist suffered a 7-5 6-1 defeat as she crashed out at just the second round.

Maria Sharapova has won two of the last three French Opens image: rte.ie

Maria Sharapova has won two of the last three French Opens
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There were no problems for defending champion Maria Sharapova as she kept up hopes of fourth consecutive final at Roland Garros alive after a straight sets 6-3 6-1 victory over compatriot Vitalia Diatchenko.

It is Sam Stousr next for Sharapova after the Australian overcame Amandine Hesse of France 6-2 6-1, while Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro was handed the win over Virginie Razzano as the French woman retired through injury with Navarro up 6-3 1-0.

Russian Ekaterina Makarova overcame Teliana Pereira 6-2 7-5 6-3 win as the Brazilian put up a stern test against the ninth seed, while seventh seed Ana Ivanovic came from a set down to book her place in the third round with a 3-6 6-3 6-4 win over Japan’s Misaki Doi.

You can check out more of the results from day three at Roland Garros here.

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