Rafael Nadal continued his march towards a tenth French Open title as the Spaniard overcame the test of Nicolas Almagro with a 6-4 6-3 6-1 win to reach the third round at Roland Garros.
Nadal’s compatriot Almagro put up a fight against the nine time winner in the first two sets but Nadal – who hasn’t enjoyed the best of form on his favoured clay courts as of late – showed great strength to see off Almagro in straight sets.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic came through his second round clash with ease as he comfortably defeated Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller 6-1 6-4 6-4, but third seed Andy Murray was made to fight for his spot in the third round but the Scot was victorious nonetheless after recording a 6-2 4-6 6-4 6-1 win over Joao Sousa of Portugal.
Ninth seed Marin Cilic was given a tough first set by his Italian opponent Andrea Arnaboldi but after winning the tie-breaker the Croatian then cruised to a 7-6 (7/3) 6-1 6-1 win.
However, the tournament is over for Australian Bernard Tomic as he lost to compatriot Thanasi Kokkinaikis in a five set thriller as the young 19-year-old came from two sets down to clinch a 3-6 3-6 6-3 6-4 8-6 win over the 27th seed.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori booked his place in the next round without even hitting a ball as German opponent Benjamin Becker withdrew due to a pectoral injury sustained in his win over Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday.
In women’s action, world number one Serena Williams was unconvincing in her win over Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam as the American had to come from a set down to book her place in the third round after a 5-7 6-3 6-3 win.
Petra Kvitova is also through to the next round as the fourth seed came from a set down to see off Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-7 (7/4) 6-4 6-2, but Heather Watson’s French Open came to an end after she fell to a 6-2 6-4 defeat to American Sloane Stephens.
Caroline Wozniacki also crashed out of the French Open as the fifth seed fell to another defeat to Germany’s Julia Goerges as the German booked her spot in the third round after a 6-4 7-6 (7/4) victory over the Dane.
Italy’s Francesca Schiavone emerged victorious in a hard-fought contest against 18th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in a 6-7 (11/13) 7-5 10-8 thriller.
The pair played the longest ever women’s grand slam match at the Australian Open back in 2011 at four hours 44 minutes and the pair once again put on a tightly fought contest with Schiavone victorious once again, this time in three hours and 50 minutes.
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