French Open Day 4: All too easy for Nadal and Djokovic, Mattek-Sands dumps out Kvitova

There were no problems for fourth seed Rafael Nadal on day four of the action in Paris, as the Spaniard swept Dutchman Robin Haase aside to remain on course for a tenth French Open title.

Nadal has been in top form on clay this season having already won the Monte Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open, and he was impressive once again with a tally of 33 winners and just 13 unforced errors in a comfortable 6-1 6-4 6-3 second round win.

Rafael Nadal has only ever suffered two defeats at the French Open
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Haase did not manage to create a single break point while dropping his serve five times against the nine-time French Open champion, who is bidding to become just the first man to win ten titles at the single Grand Slam event.

Nadal will now face Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili for a place in the fourth round, after he dumped Serbian Viktor Troicki out of the French Open by winning 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (8/6).

Defending champion Novak Djokovic kept his bid for second French Open title on track, as the Serbian improved on his first outing in Paris to cruise past Portugal’s Joao Sousa.

Sousa missed his chance to break Djokovic in the second set to find a way back into the match, as Djokovic bagged a 6-1 6-4 6-3 straight sets win in two hours and seven minutes to advance.

The second seed will now face Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the third round, after the 24-year-old secured a 6-3 7-5 6-2 win against Italian Stefano Napolitano to set up a clash with the 12-time grand slam winner.

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was sent packing in the very first round of the French Open, as Argentine Renzo Olivo ended the 12th seed’s hopes of winning a first grand slam title in Paris.

Tsonga saved three match points in the only game on Wednesday after dusk interrupted play on Tuesday night, but Olivo would not let his lead slip as he clinched the win on the fourth match point to secure a 7-5 6-4 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 victory.

There was better news for Tsonga’s compatriot Lucas Pouille, as the 16th seed overcame a tough first set tie-break to seal his place in the third round after a 7-6 (7/5) 6-1 6-1 straight sets win over Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.

There was to be no upset for Austria’s Dominic Thiem, as the sixth seed was broken just once in a 7-5 6-1 6-3 straight sets win over Italian Simone Bolelli to book his place in the next round.

It was also a comfortable day at the office for 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov, as the Australian Open semi-finalist once again cruised through with a 6-3 6-4 7-5 win over Spaniard Tommy Robredo.

Former Wimbeldon finalist Milos Raonic survived an early scare to keep his hopes of a first grand slam title alive, as the Canadian came from behind to pick up a 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-4 win against Rogerio Dutra Silva from Brazil.

Belgium’s David Goffin was also made to work to keep his hopes of a first major title alive, as the tenth seed overcame a tough test against Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky to emerge a 6-2 6-4 3-6 6-3 winner.

Roberto Bautista Agut was also made to fight for his place in the third round, as the Spaniard had to dig deep to bag a hard-fought 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7/3) win over Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin.

Bautista Agut is joined in the next round by fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, as the 20th seed suffered no major problems in his comfortable 6-2 6-1 6-1 win over Benjamin Bonzi of France.

In a dramatic encounter on Court Six, 25th seed Steve Johnson was handed a point penalty for ball abuse on match point in the fourth set, but the American composed himself to win a tie-breaker and edge out Croatian Borna Coric 6-2 7-6 (10/8) 3-6 7-6 (8/6).

Great Britain’s Aljaz Bedene is out of the French Open, after Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely overcame a fight back from the 27-year-old to seal his progress in Paris with a  6-3 6-3 4-6 6-3 victory.

It was also the end of the road for veteran Croatian Ivo Karlovic, as Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos overcame a tough battle against the 23rd seed to secure his place in the third round with a 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 win.

On the women’s side of things, Petra Kvitova‘s comeback from career threatening injuries came to an end, as the two-time Wimbledon champion was dumped out of the French Open by Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Kvitova looked in good shape early on as she took a commanding 4-1 lead in the first set with a double break, but American Mattek Sands dug deep to claw back and win the first set on a tie-break.

It was Kvitova who had to recover from 3-1 down in the second set in force another tie-break, but the Czech double faulted on match point to hand her American opponent a 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/5) victory.

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza survived an early scare against world number 99 Anett Kontaveit to keep her hopes of winning a second grand slam title alive.

The fourth seed fell a set and a break behind against the Estonian, but the 23-year-old dug deep to turnaround the tie to advance into the third round with a 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-2 victory in two hours and eight minutes.

Petra Kvitova suffered serious hand injuries after being stabbed five months ago
image: rte.ie

23 time grand slam champion Serena Williams cheered on sister Venus Williams from the players box, as the 36-year-old eased into the third round at the French Open for the first time five years with an easy 6-3 6-1 win over Kurumi Nara.

There was also a comfortable outing for former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, as the 11th seed wasted little time in winning all 12 games by securing the double bagel against Francoise Abanda 6-0 6-0.

France’s best hope Kristina Mladenovic also breezed into the third round of the French Open, as the 13th seed ended the hopes of Italy’s Sara Errani 6-2 6-3.

Angelique Kerber’s conqueror Ekaterina Makarova could not follow-up on her impressive win against the top seed, as Lesia Tsurenko thrashed the Russian 6-2 6-2 in their second round clash.

Slovak Dominika Cibulkova also suffered a shock second round exit, as she became the third top ten seed to be knocked out of the French Open with a 6-4 6-3 defeat to Tunisia’s world number 114 Ons Jabeur.

However, former US Open champion Sam Stousr did make it into round three, as the 23rd seed overcame the test of Kirsten Flipkens with a 6-2 7-6 (8/6) win against the Belgian.

18-year-old Cici Bellis pulled off the biggest win of her career, as the American – who is making her debut at the French Open – upset last year’s semi-finalist Kiki Bertens 6-3 7-6 (7/5).

However, fellow American Madsion Brengle could not overcome the test of 30th seed Timea Bacsinszky, as the Swiss player brushed the 27-year-old aside 6-0 6-2.

You can check out more results from day four at the 2017 French Open at this link.

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