Ruthless Rafael Nadal sends Richard Gasquet crashing out as French challenge fades

Ruthless Rafael Nadal sends Richard Gasquet crashing out as French challenge fades

Ruthless Rafael Nadal sends Richard Gasquet crashing out as French challenge fades

Nadal now meets 70th-ranked Maximilian Marterer, a 22-year-old German who will be appearing in the fourth round of a major tournament for the first time. Once in Basel we had a very tight match.

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Defending champion Rafael Nadal has advanced to the fourth round of the French Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win against Richard Gasquet, improving to 16-0 against the Frenchman.

"After 7 pm, you have half of the court in the dark and the player can be in the sun with a lovely shadow", she said.

Nadal is wary of Marterer, who earlier won 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 against Jurgen Zopp. "It has been three hard matches for me, but I played well and I know I could play even better in my next round", del Potro said. He has yet to drop a set at this year's tournament.

Serena Williams produced the best performance of her Grand Slam comeback to beat 11th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany 6-3, 6-4 and reach the fourth round.

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Diego Schwartzman joined countryman del Potro in the fourth round with an impressive 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Borna Coric. And he did on the anniversary of the Swiss' iconic win in Paris against him.That win sealed one of the best matches ever played in this sport's history and made Federer stop the Serb's remarkable unbeaten run at 43 consecutive matches.

Rafael Nadal has been full of focus at Roland Garros.

"He is very photogenic, for me he is the one to photograph", she said.

The 27th seed insisted he doesn't respect Nadal too much on court, though, pointing out that he's not the first man to struggle against the 10-time French Open champion."It's not a question of respect". "Also we are good outside the court, with his parents, they know me also and I know them well". She broke serve five times against the sixth-seeded Czech. Mike Tyson watched also today's matches that promoted Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys to the last 8 for the first time at Roland Garros.

Isner had 17 aces and saved the only break point he faced in a tight contest, breaking Herbert's serve just once in seven attempts.

Top seed and Romanian tennis ace Simona Halep and Russia's Maria Sharapova comfortably beat their opponents and progressed to the third round of the French Open here on Thursday.

Later, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will face five-time major victor Maria Sharapova on the same court.

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