French open 2016 roland garros Wawrinka Djokovic Andy Murray
Defending champion Stan Wawrinka reached the French Open quarter-finals at Roland Garros yesterday with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (7/9), 6-3, 6-2 win over Serbia’s Victor Troicki.
It was the 31-year-old Swiss player’s 11th straight win in the year’s second Grand Slam and it puts him into a last eight match against Spanish surprise Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who upset eighth seed Milos Raonic in straight sets.
“It was far from easy with tough conditions — heavy and cold, but I am happy to have come through it,” said Wawrinka. “It was a big battle, but I was able to stay calm and win this match.”
Serena is in the other half of the draw and has reached the third round without dropping a set.
The 22-year-old Venezuela-born Muguruza, who lost last year’s Wimbledon final to Serena, easily saw off the challenge of Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-0, winning nine games in a row from 3-3 in the first set.
Halep, a losing finalist to Maria Sharapova in Paris two years ago, was stretched by 18-year-old US-based Japanese player Naomi Osaka before pulling through 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
But it was a far from a smooth display from the 11-time major winner and three-time French Open runner-up who committed 42 unforced errors.
“He plays with a lot of speed, is good from the baseline and it was not easy for me to play the points the way I wanted,” Djokovic said of 32-year-old Darcis.
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“He has a lot of talent and it was tough. I am happy to have won in three sets.”
Djokovic next takes on Britain’s Slovenian-born Aljaz Bedene who reached the third round of a major for the first time with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-2 win over Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.
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Comfortable on his own serve, Murray pulled away again and he was soon two sets up.
The third was a tighter affair, but with Karlovic unable to muster up a single break point, it was just a case of Murray grabbing a fourth break of serve when the chance came along or winning the tie-break.
The latter proved to be the option and Murray made no mistake with that, grabbing a mini-break at the start to take control.
Andy Murray coasted into the last-16 at the French Open yesterday, downing giant Ivo Karlovic in straight sets in stark contrast to the five-setters he needed in the first two rounds.
The second seed won 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) in 1hr 56min. His victories over Czech veteran Radek Stepanek and French wildcard Mathias Bourgue took him a combined total of 7hr 15 min.
“It was very close especially at the end,” said Murray.“I got off to a quick start and against someone like Ivo, that’s very important. Glad to win that tie-break at the end.”
Murray got off to the best of possible starts by breaking Karlovic’s huge serve at the first two times of asking.
That gave him a 5-0 lead and two games later he had the first set in the bag at 6-1.
At 37, Karlovic was the oldest player to reach the third round in Paris since Jimmy Connors in 1991 and he topped the charts after two rounds winning 92% of his service games.
But he struggled again at the start of the second, with Murray making it three breaks out four service games faced.
Aisam crashes out of third round
Pakistan’s only player at the French Open Aisamul Haq Qureshi and his partner Canada’s Daniel Nestor crashed out of the clay court tournament after they lost their third-round match against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas and Spain’s Marcel Granollers 7-6, 6-4.
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