Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer reach French Open fourth round

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Paris, France (4E Sports) – World No. 1 and defending champion Rafael Nadal clinched his 31st win in a row at the French Open, beating Leonardo Mayer, 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros.

Nadal committed only 10 unforced errors and broke Mayer seven times as he claimed his third victory in as many meetings with the Argentine in two hours and 17 minutes.

The 27-year-old Nadal goes on to face world No. 83 Dusan Lajovic, who fellow young gun Jack Sock 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and 14 minutes. Like Nadal, Lajovic has yet to drop a set at Roland Garros.

David Ferrer also reached the fourth round with a 6-2, 7-6(2), 6-3 victory over Andreas Seppi. He will next meet No. 19 seed Kevin Anderson, who advanced after Ivo Karlovic retired with a back injury.

In a match carried over from Friday night, Marcel Granollers closed out a 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(4), 7-5 victory over Martin Klizan. The match had been suspended due to bad light, with Granollers having just won the third set.

Granollers set up a fourth-round match-up with Milos Raonic, with both players looking to reach their first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Gael Monfils edged Fabio Fognini 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2 to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros for the fifth time. He will next face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who battled past Donald Young, 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-7(4), 6-4 in three hours and 47 minutes.

Andy Murray and Philipp Kohlschreiber are locked in an intense third-round duel at Roland Garros, with the score level at 7-7 in the fifth set.

Play was suspended due to darkness on Court Suzanne Lenglen after three hours and 27 minutes Saturday. The match is set to resume second on Lenglen Sunday.

On the women’s side, fourth seed Simona Halep and former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic reached the fourth round while Ana Ivanovic was ousted by Lucie Safarova, 6-3, 6-3.

Halep advanced with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor while Jankovic rolled past Sorana Cirstea, 6-1, 6-2.

Halep will next take on Sloane Stephens, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Ekaterina Makarova while Jankovic advanced against Sara Errani, who defeated Julia Glushko, 6-0, 6-1

Other winners were Svetlana Kuznetsova, Andrea Petkovic and Kiki Bertens.

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