Deja vu as Nadal crushes Gasquet in Paris

Deja vu as Nadal crushes Gasquet in Paris

A loss would send her outside the Top 100, which would be the first time she drops out of the Top-100 in 10 years.

It was only a brief rally, as Nadal responded in his usual clinical way.

Nadal is chasing a men's singles 17th grand slam title - only Roger Federer has more with 20 - and next faces the unseeded German Maximilian Marterer in their first career meeting.

These two actually met at the beginning of the French Open in 2016, where Kerber fell in the first round and it felt like a shock to many when Bertens performed the way she did on her way to a first major semi-final, but after sealing a title win in Charleston, making the final in Madrid and playing well last week in Nuremburg, I feel Bertens is in a very good position to win this match and to really stake her claim as one of the contenders for this very tournament. "He has power, so he's a unsafe opponent".

He will try to reach a major quarterfinal for the first time, facing No. 2-seeded Alexander Zverev next. "All I know is about me", he said.

"I don't know what the others (players) think". Williams not only sprinted to the ball in time, she whipped a cross-court forehand passing victor to go up 3-1, then let out a loud yell and raised her fist. "I don't come here saying, 'You can't win against me,"' the Spaniard said.

"Of course I have won a lot, and it can maybe influence my opponents".

The last time they played was at the 2016 Australian Open. Stephens next faces Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, who won 7-6 (6) 7-6 (4) against No. 8 seed Petra Kvitova.

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Third-seeded Garbine Muguruza, the 2016 champion, also impressed on Chatrier, needing just over one hour to beat Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-0 6-2.

Frenchman Lucas Pouille, seeded 15, was dumped out by Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-3 7-5 6-3.

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No. 7 seed Caroline Garcia gave French fans a boost with a 6-1 6-3 victory against Irina-Camelia Begu.

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Meanwhile, Germany's Mischa Zverev couldn't keep up with younger brother Alexander at the French Open, ending their bid to become the first siblings in 27 years to reach the fourth round at the same grand slam tournament.

The 64th-ranked Mischa lost in the third round to 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Kevin Anderson 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Saturday. It contains quite a bit of material about the American, including a reference to Williams crying in the locker room after losing to Sharapova in the Wimbledon final 14 years ago.

Italy's Fabio Fognini marched on after he beat 16th-seeded Briton Kyle Edmund 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-4.