Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nadal powers into 4th round with French Open streaks intact

Nadal powers into 4th round with French Open streaks intact

The defending champion at Roland Garros came into the meeting with a flawless record against the French player from their previous encounters and made it 16 wins in total with a 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory.

Also, Rafa is the sixth player in the Open era who has managed to reach the last 16 at Majors at least 40 times, behind Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi.

Nadal said there's still room for improvement.

Nadal eventually claimed the match on a third match point when Bolelli dumped a forehand into the net. Nadal saved four break points in the eighth game of the final set, including one with a ferocious trademark cross-court forehand victor. His next challenge is, well, not quite that: Richard Gasquet has tried 15 times to beat the Spaniard, coming unstuck each time.

Nadal will now face unseeded German Maximilian Marterer in the last-16. He moved to 5-0 up for the loss of just two points. "He had many chances in the third set", Nadal said.

To wit: He was facing the mighty Nadal - victor of all 16 matches this pair has played against each other as professionals - and on red clay, to boot.

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No. 3 Marin Cilic eliminated Steve Johnson of the United States, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

"And his dream is to play just one ball against you here at Roland Garros".

The 27th-seeded Gasquet was joined in the third round by fellow Frenchman Lucas Pouille, who advanced past Cameron Norrie 6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (3) over two days after their match was stopped by darkness Wednesday.

Zverev is on Court Philippe Chatrier against Damir Dzumhur, a 26th-seeded Bosnian who is trying to reach the fourth round of any major for the first time.

The Croatian, who won the US Open in 2014 and was a quarterfinalist here a year ago, was cruising until the third set, when Hurkacz broke him for the only time in the match.

In women's play, top-ranked Simona Halep, third-seeded Garbine Muguruza and two-time champion Maria Sharapova all powered into the third round with straight-set victories.

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