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

Rafael Nadal practices with ball boy after winning French Open match

Rafael Nadal practices with ball boy after winning French Open match

In the last 16 on Monday, Nadal will face the fourth lowest ranked player Nadal has ever faced at such an advanced stage in a major competition in German player Maximilian Marterer, now number 70 in the world.

With clubbing forehands, Nadal streaked ahead 4-0 in the second set and did the same in the third, before Gasquet finally held serve after a long fifth game.

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.

Williams made only three unforced errors in the opening set, 12 in all.

With about a week to go, Nadal is looking more and more like the absolute favorite.

Former champion Sharapova reached the fourth round with a dominant 6-2, 6-1 win against Karolina Pliskova. She needed just over one hour to beat Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-0, 6-2.

He will next face 11th seed Diego Schwartzman after the diminutive Argentine underlined his clay court capability with a 7-5 6-3 6-3 victory against the unseeded Borna Coric. Djokovic has been shaky at times, too.

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Unseeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko defeated 19th-seeded Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-4.

In another all-leftie match, the exciting young Canadian, Denis Shapovalov fell to Germany's world No 70 Maximilian Marterer, who ground out a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-4 win in three hours and 11 minutes in the Bullring.

The 64th-ranked Mischa lost in the third round to 2017 US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Saturday.

The No. 3-seeded Croat won the 2014 U.S. Open and has reached the final at two of the past three majors - Wimbledon previous year and the Australian Open in January.

The Croat will face Italy's Fabio Fognini, who knocked out British number one Kyle Edmund as he took a thrilling five-setter 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-4.

Juan Martín del Potro eased into the fourth round by beating No. 31 Albert Ramos-Vinolas, 7-5, 6-4, 6-1.

Meanwhile, Kiwi doubles player Michael Venus' title defence is over after the 30-year-old and his partner, South African Raven Klaasen, were beaten 7-6 (2) 7-6 (4) by the Croatian-Austrian pairing of Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya.

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