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Federer downs Ruud in 400th grand slam singles match

Federer downs Ruud in 400th grand slam singles match

Next up for the 20-time grand slam title victor is a clash with Norway's Casper Ruud who put out Italian 29th seed Matteo Berrettini 6-4, 7-5, 6-3. "You can meet a player who qualified who (you) have not heard of before", said Federer, who last played at Roland Garros in 2015.

Federer became the first man or woman to play 400 Grand Slam matches, and improved his career record at the biggest tournaments to 345-55.

It is the 14th time the 20-time Grand Slam champion has reached the second week in Paris, and he will face either French wildcard Nicolas Mahut or Argentina's Leonardo Mayer for a quarter-final spot.

Nadal, eyeing a 12th French Open title, beat a German qualifier named Yannick for the second straight round, taking out Yannick Maden 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

Nadal's victory raised his astonishing Roland Garros record to 88-2 and set up a third-round date with Belgian 27th seed David Goffin, a 6-2 6-4 6-3 victor over Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic.

The Swiss great, back at the tournament for the first time since 2015, broke once in the deciding stage of each set to progress into the last 32 against Norway's Casper Ruud.

There was certainly no lack of effort from the WTA World No.11, though in heavy conditions she was struggling to control the ball and finished the opening set with 17 unforced errors to just six winners.

Japan's Kei Nishikori overcame a sluggish start to see off local favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 and reach the third round. "It was an important victory for me", Nadal said in an on-court interview.

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No. 32 seed and sick-feeling Frances Tiafoe was among those losses falling to Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0. But the 23-time Grand Slam champion quickly changed the momentum by winning the opening three games of the second set.

Ruud produced some confident groundstrokes during the early exchanges but was unable to make any inroads on Federer's serve and the 37-year-old broke him with a brilliant half-volley backhand from the baseline.

"Once I got myself into the right mindset, things seemed to flow my way", 20-year-old Tsitsipas said.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka showed that he cannot be ruled out of contention with an impressive 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 success against in-form Chilean Cristian Garin.

Federer, wearing pale brown shorts, turned the screw just enough, breaking serve at a crucial juncture of each set for a clinical, yet still eye-catching 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 victory. On the women's side, can Simona Halep defend her title?

The sixth seed, tipped as the youngster most likely to have a title run this year, said the surface of the Court Simonne Mathieu felt slow, forcing him to engage in long rallies with a player well grooved in the art of grinding it out on the dirt.

- Ukrainian ninth seed Svitolina will have little unknown to face when she takes on childhood rival and 67th-ranked compatriot Kateryna Kozlova.

Spain's Muguruza, seeded 19th this year, eased to a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Swede Johanna Larsson. Tsitsipas had to fight hard even in the second he won 6-0, with the fourth game alone going via deuce eight times.


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