2019 French Open: Nadal and Federer Cruises Into Third Round

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Another German qualifier named Yannick, another easy win for Rafael Nadal.

Chasing a record-extending 12th title at the French Open, Nadal posted a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Yannick Maden on Wednesday to reach the third round of the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.

Nadal lost only six games in the first round against Yannick Hanfmann. He was on the verge of doing even better on Wednesday, but lost focus briefly in the third set and dropped his serve twice.

“That’s just about concentration,” Nadal said.

In the next round, Nadal will be up against 27th-seeded David Goffin.

[French Open scoreboard: men’s singles | women’s singles]

Third-seeded Roger Federer also advanced easily, with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 victory over 144th-ranked Oscar Otte. Federer is playing the French Open for the first time in four years.

Sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece made it to the third round at Roland Garros for the first time. He overcame a slow start to beat Hugo Dellien of Bolivia, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.

Also, seventh-seeded Kei Nishikori rallied to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

The women’s singles draw lost two top players Wednesday. Fourth-seeded Kiki Bertens, a popular pick to win the title, retired from her second-round match with an illness after finishing just four games.

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Bianca Andreescu, the No. 22 seed from Canada, withdrew ahead of her second-round match against Sofia Kenin because of a right shoulder injury. Andreescu, who won the Indian Wells title in March, also missed the previous two months with the same injury.

The former champion Garbiñe Muguruza and Sloane Stephens, last year’s runner-up, posted straight-set wins to progress to the third round.

Muguruza beat Johanna Larsson. 6-4, 6-1. on Suzanne Lenglen Court. Seeded 19th this year, Muguruza won the title at Roland Garros in 2016 when she upset Serena Williams in the final. Muguruza is expected to face tougher opposition in her next match against ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who progressed to the third round without hitting a shot.

Svitolina was set to play 67th-ranked Kateryna Kozlova, who withdrew with a virus.

Stephens, who lost to Simona Halep in last year’s final, needed a bit more time to defeat the gritty but error-prone Sara Sorribes Tormo, 6-1, 7-6 (3).

In a match that featured 11 breaks of serve, Stephens could not hold on to a 3-0 lead in the second set and Sorribes twice had the opportunity to level at 1-set apiece on her serve. A turning point came in the 11th game when Sorribes hit two consecutive double faults to drop serve.

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The seventh-seeded Stephens hit a series of winners in the tiebreaker and sealed the match with a backhand down the line.

“Just decided to keep it exciting, to play a bit longer on that court,” Stephens joked. “I missed it from last year.”

Notes

Lucie Safarova, a runner-up to Serena Williams at the French Open in 2015, announced her retirement. Safarova, who achieved a career-best ranking of fifth that year, played her final match in Paris in the doubles draw with Dominika Cibulkova, losing to Sofia Kenin and Andrea Petkovic, 6-4, 6-0, in the first round. Safarova, 32, reached No. 1 in the doubles rankings and won five Grand Slam doubles titles. She also won the Fed Cup with the Czech Republic five times.



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