There are more third-round matches to come on Saturday at the French Open, with Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas in action in the men’s draw, while Iga Swiatek will try to underline her strong outright favouritism in the women’s.
Gilles Simon v Marin Cilic
Miomir Kecmanovic v Daniil Medvedev
Mikael Ymer v Stefanos Tsitsipas
Iga Swiatek v Danka Kovinic
Jessica Pegula v Tamara Zidansek
Qinwen Zheng v Alize Cornet
Defending champion Novak Djokovic continued his fine run in Paris as he reached the fourth round without breaking sweat.
Djokovic has yet to drop a set all week, and he cruised past Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-3 6-2 on Friday.
Djokovic is on track to meet 13-time champion Rafael Nadal, in the quarter-finals, with the Spaniard having beaten Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3 6-2 6-4.
Nadal will face Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime on Sunday, while Djokovic will need to beat Diego Schwartzman to advance.
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Alexander Zverev advanced after beating Brandon Nakashima 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 7-6 (7-5), while Carlos Alcaraz also progressed after he overcame Sebastian Korda 6-4 6-4 6-2.
Cameron Norrie became the final British singles player to fall at the French Open after he lost 6-2 7-5 5-7 6-4 to Karen Khachanov.
In the women’s draw, two-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka was beaten 4-6 7-5 7-6 (10-5) by Jil Teichmann.
Angelique Kerber was also eliminated, as she lost 6-4 7-6 (7-5) to Aliaksandra Sasnovich. However, Leylah Fernandez, Coco Gauff and Sloane Stephens all advanced into the fourth round.
On Saturday, second seed Daniil Medvedev will face Miomir Kecmanovic (Kecmanovic 5/4, Medvedev 8/13 – Match Betting), while Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is seeded fourth, will tackle Mikael Ymer.
Gilles Simon and Marin Cilic will do battle in the afternoon session, while in the women’s draw, number one seed Iga Swiatek (2/5 fav French Open Outright) will play Danka Kovinic of Montenegro.
Qinwen Zheng faces French favourite Alize Cornet, while Jessica Pegula will need to get past Tamara Zidansek to advance into the next round.
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