Nadal fulfils ballboy's dream with Roland Garros rally

Nadal fulfils ballboy's dream with Roland Garros rally

Nadal fulfils ballboy's dream with Roland Garros rally

Gasquet showed some fight to earn a break but Nadal took the first set to take charge.

The top seeded Nadal, bidding for an 11th title in Paris and his 17th major, next faces Argentina's Guido Pella for a place in the last 32.

"I have a great relationship with him, always", Nadal said of Gasquet.

Commentator John McEnroe, former American tennis player, responded by telling Eurosport: "That is very unusual but he has plenty of support - I wonder if he will do better than Gasquet?"

Two-time champion Sharapova survived a serious scare to claim a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Dutch qualifier Richel Hogenkamp, ranked 130, in her first French Open match since 2015. The past year without a Frenchman in the fourth round at Roland Garros was 2007. She is seeded 28th this year.

Jim Courier took a cheeky shot at Richard Gasquet after his 16th straight loss to Rafael Nadal on the ATP Tour at Roland Garros.

The Russian, who was Paris champion in 2012 and 2014, fired 35 winners in her victory on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Halep has twice lost in the final at Roland Garros, including a year ago. We met for the first time when we were 12.

The 36-year-old's return comes with the great American ranked at a lowly 451, a effect of her lengthy absence from the tour after giving birth to her daughter in September.

"The other day here against Shapovalov, he was playing at a very high level".

"Can she do it?"

Nadal said there's still room for improvement.

Williams starts her 16th Roland Garros against Czech world number 70 Kristyna Pliskova who has never won a match at the tournament in three visits.

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

At No. 16, Pouille is the highest-ranked Frenchman in the main draw.

He next faces unseeded German Maximilian Marterer in their first career meeting. All I know is about me.

Third seed and 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza defeated 2009 victor Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 (7/0), 6-2. But she began making more and more mistakes, allowing Osaka to take 10 consecutive points and three games in a row during one stretch.

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