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06 June, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • Russia's Maria Sharapova in action. Reuters

Rafael Nadal has fulfilled a young ballboy's dream after offering up a racquet and playing a rally with him on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Fifth-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro booked his place in the last 16 at Roland Garros for the first time in six years, with a straightforward 7-5 6-4 6-1 victory over Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Petkovic had pushed her highly fancied opponent close in the first set with the Romanian eventually only winning it by a 7-5 scoreline, but the German then suffered an injury in the second set which required the trainer to treat it several times.

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

They have played 10 times, with del Potro leading, 6-4, in their head-to-heads dating to 2008.

With clubbing forehands, Nadal did just that, streaking ahead 4-0 in the second set.

Next up for Williams as she competes in a major tournament for the first time in 16 months - and since giving birth in September - will be a familiar foe: Maria Sharapova.

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The 31-year-old Russian, seeded 28th after missing this tournament the last two years, needed 59 minutes to win on Court Philippe Chatrier. He will face No 18 Fabio Fognini next.

There was more French despair in the delayed match between Belgian eighth seed David Goffin and France's Gael Monfils, who squandered four match points before losing a closely-fought encounter.

If it hadn't been for 18-time grand slam singles victor Chris Evert, Dubreuil's dream may never have come true.

In an entertaining three-setter later in the day, ninth seed John Isner defeated Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (1), 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Argentina's Diego Schwatrzmann registered an impressive 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 win over in-form Croatian Borna Coric, and the 11th seed will face Kevin Anderson in the fourth round after the South African sixth seed secured a four-set victory over Germany's Mischa Zverev. Cilic reached the final at Wimbledon previous year and at the Australian Open in January.

Frenchman Lucas Pouille, seeded 15, was dumped out by Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-3 7-5 6-3.

The ten-time French Open champion ruthlessly took a 4-0 lead in the first set without dropping a single point.

Fognini, sporting an eye-catching red T-shirt with black thunderbolts on the front and back, beat 16th-seeded Briton Kyle Edmund 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.



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