Federer, Nadal reach French Open round 16
June 1, 2019 | 6:55 PM
by Agencies
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning the men's singles second round match with Yannick Maden of Germany at French Open tennis tournament 2019 at Roland Garros, in Paris, France on May 29, 2019.

Paris: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal reached French Open round 16 for a record 14th time, while women's second seed Karolina Pliskova became the latest potential title contender to be knocked out following a loss to Petra Martic in the third round here on Friday.

Contesting his 400th Grand Slam match, Federer won the first two sets against Norwegian promise Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-1, before being pulled into a tiebreak in the third set, but managed to go through with a score of 10-8.

"The third set could have gone either way. He had chances early, then later, and then again after," admitted Federer. "It was nice to see him hang in there."

Federer will face Leonardo Mayer from Argentina for a quarterfinal spot, and a potential semifinal clash with Nadal looms ahead.

Nadal, in quest for a record-extending 12th French Open title, overcame Belgian 27th-seeded David Goffin 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Nadal said, "I played against a top player that had injuries, and he's a little bit lower in the ranking now, but when he's playing well, he's a player that already showed to everybody that he can win against every player in this world."

Nadal's next opponent will be another Argentinian Juan Ignacio Londero.

Pliskova lost 6-3, 6-3 to Martic, and her exit means that Naomi Osaka is set to maintain her world No. 1 status after the tournament.

Pliskova conceded 28 unforced errors, double that of her Croatian opponent, and also lagged behind in points won on first and second serves.

Prior to Pliskova, other challengers to Osaka's throne have fallen by the wayside, as fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber was eliminated in the first round, fourth seed Kiki Bertens was laid low with an illness, and No. 6 seed Petra Kvitova withdrew through injury.

"The court is pretty slow, so you just have to play some extra shots. She has this kind of game which you don't feel good about, and she played well," Pliskova explained.

Elsewhere, the 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza upset ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-3. No. 7 seed Sloane Stephens also marched on with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Polona Hercog.

The Chinese women's pair of Duan Yingying and Zheng Saisai won their doubles second round match over Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Demi Schuurs 6-3, 6-2.

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