Nadal Wins; Federer, Roddick Saturday at French Open
No. 30 Victor Hanescu topped No. 7 Gilles Simon, and No. 23 Robin Soderling shocked No. 14 David Ferrer in four sets in upsets on Friday at the French Open
Also into the fourth round were world No. 1 Rafael Nadal over former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in straights; No. 3 Andy Murray defeating Janko Tipsarevic when the Serb retired with injury after two sets; No. 8 Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco winning the all-Spanish against No. 31 Nicolas Almagro in straights; No. 10 Nikolay Davydenko stopping No. 17 Stan Wawrinka in four; No. 12 Fernando “Gonzo” Gonzalez stopping the run of Frenchman Josselin Ouanna in straights; and No. 13 Marin Cilic stomping No. 18 Radek “The Worm” Stepanek into the ground.
“For sure it was my best match here so far,” Nadal said. “I felt much better today and a win against Lleyton is always a great win. It was an amazing result.”
Murray will next face the big-hitting Cilic.
“He’s got a big game, and he’s dangerous if he’s confident,” Murray told reporters. “But I beat him the times we’ve played on the tour. I’ll take that into the match.”
Winning second-round matches were No. 4 Novak Djokovic over Sergiy Stakhovsky in straights, and No. 29 Philipp Kohlschreiber outlasting former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero in five.
Highlights Saturday at Roland Garros are Christophe “The Roach” Rochus vs. (9) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, (32) Paul-Henri Mathieu vs. (2) Roger Federer, (6) Andy Roddick vs. Frenchman Marc Gicquel, (24) Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer vs. (11) Gael “Force” Monfils, (29) Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. (4) Novak Djokovic, (5) Juan Martin Del Potro vs. (25) Igor Andreev, (16) Tommy Robredo vs. Maximo “Gonzo v.2″ Gonzalez.
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