French qualifier Gaston stuns former champ Wawrinka at Roland Garros

French qualifier Gaston stuns former champ Wawrinka at Roland Garros

Top seed and title favourite Simona Halep, the 2018 champion, avenged last year's Roland Garros loss to Amanda Anisimova by thrashing the American teenager 6-0, 6-1 in only 54 minutes.

Hugo Gaston was the toast of Roland Garros as the young Frenchman announced himself to the tennis world by sinking former champion Stan Wawrinka.

Wawrinka won the French Open in 2015.

"I'm very happy. It was a great match, I didn't make any mistakes".

Ukrainian third seed Elina Svitolina is full of confidence after capturing her 15th career WTA at Strasbourg last weekend.

Meanwhile, Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska and Czech Barbora Krejcikova - both ranked outside the top 100 - set up an unlikely fourth-round meeting after defeating Anna Karolina Schmiedlova and Tsvetana Pironkova respectively.

He reached the semi-finals at the Hamburg Open as well as at the Italian Open.

Also, No. 27-seeded American Taylor Fritz reached the third round by serving 16 aces in a straight-set victory over Radu Albot.

Sinner beat Federico Coria in straight sets to join countryman Lorenzo Sonego in the last 16.

Ranked 239th, Gaston next plays Thiem.

In other Grand slams, Djokovic has won 75 (Australian Open), 72 (Wimbledon) and 75 matches (US Open) whereas Federer records 102, 101 and 89 wins respectively for the same.

The third-seeded Thiem dominated play throughout the match, pushing his opponent from side to side and clinching points with shots landing with clear space from the sidelines.

Thiem was broken only once, when he sent a forehand wide to give Ruud a 3-1 lead in the first set.

Anisimova suffered tragedy not long after her superb run in Paris previous year when her father, who was also her coach, died suddenly from a heart attack and she has understandably found it hard to rediscover the same form. Sinner opened the tournament by upsetting No.11 seed David Goffin.

"I played my best match so far this year at Roland Garros".

Djokovic, bidding to become the first man in half a century to win all four majors twice, also dropped only five games in his first round match against Mikael Ymer who likened facing the Serb to a "snake killing its prey". But that has not stopped them from waking up as early as 5am to watch their brother play in Paris.

Ruud's emphasize throughout the match was a fantastic "tweener" lob, struck in between his legs, throughout the 2nd set which arrived at the standard with Thiem scuttling back from the web however not able to return.

"Then it's another hard match".

Also moving on was two-time Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova, whose best Roland Garros run was to the semi-finals in 2012.

"I had to bring the best tennis that I could".

The New York-born Badosa, ranked 87, is making her Roland Garros debut and marked the occasion by stunning former US Open champion and 2018 Roland Garros finalist Sloane Stephens in the second round. "I managed to do that in the past two matches". "We [asked] the umpire to let me know what was it. I think he has an wonderful future - hopefully not yet". "And struggling to walk, so that's kind of a tell-tale sign that I should try to recover".

"Here in Roland Garros the wet, slow conditions suited me a little bit more than him".

"(The) pandemic actually showed me how much I love tennis and how much I want to get back on tour and to play tournaments. "Just keep going the way I'm doing it right now".

"He's my biggest idol. I will have nothing to lose", he said in his on-court interview. "I went to the net more often, and I hit a lot of winners", added the 12-time French Open champion, who needed only one hour and 35 minutes to see off his opponent.

And then Sebastian dropped this footnote: "Growing up, I named my cat "Rafa" after him".

"It's because I did a lot of things well".

Although he returned to action at the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome, that was his first tournament since February, and a quarter-final exit to Diego Schwartzman was a worrying setback for the greatest clay-court player in history.

On Chatrier, reigning AO champions Sofia Kenin and Novak Djokovic take on qualifier Irina Bara and lucky loser Daniel Elahi Galan respectively.

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