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Djokovic, Nadal, Federer enter third round of French Open

Winners Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Photo: @rolandgarros/Twitter

Paris, June 3 (MNN) World number one Novak Djokovic, world number 3 Rafael Nadal, world number 8 Roger Federer, as well as second seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia, sailed to the third round of the French Open’s men’s category on Thursday.

Djokovic entered the third round in Paris for the 16th time in a row, celebrating 305th major victory by beating Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas.

Djokovic fended off eight out of nine break points and secured five return games that carried him safely over the top.

He finally prevailed over his Uruguay opponent in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

The Serbian will next face Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis on Saturday.

Djokovic is chasing a 19th major title and looking to narrow the gap to 20-time Grand Slam champions Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Nadal also got through to the third round by beating Richard Gasquet at a match played under the lights on Thursday night.

The Spaniard celebrated his 35th birthday on Court Philippe-Chatrier with a hard-fought victory over Richard Gasquet 6-0, 7-5, 6-2 in two hours and 16 minutes.

Nadal improved to 17-0 his ATP Head2Head against Gasquet. The last time Gasquet took a set off the Spaniard was back in 2008 at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Toronto. Since then, Nadal has recorded 31 sets in a row against the Frenchman.

Nadal will next face Cameron Norrie in the third round. Nadal holds a 2-0 lead in their ATP Head2Head.

Federer beat Croatian Marin Cilic on Court Philippe Chatrier to move into the next round.

The 39-year-old Federer was remarkably impressive throughout, moving superbly, serving excellently, and generally working his opponent around the court.

After a gruelling four-setter, he won 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-2.

Federer improved to 10-1 his ATP Head2Head record against Cilic in their sixth meeting at a Grand Slam.

The Swiss player will next face Dominik Koepfer.

Second seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia also made it a back-to-back win in the French Open with a 3-6 6-1 6-4 6-3 win over US rival Tommy Paul in two hours and 18 minutes.

Medvedev booked his spot in round three in a mostly one-sided encounter on Phillipe-Chatrier to set up a court battle against 32nd seed American Reilly Opelka in the third round on Friday.

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