Roland Garros 2021: Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic in the 3rd round

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Roland Garros 2021: Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic in the 3rd round

Roger Federer qualified for the third round of Roland Garros 2021 after a four-set victory against Marin Cilic, against whom Federer won two Grand Slams, at Wimbledon 2017 and the Australian Open 2018. After an impeccable first set, and a passing second set, the Swiss champion risks squandering a mega-advantage in the third set (which he wins at the tie break) but closes with a 6-2 2-6 7-6 (4) 6-2 on the threshold of three hours of play.

Federer clears a break point in the opening round and then manages the situation perfectly. He goes quite easily on 5-1 and at the first useful opportunity closes the first set. The straight-serve combination allows Cilic to stay afloat at the start of the second.

And to lay the groundwork for the escape in the second set. Federer caresses the 4-1 and needs an immaculate game at the service to recompose the score at 4-4. He weighs, in a decisive way, a rather gross error on 0-40 in the fifth game.

The service then takes on a decisive role: needless to say it is a double fault in the tie break - Cilic side - to regulate the balance. The first chance for the very Swiss champion turns out to be a good one. The fourth game of the fourth set marks the end of the match logically.

Rafael Nadal won in straigh sets against Frenchman Richard Gasquet, qualifying for the third round of a tournament he won 13 times. Novak Djokovic celebrates his 350th Slam career with a poor success at the Roland Garros 2021.

The great Serbian champion, protagonist of the day on the Court Suzanne Lenglen after Gael Monfils' misstep, gets rid of Pablo Cuevas with an excellent 6-3 6-2 6-4. Indeed, since she undergoes the break at the opening for the number one of the group it actually turns out to be a very good competitive training.

He shouldn't be an obstacle even Ricardas Berankis in the third round. The challenges are approaching here with the two long-time rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. After the forfeit of Naomi Osaka, the retirement of Ashleigh Barty.

The women's singles draw continues to lose pieces. The world number one, who actually loses eight of the first eleven games in the challenge with the Polish Magda Linette, prefers to raise the white flag because of her with a problem in her left thigh.

Barty said: "It's a completely new injury for me, not even my physiotherapist knew its extent. We consulted great specialists and now we know what we have to do, but it takes time. The injury became serious and got worse in a short time. Personally, I hope to be ready for the grass season. I will do everything possible to fulfill my expectations. "