Nadal drops early set but wins at French Open

May 31, 2013 at 2:19 PM
1 of 3
| License Photo

PARIS, May 31 (UPI) -- Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal staggered early but won in four sets Friday in a French Open second-round match.

Nadal, playing a match that was postponed from Thursday due to rain, got by Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Klizan won the only break opportunity of the first set but Nadal amassed seven breaks -- three in the fourth set -- the rest of the way to advance. Nadal is 38-2, with finals appearances in all eight of his previous tournaments, in 2013.

The third-seeded Nadal also lost the first set of his opening-round match. He'll next go against Fabio Fognini, who he beat 6-1, 6-3 this year in their first career meeting.

No. 2-seeded Roger Federer, the only male player other than Nadal to have won the French Open since 2004, moved into the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 victory over 30th-seeded Julien Benneteau. Federer dropped only 15 points on serve and cashed in all four of his break chances.

Fourth-seeded David Ferrer also gained a spot in the fourth round, beating Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 7-5, 6-4.

Viktor Troicki was a 7-6 (14-12), 6-4, 7-5 upset winner over 10th-seeded Marin Cilic in a tight match that saw a combined six breaks. No. 23-seeded Kevin Anderson knocked off 14th-seeded Milos Raonic 7-5, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 in the day's other upset.

No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga eliminated French countryman Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-2, 7-5; seventh-seeded Richard Gasquet moved into the third round by defeating Michael Przysiezny 6-3, 6-3, 6-0; and No. 8-seeded Janko Tipsarevic played more than 4 1/2 hours in getting past Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, 3-6, 5-7, 8-6.

Ninth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka ousted Horacio Zeballos 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4; No. 11 Nicolas Almagro beat Andreas Seppi 7-6 (7-1), 6-0, 6-4; and Gilles Simon, the 15th seed, edged past 18th-seeded Sam Querrey 2-6, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.

Other second-round winners Friday were 12th-seeded Tommy Haas, No. 19 John Isner, 21st-seeded Jerzy Janowicz, No. 29 Mikhail Youzhny, 32nd-seeded Tommy Robredo, who came from two sets down, and unseeded Nikolay Davydenko.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from
Related UPI Stories
share with facebook
share with twitter
Trending Stories