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Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal advance to fourth round at French Open

June 1, 2013 at 5:32 PM   |   Comments

PARIS, June 1 (UPI) -- Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic advanced to the fourth round of the French Open Saturday with three-set wins.

Nadal, seeking his fourth consecutive Paris victory, improved to 55-1 all-time at Roland Garros with the 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4 decision over Fabio Fognini in sunny and breezy conditions.

The Spanish star will next face 13th-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, who eliminated 24th-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-1 to become the first Japanese man to reach the fourth round at the French since 1938.

Djokovic downed 26th-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 in a 1-hour, 44-minute match. Next up for him will be sixth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, who breezed past Romanian Victor Hanescu 6-0, 7-6 (7-0), 6-1.

Also logging victories Saturday were No. 7 Richard Gasquet of France, who dispatched Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, and No. 29 seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, who sent eighth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic packing by a 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 margin.

No. 12 Tommy Haas of Germany advanced with a 7-5, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-7 (10-12), 10-8 triumph over John Isner in a 4-hour, 37-minute marathon, despite 27 aces from the 6-foot-9 American.

Ninth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka moved on as well, with a 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-3 decision over 21st-seeded Pole Jerzy Janowicz.

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