Nadal thrashes Gasquet as he continues quest for 11th French Open title


Rafael Nadal had an easy outing on Court Philippe Chatrier in dispatching Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to further solidify his impressive record against a former junior competitior.

Juan Martín del Potro eased into the fourth round by beating No. 31 Albert Ramos-Vinolas, 7-5, 6-4, 6-1.

Del Potro had eight aces and broke his Spanish opponent's serve six times on Court Philippe Chatrier, taking just 29 minutes to win the third set.

Spain's Rafael Nadal, right, hugs France's Richard Gasquet after their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Paris.

Marin Cilic breezed past Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. He's a player that has a good serve, good forehand.

She was unable to recover from this, meaning Halep dominated and won the second and decisive set by a convincing 6-0 scoreline. He will try to reach a major quarterfinal for the first time, facing No 2-seeded Alexander Zverev next.

Goffin then held serve to love to level at two sets apiece.

Gasquet actually won their last encounter - but it was at the Kooyong Classic exhibition event this year.

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Meanwhile, American tennis star Serena Williams continued her red-hot form at the French Open when she saw off Ashleigh Barty of Australia, 3-6, 6-3, 5-4.

Argentina's Diego Schwatrzmann registered an impressive 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 win over in-form Croatian Borna Coric, and the 11th seed will face Kevin Anderson in the fourth round after the South African sixth seed secured a four-set victory over Germany's Mischa Zverev.

If it hadn't been for 18-time grand slam singles victor Chris Evert, Dubreuil's dream may never have come true.

The Zverevs could have been just the third pair of brothers to reach the round of 16 at the same major in the 50-year Open era.

In another rain-affected game, Belgian David Goffin (8th seed) saved four match points to defeat Frenchman Monfils in a thriller, 6-7 (6) 6-3 4-6 7-5 6-3. He'll next face No 11 seed Diego Schwartzman, a 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 victor against Borna Coric.

Broadcaster ITV has all the coverage of the French Open this year, covering the Grand Slam from 9.30am-9pm every day until the latter stages.

Their third-round match at the French Open on Saturday followed a familiar pattern: Nadal subjected Gasquet to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 pummeling.

Fabio Fognini beat Kyle Edmund 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, while Maximilian Marterer won 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 against Jurgen Zopp.