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French Open 2016, Day 7 as it happened: Djokovic marches on, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retires; Serena Williams, David Ferrer win

Nikhila Makker May 29, 2016 01:46:54 IST
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French Open 2016, Day 7 as it happened: Djokovic marches on, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retires; Serena Williams, David Ferrer win

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May 29, 2016 - 01:43 (IST)

May 29, 2016 - 01:41 (IST)

Novak Djokovic cruises into round of 16!

Djokovic, who can become just the eighth man to win all four Grand Slam tournaments should be emerge triumphant next weekend, beat Britain's Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 just before the light became too poor to play in.

The Serb, winner of the last three Grand Slam tournaments, has seen his chances of adding the French title considerably improved by the shock injury withdrawal of nine-time champion Rafael Nadal.

"It was important to finish this evening," was Djokovic's relieved comment on his late show before thanking the umpire for keeping the action going despite the gloom.

May 28, 2016 - 23:00 (IST)

Leander Paes-Martina Hingis move into Mixed Doubles quarters after beating 4th seeds Mergea/Shvedova 2-6, 7-5, 10-6.

May 28, 2016 - 22:53 (IST)

What a point!

May 28, 2016 - 22:53 (IST)

Venus Williams, 36 years old next month, is back in the 4th round at French Open for 1st time since 2010.

She defeated Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 7-6(5), 1-6, 6-0.

May 28, 2016 - 22:29 (IST)

6th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retires due to an injury. 

He was in tears while leaving the court.

May 28, 2016 - 21:55 (IST)

11th-seeded David Ferrer came out on top from an all-Spanish match with Feliciano Lopez, winning 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-1.

He'll next face either seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych or Pablo Cuevas.

May 28, 2016 - 21:28 (IST)

May 28, 2016 - 21:25 (IST)

Serena Williams wins 6-4, 7-6(10) on her 5th match point.

It was a messy tie-break after a 2-hour rain delay but Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic hung in for as long as she could.

May 28, 2016 - 21:11 (IST)

Play has resumed after the rains!

Preview: Top seed Novak Djokovic resumes his quest for tennis glory at Roland Garros on Saturday with the job on the hand made all the easier by the bombshell withdrawal of Rafael Nadal.

The two had been due to meet in the semi-finals in what would have been a huge test for Djokovic, who is out to become just the eighth man to have won all four Grand Slam titles, the last being Nadal in 2010.

But that mouth-watering prospect was wrecked on Friday when the Spaniard, a nine-time former champion in Paris, suddenly appeared in the main press centre to announce that he was withdrawing from the tournament due to a wrist injury.

That means that the man he had been due to play in Saturday's third round, fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers, is already into the last 16 without hitting a ball.

Djokovic meanwhile is last up on the Philippe Chatrier centre court against Britain's Aljaz Bedene, a regular hitting partner for the Serb.

French Open 2016 Day 7 as it happened Djokovic marches on JoWilfried Tsonga retires Serena Williams David Ferrer win

Novak Djokovic of Serbia at Roland Garros. Getty

"He's very talented, very quick motion for a first serve," said the world number one of his Slovenian-born opponent.

"So, yeah, I'm expecting a tough one, because now it's third round and slowly we are getting into second week of the tournament.

"Not easy matches anymore. I know he doesn't have anything to lose. We might play on centre court, one of the two big ones, and I'm sure he will give it his all."

France's main hope for a first home winner since Yannick Noah in 1983, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, goes up against erratic Latvian Ernests Gulbis, while David Ferrer, a finalist in Paris two years ago, has a date with fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.

Two rising stars of the game, Alexander Zverev of Germany and Dominic Thiem of Austria will face off first up on the Suzanne Lenglen court.

In the women's tournament, both the Williams sisters will be in action ahead of a potential semi-final showdown.

Top seed and defending champion Serena, who is seeking to record a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title, takes on former junior champion Kristina Mladenovic of France, while Venus faces another Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.

Cornet made headlines in the last round when her vanquished opponent Tatjana Maria of Germany angrily accused her of faking injury to gain time to recover from a severe bout of cramps.

Closing the action on Lenglen will be the fast-improving American Madison Keys taking on Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.

(With inputs from AFP)

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