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. And he's now won all 16 meetings with Richard Gasquet. I have known him since he and I were young.
"You have a lot of fans around the world but this ball kid is your biggest fan and it is his dream to play just one ball against you at Roland Garros", she told the top seed. I'll try to play a good match.
But the world number one played down thoughts that he is unbeatable on clay - Austrian Dominic Thiem is the only player to win against him on the surface this year in the Madrid Masters quarter-finals. Like his coach, the former player Simone Vagnozzi said, he knows how to manage the different phases of the match.
It promises to be a hard-hitting match, with big serves and booming forehands, when Isner meets Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round. "It has been three hard matches for me, but I played well and I know I could play even better in my next round", del Potro said.
If it hadn't been for 18-time grand slam singles victor Chris Evert, Dubreuil's dream may never have come true. "He has power, so he's a unsafe opponent".More news: China warns USA no deal if tariffs go ahead
With about a week to go, Nadal is looking more and more like the absolute favourite.
"I, of course, need to take care about what's going on".
No. 3 seed Marin Cilic moved into the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the 20th time, eliminating American Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 at the French Open.
David Goffin saved four match points to close out his third-round tussle with Gael Monfils in just short of four hours after it was carried over from Friday.
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In an entertaining three-setter later in the day, ninth seed John Isner defeated Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (1), 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Fognini joins compatriot Marco Cecchinato in the fourth round, the first time that more than one Italian has made the last 16 since 1976.
Also, unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov completed a 6-3 5-7 6-3 win against 15th-seeded Lucas Pouille of France and next faces No. 2 Alexander Zverev of Germany.
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