French Open: Federer through; Kyrgios handed walkover

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The Swiss make it through round three

Roger Federer has successfully booked his spot in the third round of the French Open following his win over Marcel Granollers yesterday.

The Swiss ended his second round clash with the Spaniard by winning three straight sets. Federer clamly secured the first round 6-2 before conquering the second 7-5 and ultimately clinching the win 6-3 in the third set, all in under 107 minutes.

Federer even stunned the crowd at one point when he made an attempt to use a two-handed backhand.

The second seed will next face Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur in the third round after downing Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-4 6-3 4-6 and 6-2.

Apart from Federer, fellow countryman Stan Wawrinka too had booked his entry to the third round when he defeated Dusan Lajovic of Serbia.

Ninth seeded Wawrinka was brought to four sets to seal his win. He bagged the first two sets by winning 6-3 6-4 but gave in to the 24 year-old in the penultimate set by 5-7. He then bounced back to win 6-3.

Nishikori wins

It took two hours and fifteen minutes for Japan’s Kei Nishikori to knock off Thomaz Belluci in straight sets 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 to grab his victory.

“I’m feeling really good [about my first] two matches and winning three straight sets against a tough player like Thomaz. I’m very happy to be going to the next round,” said the fifth seed after the match.

“This year I’m feeling comfortable and very confident, and my body is good. [My] mentality is also good, so I’m very focused. I hope to try to do well here, and let’s see what happens.”

Nishikori will play against Benjamin Becker next, who outplayed Fernando Verdasco in five remarkable sets 6-4, 0-6, 1-6, 7-5 and 10-8.

Kyrgios given a walkover

Australian young gun Nick Kyrgios was given a day off from the French Open as his opponent, Kyle Edmund decided to pull out from the tournament due to an abdominal injury, or ‘muscle lesion’ as quoted from the Brit himself.

The two 20 year-olds were supposed to face each other yesterday but the match was unfortunately cancelled. However, Kyrgios has a high possibility of setting up a monumental clash against Scotsman Andy Murray, who will play Joao Sousa of Portugal today.

 

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