The men’s and women’s second-seeded players are in fourth-round action at the French Open.
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No. 2 Alexander Zverev of Germany faces big-hitting Russian Karen Khachanov, a familiar face from back in their junior days.
”We know each other pretty well,” the 21-year-old Zverev said. ”Also we are good outside the court, with his parents, they know me and I know them well.”
Zverev beat the 22-year-old Khachanov in their only previous meeting, two years ago on hard courts in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg.
Both are looking to reach the quarterfinals of a major for the first time, and they will be first up on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki is bidding for her second straight Grand Slam title after winning the Australian Open, the first major of her career.
But the Danish player faces a tricky match later on Lenglen against 14th-seeded Russian Daria Kasatkina, who has beaten her twice this year.
Also, in men’s fourth-round matches, 2016 French Open champion Novak Djokovic takes on Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco for the 15th time overall. Djokovic leads 10-4, including the past five encounters.
No. 7 Dominic Thiem of Austria – a semifinalist at Roland Garros the past two years – faces No. 19 Kei Nishikori of Japan. Nishikori leads him 2-0 in head-to-heads.
Both of those matches are on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Sunny with some cloud and a high of 81 degrees (27 Celsius).
Sunny throughout with a high of 75 degrees (24 Celsius).
Seeded winners in the men’s third round: No. 1 Rafael Nadal, No. 3 Marin Cilic, No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro, No. 6 Kevin Anderson, No. 8 David Goffin, No. 9 John Isner, No. 11 Diego Schwartzman, No. 18 Fabio Fognini.
Seeded winners in the women’s third round: No. 1 Simona Halep, No. 3 Garbine Muguruza, No. 7 Caroline Garcia, No. 10 Sloane Stephens, No. 12 Angelique Kerber, No. 16 Elise Mertens, No. 25 Anett Kontaveit, No. 28 Maria Sharapova.
Seeded losers in the men’s third round: No. 15 Lucas Pouille, No. 16 Kyle Edmund, No. 27 Richard Gasquet, No. 31 Albert Ramos-Vinolas, No. 32 Gael Monfils.
Seeded losers in the women’s third round: No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Petra Kvitova, No. 11 Julia Georges, No. 18 Kiki Bertens, No. 19 Magdalena Rybarikova, No. 24 Daria Gavrilova.
STAT OF THE DAY
2007 – The last time there were no men from France in the fourth round at Roland Garros.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
”We are both on a comeback for two totally different reasons, and she’s been on her journey for over a year and I just started mine a couple months ago.” – Williams, looking ahead to her fourth-round clash against long-time rival Sharapova.
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