2014 Roland Garros Day 7 (Video)
Nadal Gains 31-Match Streak; Ferrer, Monfils into Fourth Round
atpworldtour.com: May 31 2014 Paris France – World No. 1 Rafael Nadal claimed his 31st win in a row at Roland Garros on Saturday as he defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-2. 7-5, 6-2 to reach the fourth round in Paris.
Defending champion Nadal committed only 10 unforced errors and broke the 27-year-old Mayer seven times as he claimed his third victory in three meetings with the Argentine in two hours and 17 minutes. The 27-year-old Nadal goes on to face Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic who, like Nadal, is yet to drop a set at Roland Garros. World No. 83 Lajovic reached the fourth round of a major for the first time as he beat fellow young gun Jack Sock 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and 14 minutes.
Last year’s finalist David Ferrer is yet to drop a set going into the second week at Roland Garros, reaching the fourth round in Paris on Saturday with a 6-2, 7-6(2), 6-3 victory over Andreas Seppi. The Spaniard reached his first Grand Slam championship final in Paris last year, finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal.
Ferrer goes on to face No. 19 seed Kevin Anderson, whom he defeated in the fourth round last year. The South African had won the first set 6-3 when his opponent, Ivo Karlovic, was forced to retire with a back injury.
Gael Monfils had the Philippe Chatrier Court crowd on the edge of their seats Saturday as he edged Fabio Fognini 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2 to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros for the fifth time. For a place in the quarter-finals, Monfils will face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who also needed five sets to battle past Donald Young 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-7(4), 6-4 in three hours and 47 minutes. The 30-year-old Garcia-Lopez is through to the fourth round of a major for the first time, having upset Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in the first round.
Halep Sets 4th Round Clash with Stephens
wtatennis.com: May 31 2014 Paris France - Simona Halep continued her serene progress through the Roland Garros draw with a 6-3, 6-0 win over María-Teresa Torró-Flor on Saturday. Twelve months ago, Halep was ranked outside the Top 50 and fell at the first hurdle in Roland Garros. A meteoric rise since then saw her return to the French capital amongst the favorites for the title - a status that has only been strengthened by the first week's casualty list.
Halep faces Sloane Stephens in the last 16 and is eager for revenge, having lost their most recent encounter, at last year's Australian Open. "It's a surprise that the first three seeds lost and not easy to be the highest one left, or to play Sloane," Halep said. "I played her in Australia a couple of seasons ago and she beat me very fast. Now I think I'm more prepared than I was then. I have confidence I can take revenge."
French Open Men's Singles Third Round Saturday May 31
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beat Donald Young 6-2 6-4 2-6 6-7(4) 6-4
23-Gael Monfils beat 14-Fabio Fognini 5-7 6-2 6-4 0-6 6-2
1-Rafa Nadal beat Leonardo Mayer 6-2 7-5 6-2
Marcel Granollers beat Martin Klizan 6-7(5) 6-2 7-6(4) 7-5
5-David Ferrer beat 32-Andreas Seppi 6-2 7-6(2) 6-3
Dusan Lajovic beat Jack Sock 6-4 7-5 6-3
19-Kevin Anderson beat Ivo Karlovic 6-3 ret.
7-Andy Murray vs 28-Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6 6-3 6-3 4-6 7-7 susp.
12-Richard Gasquet vs 24-Fernando Verdasco 3-6 2-6 2-2
French Open Women's Singles Third Round Saturday May 31
4-Simona Halep beat Maria Teresa Torro 6-3 6-0
15-Sloane Stephens beat 22-Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 6-4
6-Jelena Jankovic beat 26-Sorana Cirstea 6-1 6-2
10-Sara Errani beat Julia Glushko 6-0 6-1
27-Svetlana Kuznetsova beat 5-Petra Kvitova 6-7(3) 6-1 9-7
23-Lucie Safarova beat 11-Ana Ivanovic 6-3 6-3
28-Andrea Petkovic beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 4-6 6-4
Kiki Bertens beat Silvia Soler Espinosa 6-2 6-1