HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-French Open day six

* Twice Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka crashed out after Swiss 23rd seed Jil Teichmann battled from a set down to win 4-6 7-5 7-6(5) and secure a spot in the fourth round. * American Amanda Anisimova advanced to the fourth round after her Czech opponent Karolina Muchova was forced to retire with an ankle injury sustained while leading by a set.


Reuters | Paris | Updated: 28-05-2022 03:04 IST | Created: 28-05-2022 03:04 IST
HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-French Open day six
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Highlights of the sixth day at the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year, on Friday (times GMT): * Novak Djokovic powered past Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-3 6-2 with a near flawless performance to reach the fourth round and stay firmly on course to challenge for a record-equalling 21st Grand Slam triumph.

* Rafa Nadal hammered Dutch 26th seed Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3 6-2 6-4 in the third round to remain on course for a potential mouth-watering showdown against Djokovic in the quarter-finals. * Twice Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka crashed out after Swiss 23rd seed Jil Teichmann battled from a set down to win 4-6 7-5 7-6(5) and secure a spot in the fourth round.

* American Amanda Anisimova advanced to the fourth round after her Czech opponent Karolina Muchova was forced to retire with an ankle injury sustained while leading by a set. READ MORE:

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French Open order of play on Saturday 2109 ALCARAZ TAKES DOWN KORDA, NORRIE CRASHES OUT

Sixth seed Carlos Alcaraz of Spain advanced to the fourth round at Roland Garros for the first time, after defeating American 27th seed Sebastian Korda 6-4 6-4 6-2. Britain's Cameron Norrie, seeded 10th, crashed out following a 6-2 7-5 5-7 6-4 defeat by Russia's Karen Khachanov, seeded 21st.

1906 ZVEREV SAILS INTO FOURTH ROUND Third seed and last year's semi-finalist Alexander Zverev reached the fourth round by winning 7-6(2) 6-3 7-6(5) against American Brandon Nakashima.

The German, who won the Olympic gold in Tokyo last year, will be playing in the fourth round in Paris for the fifth consecutive year. 1714 QUALIFIER ZAPATA MIRALLES KNOCKS OUT ISNER

Spanish qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam for the first time by beating American 23rd seed John Isner 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 in a contest that lasted nearly 3-1/2 hours. 1705 AZARENKA KNOCKED OUT BY TEICHMANN

Number 15 seed and twice major winner Azarenka slumped out in Paris, losing 4-6 7-5 7-6(5) to Teichmann in the third round after three hours 18 minutes. Teichmann will play in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time. She faces American Sloane Stephens, the 2018 finalist, who beat Frenchwoman Diane Parry 6-2 6-3.

1552 NADAL SEES OFF VAN DE ZANDSCHULP Spaniard Rafa Nadal kept alive his quest for a record-extending 14th Roland Garros crown with a 6-3 6-2 6-4 victory over Botic van de Zandschulp.

Nadal will take on Canadian ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, who claimed a hard-fought 7-6(3) 7-6(2) 7-5 win over Serbian Filip Krajinovic in three hours. 1507 DJOKOVIC CRUISES PAST BEDENE

World number one Djokovic breezed into the last 16 with a dominant 6-3 6-3 6-2 win over Slovenia's Bedene in just under one hour 45 minutes. Djokovic, the reigning champion, remains on course to win a record-equalling 21st Grand Slam title and will face Schwartzman for a place in the quarter-finals.

1331 GAUFF BEATS KANEPI American 18-year-old Coco Gauff, the youngest player in the women's draw, reached the fourth round with a 6-3 6-4 win over 36-year-old Kaia Kanepi, who is the oldest women's player in Paris.

Gauff will next face Belgian 31st seed Elise Mertens. 1324 KERBER KNOCKED OUT BY SASNOVICH

Angelique Kerber's quest of completing a career Grand Slam came to an end after the 21st seed was knocked out of Paris, losing 6-4 7-6(5) to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the third round. Sasnovich will be heading to the fourth round at the clay court major for the first time.

1258 FERNANDEZ OUSTS BENCIC Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez, a U.S. Open finalist last year, battled past Olympic champion Belinda Bencic 7-5 3-6 7-5 to advance to the last 16 in Paris for the first time and set up a meeting with Anisimova.

1130 ANISIMOVA RECEIVES WALKOVER Anisimova booked her place in the fourth round after opponent Karolina Muchova retired at 6-7(7) 6-2 3-0 in the third set following an ankle injury.

1128 SCHWARTZMAN EASES PAST DIMITROV Argentine 15th seed Diego Schwartzman ripped a spectacular backhand winner to wrap up a 6-3 6-1 6-2 win over Grigor Dimitrov, who racked up a staggering 59 unforced errors, to reach the last 16 in Paris for the third straight year. (Compiled by Dhruv Munjal, Hritika Sharma and Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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