Djokovic advances at French Open; Berrettini, Muguruza ousted

Paris, Oct 3 (efe-epa).- World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas cruised to wins here Saturday to claim berths in the fourth round of the French Open, while seventh-seed Matteo Berrettini was eliminated by newcomer Daniel Altmaier.

The losses for the Italian and for 10th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who fell to countryman Pablo Carreño Busta, capped a first week that saw five of the top 10 seeds on the men’s side go out.

Among the women, Sofia Kenin and Petr Kvitova advanced as expected, but Aryna Sabalenka was knocked off by Ons Jabeur and Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza lost to Danielle Collins of the United States in a match that lasted nearly 2 1/2 hours.

Djokovic rolled over Colombia’s Daniel Elahi Galan 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 to post his 71st match victory at Roland Garros, moving past Roger Federer.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal, with 12 French Open titles, has won 96 matches here.

The Serbian joins Nadal and the Swiss great in reaching the fourth round of the clay-court Grand Slam for an 11th consecutive time.

Facing Djokovic in the round of 16 will be Karen Khachanov, who defeated Chile’s Cristian Garin 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday.

The young Russian, who is ranked 16th in the world, bested Djokovic in the final of the 2018 Paris Rolex Masters.

Fifth-seed Tsitsipas took the first two sets from Aljaz Bedene 6-1, 6-2 and was leading 3-1 in the third when the Slovenian player retired due to a foot injury.

After finishing second last week in the German Open, the Greek’s route to his first French Open quarterfinal runs through a match with Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, whose opponent on Saturday, Spaniard Roberto Carballes, abandoned with stomach problems after losing the first two sets.

Altmaier, playing in his first major tournament, stunned 2019 US Open semifinalist Berrettini 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4. The 22-year-old German becomes the fourth player to reach the fourth round in his Grand Slam debut.

The Italian is ranked eighth in the world. Altmaier is No. 186.

Next up for Altmaier will be Carreño, who pushed Alexander Zverev to five sets in their US Open semifinal last month.

Carreño prevailed 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 against Bautista to reach the round of 16 at Roland Garros for the first time since 2017.

The other fourth-round men’s singles duel will pit Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics, who beat Thiago Monteiro of Brazil 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 on Saturday, against German Open champion Andrey Rublev.

The Russian prevailed 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.

On the women’s side, US world No. 4 Kenin dispatched Romania’s Irina Bara 6-2, 6-0 to set up a fourth-round clash with France’s own Fiona Ferro, a 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-0 winner Saturday against Romanian player Patricia Maria Tig.

Kvitova fell behind 1-5 to Canadian youngster Leylah Fernandez, but came back to win 7-5, 6-3. The Czech’s next opponent will be Shuai Zhang of China, who knocked out French player Clara Burel 7-6(2), 7-5.

Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, has failed to reach the fourth round for the first time in eight years after losing 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 to Collins.

The American will play her first Grand Slam round-of-16 match against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, who beat Belarusian eighth-seed Sabalenka 7-6(7), 2-6, 6-3. EFE

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