Andy Murray is set to make his long-awaited return from injury in the doubles draw at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club.

Former world number one Murray has not played since the Australian Open and suggested he planned to retire after turning out at Wimbledon one last time.

The 32-year-old has suffered with a longstanding hip problem and had a resurfacing operation in January.

Murray has since said he is "pain-free" and news of his return to action was confirmed on Monday.

The Fever-Tree Championships teased an announcement of the doubles line-up ahead of the entrants' deadline at 1700 local time.

A second Twitter post followed confirmed Murray intends to play at the tournament, which starts on June 17.

Murray has featured alongside brother Jamie in doubles in the past, but he will reportedly pair with Feliciano Lopez this time.

The Briton won three grand slam singles titles before injury disrupted his career.

Novak Djokovic became the first man to reach the French Open quarter-finals in 10 straight years by convincingly beating Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 6-2 6-2 on Monday.

The 2016 champion was at his ruthless best on Court Philippe-Chatrier as he surpassed Roger Federer's nine straight last-eight appearances at Roland Garros set from 2005 until 2013.

In cooler conditions than his straight-sets third-round victory over qualifier Salvatore Caruso – which the top seed acknowledged was tougher than expected – Djokovic dismantled Struff to advance in just an hour and 33 minutes.

Struff, who required over four hours to see off Borna Coric in his previous match, started positively but was helpless when Djokovic quickly shifted through the gears and raced to an impressive triumph.

The world number one was required to defend stoically from the off and the big-serving German displayed his power as he staved off a break point to hold for 1-1.

A tremendous backhand beat an advancing Struff to set up a chance to break and Djokovic battered his way through to take it, finishing with an overhead smash after seeing a string of groundstrokes come back.

Djokovic moved a set and two breaks up as he reeled off the first four games of the second – a highlight coming when he looked to send the ball down the line and instead played it behind Struff as the world number 45 moved across to close the opening.

The 15-time major winner faced little resistance in serving out the set and the writing was on the wall when he again beat the Struff serve to start the third.

Djokovic sent a blistering, swerving forehand into the corner to increase his advantage, while a magnificent drop shot from the baseline preceded him consolidating with a hold.to 15.

Struff had a break point when Djokovic looked to close out the match but netted a backhand and the top seed took the next two points to put it to bed.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Novak Djokovic [1] bt Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 6-2 6-2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Djokovic - 31/12
Struff - 20/19

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Djokovic - 6/3
Struff - 4/3

BREAK POINTS WON
Djokovic - 5/7
Struff - 0/1

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Djokovic - 62
Struff - 51

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Djokovic - 86/69
Struff - 72/41

TOTAL POINTS
Djokovic - 85
Struff - 54

Novak Djokovic is the favourite to win the French Open and could go on to complete the calendar Grand Slam, according to Rod Laver.

World number one Djokovic is aiming to become just the second man in history to twice hold all four major titles at the same time, a feat only previously achieved by Laver.

The Australian believes the 15-time grand slam champion has what it takes to triumph at Roland Garros for the second time in his career this year - and can then go on to retain his Wimbledon and US Open titles.

Don Budge and Laver are the only men to have completed the annual sweep, but the latter thinks they could have more company in 2019 if Djokovic can beat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to glory in Paris.

He said: "Federer's certainly in it and he's certainly playing well, but I don't know if anyone has really pushed him yet. He'll be pushed a lot more when it comes to some of the younger players coming up through the ranks.

"But only one thing is true: you only have to win seven matches. That's all you have to do. You don't have to win 128 of them.

"I think someone like Rafa is going to be tough [for Federer]. I'm probably favouring Novak at the moment, then Rafa and then it goes down the line.

"I marvel at someone like Novak with his ability and his consistency. When you look at the way he plays the game, he doesn't go bang, bang, bang, ace, volley. He wins every individual point from the baseline. So he's quite an individual on his own ability.

"He's won all four at one time, so he's already done that portion of it. He just won the Australian [Open], so, now he's in line to win a [calendar] Grand Slam.

"Yes, it's a long way to go, he's only got one, but this is probably, for him, the toughest [major] because you've got so many great players, whether it be Nadal or Federer.

"There are so many good players out there that are playing on clay. So that's why today probably the clay court is probably one of the toughest ones for a player to win if they're in line for winning a Grand Slam."

Stan Wawrinka came through an epic five-set battle with Stefanos Tsitsipas, while Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had a much easier path into the French Open quarter-finals.

Wawrinka and Tsitsipas both had to finish their third-round matches on Saturday and it was the Swiss who ran out a 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 6-4 3-6 8-6 winner on Court Suzanne-Lenglen a day later.

Their five-hour-and-nine-minute clash meant Kei Nishikori led Benoit Paire 6-2 6-7 (8-10) 6-2 when bad light stopped play.

Earlier on Sunday, Federer coasted past Leonardo Mayer 6-2 6-3 6-3, while 11-time champion Rafael Nadal got past Juan Ignacio Londero by the same scoreline.

With Nishikori and Paire unable to finish, Nadal will have to wait to discover his quarter-final opponent.

 

STAN SINKS TSITSIPAS

Wawrinka beat Grigor Dimitrov in three tie-breaks and he made it four in a row after saving a set point in the opener against Tsitsipas.

The Greek required six chances to restore parity and he forced a decider when the 24th seed dropped his serve immediately after cancelling out an early break in the fourth.

Wawrinka staved off eight break points in the fifth set - and 22 across the entire match - before somehow clipping the chalk with a running backhand down the line, which was upheld after the umpire got out of his chair.

Asked to describe the experience a disconsolate Tsitsipas said: "It's the worst feeling ever. Especially when you lose. You don't want to be in my place."

 

FEDERER TO FACE FAMILIAR FOE

By beating Tsitsipas, Wawrinka set up a repeat of his quarter-final against Federer at Roland Garros in 2015. Wawrinka won in straight sets that time around, and the 20-time major winner hopes lightning does not strike twice.

"I'm just happy for the guy that he's back after his knee problems. They were severe, and that's why I think he's really happy he got sort of a second life on tour, because I think for a while there he wasn't sure if he was ever going to come back again," said Federer after a comfortable win over Mayer.

"It's nice to see him pain-free and playing well. I hope he's not at the level of '15, but we'll find out, because there he was crushing the ball. It was unbelievable."

 

LONDERO 'A CHAMPION' FOR TAKING ON NADAL

It was less than four months ago that Londero claimed his first title on the ATP Tour, and that was only his fourth appearance in the main draw at that level.

The 25-year-old world number 78 played with plenty of courage on Sunday but was nowhere near as clinical as Nadal, who the grand slam debutant was simply proud to have gone toe-to-toe with.

"I feel sort of like a champion, because on such a large court I played very well against Nadal," said Londero.

"I felt that I was going to be more nervous, but in the end, it was not the case. So I'm very happy because I played very well."

Rafael Nadal will be keeping his birthday celebrations low key after ensuring he will feature in the French Open quarter-finals the following day.

Second seed Nadal eased through a fourth-round meeting with grand slam debutant Juan Ignacio Londero 6-2 6-3 6-3 in hot and windy conditions on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Sunday.

The Spaniard's hopes of a 12th title at Roland Garros remain alive but he will not be going overboard when he turns 33 on Monday.

Asked how his birthday celebrations have changed over the years, Nadal replied: "Not much, because celebrations are not that good when I am not here, because that means that I lost or I have been injured. But in terms of a party, it is higher when I am at home than when I am here.

"Tomorrow what can I do? Just celebrate here a little bit with the people from the tournament, all the workers there that, being honest, for me, they are so special, because I always had an amazing relationship with all of them.

"And then probably have a dinner, small dinner. But I play the next day, so not a big thing."

He added with a chuckle: "And I am not happy to be 33 already."

Nadal's domination of the French Open began when he lifted La Coupe des Mousquetaires on his debut as a teenager in 2005, and he is pleased to have displayed greater longevity than many thought was possible.

"Obviously when I was 18, thinking that I could still be here at the age of 33, it was probably something incredible and impossible to think about," said Nadal.

"Some people thought that I would finish my career a bit earlier. But some of us have been pushing to continue fighting a bit longer.

"Luckily, despite all the [injury] problems I had, the most positive thing is that I managed to maintain the desire and the pleasure of moments, obviously with some highs and some lows.

"But even when you had a low moment, I always found the motivation to continue and continue with my illusions and my hopes. Also, I had people supporting me."

Roger Federer understands Dominic Thiem's frustration over his post-match news conference being interrupted to make way for Serena Williams, but he still found the situation funny.

World number four Thiem was midway through talking to the media when he was ordered to clear the room for Williams, the 23-time major winner having just lost 6-2 7-5 to Sofia Kenin.

The Austrian, a runner-up at Roland Garros last year, fumed: "I don't really get it, seriously. I mean, what the hell? It's a joke - I have to leave the room because she's coming?"

Federer suggested there must have been a communication breakdown and felt Thiem, who had beaten Pablo Cuevas in four sets to advance to the last 16, should have been given priority, but he found the way it played out humorous.

"I don't know what went wrong, but something went wrong for this to happen," said Federer after a straight-sets victory over Leonardo Mayer on Sunday sent him into the quarter-finals.

"I think with all the players there is always a way to go that the one who is still in the tournament gets priority. That's how I see it. If I would have lost against Mayer, I would let Mayer go first or decide when he wants to go to press as he's got a next match. My next match is far, far away. So that's just the way you go about it.

"Now, there must have been a misunderstanding or maybe they should have kept Serena still in the locker room, not waiting here in the press centre. I don't know exactly what happened.

"I understand Dominic's frustration. For him it's just about how in the world did this happen? I don't think he's mad at Serena or anybody. I just think it was an unfortunate situation that I thought was funny and we joked about it just before.

"That's why I'm very much aware of what happened, and that's why we are laughing in the locker room about it now. But in the moment, I understand [why he was] like, 'What is going on? It's a joke'.

"How he said it, it was great. I love his accent. In German, too, by the way, not just in English. And he knows that."

Rafael Nadal continued his march towards a 12th French Open title by beating Juan Ignacio Londero in the fourth round on Sunday.

Reigning champion Nadal triumphed 6-2 6-3 6-3 in two hours and 13 minutes on a sweltering Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Despite it being a straight-sets win it was by no means serene, but grand slam debutant Londero – who won his first ATP Tour title in February, just his fourth tournament at that level – was unable to match the clinical finishing of the 'King of Clay' at key moments.

A spectator was ejected following a couple of interruptions in the second set of a match that at times looked uncomfortable for Nadal, though he lifted his level when required to reach the quarter-finals.

Nadal seemingly did not want to waste any time and broke at the first opportunity, but Londero hung in a rally to earn three shots at getting back on serve while 3-1 down.

The Spaniard snuffed them out and held with an exquisite backhand that cleaned the line, with Londero a set down soon after when he went wide with a forehand.

Noises from the crowd twice interrupted the early stages of the second set and an individual was escorted out of the stadium.

Nadal's progress continued unchecked and he showed great tenacity to chase down a volley from Londero and respond with a cross-court winner in game five.

Londero missed with an overhead smash from the baseline to give the 11-time champion the breakthrough and he served out the set after passing up a chance to finish it off in the prior game.

The Argentine staved off three break points to start the third but, after failing to capitalise on one of his own, his resistance crumbled.

Nadal charged down a drop shot from Londero to move 4-1 up, only for Londero to hit straight back by winning four successive points against serve.

The world number 78 followed it up with a hold to love that only delayed an inevitable victory for Nadal, who converted his first match point in game nine.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Rafael Nadal [2] bt Juan Ignacio Londero 6-2 6-3 6-3

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Nadal - 40/25
Londero - 23/30

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Nadal - 6/1
Londero - 4/2

BREAK POINTS WON
Nadal - 6/12
Londero - 1/5

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Nadal - 71
Londero - 57

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Nadal - 74/59
Londero - 63/37

TOTAL POINTS 
Nadal - 92
Londero - 66

Roger Federer eased past Leonardo Mayer to reach the French Open quarter-finals on Sunday.

Third seed Federer, 37, triumphed 6-2 6-3 6-3 in the searing heat in Paris to become the oldest player to reach the last eight of a grand slam since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.

Federer dropped just five games when he won his previous meeting with Mayer at a major, back at the US Open in 2015, and while the Argentinian did better on the scoreboard this time around, he did little to threaten the 2009 Roland Garros champion on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

The 20-time major winner will have been delighted to avoid expending too much energy in draining conditions as he advanced in just one hour and 42 minutes.

A trademark crisp backhand down the line sealed an opening break for Federer and his advantage increased when Mayer double faulted in game five.

The Swiss wrapped up the first set with a volley and Mayer dropped his serve to love at the start of the second as Federer cruised along in the afternoon sun.

Mayer struggled to find a way to put his opponent under pressure and after going long with a forehand to gift Federer the second set, he received a warning for blasting the ball into the top tier of Tribune Jacques Brugnon.

The world number 68 managed to force deuce in game three of the third but Federer saw him off with the combination of an ace and a pinpoint backhand from way behind the baseline to hold.

Mayer staved off four break points to remain on serve but he was wrongfooted by a fine forehand and inevitably fell behind, with another wicked winner clinching victory for Federer.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Roger Federer [3] bt Leonardo Mayer 6-2 6-3 6-3

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Federer - 30/19
Mayer - 17/31

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Federer - 4/0
Mayer - 0/4

BREAK POINTS WON
Federer - 5/10
Mayer - 0/0

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Federer - 67
Mayer - 51

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Federer - 82/69
Mayer - 62/47

TOTAL POINTS
Federer - 94
Mayer - 63

Novak Djokovic was made to work harder than he expected for a straight-sets victory over Salvatore Caruso, with Jan-Lennard Struff awaiting in round four of the French Open after outlasting Borna Coric.

Top seed Djokovic triumphed 6-3 6-3 6-2 against qualifier Caruso but was made to sweat on the hottest day at Roland Garros this year. The Serbian will face Struff after the unseeded German dug in to down Coric 4-6 6-1 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 11-9.

Last year's runner-up Dominic Thiem came through a testing encounter against fellow clay-court specialist Pablo Cuevas 6-3 4-6 6-2 7-5, but the going was easier for Gael Monfils and Karen Khachanov, who beat Antoine Hoang 6-3 6-2 6-3 and Martin Klizan 6-1 6-4 6-3 respectively.

Despite an injury scare while beating Yoshihito Nishioka in five sets last time out, Juan Martin del Potro sealed a 6-4 6-4 6-0 victory over Jordan Thompson.

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Stan Wawrinka triumphed in matches held over from Wednesday, while Alexander Zverev once more required all five sets to advance.

 

"I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED"

Djokovic acknowledged that Caruso caused him problems during the first half of their match and he had to change his approach and up his game in order to close it out in three sets.

"Caruso was very motivated. I thought he stepped into the court having a clear game plan, attacking the ball from both forehand and backhand. He was hitting backhand very, very good, very solid," said Djokovic.

"He actually pleasantly surprised me with his game. I had to change my tactics quite a bit throughout the match. I think midway through the match I kind of stepped it up a little bit. I feel like I took my game to a different level, which then resulted with easier third set.

"It was a straight-set win, but it was tougher than the score indicated."

 

TSITSIPAS EDGES THROUGH

Tsitsipas had just reeled off three games in succession to draw level in the third set, having won the first two, when bad light forced his match against Filip Krajinovic to be suspended.

Krajinovic made the most of that reprieve by winning a tie-break to force another set, in which Tsitsipas twice had to fight from a break down to take it ot another breaker.

The Greek sixth seed then had to save a set point before finally getting over the line. He still managed to get off court before his next opponent Wawrinka, who failed to serve out the third set and had to save five set points before getting over the line in a tie-break against Grigor Dimitrov.

It was Wawrinka's 500th career win and means he has now beaten Dimitrov at every single grand slam.

 

OLD HABITS DIE HARD FOR ZVEREV

After playing three straight five-set matches before his quarter-final exit at Roland Garros last year, Zverev kicked off his bid for a French Open title this year with yet another against John Millman.

Getting past Mikael Ymer in three in round two seemed to suggest his progress was going to be more serene, but once again he was taken the distance by Dusan Lajovic - as he was in 2018.

The fifth seed has another tough opponent in the last 16 in the shape of Monte Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini, who ousted Roberto Bautista Agut to move one match away from a second grand slam quarter-final appearance.

Novak Djokovic moved into the fourth round of the French Open with an unspectacular 6-3 6-3 6-2 triumph against Salvatore Caruso on Saturday.

World number one Djokovic made it three straight-sets victories on the trot at Roland Garros as he pounced on the qualifier's costly errors on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Caruso, ranked 147th and going up against a top-10 player for the first time in his career, started well but became increasingly frustrated when he let games get away from him.

Despite being pushed at points, Djokovic rarely had to get out of second gear and finished things off with a ruthless backhand.

The top seed moved into a 4-1 lead after Caruso erred first, but Djokovic had to stave off a pair of well-engineered break points to do so.

Caruso still caused his opponent problems and a clean winner gave him another chance to get back on serve, only for Djokovic to keep him at bay and see out the first set in 46 minutes.

The qualifier received a huge cheer after fending off two break points and coming out on top in a 27-shot rally before holding. However, a long forehand preceded the Serbian moving 4-2 ahead in the second.

Caruso grew frustrated and let out a shout when he buried a forehand into the net to gift Djokovic set point and the Serbian took full advantage.

Djokovic went a break up in the third after Caruso failed to get his backhand over and there was no way back for the Italian, whose impressive debut at the French Open was finally curtailed.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Novak Djokovic [1] bt Salvatore Caruso 6-3 6-3 6-2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Djokovic - 25/32
Caruso - 15/29

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Djokovic - 8/0
Caruso - 0/2

BREAK POINTS WON
Djokovic - 5/11
Caruso - 0/5

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Djokovic - 69
Caruso - 69

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Djokovic - 84/52
Caruso - 57/44

TOTAL POINTS
Djokovic - 94
Caruso - 62

Rafael Nadal admitted it was impossible to maintain such lofty standards after he dropped a set following an electric start against David Goffin at the French Open.

Second seed and 11-time champion Nadal looked to heading for a third straight-sets victory at Roland Garros this year but allowed Goffin back, though he eventually completed a 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3 triumph on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

The Spaniard, who defeated world number one Novak Djokovic in the Internazionali d'Italia final in Rome, twice dropped his serve in the third set of his second-round clash with Yannick Maden, something he put down to a lack of concentration.

Nadal denied it was the same case on Friday, however, insisting that having performed "perfectly" in the first set and a half, a dip in quality was inevitable.

"[In the] first set and a half it was really fantastic, incredible. It's difficult to play so well. I did everything perfectly," said Nadal.

"I couldn't lose my concentration today. With respect to the [Maden match], I was 100 per cent focused. I was able to keep the intensity.

"You need to be realistic. The level that I kept during the first 45 minutes [against Goffin], you can't really maintain that easily. It's very difficult, because it was almost the top level, the highest level I could play.

"Afterwards, when you play at that tennis level, each time you decrease your level, it seems that things crumble in some way. It's strange. But then today I played against an excellent player."

Nadal will next face Juan Ignacio Londero, a 25-year-old Argentinian who is making his first main-draw appearance in the singles at a major.

Rafael Nadal dropped a set at the French Open on Friday, but Roger Federer got the job done in three against Casper Ruud.

Goffin joined Diego Schwartzman to become just the second man to avoid a straight-sets loss to Nadal at Roland Garros in the four most recent additions of the tournament, though the Spaniard still triumphed 6-1 6-4 4-6 6-3.

Grand slam main-draw debutant Juan Ignacio Londero will be the next up for the 'King of Clay' after overcoming Corentin Moutet 2-6 6-3 6-4 5-7 6-4 and his fellow Argentinian Leonardo Mayer booked a meeting with Federer by beating Nicolas Mahut 3-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

Kei Nishikori added to his remarkable record in deciding sets, while Martin Klizan also had to go the distance to eliminate home hope Lucas Pouille in a match held over from Thursday.

Bad light meant Stefanos Tsitsipas' match against Filip Krajinovic, as well as the clash between Grigor Dimitrov and Stan Wawrinka, had to be halted before reaching a conclusion, meaning they will have to return to the court on Saturday.


NADAL WARY OF LONDERO

Londero won his first ATP Tour title as a wildcard in Cordoba in February – it was just fourth tournament at that level.

He is the first man to reach the last 16 on his grand slam debut since Goffin at Roland Garros in 2012, and Nadal knows better than to take the challenge lightly.

"Well, he plays very well right now. I think it's going to be a very difficult match, demanding, but I'm prepared to fight at a very high level," said the defending champion.

 

FEDERER TIPS RUUD FOR SUCCESS

When Federer made his grand slam debut at the French Open in 1999, Ruud's father and coach Christian was also in the main draw.

The 20-year-old performed respectably on Court Suzanne-Lenglen and Federer is confident a promising future awaits the Norwegian prospect.

"I like a lot in his game. Today I saw the clay-courter. But I'm sure he's also got the hard-court game in him, and I think he's going to be obviously easy top 50, top 20, hopefully soon," said the third seed.

"From then on, anything is possible at some stage once you get in the top 20."

 

NISHIKORI THE FINAL-SET KING

Seventh seed Nishikori looked to be heading for an upset when he went two breaks down at the start of the fifth set against Laslo Djere.

However, the Japanese rallied from behind to triumph in four hours and 26 minutes to improve his Open Era-record for the best winning percentage (74.4) in deciding sets, moving to 131-45 when pushed the distance.

Nishikori will encounter a fresher-than-expected Benoit Paire in round four after Pablo Carreno Busta retired from his match against the Frenchman due to a thigh problem.

Roger Federer feels more certainty about his game on clay after reaching the fourth round of the French Open but acknowledged he can still improve.

The 20-time major winner overcame Casper Ruud 6-3 6-1 7-6 (10-8) on Court Suzanne-Lenglen on Friday, his third straight-sets victory in succession in his first appearance at Roland Garros since 2015.

Federer missed the 2016 French Open due to back and knee issues and opted to skip the clay-court swing the following two years to focus his attention on the grass and hard surfaces.

After three years off the red dirt the Swiss reached the quarter-finals in Madrid and Rome prior to his arrival in Paris, and with the same stage in sight again he is feeling confident ahead of an encounter with Leonardo Mayer.

"I'm very happy. A few months ago, I didn't know what to expect with anything, really. At this point, now I know where my level's at," said Federer.

"I still don't know exactly where my absolute best is, but I feel like it could be there. Maybe not, you know. I'm happy to find out either way.

"So I'm happy I'm putting myself in a position like this in a fourth round of the French Open after not having played so many years here. I think for me the first goal has been reached by getting this deep into the tournament, and knowing where the game's at, knowing where the fitness is, the mind.

"Also playing a tie-break on clay [against Ruud], how to go through tougher points on clay, because you have to construct them a little bit differently than on the hard courts or on the grass.

"I'm very pleased with how I'm feeling and how I'm playing, and still trying to stay true to playing freely and with nothing to lose, even though I know I will be the favourite in the next match. But regardless, I'm going to try to play as free as I can."

The meeting with the 20-year-old Ruud was Federer's 400th grand slam singles match, making him the first player to reach the milestone.

Asked if the landmark impressed him, Federer responded: "Well, it is impressive, but I didn't know, and this answers the question probably.

"It's true I played many matches in grand slam tournaments, and it's even more pleasant to do this in Roland Garros, because I have a lot of records from Wimbledon or the US Open.

"But doing anything in Roland is very special, because I played a lot here. It was my first grand slam where I was in the main draw."

Rafael Nadal overcame a rare stumble to defeat David Goffin in the third round of the French Open on Friday.

The 11-time champion looked to be racing through a trademark clay-court masterclass as he dominated the first set and thrilled in the second.

But Goffin, who won just 10 points in the opener, responded to take the third as a routine Nadal win threatened to become slightly trickier, stretching towards the three-hour mark.

Normal service was resumed as the defending champion sealed a 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3 triumph, having dropped a set for only the second time at Roland Garros since 2015.

The world number two is rarely troubled on the red dirt and, despite the serene start here, will hope to find his last-16 clash with Juan Ignacio Londero or Corentin Moutet somewhat more straightforward.

Goffin was facing three break points by the time he got on the scoreboard with an ace, enough only to delay Nadal's stunning start by a matter of moments as the Belgian next found the net and the defending champion led.

There was no stopping the second seed, who edged further clear as he twice more forced his opponent to go low, although the world number 29 battled to avoid a bagel.

The second set soon went the same way and Goffin collapsed from 40-15 on serve, with a couple of wayward shots dropping wide to the left strengthening the Spaniard grip on the match.

An array of glorious Nadal strokes continued to bring the Court Philippe-Chatrier crowd to its feet, regularly leaving Goffin shaking his head in bemusement, and a further break followed to seal the set.

But Goffin seized his first opportunities of the match with the third at 4-4, breaking with a brilliant winner and then clinging on to his advantage.

However, Nadal was determined to quickly halt any fightback and an increasingly aggressive approach was rewarded with the lead in the fourth, enough for him to see off Goffin.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

Rafael Nadal [2] bt David Goffin [27] 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS

Nadal - 38/21
Goffin - 33/35

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS

Nadal - 5/5
Goffin - 3/1

BREAK POINTS WON

Nadal - 5/10
Goffin - 1/2

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE

Nadal - 58
Goffin - 50

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE

Nadal - 78/70
Goffin - 63/52

TOTAL POINTS 

Nadal - 115
Goffin - 86

Roger Federer marked his 400th grand slam singles match with a routine 6-3 6-1 7-6 (10-8) victory over Casper Ruud in the third round of the French Open.

Federer's win secured a place in the last 16 at Roland Garros for a record 14th time and saw him become the oldest man to reach that stage in Paris since a 38-year-old Nicola Pietrangeli in 1972.

The Swiss produced some magnificent shots to counter a strong start from Ruud, whose father and coach Christian was in the draw when Federer made his French Open debut back in 1999.

Ruud gave a good account of himself and was unable to convert a set point in the third as Federer prevailed on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

Ruud produced some confident groundstrokes during the early exchanges but was unable to make any inroads on Federer's serve and the 37-year-old broke him with a brilliant half-volley backhand from the baseline.

The 20-time major winner was one point away from dropping his serve in game eight but closed out the set in emphatic fashion with an overhead smash.

Ruud's dynamism kept him in rallies but also drew exquisite shots from Federer, though it was a backhand into the net that handed the 2009 champion the initiative in the second.

Federer remained clinical and moved 4-0 up with an excellent cross-court forehand and nullified a break point with an ace as he served out the set.

Ruud, who broke the top 100 for the first time in March, hinted at a comeback when he broke Federer early in the next set, but the third seed got straight back on serve with a fine winner down the line.

The Norwegian held on to force a tie-break and saw a chance to send the match to a fourth set taken away from him by Federer, who pounced on a costly double fault to clinch the win at the fourth attempt.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Roger Federer [3] bt Casper Ruud 6-3 6-1 7-6 (10-8)

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Federer - 52/36
Ruud - 28/26

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Federer - 11/3
Ruud - 2/6

BREAK POINTS WON
Federer - 5/12
Ruud - 1/5

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Federer - 61
Ruud - 68

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Federer - 80/51
Ruud - 67/32

TOTAL POINTS
Federer - 114
Ruud - 90

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