French Open: Djokovic, Nadal stroll into fourth round

Top-seed continues smooth progress while nine-time winner Nadal ; Kvitova progresses in women's draw.

    French Open is the only grand slam missing from Djokovic's collection [Getty Images]
    French Open is the only grand slam missing from Djokovic's collection [Getty Images]

    Novak Djokovic continuted his smooth progression towards a maiden French Open title with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 dismissal of Australian prodigy Thanasi Kokkinakis to reach the fourth round.

    The world number one from Serbia showed no ill effects from a groin problem he faced during his previous match, ending the tennis lesson on his first match point when teenager Kokkinakis returned a first serve wide.

    Meanwhile, Rafa Nadal's attempt to win the French Open for a 10th time picked up pace with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 third-round demolition of unseeded Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.

    The Spanish defending champion, seeded a lowly sixth this year after a run of patchy form, showed the quality that has made him the dominant force on clay for a decade, brushing aside his opponent with relative ease.

    Earlier, Andy Murray tamed Australia's Nick Kyrgios to also reach the last-16 , winning an entertaining tussle 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

    Murray, the third-seed, was ultimately too solid for the 20-year-old Kyrgios who played some scintillating shots but fired too many errors to really trouble the Scot.

    Men's results:

    6-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Andrey Kuznetsov (Russia) 6-1 6-3 6-2

    Jack Sock (U.S.) beat Borna Coric (Croatia) 6-2 6-1 6-4

    Jeremy Chardy (France) beat 17-David Goffin (Belgium) 6-3 6-4 6-2

    1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) 6-4 6-4 6-4

    9-Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat 23-Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) 6-3 6-2 6-4

    3-Andy Murray (Britain) beat 29-Nick Kyrgios (Australia) 6-4 6-2 6-3

    Kvitova's easy progress

    In the women's draw, Czech fourth-seed Petra Kvitova cantered into the last-16 with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu.

    The double Wimbledon champion, a semi-finalist on the Roland Garros clay in 2012, had too much power for the 30th-seed, who could not muster a break point on court Philippe Chatrier.

    Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion [EPA]

    Kvitova made only nine unforced errors in a polished performance, winning the last seven points.

    Women's results:

    23-Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland) beat 16-Madison Keys (U.S.) 6-4 6-2 

    Andreea Mitu (Romania) beat Francesca Schiavone (Italy) 7-5 6-4

    17-Sara Errani (Italy) beat 10-Andrea Petkovic (Germany) 6-3 6-3

    4-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat 30-Irina Begu (Romania) 6-3 6-2

    SOURCE: Reuters


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