French Open 2022: Day 6 sees Coco Gauff win alongside Nadal, Djokovic, Alacaraz
- Carlos Alcaraz has advanced to the fourth round of the French Open
- Coco Gauff advances on to the second week
- Rafael Nadal defeats Botic van de Zandschulp, as Djokovic wins easy
Carlos Alcaraz has advanced to the fourth round of the French Open
During his third-round encounter against Sebastian Korda, Carlos Alcaraz showed no indications of tiredness. Alcaraz advanced to the fourth round of the event after defeating Korda in straight sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-2).
After a four-and-a-half hour encounter on Wednesday, there was considerable anxiety about Alcaraz's stamina. In that game, Alcaraz fell behind 2-1 and had to fight his way back.
He didn't let it happen against Korda, winning every set.
Alcaraz was seeded sixth in the competition. On Monday, he will face Karen Khachanov in the fourth round.
In the third round, Rafael Nadal defeats Botic van de Zandschulp
Rafael Nadal dispatched Botic van de Zandschulp in the third round of the French Open on Friday. Nadal advanced to Round 4 by defeating van de Zandschulp in straight sets (6-3, 6-2, 6-4).
Nadal, known as the "King of Clay," did not disappoint in the competition. On clay, he has won almost 91 percent of his matches.
Nadal did a good job of finishing van de Zandschulp swiftly. After suffering a damaged rib in March, Nadal's stamina is a concern. Nadal is also battling a longstanding foot issue, which contributed to his defeat at the Italian Open in May.
With the victory, Nadal advances to face Felix Auger-Aliassime on Monday.
Novak Djokovic easily wins in Round 3
On Friday, the top-ranked men's singles player had no problems in Round 3 of the French Open. Novak Djokovic easily defeats Alja Bedene in the third round of the event.
Djokovic won the match 6-3, 6-3, and 6-2, not dropping a single set.
Djokovic will face his first-ranked opponent of the tournament if he wins. On Monday, Djokovic will face No. 15 Diego Schwartzman. In his first three matchups, Djokovic has yet to drop a set.
Coco Gauff advances to the second week of the French Open
Kaia Kanepi's experience proved insufficient to defeat Coco Gauff in the third round of the French Open on Friday. Gauff, 18, defeated Kanepi, 36, in straight sets.
Gauff's winning streak continues. During her three matches, she has failed to drop a set. Gauff was seeded 18th in the event. If she continues to play like this, she has a chance to upset some much higher-ranked opponents.
Kanepi's strong showing at the French Open comes to an end with this defeat. Kanepi made an early impression, upsetting No. 10 seed Garbine Muguruza in the first round. Before facing Gauff, Kanepi overcame Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round.
OTHER IMPORTANT MATCHES
• Angelique Kerber's run at the French Open ended in Round 3. Aliaksandra Sasnovich upset Kerber in straight sets on Friday. Kerber had advanced the most at the French Open since 2018.
• Leylah Fernandez extended her impressive French Open run with an upset victory against No. 15 seed Belinda Bencic on Friday. Fernandez was seeded 17th in the event. Bencic was defeated in three sets. On Monday, Fernandez will attempt to extend her winning streak against No. 27 Amanda Anisimova.
• On Friday, Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated Filip Krajinovi in straight sets (7-6, 7-6, 7-5). Auger-Aliassime dominated the serve, with 16 aces to Krajinovi's one. On Monday, Auger-Aliassime will face Nadal.
• Sloane Stephens advanced to the fourth round of the French Open on Friday after overcoming Diane Parry in straight sets. Stephens did not enter the competition rated. In the first round, she required three sets to beat Jule Niemeier. In Round 2, Stephens defeated No. 26 Sorana Cirstea in three sets. In Round 4, Stephens will face No. 23 Jil Teichmann.
On Friday, Alexander Zverev defeated Brandon Nakashima to move to the fourth round of the French Open. Nakashima was defeated in straight sets by Zverev (7-6, 6-3, 7-6). On Monday, Zverev will face Bernabe Zapata Miralles, who is ranked third entering the Open. On Friday, Zapata Miralles defeated No. 23 rated John Isner.