Djokovic, Federer & Sharapora Advance At French Open

Maria Sharapova

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer both had to work hard for their wins in the third round of the French Open.

Second seed Djokovic dropped a set against Marin Cilic for only the third time in nine meetings, but came away with a 6-3 6-2 6-7 (7-2) 6-4 win.

Fourth seed Federer, whose only Paris title came in 2009, beat Dmitry Tursunov 7-5 6-7 (9-7) 6-2 6-4. In the women’s draw, Maria Sharapova eased through with a 6-0 6-0 win over world number 75 Paula Ormaechea.

The Russian, seeded seven, will now play 19th seed Australian Sam Stosur, who caused a minor upset with a 6-4 6-4 win over Dominika Cibulkova.

In the men’s draw, Federer will next face Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, who defeated Czech Radek Stepanek in three sets, while Djokovic will play 13th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after he swept past Pole Jerzy Janowicz in three sets.

And sixth seed Tomas Berdych, who beat Argentine Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets on Friday, faces John Isner of the United States for a place in the quarter-finals.

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