Del Potro to Face Berdych at French Open

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Argentinean ninth seed Juan Martin del Potro plays Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych in the fourth round of the French Open after ousting Marin Cilic on Friday.

Argentinean ninth seed Juan Martin del Potro plays Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych in the fourth round of the French Open after ousting Marin Cilic on Friday.

Del Potro defeated the Croatian 6-3, 7-6(7), 6-1 on the Roland Garros clay and will attempt to extend his 3-2 winning record against Berdych, although they are 1-1 on clay.

Earlier, Berdych recovered from a set down to beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4 in their third-round match.

Elsewhere, local hero and fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ousted Italy’s Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 and faces Stanislas Wawrinka after the Swiss player overcame two tiebreak losses to beat 11th seed Gilles Simon of France 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-2.

In the women's draw, world No. 2 Maria Sharapova demolished Ayumi Morita of Japan on Friday to book passage into the third round. Sharapova handed out a 6-1, 6-1 thrashing to the world No. 84 and has now spent less than two hours on court in her first two matches at Roland Garros.

Elsewhere, 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova rolled back the years to defeat world No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2 in their third-round match.

For the Pole, it was her sixth defeat in a row against Kuznetsova, in a streak stretching back to 2009.

Kuznetsova will now play 21st seed Sara Errani after the Italian came back from a first-set thrashing to defeat 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.

 

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