French Open: Federer Beats Dzumhur Through to Last 16

Second seed Roger Federer advanced into the fourth round of the French Open for an 11th straight year with a straight sets win over Damir Dzumhur on Friday.

Home favorite Richard Gasquet grounded out victory after going the distance with Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq, as Russia Tehmuraz Gabashvili advanced into the round of 16 yet to drop a set following victory over Lukas Rosol.

2009 champion Federer smashed 38 winners and had 75% break point conversion in ending Dzumhur’s journey to the round of 32 of the French Open, 6-4 6-3 6-2 in one hour 28 minutes at the Philippe-Chatrier.

The world No. 2 must have envisaged a youthful resilience in Dzumhur, who had eliminated Marcos Baghdatis and Mikail Youzhny en route to the last 32 and despite breaking the 23-year-old in the fifth game of the opening set and consolidating for a 4-2 lead; the 17-time Grand Slam winner needed a second opening to take the set 6-4 on his own serve.

Roger Federer During His Round of 32 Clash With Damir Dzumhur at the Roland Garros. Image: RG via Getty.
Roger Federer During His Round of 32 Clash With Damir Dzumhur at the Roland Garros. Image: RG via Getty.

The 33-year-old turned his game up a notch in the second set, breaking his opponent’s serves three times to claim a two-set to love lead, at whose point the world No. 88’s hopes of becoming the first Bosnian to reach the last 16 of a Grand Slam started becoming a mirage.

Federer broke twice more in the third set to record his 64th match win at the Roland Garros and set up a fourth round clash with either Gael Monfils or Pablo Cuevas.

Fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka advanced into the last 16 of the French Open for a 5th time following a similar 6-4 6-3 6-2 win over America’s Steve Johnson later on Friday.

The eighth seed will face Gilles Simon in the fourth round. 12th seed Simons defeated fellow Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-2 6-7(8-6) 6-7(8-6) 6-3 6-1 at the Suzanne-Lenglen.

Gasquet saw of Berlocq 3-6 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-1 in a match that was interrupted during the decider due to darkness earlier at the Suzanne-Lenglen.

Gabashvili sailed past Rosol 6-4 6-4 6-4 and will face Japan’s fifth seed Kei Nishikori in the round of 16.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Singles – Third Round

[2] Roger Federer (SUI) d. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 64 63 62
[4] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. Benoit Paire (FRA) 61 67(5) 63 64
[8] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Steve Johnson (USA) 64 63 62
[12] Gilles Simon (FRA) d. Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 62 67(6) 67(6) 63 61
[13] Gael Monfils (FRA) vs. [21] Pablo Cuevas (URU)
[14] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs. Pablo Andujar (ESP)
Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 64 64 64

Singles – Second Round

[20] Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 36 63 61 46 61

Doubles – Second Round

[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) d. Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) / Lucas Pouille (FRA) 76(4) 76(3)
[2] Vasek Pospisil (CAN) / Jack Sock (USA) d. Robert Lindstedt (SWE) / Jurgen Mezler (AUT) 64 64
[6] Simone Bolelli (ITA) / Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Frantisek Cermak (CZE) / Jiri Vesely (CZE) 51 ret.
[7] Marcin Matkowski (POL) / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) d. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) / Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 64 76(5)
[9] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Florin Mergea (ROU) d. Austin Krajicek (USA) / Donald Young (USA) 36 63 75
[10] Daniel Nestor (CAN) / Leander Paes (IND) d. Andre Begemann (GER) / Julian Knowle (AUT) 76(3) 62
[11] Jamie Murray (GBR) / John Peers (AUS) d. Santiago Giraldo (COL) / Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 61 62
Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) / Andre Sa (BRA) d. [13] Marin Draganja (CRO) / Henri Kontinen (FIN) 63 63
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) / Lukasz Kubot (POL) d. Florian Mayer (GER) / Frank Moser (GER) 76(3) 63

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