A 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer stayed in the contest for his second French Open title by overcoming 31st-seeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov in the third round today. The rivals rescued a couple of break points each in the middle of the opener before the Swiss Maestro converted in the twelfth game to grab the set just as it was heading towards a tie-break. The outcome of the second set would be exactly the same had Roger capitalized on any of the three set points at 6-5, yet this time his opponent escaped the danger and edged him out in a dramatic breaker. FedEx held his nerves, though, and grew stronger as the match wore on – he built a double break cushion in the set three which he served out in first attempt. He only converted one of the nine break points in the fourth set, but it was enough to reach the finish line after slightly more than three hours of clay-court tennis. Federer advanced thanks to a 7-5, 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-4 victory to set up a round of 16 clash against Ernests Gulbis.
The eighteenth seed Latvian obtained his fourth round ticket by sending home Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in straight sets. Gulbis was the man in charge in the opening two sets which he won without facing a break point danger. In the third set the athletes were equal until 5-5 when the favorite claimed a crucial break and confirmed it in the subsequent game to put the match to bed by winning 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.
Another seeded player to advance in the bottom part of the draw is Tomas Berdych who played a back and forth clash against Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain, seed number twenty-seven. The latter broke in the initial game, yet the sixth seed Czech bounced back in an amazing fashion to win eight successive games, grabbing the opener in the process. The Spanish player pegged back to make it 2-2 in the second set, but was helpless to stop the rival going on a four straight games run and extending the lead. Bautista-Agut soon fell two sets and a break behind, yet he coped well with an uphill battle and turned around the third set which he won in a tie-break. In the following set the contestants shared a couple of breaks between them by 4-4 before Berdych struck again to wrap up the encounter on the Spaniard’s serve. He won 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-4 and will meet John Isner in the last 16.