Nadal beats Fognini in Paris, Djokovic eliminates Dimitrov

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Title contenders Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic prevail in straight sets to book their fourth round tickets at Roland Garros 2013.

Although he struggled in the opener against seed number twenty-seven Fabio Fognini of Italy, Rafa managed to advance in three sets for the first time at this year’s French Open. The Italian started the clash better and confirmed his first break to obtain a 4-2 lead in the opener. Rafa then won three games in a row and created three set points at 5-4, yet his rival was not about to give up on the set just yet – he first held to make it 5-5 and even restored his one break lead next. However, the Spaniard pegged back immediately to squeeze himself into the tie-breaker where he tucked away the set point number five. Fognini was breathing down the favorite’s neck in the following sets as well, yet he was unable to really upset Nadal who first capitalized on the only break of the second set before building a 4-1 lead in the beginning of the set three by seizing the Italian’s serve on couple of occasions. The latter kept battling and managed to reduce the lead, yet the king of clay stayed composed and wrapped up the set with a love hold. End score: 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4. Nadal is meeting thirteenth-seeded Kei Nishikori next.

World no. 1 Djokovic looked more convincing in his third round match as he raced past twenty-sixth seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov by giving away seven games in total and preventing his rival stamping any authority on the proceedings. The first two sets were practically identical with the top seed getting in possession of a double break cushion before serving them out to acquire a two nil lead. Nole maintained the high level of his game in the third set as well and while Dimitrov managed to reduce a double break lead, the impressive Serb stole his serve again to close out the encounter with 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 victory, spending one hour and forty-six minutes on the court. His last 16 opponent is German Philipp Kohlschreiber, seed number sixteen.

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