Nadal faces old friend Gasquet on familiar French turf

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PARIS (Reuters) – World primary Rafa Nadal faces native hope Richard Gasquet within the third spherical of the French Open on Saturday in a conflict between two long-time buddies.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Could 31, 2018 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in motion throughout his second spherical match in opposition to Argentina’s Guido Pella REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The Spaniard has received all of his earlier 15 matches in opposition to the quantity 27 seed.

“We’ve identified one another since 11 or 12 years previous and grown up collectively, so it’s going to be a fantastic pleasure to play in opposition to (Gasquet),” stated Nadal, who’s chasing a record-extending 11th Roland Garros title.

Kyle Edmund, the final Briton standing within the event, is up in opposition to Italian Fabio Fognini for the primary time in his profession within the day’s first match on Courtroom Suzanne Lenglen.

Within the girl’s draw, Serena Williams faces 11th seed Julia Goerges of Germany.

The American is taking part in her first Grand Slam since profitable a 23rd title on the 2017 Australian Open and giving delivery to her daughter Alexis Olympia in September.

Serena dug deep to return again from a set and a break right down to defeat Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 3-6 6-Three 6-Four within the second spherical.

Twice champion Maria Sharapova will tackle Czech sixth seed Karolina Pliskova in a mouth-watering conflict for a spot within the final 16.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Could 31, 2018 Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri celebrates throughout his second spherical match in opposition to France’s Richard Gasquet REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Order of play on the principle showcourts (all matches third spherical until acknowledged, instances GMT, prefix numbers denote seeding):

Courtroom Philippe Chatrier (play begins at 0900)

3-Garbine Muguruza (Spain) v Samantha Stosur (Australia)

28-Maria Sharapova (Russia) v 6-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic)

1-Rafael Nadal (Spain) v 27-Richard Gasquet (France)

31-Albert Ramos-Vinolas (Spain) v 5-Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina)

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Courtroom Suzanne Lenglen (play begins at 0900)

18-Fabio Fognini (Italy) v 16-Kyle Edmund (Britain)

Irina-Camelia Begu (Romania) v 7-Caroline Garcia (France)

11-Julia Goerges (Germany) v Serena Williams (U.S.)

9-John Isner (U.S.) v Pierre-Hugues Herbert (France)

Courtroom 1 (play begins at 0900)

Mischa Zverev (Germany) v 6-Kevin Anderson (South Africa)

3-Marin Cilic (Croatia) v Steve Johnson (U.S.)

12-Angelique Kerber (Germany) v 18-Kiki Bertens (Netherlands)

1-Timea Babos (Hungary)/Kristina Mladenovic (France) v Nao Hibino (Japan)/Oksana Kalashnikova (Georgia) – second spherical

Reporting by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; Modifying by Ken Ferris

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