World number two Daniil Medvedev and 2021 runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas are targeting the last 16 at the French Open on Saturday, while women’s top seed Iga Swiatek looks to win 31 in a row.
Medvedev and Tsitsipas will meet in the semi-finals.
So far, Medvedev appears most likely to reach that stage, having lost just 16 matches in two straight sets of wins.
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But fourth seed Tsitsipas came back from down two sets to defeat Italian Lorenzo Musseti in the first round.
He then needed four hours to beat 134th seed qualifier Zdenek Kollar, saving set points in the fourth set tiebreak.
Medvedev, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros last year with four consecutive first-round exits, will face 28th seed Miomir Kekmanovic.
The 22-year-old Serbian had a solid season on clay with reaching the semi-finals in Munich and qualifying for the quarter-finals in Belgrade where he led Novak Djokovic into three sets. He also reached the quarter-finals in Rio and Santiago.
Kecmanovic started the year at 69th in the world and his all-court match has seen him also enjoy the quarterfinal rounds at the Indian Wells and Miami Masters.
Playing in Paris with a career high ranking of 31, Kecmanovic is in Roland Garros’ last 32 games for the first time.
“Medvedev plays well, but of course it’s not his favorite surface, he doesn’t feel comfortable here,” Kikmanovic said.
“So if I want to play it, I think it’s definitely better to play it on clay than anywhere else.”
Tsitsipas faces Sweden’s Mikael Ymir, the 95th-ranked Swede, who has reached the tournament in a losing streak, and who returned to the semi-finals against Alexander Zverev in Montpellier in February.
However, Ymir rediscovered his level in Paris and reached the third round for the second consecutive season.
The third round also presents two battles in tennis’s past and the future of tennis.
Holger Ron, just 19, faces off against 21-year-old Hugo Gaston. In stark contrast, France’s 37-year-old Gilles Simon is playing on the Tour for the last year, facing former US Open champion Marin Cilic, 33.
Now ranked 158, Simon, a former sixth-placed player, has reached the fourth round on three occasions after making his debut in 2005.
He has a 6-1 career advantage over the 23rd seed Cilic with their first meeting held at Wimbledon in 2007.
The women’s world number one Swiatek, who bid for her second French Open title after winning in 2020, has run 30 games in a row and lost just four in two rounds so far.
He faces the 20-year-old Poland’s 95th seed Danka Kovinic, who reached the third round of the Australian Open in January with a victory over US Open champion Emma Raducano en route.
French wildcard Yulia Gangin, the 227th-ranked champion who defeated former world number one Karolina Pliskova in the second round, faces experienced Romanian Irina Camelia Bejo.
Third seed Paula Padusa, who reached the quarter-finals in 2021, faces 29th seed Veronika Kodermetova of Russia.
Padusa has won my two matches this year, including on clay in Madrid by losing only three games.
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