2019 French Open: The older generation prevails
Federer defeated Norwegian Rudd 6/3; 6/6; 7/6 (8). Nishikori outlasted Slovakia’s Dere 6/4; 6/7(8); 6/3; 4/6; 8/6.
Nadal dominated the first and also clinched the second set, on a single break of the Goffin serve. However, the 28-year old David took the third set 6/4.
In the fourth set, Nadal broke Goffin’s serve to take the sixth game for 4-2 and extended the lead to 5-2 on his serve. Although he lost the first point on his serve, David won four consecutive points to reduce the tally to 5-3. Serving for the match, Nadal reached 40-0 but lost the first match point on a missed forehand. On the second match point Goffin hit a backhand wide.
The third seeded Federer took the first set on a single break of Rudd’s serve while the second set was a one-way affair that ended 6/1. In the third set, Rudd broke Federer’s serve to lead 2-0 but could not hold the third game and his opponent leveled 2-all.
The games proceeded with serve to reach 6 games apiece. In the tie-break, each player had three points at changeover. Federer reached match point at 6-4 but Ruud leveled for a second changeover. Federer reached a second match point at 8-7 but it was annulled and he eventually took the game 10 points to 8 for the match.
Kei Nishikori prevailed in the day’s marathon clash. After taking the first set 6/4, the younger Dere clinched the tie-break for the second set by 8 points to 6. Nishikori took the third set but Dere leveled the match by taking the fourth set 6/4.
In the fifth set, Nishikori reached 40-14 on serve but lost the game and Dere held to lead 2-0. Nishikori broke back and held serve to lead 4-3. A second break of Dere’s serve gave Nishikori the fifth set 8/6 and he was through to the fourth round.
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