Novak Djokovic effortlessly entered the fourth round of the French Open on Saturday in his 12th successful year, creating a duel against Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti when Elina Svitolina fell, leaving only three of the top 10 female seed in the tournament. Djokovic, the world number one, followed by the 2016 Paris champion and 19th Grand Slam title, left Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis in 93rd place 6-1, 6-4, 6-1. “If you look at it, it looks like an easy winner but it’s not like that,” Djokovic said.
“The conditions were different, because the bounce was smaller, you have to adjust but that’s part of the job.”
Djokovic is the first man in more than half a century to be the first to win more than four times.
Next to the Serb is 19-year-old Musetti, a 76-year-old Italian who beat fellow countryman Marco Cecchinato by 50 wins in a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory.
He became the sixth man since 2000 to make his fourth round debut.
“I’ve practiced with Novak so I know a little bit about his game. There will be more tension, but that’s what I’ve been working on since I was a kid,” Musetti said. “Now it’s reality.”
Italian teenage Jannik Sinner, who reached the quarterfinals in 2020, also reached the second week, beating Sweden’s Mikael Ymer 6-1, 7-5, 6-3.
Nadal, who has three Seeded this year and is 14th in the French Open and 21st in the 21st Grand Slam, faces left-back Cameron Norrie.
25-year-old Norrie, ranked 40th, is having a great season with clay, reaching the finals in Estoril and Lyon.
Nadal has already played twice this season, losing the clay in the Australian Open and Barcelona, where the Spaniard won the set directly by losing just five games.
“I’ve learned that he’s really human,” Norie said.
Roger Federer, blocked with Nadal in the top 20, aims to reach the round of 16 for the 68th time in a Grand Slam.
The 39-year-old Swiss, who won only one French Open title in 2009, faced Germany’s 59th-ranked Dominik Koepfer in the afternoon session.
Three of the top 10 women were left out
Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova reached the last sixteen with a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the second successful year with Svitolina’s three-time quarter-final victory.
World No. 33 Krejcikova will face former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens for a place in the quarterfinals.
“I’m very happy, most of my shots were amazing,” said the Czech, who has won eight games after winning the individual title in Strasbourg last week.
Stephens, who finished second in Paris in 2018, beat Czech Karolina Muchova in 18th place 6-3, 7-5.
“Obviously, it’s one of my favorite tournaments of the year, so going here has always been very important,” Stephens said after making it to the finals in the seventh round.
Sofia Kenin, who finished fourth, ranked second in 2020 and the highest qualifier remaining, beat American Jessica Pegula 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
The first three seeds, Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka and Aryna Sabalenka, did not pass the third round.
In all, only four of the top 10 made it to the third round, at least 20 years old.
Serena Williams, seventh in the Seeded, will play her final 16 games on Sunday.
Eighth seed and Defensive champion Swiat have each made it to the third round to lose just seven games.
On Saturday, Estonia will host the 30th Seeded Anett Kontaveit.
Coco Gauff, Seeded 24, faces the 13th Seeded of Jennifer Brady, who has been a huge finalist in the Australian Open this year.
Seventeen-year-old Gauff is the youngest player in the last 32 years since Michelle Larcher de Brito, a 16-year-old in 2009.
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