(Reuters) – Highlights of the fourth day at the French Open, the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, on Wednesday (all times GMT):
DAYFOURWRAPUP: No sweat for Nadal and Federer, Bertens pulls out
1915 PAIREOUTLASTSHERBERT IN ALL-FRENCHMARATHON
France’s Benoit Paire’s aggressive approach prevailed in the decider as he edged compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-2 6-2 5-7 6-7(6) 11-9 in 4 hours and 33 minutes.
Paire finished with 84 winners to 75 unforced errors as he reached the third round, where he will meet Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.
Canada’s Bianca Andreescu, seeded 22nd, has withdrawn with a shoulder injury ahead of her second-round match against American Sofia Kenin.
The 18-year-old made her breakthrough with her title triumph at Indian Wells this year before she sustained a similar injury in March.
1759 DIMITROVOUTLASTS 11th SEEDCILIC
Grigor Dimitrov defeated a determined Marin Cilic 6-7(3) 6-4 4-6 7-6(2) 6-3 in a marathon battle between the two former top 10 players that lasted four hours and 23 minutes on Court Simonne-Mathieu.
1645 BERTENSRETIRES TO SENDKUZMOVATHROUGH
Fourth seed Kiki Bertens retired from her second-round match against Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova due to a stomach illness while trailing 3-1 in the opening set.
Dutchwoman Bertens was one of the pre-tournament favourites, having won the Madrid Open title this month.
1558 FEDERER IN FINEFETTLE
Roger Federer made short work of lucky loser Oscar Otte, winning 6-4 6-3 6-4 in 96 minutes to set up a third-round clash with Norway’s Casper Ruud.
1533 WAWRINKAADVANCES IN STYLE
Swiss veteran Stan Wawrinka, chasing his first title since 2017, powered into the next round by defeating former Roland Garros junior champion Cristian Garin 6-1 6-4 6-0.
1515 MAHUTFINDSHISRANGE TO FELLKOHLSCHREIBER
Frenchman Nicolas Mahut followed up his five-set first-round victory over eighth seed Marco Cecchinato with a superb 6-3 6-3 6-3 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber. The world number 252 fired 41 winners to blast past his German opponent.
1400 NISHIKORIGETSTHEBETTER OF TSONGA
Japan’s Kei Nishikori, seeded seventh, shook off a slow start to topple local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 in a little over three hours on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
1348 PLISKOVA IN CRUISECONTROL
Karolina Pliskova, a 2017 semi-finalist in Paris, wasted no time despatching Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova winning 6-2 6-2 in 56 minutes. The hard-hitting Czech’s victory was punctuated by eight aces and 29 winners.
1248 NADALTAKESOUTSECONDYANNICK IN AS MANYROUNDS
Defending champion Rafa Nadal, who beat Yannick Hanfmann in his tournament opener, dumped out another German in Yannick Maden with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 victory.
He next faces Belgium’s David Goffin after the 27th seed eased past Miomir Kecmanovic 6-2 6-4 6-3.
Stefanos Tsitsipas fought back from a set down to overcome Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien 4-6 6-0 6-3 7-5. The highly-rated Greek fired 42 winners to reach the third round at Roland Garros for the first time.
1108 MERTENSENDSTEENAGERPARRY’S RUN
World number 20 Elise Mertens was at her clinical best as she thumped France’s 16-year-old wildcard Diane Parry 6-1 6-3.
Seventh seed Sloane Stephens of the U.S. hit 24 winners and converted all seven break points to beat Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-1 7-6(3) on Court Philippe-Chatrier to move into the third round.
Spain’s Garbine Muguruza eased past Johanna Larsson with a 6-4 6-1 victory which included 16 winners. Her Swedish opponent had 24 unforced errors and three double faults to boot. She meets ninth seed Svitolina next.
0815 SVITOLINATHROUGH TO THIRDROUND
Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina advances after compatriot Kateryna Kozlova withdrew from their second-round match.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar, Rohith Nair and Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Ed Osmond, Alison Williams and Toby Davis)