Nadal thumps Gasquet at Roland Garros

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The clay courts of Roland Garros host the second Grand Slam of the season. It makes gloomy reading for Gasquet, who quickly trailed 5-0 in sunny conditions on Court Philippe Chatrier.

"I played very well, I'm sorry for Richard, he is a good friend and a good person", said Nadal, who played a few rallies with a ball boy after his match. After earning applause from Nadal following a superb cushioned drop shot at the net, he ended that game with an ace.

"It was a good feeling". You always want to play. "Probably for him, today was a great day, especially here on this wonderful court".

"I'd say, besides Rafa, the most serious contenders are Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev".

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The Croatian, who won the US Open in 2014 and was a quarterfinalist here past year, was cruising until the third set, when Hurkacz broke him for the only time in the match. Heaping pressure on Townsend's serve at 5-3, she earned herself two set points and converted the first, with a forehand victor from the baseline.

Nadal serves during his three-set win.

Nadal is chasing a men's singles 17th Grand Slam title - only Roger Federer has more with 20 - and next faces the unseeded German Maximilian Marterer in their first career meeting.

The 13th-seeded American built a big lead then barely avoided getting pushed to a third set before beating 21st-seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-1, 7-6 (7) in a matchup of powerful baseliners.

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Maria Sharapova will meet Serena Williams in the fourth round. She is seeded 28th this year. She needed just over one hour to beat Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-0, 6-2.

Former champion Sharapova reached the fourth round with a dominant 6-2, 6-1 win against Karolina Pliskova. A bracket and full schedule can be found at Roland Garros' official website.

Third-seeded Marin Cilic overcame a concentration lapse to advance to the third round with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-5 victory over Polish qualifier Hubert Hurkacz.

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