French Open: Federer sets world record, Nadal imperious

Mazino Dickson

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Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer has set a new world record at the French open in Roland Garros.

Federer defeated 20-year-old Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 in two hours and 11 minutes; making him the first player to feature in the last 16 for the record-breaking 14th time.

The 37-year old is also the first player to compete in his/her 400th Grand Slam match.

Federer is the fourth oldest player in the last 16 at Roland Garros in the Open era behind legendary Pancho Gonzales, Istvan Gulyas and Nicola Pietrangeli who all did that in the early years between 1968-72.

Sleak Nadal

Clay court specialist Rafael Nadal swept past David Goffin completing a 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3 victory.

Nadal expressed satisfaction with his win, shrugging off the fact that his Belgian opponent  fought back impressively to take the third.

“It happens,” he said.

“David is a great player.

“I played against a top player that had injuries, and he’s a little bit lower in the ranking now, but when he’s playing well, he’s a player that already showed to everybody that he can win against every player in this world. Nothing especially happened.

“It happened that in the first set I played unbelievable, I think, so, so good. Then a good second set, too. And then I had a big opportunity at the beginning of the third,” he said.

Nadal will face Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero, who defeated Corentin Moutet in five sets to continue his impressive run at his debut grand slam.