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Federer, Sharapova into last 16

Federer, Sharapova into last 16
The Swiss, who won the French Open in 2009, will play either Gael Monfils of France or Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay for a place in the quarter-finals.

Defending women’s champion Maria Sharapova beat Australia’s Sam Stosur 6-3 6-4 to reach the last 16.

Former champion Ana Ivanovic secured a 53-minute 6-0 6-3 win over Donna Vekic.

Ivanovic was the first player of the day back to the locker room, breaking <g data-gr-id="34">Vekic’s</g> serve five times on the way to victory.

The 27-year-old, who also reached the French Open final in 2007, was cheered on by boyfriend and Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Ivanovic previously dated Australian golfer Adam Scott.

When asked about World Cup winner Schweinsteiger’s support afterwards, Ivanovic played the straightest of bats.

“It’s great having a great team around you and positive people and the support. You know, there is nothing better than that.”

Andy Murray took a break from practising to tell BBC Sport the secret to his 12-match winning streak on clay this year.

“I think <g data-gr-id="31">just</g> in general, my level’s been better,” he said.

“And then winning my first clay-court tournament in Munich was important for me. That was a change I made in my schedule with my team, and that’s something that I’d never done before.

“I’d never played a 250 event on the clay and that’s been a good decision that’s paid off.”

Meanwhile, brother Jamie progressed to the third round of the doubles with Australian partner John Peers after they saw off Santiago Giraldo and Dusan Lajovic 6-1 6-2.

Paes-Nestor, Sania-Hingis in 3rd round 
It turned out to be a good day in office for the Indians at Roland Garros as both Leander Paes and Sania Mirza won their men’s and women’s doubles matches with respective partners to enter the third round of the French Open, here on Friday. Leander Paes and his Canadian partner Daniel Nestor breezed into the third round with a straight-set victory over the German-Austrian pair of Andre Begemann and Julian Knowle. The 10th seeded Indo-Canadian pair made short work of Begemann-Knowle winning in straight sets 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.


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