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TENNIS: Nadal, Federer advance at French Open

Published:Friday | May 31, 2013 | 12:47 PM

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both won at Roland Garros today to keep their French Open hopes alive.

Seven-time champion Nadal recovered from losing the first set to beat Slovakia's Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 and reach the third round.

Federer, winner in 2009, defeated Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 to reach the fourth round.

Women's top seed Serena Williams and defending champion Maria Sharapova had easy wins.

Williams extended her winning streak to 27 matches with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Sorana Cirstea of Romania.

Williams, who won her only Roland Garros title in 2002, will play Czech Petra Cetkovska or Italy's Roberta Vinci in the fourth round.

Sharapova who led 6-2, 4-2 over Eugenie Bouchard of Canada when the match was suspended because of rain yesterday wrapped up victory in 15 minutes today.

She eventually won 6-2, 6-4.


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