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Schwartzman advances to duel with Djokovic in France

PARIS ( Associated Press) — Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman advanced to the fourth round of the French Open on Friday and a showdown with defending champion Novak Djokovic, on a day in which Belarus’s Aliaksandra Sasnovich eliminated a Grand Slam champion for the second straight match. to also get your ticket to the quarterfinals.

Schwartzman, a Roland Garros semifinalist in 2020, easily beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 on Court Simonne Mathieu. The Bulgarian, seeded 18th, committed 59 unforced errors.

The 15th-seeded Schwartzman will next face Djokovic, who had no trouble beating Slovenian Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 44 minutes — the shortest of his three wins. . Schwartzman is 0-6 against the Serb.

Djokovic, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, has not lost in the third round at Roland Garros since 2009.

Sasnovich, 47th in the world ranking, defeated German three-time major champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 7-6 (5) on the Simonne Mathieu court.

The 28-year-old Belarusian had defeated reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu in the second round. She will now face Italian player Martina Trevisan, whose best Grand Slam result was the quarterfinals at Roland Garros two years ago.

Coco Gauff also earned her place in the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, who made 29 unforced errors. The American will clash with Elise Mertens, seeded 31st.

Meanwhile, US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez advanced to the fourth round of the French Open for the first time.

The 19-year-old Canadian defeated Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Fernandez will have a meeting with 20-year-old Amanda Anisimova, who reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2019.

Anisimova advanced when the Czech Karolina Muchova had to leave due to a right ankle injury with the score 6-7 (7), 6-2, 3-0 in favor of the American, who eliminated the four-time Grand Champion in the first round. Slam Naomi Osaka.

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