Federer through to the last 16

Updated: June 2, 2012


Roger Federer booked a last 16 match-up with Belgium’s David Goffin, the first lucky loser in 17 years to make a Grand Slam fourth round.

Federer, the champion in Paris in 2009, overcame battling French world number 89 Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, being pushed to four sets for the second match in succession.

Top seed Novak Djokovic, bidding to become just the third man in history and first since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, breezed past French qualifer Nicolas Devilder 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

Djokovic next faces Italian 22nd seed Andreas Seppi, who reached the last 16 of a Grand Slam at the 29th time of asking.

Seppi, who won the Belgrade claycourt title in the run-up to Roland Garros, stunned Spain’s 14th seed Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the fifth seed, did his part to keep alive home hopes of a first men’s champion since 1983 when he defeated colourful Italian Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.

Next up for Tsonga is Stanislas Wawrinka, the 18th-seeded Swiss, who edged French 11th seed Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-2.

Granollers edged past Jaziri 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 and will face France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu.

The ladies draw,

French Open favourites Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova both made smooth progress on Friday, but it was the end of the road for No 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

The Pole was given a lesson in claycourt tennis from former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, the Russian winning 6-1, 6-2 in third round action.

Sharapova swept aside Japan’s Ayumi Morita 6-1, 6-1 in what was a second round match.

Top seed Azarenka was on late in the day, re-scheduled to Court One, and she hammered out a 6-4, 6-4 win over Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak.