French Open 2022 results: Djokovic and Nadal win Friday singles results | Launderer’s report
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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal headlined the players in action Friday at Stade Roland Garros as the third round of the 2022 French Open kicked off in Paris.
Alexander Zverev and Carlos Alcaraz were also on the program as part of a star-studded first half of the men’s draw at the second Grand Slam tournament of the season.
It’s a different story on the women’s side, where a series of upsets left no top-10 seeds in the bottom half of the table, creating a path to the finals for some unexpected contenders. Notable names to take court included Victoria Azarenka and Coco Gauff.
Let’s take a look at the full list of singles results, which will be updated at the end of Friday’s game. This is followed by a recap of some of the day’s best matches.
(1) Novak Djokovic d. Aljaz Bedene; 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
(3) Alexander Zverev d. Brandon Nakashima; 7-6 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (5)
(5) Rafael Nadal m. (26) Botic van de Zandschulp; 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
(6) Carlos Alcaraz d. (27) Sebastien Korda; 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
(9) Felix Auger-Aliassime d. Filip Krajinovic; 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2), 7-5
(21) Karen Khachanov d. (10) Cameron Norrie; 6-2, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
(15) Diego Schwartzman d. (18) Grigor Dimitrov; 6-3, 6-1, 6-2
Bernabé Zapata Miralles d. (23) John Isner; 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3
(17) Leylah Fernandez d. (14) Belinda Bencic; 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
(23) Jil Teichmann d. (15) Victoria Azarenka; 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5)
(18) Coco Gauff d. Kaia Kanepi; 6-3, 6-4
Aliaksandra Sasnovitch d. (21) Angelique Kerber; 6-4, 7-6 (5)
(27) Amanda Anisimova d. Karolina Muchova; 6-7 (7), 6-2, 3-0 out.
(31) Elise Mertens d. Varvara Gracheva; 6-2, 6-3
Martina Trevisan d. Daria Saville; 6-3, 6-4
Sloane Stephens d. Diane Parry; 6-2, 6-3
Recap of day 6
Gauff reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at the French Open last year, which remains her best singles finish at a major, and now she is one victory away from matching that feat.
The 18-year-old Atlanta native reached the fourth round without dropping a set, and she was very effective in Friday’s win over Kanepi. She recorded just 13 unforced errors, 16 less than her Estonian counterpart, and recorded 20 winners.
“I knew going into it it was going to be a tough game,” Gauff said. said. “I’ve been coming to France since I was 10, so I think that’s helped me a lot. I guess that makes me a clay court – I don’t mean a specialist, but, you know, well to this.”
Defending tournament champion and No. 1 seed Djokovic continued to roll in the men’s group with his straight-set triumph over Bedene.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion won 85% of the points on his first serve and compiled excellent ratios for aces on double faults (9-1) and winners on unforced errors (30-18). He added five breaks of serve in a mostly drama-free victory.
His draw starts to get a lot tougher, starting with Schwartzman in the fourth round.
Nadal also continued to come through the early rounds with a victory over Van de Zandschulp.
The clay king’s defensive prowess was once again on full display as he finished with just 13 unforced errors. He won 48% of the points on the return and had six breaks of serve.
It is the 17th time that Nadal has reached at least the fourth round of Roland-Garros in 18 appearances. The only exception came in 2016 when he was forced to forfeit after the second round due to injury.
Azarenka became the last major champion knocked out of the women’s draw thanks to an impressive comeback from Teichmann.
The 24-year-old Swiss southpaw had already set a new career high by reaching the third round of a Grand Slam, and the triumph over the two-time Australian Open champion was her last marquee victory as part of a 2022 season in small groups.
It wasn’t the cleanest match as they combined for 101 unforced errors, but Teichmann managed to take control with 44 winners over the last two sets.
Zverev was not at his best on Friday, tallying 50 unforced errors and converting just two of his seven break point chances, but he still managed to get past Nakashima in three tight sets.
The No.3 seed has been overshadowed given the strength of the top half of the group, but he still has the potential to play the spoiler role if he can cut down on mistakes in the future.
The third round should end on Saturday in Paris.