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Del Potro sees off Benneteau in Frenchman’s farewell


Paris – Argentinian fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro eased into the French Open third round by ending the Roland Garros farewell of home favourite Julien Benneteau on Thursday.

Former US Open champion Del Potro will next play Spanish 31st seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas for a last-16 spot after winning 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Court Philippe Chatrier.

It was the 36-year-old Benneteau’s final French Open campaign before retirement, but he never threatened an upset against the big-hitting Del Potro.

Results from day five of the French Open at Roland Garros on Thursday (x denotes seeding):

Men

2nd round

Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Guido Pella (ARG) 6-2, 6-1, 6-1

Richard Gasquet (FRA x27) bt Malek Jaziri (TUN) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0

Maximilian Marterer (GER) bt Denis Shapovalov (CAN x24) 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5, 6-4

Jurgen Zopp (EST) bt Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

Borna Coric (CRO) bt Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-1

Mischa Zverev (GER) bt Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 6-3, 6-7 (0/7), 7-6 (7/2), 6-1

Kevin Anderson (RSA x6) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4

Marin Cilic (CRO x3) bt Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 6-2, 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 7-5

Steve Johnson (USA) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 6-2

Fabio Fognini (ITA x18) bt Elias Ymer (SWE) 6-4, 6-1, 6-2

Kyle Edmund (GBR x16) bt Mrton Fucsovics (HUN) 6-0, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3

Albert Ramos Vinolas (ESP x31) bt Casper Ruud (NOR) 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

Dominic Thiem (AUT x7) bt Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Lucas Pouille (FRA x15) bt Cameron Norrie (GBR) 6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7/3)

Women

1st round

Simona Halep (ROU x1) bt Taylor Townsend (USA) 6-3, 6-1

Andrea Petkovic (GER) bt Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 6-0, 7-6 (7/5)

Daria Gavrilova (AUS x24) bt Bernarda Pera (USA) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3

Elise Mertens (BEL x16) bt Heather Watson (GBR) 6-3, 6-4

Angelique Kerber (GER x12) bt Ana Bogdan (ROM) 6-2, 6-3

Kiki Bertens (NED x18) bt Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 6-4, 6-2

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x3) bt Fiona Ferro (FRA) 6-4, 6-3

Samantha Stosur (AUS) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x30) 6-2, 7-6 (7/1)

Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK x19) bt Belinda Bencic (SUI) 6-2, 6-4

Lesya Tsurenko (UKR) bt Coco Vandeweghe (USA x15) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0

Maria Sharapova (RUS x28) bt Donna Vekic (CRO) 7-5, 6-4

Karolina Pliskova (CZE x6) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

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