French Open 2021 Day 5 Results: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal; all sail to round 3

French Open 2021 Day 5: Birthday Boy Rafael Nadal to play Gasquet tonite, Federer, Djokovic also in action, follow LIVE Updates
French Open 2021 Day 5: Birthday Boy Rafael Nadal to play Gasquet tonite, Federer, Djokovic also in action, follow LIVE Updates

French Open 2021 Day 5 Results: Federer, Djokovic sails in to round 3; Rafael Nadal in action tonight- In a mouthwatering day 5 of French Open, World No.1 Novak Djokovic progressed into the third round after a dominant straight win against Pablo Cuevas. Roger Federer on the other hand face a stiff challenge but outclassed Marin Cilic in a thrilling 4-set contest. Rafael Nadal, who turned 35 today, also qualified for Round 3 after defeating the French Richard Gasquet in straight sets.

Meanwhile, World No.1 Ash Barty pulled out of the tournament after a hip injury.

French Open 2021- Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic in thrilling contest

Roger Federer showcased his fighting spirit against Marin Cilic in his biggest win since coming back from a 13-month injury lay-off. Competing in just his fifth match since returning to action back in March, Federer was coming up against arguably his toughest match.

Federer was on top of his game for the most part of the match expect the 2nd set wherein he had a heated argument with the chair umpire after he was given a time violation. The 20-time Grand Slam champion closed out the mach 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 (4), 6-2 in 2 hours and 35 minutes.

French Open 2021- Novak Djokovic beat Pablo Cuevas in straight sets

World number one Novak Djokovic continued his bid for a 19th Grand Slam title with a straight-sets win over Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas to reach the French Open third round on Thursday. The 34-year-old, who is looking to become the first man in more than 50 years to win all four Slams multiple times, won 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

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French Open 2021: Rafa Nadal vs Richard Gasquet

It was a comfortable win for the King of Clay as he won 6-0, 7-5, 6-2 against the French Richard Gasquet. His record against his French opponent upgraded to 17-0 as he reached the third round of the French Open with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-2 win.

Nadal was celebrating his 35th birthday but had no fans there to watch him play during the night session due to the coronavirus rules that directed them all to leave by 9 p.m.

He sealed the victory on his second match point when Gasquet hit a forehand into the net following a brief rally.

Rafael Nadal will play against Cameron Norrie in the 3rd Round.

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The 13-time French Open champion is bidding for a 14th French Open title and record 21st Grand Slam to overtake Federer. He has now won 26 sets in a row in French Open. The Spaniard reached the second round of the French Open by outclassing Australia’s Alexei Popyrin.

“I don’t have many French Opens left to play so I want to make the most of it,” said Gasquet, who made his debut at Roland Garros in 2002.

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Meanwhile, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will also be in action on Thursday. While Federer is in fray for the 21st Grand Slam title, Djokovic is looking to become the first man on in more than half a century to win all the four Grand Slams twice.

French Open 2021- Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic

Switzerland’s Roger Federer will cross swords with Croatia’s Marin Cilic in the second-round match at the French Open 2021 on Thursday. Tennis legend Federer has started off in style at Roland Garros with wins in straight sets (6-2, 6-4, 6-3) against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in the first round of the French Open. On the other hand, Marin Cilic is not in the ideal shape that he would want to be ahead of a big match like this but he has beaten the Swiss maestro in the past. He could use his experience in their meeting. He defeated Rinderknech 78-66 6-1 6-2 in the first round.

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