French Open 2019, Day 4 As it Happened: Federer, Nadal, Dimitrov through; Bertens retires in second round

French Open 2019 Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova will be in second round action on Wednesday.

Elina Svitolina is into the third round of the French Open after Kateryna Kozlova withdrew before their match.   -  Getty Images

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE updates of Day 4 of the 2019 French Open.

 

Highlights of the day

- Rafael Nadal reaches the third round with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over German qualifier Yannick Maden.

- Roger Federer beats Germany's Oscar Otte 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the third round.

- Grigor Dimitrov emerges victorious against eleventh seed Marin Cilic after a 4 hr 23 min marathon of a match 6-7(3-7), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3.

- Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches the third round of the French Open for the first time, defeating Hugo Dellien 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.

- Elina Svitolina gets a walkover after Kateryna Kozlova withdraws with a rib injury.

- Sloane Stephens, Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka also win their second-round matches.

- The mixed-doubles pair of Rohan Bopanna and Lucie Hradecka loses to Brazil's Bruno Soares and USA's Nicole Melichar 5-7, 1-6.

- Men's doubles pair of Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Mischa Zverev loses to Croatia's Mate Pavic and Austria's Oliver Marach 6-7 (2-7), 4-6.

- Kiki Bertens, one of the pre-tournament favourites, retires from her second round match against Croatia's Viktoria Kuzmova in the first set.

 

12:39am: Benoit Paire moves into the third round after winning an epic five-setter 6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 6-7(6-8), 11-9 which lasted 4 hr 33 mins.

11:53pm: Britain's 23rd seed Johanna Konta beats USA's Lauren Davis 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to reach the third round.

11:28pm: Grigor Dimitrov emerges victorious against eleventh seed Marin Cilic after a 4 hr 23 min marathon of a match 6-7(3-7), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3.

10:47pm: Croatia's 23rd seed Donna Vekic beats Sweden's Rebecca Peterson 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.

10:33pm: Croatia's Viktoria Kuzmova goes through to third round after Kiki Bertens retires in the first set.

10:23pm: Men's doubles pair of Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Mischa Zverev loses to Croatia's Mate Pavic and Austria's Oliver Marach 6-7 (2-7), 4-6.

10:21pm: The mixed-doubles pair of Rohan Bopanna and Lucie Hradecka loses to Brazil's Bruno Soares and USA's Nicole Melichar 5-7, 1-6.

10:15pm: Pablo Carreno Busta beats Australia's 21st seed Alex de Minaur 6-3, 6-1, 6-1.

9:44pm: Filip Krajinović is through after a four-hour-15-minute marathon against Roberto Carballés Baena. Final score: 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (1), 3-6, 8-6, with both players winning 185 points each.

9:24pm: Roger Federer is through! He beats the German Oscar Otte 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in a hour and 36 minutes.

9:00pm: Casper Ruud of Norway reaches the third round with a 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 win over 29th seed Matteo Berrettini. That's the furthest the 20-year-old has gone in a Grand Slam.

And 2015 Roland Garros champion Stan Wawrinka is through, too, beating Cristian Garin 6-1, 6-4, 6-0.

While the Swiss is attempting to climb his way back towards the top of the sport, Garin has had a breakthrough year, becoming the first Chilean to win an ATP Tour title in 10 years, at the US Men's Clay Court Championships, and adding a second at Munich with wins over players like Diego Schwartzman and Alexander Zverev.

8:50pm: Roger Federer is two sets to love up against Oscar Otte, who reached the main draw through qualifying.

8:20pm: Another Frenchman is into the third round as Nicolas Mahut beats Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. That's two wins and two losses for the country today. One more Frenchman is assuredly through as Beniot Paire plays Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

8:10om: Markéta Vondroušová wins 6-4, 6-0 against Anastasia Potapova, who knocked out three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber in the first round.

READ: Who is Marketa Vondrousova? and Who is Anastasia Potapova?

7:48pm: In the battle of the teenagers, Markéta Vondroušová draws first blood in her match against Anastasia Potapova, winning the first set 6-4.

7:47pm: Petra Martic defeats Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-1.

7:40pm: Alexei Popyrin, the 31st seed, wins against Lazlo Dzere 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

7:28pm: Home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is out of the French Open. Kei Nishikori wins their second-round match 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

GOAT ALERT! Roger Federer up next on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

 

7:05pm: Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina is through to the third round of the French Open in his first appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam, beating Richard Gasquet 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

6:41pm: Second seed Karolina Pliskova beats Kristina Kucova 6-2, 6-2.

6:40pm: Anastasija Sevastova, the 12th seed, beats Mandy Minella 6-2, 6-4 to reach the third round.

6:26pm: Carla Suárez Navarro advances with a 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-3 victory over Shelby Rogers.

6:17pm: A brave effort by the German qualifier Yannick Maden, but it was never going to be enough. Rafael Nadal goes through with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win in two hours and nine minutes.

6:15pm: Nadal breaks Maden again. He serves for the match.

6:09pm: David Goffin, seeded 27th, eases into the last 32 with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 win over Miomir Kecmanović.

6:07pm: At the two-hour mark, Yannick Maden strikes back. He breaks Nadal to level the third set at 4-4. That's four straight breaks of serve.

5:58pm: Nadal has the lead again at 4-3 in the third set with another break.

5:55pm: Yannick Maden breaks Rafael Nadal to level the third set at 3-3! But the world No. 2 leads by two sets to love.

5:26pm: Nadal takes the second set against Maden. The 11-time champion leads 6-1, 6-2.

And Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches the third round of the French Open for the first time. The 20-year-old sixth seed defeats Hugo Dellien 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.

5:13pm: UPSET! French 20-year-old Corentin Moutet is into the third round for the first time. He beats 19th seed Guido Pella 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5.

5:11pm: Kaia Kanepi beats Zhang Shuai 6-7 (4), 6-0, 7-5.

5:09pm: Home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga breaks seventh seed Kei Nishikori to win the opening set 6-4.

Osaka: 'Schmiedlova win the most nervous I've ever been on court'

 

4:54pm: Polona Hercog reaches the third round at Roland Garros for the first time since 2010, grinding out a 6-3, 6-7, (8), 6-4 win over Jennifer Brady.

4:46pm: Rafael Nadal breezes through the opening set against the German Yannick Maden 6-1.

4:34pm: Stefanos Tsitsipas wins the third set 6-3. The Greek sixth seed seems to be cruising now after dropping the opening set to Hugo Dellien.

4:28pm: India's Divij Sharan and Marcelo Demoliner of Brazil beat Robert Lindstedt and Márton Fucsovics 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to make it to the men's doubles round of 32.

4:13pm: Elina Svitolina, the Ukrainian ninth seed, is into the third round as her compatriot Kateryna Kozlova, who suffered a rib injury, has withdrawn. The two had been scheduled to play later in the day.

 

4:05pm: Sloane Stephens is through. She beats Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-1, 7-6 (3).

Elise Mertens reaches the third round with a 6-1, 6-3 win over 16-year-old French wild card Diane Parry.

On Court Simone Matthieu, Tsitsipas has come back strongly to blank Dellien in the second set.

And on Suzanne-Lenglen, the King of Clay has started his match.

READ: Federer, Nadal face unheralded Germans in second round

4:03pm: Russian 22-year-old Veronika Kudermetova is into the third round of the French Open on her first appearance, beating Zarina Diyas 7-5, 6-1.

3:57pm: Sorribes Tormo breaks Stephens and serves for the second set, but the American breaks back and we're into a tiebreaker.

3:49pm: Stephens breaks to level the second set at 5-all.

3:47pm: Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion and top-ranked American, is up a set against Sara Sorribes Tormo, but the Spaniard is serving for the second.

 

3:44pm: Garbine Muguruza, the 2016 Roland Garros champion and seeded 19th, is through to the third round with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Johanna Larsson.

3:40pm: Stefanos Tsitsipas, the sixth seed lost the first set to unheralded Bolivian Hugo Dellien 4-6, but he's up two breaks at 3-0 in the second.

French youngster Corentin Moutet is two sets to love against 19th seed Guido Pella.