Friday's French Open Roundup

SIMON VS. QUERRY Gilles Simon of France came back after trailing by two sets to one and a break in the fourth to beat Sam Querrey of the United States 2-6, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 Friday in the third round of the French Open. The 15th-seeded Simon never has been past the fourth round at Roland Garros and this time will face 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer at that stage. Already ahead, Querrey went up 2-0 in the fourth set, but Simon broke back right away. In the tiebreaker, Querrey double-faulted twice while falling behind 4-0 and never really recovered. Querrey's loss means 19th-seeded John Isner is the last American man in the field. FEDERER VS. BENNETEAU Roger Federer reached the fourth round of the French Open by beating Julien Benneteau of France 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 Friday. The second-seeded Federer dropped his serve in the first game of the match, but broke the 30th-seeded Benneteau four times. The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who won his only title at Roland Garros in 2009, will play Simon. SERENA VS. CIRSTEA Serena Williams advanced to the fourth round at the French Open by beating Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 6-2 Friday. Williams, a 15-time Grand Slam champion, seeks her first French Open title since 2002. She hasn't reached the semifinal since 2003. Ranked No. 1, Williams has won a career-best 27 consecutive matches. Since losing in the first round a year ago at Roland Garros, Williams is 70-3, including titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the London Olympics and the season-ending WTA Championships. Against the No. 26-seeded Cirstea, Williams committed only 16 unforced errors. She has lost six games in three matches. ISNER VS. HARRISON John Isner ended his six-match losing streak in five-setters, coming back to beat Ryan Harrison 5-7, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-1, 8-6 in all-American matchup in the French Open's second round. It's the first time in Isner's career he has come back to win a match after dropping the first two sets. The 19th-seeded Isner - best known for winning the longest match in tennis history, 70-68 in the fifth set at Wimbledon in 2010 - lost in five sets at each of last year's four Grand Slam tournaments. That includes an 18-16 defeat in the second round at Roland Garros against 261st-ranked Paul-Henri Mathieu across more than 5 1/2 hours. The victory Friday over the 92nd-ranked Harrison was quick by comparison, lasting 3 hours, 50 minutes. NADAL VS. KLIZAN Rafael Nadal came from behind for the second match in a row Friday at the French Open, surviving another shaky start to beat Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Entering the tournament, seven-time champion Nadal had lost only 14 sets in 53 matches at the French Open. Now he has lost the opening set in each of the first two rounds. Last year, Nadal dropped one set in the entire tournament en route to a record seventh Roland Garros title. Forced to wait a day to play because of rain, Nadal lost serve four times and needed nearly three hours to reach the third round. When Klizan's final shot sailed out, Nadal gave the cheering crowd a relieved thumbs-up and managed a weak smile. SHARAPOVA VS. BOUCHARD Defending French Open champion Maria Sharapova moved into the third round Friday by finishing off a rain-interrupted 6-2, 6-4 victory over 19-year-old Eugenie Bouchard of Canada. The match was suspended on Thursday night with Sharapova up a break in the second set at 4-2. She only had the tiniest bit of trouble closing things out Friday, erasing a couple of break points in the final game. On the second, 2012 Wimbledon junior champion Bouchard wasted a chance to get to 5-all when she flubbed a backhand long, then covered her face with her hand. Sharapova took the next two points. She completed a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open last year, adding to titles at Wimbledon in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006 and Australian Open in 2008. HAAS VS. SOCK ermany's Tommy Haas became the first 35-year-old since 2007 to reach the French Open's third round, beating 20-year-old American qualifier Jack Sock 7-6 (3), 6-2, 7-5 Friday. Jonas Bjorkman also was 35 when he made it to the fourth round at Roland Garros six years ago. The 12th-seeded Haas, the oldest man left in the draw this year, has been a Grand Slam semifinalist four times but never has been past the fourth round in 11 previous appearances at the French Open. Haas won his 14th career title in May at Munich, Germany, on clay. Sock double-faulted to get broken in the next-to-last game of Friday's match.

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