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Wednesday, 29 May 2019

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King of clay Rafael Nadal and 20-time grand slam winner Roger Federer have been given a workout by German qualifiers, but both safely advanced in straight sets to the third round of the French Open.

The pair were joined by Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka, but Australian hopes Alex de Minaur and Alexei Popyrin were both dumped out on Wednesday.

German lucky loser Oscar Otte refused to be intimidated by the packed 15,000-seat centre court or Federer's aura, with the world No.114 impressing with huge groundstrokes and big serves before losing 6-4 6-3 6-4.

The Swiss great, back at the tournament for the first time since 2015, broke once in the deciding stage of each set to progress into the last 32 against Norway's Casper Ruud.

"I didn't know his game at all. It was very complicated. I am very relieved," Federer said in an on-court interview.

Federer was also quizzed in the press conference about his Uni Qlo outfit at Roland Garros, which has been compared to the uniform of a courier driver. The 2009 champion was equal parts impressed and baffled by the reporter.

"I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but some people are saying the polo shorts you are wearing this year, especially the brown one that you wore in the first round, remind them of a uniform that delivery drivers use for the international courier services," the journalist started.

https://twitter.com/BellshawGeorge/status/1133781352267091968https://twitter.com/peRFectTennisUK/status/1130480827358490626

"And I was wondering firstly what your thoughts are on the design, and secondly, have you ever been a brand ambassador for an international courier because when you're on the court, you always deliver?"

Federer along with the rest of the press conference media chuckled.

"Nicely said," he replied, before bluntly rejecting the theory.

"I can tell you they were not the inspiration. It was more trying to go back in time to the 70s. I just thought it would be a nice look."

Federer reacts to bizarre question from reporter

The 114th-ranked Yannick Maden broke the 11-time champion Nadal twice in a fiercely contested third set before eventually succumbing 6-1 6-2 6-4 in two hours and nine minutes.

"It was a good match for the first two sets. Not unbelievable, but with positive feelings. Then in the third I think I lost a little bit of concentration and intensity. And then the match became difficult. That's all," Nadal said.

"That's just about concentration, my feeling, because the feeling on the match had been positive. Positive thing is every time that I had the mistake, then I had the break again, and that's the good news."

Nadal's victory raised his astonishing Roland Garros record to 88-2 and set up a third-round date with Belgian 27th seed David Goffin, a 6-2 6-4 6-3 winner over Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic.

Federer's outfit has raised some eyebrows

Meanwhile, Tsitsipas beat Bolivian Hugo Dellien 4-6 6-0 6-3 7-5 to become the first Greek man to reach the French Open third round since 1967.

The sixth seed, tipped as the youngster most likely to have a title run this year, said the surface of the Court Simonne Mathieu felt slow, forcing him to engage in long rallies with a player well grooved in the art of grinding it out on the dirt.

https://twitter.com/rolandgarros/status/1133805203789111300

Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori shook off a slow start to topple local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-4, while 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka recorded an impressive 6-1 6-4 6-0 win over Chile's Cristian Garcin.

Australian teenager Popyrin bowed out 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 to Serb Laslo Djere, while de Minaur was beaten 6-3 6-1 6-1 by Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov came from a set behind to outlast 11th seed Marin Cilic 6-7 (7-3) 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 in their heavyweight clash.

https://twitter.com/rolandgarros/status/1133763194818838530

- with AAP

King of clay Rafael Nadal and 20-time grand slam winner Roger Federer have been given a workout by German qualifiers, but both safely advanced in straight sets to the third round of the French Open.

The pair were joined by Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka, but Australian hopes Alex de Minaur and Alexei Popyrin were both dumped out on Wednesday.

German lucky loser Oscar Otte refused to be intimidated by the packed 15,000-seat centre court or Federer's aura, with the world No.114 impressing with huge groundstrokes and big serves before losing 6-4 6-3 6-4.

The Swiss great, back at the tournament for the first time since 2015, broke once in the deciding stage of each set to progress into the last 32 against Norway's Casper Ruud.

"I didn't know his game at all. It was very complicated. I am very relieved," Federer said in an on-court interview.

Federer was also quizzed in the press conference about his Uni Qlo outfit at Roland Garros, which has been compared to the uniform of a courier driver. The 2009 champion was equal parts impressed and baffled by the reporter.

"I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but some people are saying the polo shorts you are wearing this year, especially the brown one that you wore in the first round, remind them of a uniform that delivery drivers use for the international courier services," the journalist started.

https://twitter.com/BellshawGeorge/status/1133781352267091968https://twitter.com/peRFectTennisUK/status/1130480827358490626

"And I was wondering firstly what your thoughts are on the design, and secondly, have you ever been a brand ambassador for an international courier because when you're on the court, you always deliver?"

Federer along with the rest of the press conference media chuckled.

"Nicely said," he replied, before bluntly rejecting the theory.

"I can tell you they were not the inspiration. It was more trying to go back in time to the 70s. I just thought it would be a nice look."

Federer reacts to bizarre question from reporter

The 114th-ranked Yannick Maden broke the 11-time champion Nadal twice in a fiercely contested third set before eventually succumbing 6-1 6-2 6-4 in two hours and nine minutes.

"It was a good match for the first two sets. Not unbelievable, but with positive feelings. Then in the third I think I lost a little bit of concentration and intensity. And then the match became difficult. That's all," Nadal said.

"That's just about concentration, my feeling, because the feeling on the match had been positive. Positive thing is every time that I had the mistake, then I had the break again, and that's the good news."

Nadal's victory raised his astonishing Roland Garros record to 88-2 and set up a third-round date with Belgian 27th seed David Goffin, a 6-2 6-4 6-3 winner over Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic.

Federer's outfit has raised some eyebrows

Meanwhile, Tsitsipas beat Bolivian Hugo Dellien 4-6 6-0 6-3 7-5 to become the first Greek man to reach the French Open third round since 1967.

The sixth seed, tipped as the youngster most likely to have a title run this year, said the surface of the Court Simonne Mathieu felt slow, forcing him to engage in long rallies with a player well grooved in the art of grinding it out on the dirt.

https://twitter.com/rolandgarros/status/1133805203789111300

Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori shook off a slow start to topple local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-4, while 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka recorded an impressive 6-1 6-4 6-0 win over Chile's Cristian Garcin.

Australian teenager Popyrin bowed out 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 to Serb Laslo Djere, while de Minaur was beaten 6-3 6-1 6-1 by Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov came from a set behind to outlast 11th seed Marin Cilic 6-7 (7-3) 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 in their heavyweight clash.

https://twitter.com/rolandgarros/status/1133763194818838530

- with AAP

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