Roger Federer became entangled in a rare running dispute with a chair umpire on Thursday before safely securing his place in the French Open last 32 while as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic eased into the third round.
Federer saw off Marin Cilic for the 10th time in 11 meetings, winning 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 but only after a second set bust-up with umpire Emmanuel Joseph.
Nadal celebrated his 35th birthday in style with a straight sets win over Richard Gasquet. The 13-time champion in Paris and chasing a record-setting 21st Grand Slam title, won 6-0, 7-5, 6-2 to register his 17th career victory in 17 meetings with France’s 53rd-ranked Gasquet.
Top seed Djokovic continued his bid for a 19th Grand Slam title with a straight-sets win over Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas. 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.
Djokovic will face Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis for a place in the last 16 after reaching the stage for the 16th straight year.
Federer was handed a time violation at 1-3 down in the for taking too long between points. “I don’t even dare to go my towel anymore,” he said to Joseph.
Federer, the oldest man in the draw at 39, lost his cool and the set before recovering to defeat former world number three Cilic. Former US Open winner Cilic was also handed a time warning late in the third set.
Playing in only his second French Open since 2015, Federer goes on to face Germany’s Dominik Koepfer for a place in the last 16.
In a match played in an empty Court Philippe Chatrier due to a 9pm Covid-19 curfew, Gasquet won just nine points in the first set.
He managed a brief show of defiance from 2-5 to 5-5 in the second set but eventually his resistance was broken when Nadal carved out a break for 4-2 in the third set.
Next up for the world number three is Britain’s Cameron Norrie who he has beaten twice already this season, at the Australian Open and on clay in Barcelona.
Gasquet’s defeat means that there are no French players left in the tournament before the third round for the first time
Two Italian teens made it through with 18th seeded Jannik Sinner seeing off compatriot Gianluca Mager while highly-rated Lorenzo Musetti put out Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) bt James Duckworth (AUS) 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0
Marco Cecchinato (ITA) bt Alex De Minaur (AUS x21) 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) bt Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 7-5, 6-3, 6-2
Matteo Berrettini (ITA x9) bt Federico Coria (ARG) 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
Soonwoo Kwon (KOR) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-4, 7-5, 7-5
Dominik Koepfer (GER) bt Taylor Fritz (USA x30) 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
Roger Federer (SUI x8) bt Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2
Rafael Nadal (ESP x3) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA) 6-0, 7-5, 6-2
Cameron Norrie (GBR) bt Lloyd Harris (RSA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
Jannik Sinner (ITA x18) bt Gianluca Mager (ITA) 6-1, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
Mikael Ymer (SWE) bt Gael Monfils (FRA x14) 6-0, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Diego Schwartzman (ARG x10) bt Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) bt Aslan Karatsev (RUS x24) 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-1
Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) bt Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO x28) 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) bt Facundo Bagnis (ARG) 7-5, 7-6 (7/1), 6-4
With AFP Inputs