French Open day four: Rafael Nadal’s brilliant streak as No 2, Sara Errani unimpressed by Kiki Bertens’ ‘joke’
We look back at day four at the French Open as Serena Williams was forced to pull out ahead of her second-round match against Tsvetana Pironkova.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion came into the tournament nursing an Achilles injury she picked up during her semi-final defeat at the US Open earlier this month.
Meanwhile, 12-time champion Rafael Nadal laid down a marker with a thumping 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 win over Mackenzie McDonald.
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Stat(s) of the day
95th RG victory
44-0 as No. 2 seed
25th consecutive win in Paris
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) September 30, 2020
Smash of the day
That poor racket 💥😳@PutintsevaYulia certainly wasn’t happy here… 😡
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) September 30, 2020
Yulia Putintseva’s win over Nadia Podoroska wasn’t all plain sailing.
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Match of the day
Sixth seed Alexander Zverev is no stranger to a five-set marathon and he came through another to squeeze past Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
The German, runner up to Dominic Thiem at the US Open earlier this month, won 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4.
Women: Serena Williams (6)
Men: John Isner (21), Benoit Paire (23)
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