Nadal fulfils ballboy's dream with Roland Garros rally

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Argentina's Guido Pella during their men's singles second round match on day five of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Argentina's Guido Pella during their men's singles second round match on day five of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris

She has already gotten the ball rolling, having beaten Croatian player Donna Vekic 7-5 6-4 in yesterday's tense match.

There was a sense of inevitability about the outcome when both players made their appearance on Court Philippe Chatrier, where Nadal is the huge favourite to lift the Musketeers Cup for a record-extending 11th time.

Halep showed no signs of fatigue in beating wild-card entry Taylor Townsend 6-3, 6-1, despite playing on consecutive days.

In the women's draw, second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki will play French wild-card entry Pauline Parmentier on Chatrier.

Gasquet was totally overwhelmed on Saturday, finding himself trailing 5-0 after 12 minutes, and the Parisian crowd felt it could be an express washout. Making a rare appearance on the secondary Court Suzanne Lenglen, Nadal was nearly caught cold in the very first game as he was forced to save four break points, but he quickly found his groove and broke for a 4-2 lead.

Halep has twice lost in the final at Roland Garros, including a year ago. She needed just over one hour to beat Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-0, 6-2.


Seconds later, she threw her head back after serving a booming ace that flew past Buzarnescu before she could react.

She broke right back to end it, though, converting her fifth match point with a forehand return victor. She missed the clay-court Grand Slam tournament in 2016 while serving a doping suspension, then was denied a wild-card entry by the French tennis federation past year, when her ranking was too low to earn automatic entry.

The top-seeded Romanian has never lost to Petkovic, and four of her seven wins have been on clay.

Former champion Sharapova reached the fourth round with a dominant 6-2, 6-1 win against Karolina Pliskova. Ferro, ranked 257th, posed little difficulty for the 2016 champion.

Keys compiled a 30-8 edge in winners and started quickly, going up by a set and a break at 3-1 in the second.

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