Ruthless Rafael Nadal sends Richard Gasquet crashing out as French challenge fades

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"I played very well, I'm sorry for Richard, he is a good friend and a good person", said Nadal.

Nadal is gaining momentum in his bid for a record-extending 11th title at Roland Garros, and Gasquet never looked remotely like stopping him.

Playing tennis in front of a huge crowd can be intimidating especially when you are up against one of the greatest of all time.

It promises to be a hard-hitting match, with big serves and booming forehands, when Isner meets Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round.

ITV4 (Sky channel 120) will show Nadal's clash with Gasquet, which will take place on Philippe Chatrier - no earlier than 1.30pm.

Isner served 12 aces but fell short of becoming the first American man to reach the quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003.

Del Potro had eight aces and broke his Spanish opponent's serve six times on Court Philippe Chatrier, taking just 29 minutes to win the third set.

Williams announced her withdrawal at a news conference at Roland Garros on Monday.

The No 3-seeded Croat won the 2014 US Open and has reached the final at two of the past three majors - Wimbledon previous year and the Australian Open in January.

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The 64th-ranked Mischa lost in the third round to 2017 US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Saturday.

Broadcaster ITV has all the coverage of the French Open this year, covering the Grand Slam from 9.30am-9pm every day until the latter stages.

The Belgian appeared to exchange angry words with his opponent during one changeover after Monfils was given a time violation before running out 6-7 (6/8) 6-3 4-6 7-5 6-3 victor.

The No. 3-seeded Croat won the 2014 U.S. Open and has reached the final at two of the past three majors - Wimbledon a year ago and the Australian Open in January.

Marin Cilic has completed the lineup of quarterfinalists in the men's draw at the French Open after beating Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

In the completion of two matches from Friday, Karen Khachanov finished off Lucas Pouille and David Goffin saved four match points to put an end to Gael Monfils in a fun five setter 6-7 (8), 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Will Halep make it third time lucky? He'll next face No 11 seed Diego Schwartzman, a 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 victor against Borna Coric.

The 27th seed insisted he doesn't respect Nadal too much on court, though, pointing out that he's not the first man to struggle against the 10-time French Open champion."It's not a question of respect".

Top seed and Romanian tennis ace Simona Halep and Russia's Maria Sharapova comfortably beat their opponents and progressed to the third round of the French Open here on Thursday.

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