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French Open 2021 Day 5: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic in action

Roger Federer will face Marin Cilic in 2nd Round, followed by tournament favaourite Nadal against Richard Gasquet; World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will take on Pablo Cuevas.

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Paris Published on: June 03, 2021 7:02 IST
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File photo of Roger Federer.

Two of the four men left in the field at Roland Garros who have won a Grand Slam title will face each other on Day 5: Roger Federer vs. Marin Cilic. Federer, of course, owns 20 major singles championships, tied with Rafael Nadal for the men's record. Cilic owns one, from the 2014 U.S. Open.

They meet at Court Philippe Chatrier in the second round.

That will be followed there by Nadal against Richard Gasquet in the night session. The only other man still in the draw who has won a Slam title is No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The 18-time major champion takes on Pablo Cuevas on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Two women's matchups involving major title winners will start the day in Chatrier: No. 1 Ash Barty, who won the 2019 French Open, tests her bothersome left hip against Magda Linette, before 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens takes on No. 9 seed Karolina Pliskova.

STAT OF THE DAY

364 — Grand Slam match wins for Serena Williams, a career record in tennis.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It’s a clay court. You have to expect wrong bounces.” — Sabalenka.

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