Rafael Nadal wanted to get a few things off his chest. Not about the quality of his play Friday, which fell below his usual standards at...
PARIS — Rafael Nadal wanted to get a few things off his chest.
Not about the quality of his play Friday, which fell below his usual standards at Roland Garros. For the second match in a row, the seven-time champion dropped a lethargic opening set before winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 over Martin Klizan of Slovakia.
What really bothered the usually affable Nadal was the way the French Open’s scheduling decisions, and the weather, combined to force him to now play on consecutive days, while his third-round opponent, Italy’s Fabio Fognini, was “watching the TV in the locker room.”
“That’s not fair,” the Spaniard said, his voice stern.
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Serena Williams, seeking her first French Open title since 2002, extended her career-best winning streak to 27 matches by defeating Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-0, 6-2. Defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia finished off Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-4 in a rain-suspended second-round match.
No. 15 Gilles Simon of France beat No. 18 Sam Querrey of the United States 2-6, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2. That left No. 19 John Isner as the last U.S. man after his 5-7, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-1, 8-6 win against compatriot Ryan Harrison.