The top tennis stars in the world continued their path toward a 2022 French Open title during Wednesday's action at Stade Roland Garros in Paris.
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev were among those who advanced to the third round with a win on Day 4 of the tournament, although it wasn't an easy path for everyone with Maria Sakkari among those eliminated.
Here is a breakdown of the latest results from the second Grand Slam of the year.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic d. Alex Molcan; 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(4)
No. 3 Alexander Zverev d. Sebastian Baez; 2-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5
No. 5 Rafael Nadal d. Corentin Moutet; 6-3, 6-1, 6-4
No. 6 Carlos Alcaraz d. Albert Ramos-Vinolas; 6-1, 6-7(7), 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-4
No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime d. Camilo Ugo Carabelli; 6-0, 6-3, 6-4
No. 10 Cameron Norrie d. Jason Kubler; 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
Bernabe Zapata Miralles d. No. 13 Taylor Fritz; 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
No. 15 Diego Schwartzman d. Jaume Munar; 2-6, 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
No. 18 Grigor Dimitrov d. Borna Coric; 6-0, 6-4, 6-3
No. 23 John Isner d. Gregoire Barrere; 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)
No. 26 Botic Van De Zandschulp d. Fabio Fognini; 6-4, 7-6(2), 3-2, ret.
No. 27 Sebastian Korda d. Richard Gasquet; 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-3
Karolina Muchova d. No. 4 Maria Sakkari; 7-6(5), 7-6(4)
Aliaksandra Sasnovich d. No. 12 Emma Raducanu; 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
No. 14 Belinda Bencic d. Bianca Andreescu; 6-2, 6-4
No. 15 Victoria Azarenka d. Andrea Petkovic; 6-1, 7-6(3)
No. 17 Leyla Fernandez d. Katerina Siniakova; 6-3, 6-2
No. 18 Coco Gauff d. Alison Van Uytvanck; 6-1, 7-6(4)
No. 21 Angelique Kerber d. Elsa Jacquemot; 6-1, 7-6(2)
Sloane Stephens d. No. 26 Sorana Cirstea; 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
No. 27 Amanda Anasimova d. Donna Vekic; 6-4, 6-1
Daria Saville d. No. 32 Petra Kvitova; 6-4, 6-2
Full results via the tournament's official site.
Day 4 Recap
Novak Djokovic faced little resistance in his second-round match, earning a straight-set victory over Alex Molcan. He once again showed why he is so tough to score against with his unbelievable court coverage:
With 10 aces and zero double faults, the top seed was extremely difficult to beat. Even with a tiebreak in the third set, Djokovic was rarely in danger.
Rafael Nadal also won in straight sets, earning seven breaks while holding Corentin Moutet to just a 39 percent success rate on second serves.
Nadal will look to continue his success on clay with a third-round matchup against Botic Van De Zandschulp.
It was a much tougher path in the second round for Alexander Zverev, but the third seed found a way to survive a five-set thriller against Sebastian Baez in come-from-behind fashion.
Zverev went 7-of-11 on break opportunities while saving eight of 13 chances the other way, which was seemingly just enough to avoid disaster.
No. 6 Carlos Alcaraz had similar struggles in his second-round match against Albert Ramos-Vinolas. He needed to win the final two sets to advance, including one in a tiebreaker, but found a way to survive a match that lasted four hours and 34 minutes.
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There was even more drama on the women's side, with Karolina Muchova knocking out No. 4 Maria Sakkari.
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There wasn't much that separated the competitors in two sets that went to a tiebreak, but Sakkari hurt herself with 37 unforced errors to go with just 31 winners.
No. 12 Emma Raducanu was also eliminated after winning just two total games in the final two sets. The 19-year-old won the U.S. Open last summer but has followed it up with second-round exits in her last two Grand Slam appearances.
Victoria Azarenka looked better as she advanced in her match against Andrea Petkovic in under two hours. The former No. 1 dominated at the net, finishing 21-of-24 on her way to an easy victory.
It was also a good day for American women with Coco Gauff, Sloane Stephens and Amanda Anasimova among those advancing.
Gauff was especially impressive with her straight-set win over Alison Van Uytvanck, showcasing a variety of shots on the way to victory:
After a disappointing first-round exit at the Australian Open, the 18-year-old is back on track in France.
Stephens earned an upset over No. 26 Sorana Cirstea thanks to a third-set bagel, giving her a chance to go far in a wide-open bottom half of the draw following the elimination of No. 2 Barbora Krejcikova.
Danielle Collins, the highest-seed from the United States at No. 9, will face fellow American Shelby Rogers in the second round on Thursday.