French Open 2022 Results: Djokovic, Nadal Wins Highlight Friday Singles Results

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVMay 27, 2022

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 25: Rafael Nadal of Spain is seen in action against Coretin Moulet of France in their second round match during day four at Roland Garros on May 25, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal headlined the players in action Friday at Stade Roland Garros as the third round of the 2022 French Open kicked off in Paris.

Alexander Zverev and Carlos Alcaraz were also on the schedule as part of a star-studded top half of the men's draw at the season's second Grand Slam tournament.

It's a different story on the women's side, where a series of upsets left no top-10 seeds in the bottom half of the bracket, creating a path to the final for some unexpected contenders. Notable names to take the court included Victoria Azarenka and Coco Gauff.

Let's check out the complete list of singles results, which will be updated through the conclusion of Friday's play. That's followed by a recap of some of the day's top matches.

Men's Results

(1) Novak Djokovic d. Aljaz Bedene; 6-3, 6-3, 6-2

(3) Alexander Zverev d. Brandon Nakashima; 7-6 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (5)

(5) Rafael Nadal d. (26) Botic van de Zandschulp; 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

(6) Carlos Alcaraz d. (27) Sebastian Korda; 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

(9) Felix Auger-Aliassime d. Filip Krajinovic; 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2), 7-5

(21) Karen Khachanov d. (10) Cameron Norrie; 6-2, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4

(15) Diego Schwartzman d. (18) Grigor Dimitrov; 6-3, 6-1, 6-2

Bernabe Zapata Miralles d. (23) John Isner; 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3

Women's Results

(17) Leylah Fernandez d. (14) Belinda Bencic; 7-5, 3-6, 7-5

(23) Jil Teichmann d. (15) Victoria Azarenka; 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5)

(18) Coco Gauff d. Kaia Kanepi; 6-3, 6-4

Aliaksandra Sasnovich d. (21) Angelique Kerber; 6-4, 7-6 (5)

(27) Amanda Anisimova d. Karolina Muchova; 6-7 (7), 6-2, 3-0 ret.

(31) Elise Mertens d. Varvara Gracheva; 6-2, 6-3

Martina Trevisan d. Daria Saville; 6-3, 6-4

Sloane Stephens d. Diane Parry; 6-2, 6-3

Day 6 Recap

Gauff reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at last year's French Open, which remains her best singles result in a major, and now she's one win from matching that feat.

The 18-year-old Atlanta native has reached the fourth round without dropping a set, and she was highly efficient in Friday's win over Kanepi. She recorded just 13 unforced errors, 16 fewer than her Estonian counterpart, and registered 20 winners.

"I knew going into it, it was going to be a tough match," Gauff said. "I've been coming to France since I was 10 years old, so I think that helped me a lot. I guess it makes me a clay-courtβ€”I don't want to say specialist, but, you know, good at it."

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

That fourth round smile 😁😁😁<a href="https://twitter.com/CocoGauff?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CocoGauff</a> returns to the second week at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RolandGarros?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RolandGarros</a> with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Kaia Kanepi. <a href="https://t.co/oMdZSLx3Hk">pic.twitter.com/oMdZSLx3Hk</a>

Djokovic, the tournament's defending champion and No. 1 seed, continued to roll through the men's bracket with his straight-set triumph over Bedene.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion won 85 percent of the points on his first serve and compiled terrific ratios for both aces to double faults (9-1) and winners to unforced errors (30-18). He added five breaks of serve in a mostly drama-free victory.

His draw starts to get a lot tougher, starting with Schwartzman in the fourth round.

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

Smooth sailing β›΅<a href="https://twitter.com/DjokerNole?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DjokerNole</a> is through to his 13th consecutive fourth round at<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RolandGarros?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RolandGarros</a> defeating Bedene 6-3, 6-3 6-2. <a href="https://t.co/wVOz9Brcfm">pic.twitter.com/wVOz9Brcfm</a>

Nadal also continued to cruise through the early rounds with a win over Van de Zandschulp.

The King of Clay's defensive prowess was on full display once again as he finished with only 13 unforced errors. He won 48 percent of points on the return and secured six breaks of serve.

It's the 17th time Nadal has advanced to at least the fourth round of the French Open in 18 appearances. The only exception came in 2016 when he was forced to withdraw after the second round because of injury.

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

Defying physics πŸ“<a href="https://twitter.com/RafaelNadal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RafaelNadal</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RolandGarros?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RolandGarros</a> <a href="https://t.co/L1WrV5aY0l">pic.twitter.com/L1WrV5aY0l</a>

Azarenka became the latest major champion eliminated from the women's draw courtesy of an impressive comeback from Teichmann.

The 24-year-old Swiss lefty had already established a new career-best by reaching the third round of a Grand Slam, and the triumph over the two-time Australian Open champ was her latest marquee win as part of a breakout 2022 season.

It wasn't the cleanest match as they combined for 101 unforced errors, but Teichmann was able to grab control with 44 winners over the last two sets.

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

Soak it in<br><br>βœ… 7️⃣th top 20 win on the season<br>βœ… First career Slam fourth round<br>βœ… 3 hours 18 minute epic<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/rolandgarros?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#rolandgarros</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/jilteichmann?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jilteichmann</a> <a href="https://t.co/XSC0bPXu0L">pic.twitter.com/XSC0bPXu0L</a>

Zverev wasn't at his best on Friday, tallying 50 unforced errors and converting just two of his seven break-point opportunities, but he still managed to push past Nakashima in three tight sets.

The No. 3 seed has been overshadowed given the strength on the bracket's top half, but he still has the potential to play the role of spoiler if he can cut down on the mistakes moving forward.

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

The roar of victory 🦁<a href="https://twitter.com/AlexZverev?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AlexZverev</a> defeats Brandon Nakashima 7-6(2), 6-3, 7-6(5) to advance to the fourth round for the fifth consecutive year.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RolandGarros?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RolandGarros</a> <a href="https://t.co/fHFiaLIQqW">pic.twitter.com/fHFiaLIQqW</a>

The third round is slated to wrap up Saturday in Paris.