French Open 2019: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Cruise to Wins in Sunday's Play

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2019

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 02: Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball in his Men's Singles fourth round match against Leonardo Mayer of Argentina during Day eight of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 02, 2019 in Paris, France.. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal continued their strong play at the 2019 French Open on Sunday, easily advancing to the quarter-finals without dropping a set.

Federer cruised past Leonardo Mayer, while Nadal handled Juan Ignacio Londero without too many issues.

In the women's draw, Johanna Konta beat Donna Vekic in straight sets. Garbine Muguruza and Sloane Stephens will battle it out in arguably the day's marquee contest later on Sunday.

Here are select results from Roland Garros' early Sunday action:


Men's Singles

(3) Roger Federer bt. Leonardo Mayer: 6-2, 6-3, 6-3

(2) Rafael Nadal bt. Juan Ignacio Londero: 6-2, 6-3, 6-3


Women's Singles

(26) Johanna Konta bt. (23) Donna Vekic: 6-2, 6-4

Marketa Vondrousova bt. (12) Anastasija Sevastova: 6-2, 6-0

For the full results, visit the event's official website.


Federer became the first man to contest 400 Grand Slam matches earlier this week and added yet another record with his easy win on Sunday:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

Oldest man to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam since 1991... ...age is but a number. @rogerfederer | #RG19 https://t.co/9hYxs0qxJn

The 37-year-old has barely been challenged so far this tournament, spending little time on court against overmatched opponents.

It was more of the same Sunday, with the final point illustrating the Swiss star's dominance:

Tennis Channel @TennisChannel

A good day at the office. @RogerFederer defeats Mayer in straight sets to reach his 54th career Grand Slam Quarterfinal. #RG19 https://t.co/DNUVfPRLtW

Mayer had never made it to the fourth round at the French Open, and his struggles on the clay showed. He couldn't keep pace in the rallies and allowed Federer to step into the court time and time again, with disastrous results.

Federer's first real challenge awaits in the quarter-finals, where he'll face the winner of the match between Stanislas Wawrinka and Stefanos Tsitsipas. The latter knocked him out of the Australian Open earlier this year.

Londero didn't give Nadal significantly more trouble, although he flashed his ability on his favoured clay surface in the final set. But in the bulk of the rallies, he had no answers for the Spaniard's brilliance:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

Classic Nadal. The reigning champion takes a two sets to love lead over Londero. 🎾 https://t.co/m6CvhWjNJ1 #RG19 https://t.co/9S8enAMiNe

Nadal's next opponent will be the winner of the match between Kei Nishikori and Benoit Paire. 

In the women's draw, Konta used efficient tennis to force her way past Vekic and into the quarter-finals. No British women's player had done so in over 30 years:

Reuters Top News @Reuters

Konta first British woman into French Open quarters since 1983 https://t.co/CqkbFsWRSY https://t.co/BSdK94IemI

The 28-year-old has been steadily building up her form after a poor 2018 season, peaking at the Italian Open, where she made it to the final before losing to Karolina Pliskova. She'll face Stephens or Muguruza next.