Tennis-French Open day five

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Tennis: French Open
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PARIS (Reuters) - Highlights of the fifth day at the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year, on Thursday (all times GMT).

World number one Ash Barty pulled out injured of her second-round match against Magda Linette, leaving the women's draw without its top two seeds.

The odds of Iga Swiatek retaining her title shortened after Barty retired. The Polish eighth seed showed poise, power and flair to demolish Rebecca Paterson 6-1 6-1 in 61 minutes.

In the men's draw, Roger Federer was the only player of the 'Big Three' to drop a set in the second round as he lost his usual cool in a 6-2 2-6 7-6(4) 6-2 win against Marin Cilic.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion lost the second set after a heated debate with the chair umpire over the time he was taking to towel down.

Rafael Nadal, the 13-time Roland Garros champion, was never in real trouble against Richard Gasquet, ending the French presence at the tournament with a 6-0 7-5 6-2 win.

World number one Novak Djokovic dispatched Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-3 6-2 6-4 on his way to a potential semi-final clash against Nadal.

2125 NADAL DOWNS GASQUET AGAIN

Defending champion Rafael Nadal snatched his 17th win in as many tour-level matches against Richard Gasquet, outclassing the Frenchman 6-0 7-5 6-2, to improve Roland Garros record to 102-2.

The Spaniard's win over Gasquet means that for the first time in the Open era, no French men will feature in the third round of their home major.

1810 SWIATEK WINS 6-1 6-1 IN 61 MINUTES

Defending champion Iga Swiatek needed just over an hour to dispatch Sweden's Rebecca Peterson 6-1 6-1. Swiatek, who has dropped just seven games in her opening two matches, will next face Estonia's Anett Kontaveit.

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1655 FEDERER BATTLES PAST CILIC

Roger Federer held off a spirited challenge from Marin Cilic to claim a 6-2 2-6 7-6(4) 6-2 victory. The 20-times Grand Slam winner will next face Germany's Dominik Koepfer for a place in the last 16.

1630 CECCHINATO THROUGH AS ITALIAN ADVANCE CONTINUES

Former semi-finalist Marco Cecchinato overcame a mid-match blip to defeat Australia's Alex de Minaur 6-4 6-1 3-6 6-1 and become the fifth Italian man to progress to the third round at Roland Garros this week.

He follows teenagers Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti, ninth seed Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini to make it a five in the last 32 for a second year in a row.

1555 DJOKOVIC MARCHES INTO ROUND THREE

World number one Novak Djokovic faced little resistance from Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas in a 6-3 6-2 6-4 victory. The Serb booked a place in the third round for a 16th straight year at Roland Garros.

1545 GAUFF POWERS INTO THIRD ROUND

American teenager Coco Gauff progressed to the French Open third round for the first time in her fledgling career, defeating China's Wang Qiang 6-3 7-6(1).

1315 HOME FAVOURITE MONFILS OUT, SCHWARTZMAN ADVANCES

Frenchman Gael Monfils struggled for rhythm as he conceded 10 of the last 13 games in a 6-0 2-6 6-4 6-3 defeat by Swedish youngster Mikael Ymer.

Argentina's Diego Schwartzman, who reached the semi-finals last year, saw off Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene 6-4 6-2 6-4.

1300 STEPHENS DUMPS OUT PLISKOVA

American Sloane Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open winner, claimed her first win over a top-10 opponent since 2018, defeating world number 10 Karolina Pliskova 7-5 6-1.

1100 BARTY BOWS OUT

World number one Ash Barty retired from her second round match against Poland's Magda Linette with an injury, while trailing 6-1 2-2.

The Australian was struggling with a hip injury this week and started the match with taping on her left thigh.

1026 SVITOLINA, KENIN CRUISE INTO THIRD ROUND

Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina enjoyed a comfortable 6-0 6-4 victory over American Ann Li on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

Elsewhere, American fourth seed Sofia Kenin beat compatriot Hailey Baptiste 7-5 6-3.

0908 PLAY UNDER WAY

Play began in cloudy conditions at Roland Garros, with the temperature hovering around 22 degrees Celsius (71.6°F).

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak and Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)

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