French Open at a glance - day 5

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Barty limped out of the French Open

French Open at a glance - day 5:

Headlines

+ World no. 1 Barty retires injured

+ Nadal beats Gasquet for 17th time in as many meetings on birthday

+ Federer loses cool, beats Cilic in four sets

+ Djokovic eases into third round

+ Women's champion Swiatek romps through

Top results

Magda Linette (POL) bt Ashleigh Barty (AUS x1) 6-1, 2-2 -- retired

Rafael Nadal (ESP x3) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA) 6-0, 7-5, 6-2

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

Roger Federer (SUI x8) bt Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2

Iga Swiatek (POL x8) bt Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 6-1, 6-1

Sidelines

Teenage kicks

-- Three teenagers have reached the third round at Roland Garros for the first time since 2001 -- when the trio were Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Tommy Robredo.

Carlos Alcaraz, who only turned 18 last month, became the youngest man to reach the last 32 since Andrei Medvedev in 1992 by beating 28th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in straight sets.

Two Italian 19-year-olds made it through with 18th seed Jannik Sinner seeing off compatriot Gianluca Mager while highly-rated Lorenzo Musetti put out Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka.

'Kind of anyone can win a Slam'

-- Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk, the world number 81, reached the third round for the first time and said she thinks she can go all the way. With the top three in the rankings all absent from the third round, the draw is wide open.

"I think we are at times where anyone in the women's tennis, anyone can win a slam, kind of. Not like anyone, anyone, but a lot of girls," she said. "I believe anything is possible."

Berrettini out of the 'darkness'

-- Italian Matteo Berrettini said after his third-round Roland Garros exit to German qualifier Daniel Altmaier last year that "all he could see was darkness" after the Covid-19 shutdown and injury problems.

But he has reached three finals in 2021, winning the title in Belgrade, and thrashed Federico Coria in straight sets on Thursday.

"So when I struggle, I struggle. When I'm happy, I'm happy. But before it was a little bit too dark," said the ninth seed. "I have to work, and I'm proud of what I have done."

Fritz in defeat and in wheelchair

-- American number one Taylor Fritz suffered a surprise defeat in four sets by Germany's Dominik Koepfer and appeared to pick up an injury on match point.

The 30th seed had to be helped from the court in a wheelchair.

Who's saying what

"It's heartbreaking... It's disappointing to end like this. I've had my fair share of tears this week. It's all good. Everything happens for a reason."

-- Ashleigh Barty after being forced to end her campaign early.

"I know she (Barty) has been playing a lot of matches. I honestly wanted to play her, but Magda is a great player."

-- Tunisian Ons Jabeur, who will next face Magda Linette, the beneficiary of Barty's retirement.

"I think she is incredible and I applaud her for her bravery."

-- Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton gives Naomi Osaka his support.

"Someone talking about their personal mental health and then being fined for it, that was not cool."

-- Hamilton also hit out at the Grand Slam organisers.

"I'm the boss in the house."

-- Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina on her relationship with Gael Monfils.

"That was a joke, because I'm going to get told off after he gets off the court that I said that. It was a joke."

-- Svitolina tries to play down her on-court "joke" about the Frenchman.

"I'm playing well, feeling great. I'm ready to go deep in this tournament."

-- Novak Djokovic sends out a warning to his rivals.

"You know, I don't care that many seeds have pulled out or already lost."

-- Swiatek, now widely considered the favourite for the women's title.

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