PARIS (AP) — Fifth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain comfortably advanced to the third round of the French Open by beating Italy’s Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 Thursday.
Ferrer, last year’s runner-up to Rafael Nadal, broke Bolleli’s serve five times and saved all four break points he faced.
“We had to fight against the wind,” Ferrer said. “After four games, it was difficult and the balls were heavy.”
Also, 19th-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa beat Frenchman Axel Michon 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, and American Donald Young won 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-3 against No. 26 Feliciano Lopez of Spain.
Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal of Spain was playing Dominic Thiem of Austria, while seventh-seeded Andy Murray took on Marinko Matosevic later Thursday.
Former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia advanced to the third round by beating Camila Giorgi of Italy 7-6 (5), 6-3.
Kuznetsova, seeded 27th, broke Giorgi’s serve four times and next faces either fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova or Marina Erakovic, who were playing later Thursday.
Sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and 15th-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States also advanced in straight sets.
Jankovic won 7-5, 6-0 against Japan’s Kurumi Nara and Stephens won 6-1, 6-3 against Slovenia’s Polona Hercog.
Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands was leading 5-7, 6-4, 3-0 against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova when the Russian retired, and in Israel’s Julia Glushko won 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 against No. 21 Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.
Bertens next plays Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa, who downed Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer 6-2, 6-4.