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Djokovic, Federer push on through

tennis: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic ran into a spot of bother at the French Open, dropping a set each and needing over three hours to reach the fourth round.

Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska was knocked out 6-4 6-4 by Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic, becoming the latest victim of a new generation of talent sweeping through the women’s draw.

Seventeen-times grand slam champion Roger Federer saw off Russian Dmitry Tursunov 7-5 6-7 (7) 6-2-6-4 and Serbian second seed Djokovic, chasing the only grand slam title to elude him, beat Croatian Marin Cilic 6-3 6-2 6-7(2) 6-4.

“I am relieved and happy to be through to the next round,” said fourth seed Federer, who wasted 17 break points.

In the women’s draw, the top three seeds have now been sent packing.

“After seeing the two first seeds go out, you kind of feel you can do this too,” said the 21-year-old Tomljanovic.

“I think that showed and it is why I won.”

Quintana wins to extend Giro lead

Cycling: Colombia’s Nairo Quintana showed off his climbing strength and increased his lead in the Giro d’Italia with a victory in the 19th stage, a mountain time trial.

Quintana, runner-up at last year’s 
Tour de France, clocked 1 hour, 5 minutes, 
37 seconds over the 26.8-kilometer 
(16.7-mile) route from Bassano del Grappa to Cima Grappa. Italy’s Fabio Aru finished second, 17 seconds behind, and Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran was third, 1:

“I had a great feeling and I took full advantage of it,” said Quintana, who rides for the Movistar team. “I was really well prepared.”

After his second stage win in this year’s race, Quintana moved 3:

Stage 20 today is the race’s last mountain leg, a 167-kilometer (104-mile) route that starts in Maniago and finishes with a climb up the demanding Monte Zoncolan. The race ends on flatter ground tomorrow in Trieste.

Quiros climbs up to share Malmo lead

Golf: Alvaro Quiros carded the best round of the second day of the Nordea Masters in Malmo to take a share of the lead with Victor Dubuisson and Eddie Pepperell.

Spaniard Quiros was five-under-par for the day following eagles on the first and 11th holes along with birdies on the 15th and 18th and a bogey on the fourth as he went round in 67. That bogey cost him the outright lead, but Quiros was satisfied with his score in light of what he felt to be issues with his putting.

“I’ve been hitting the ball very well from tee to green, but even with the scores I’ve had I have not putted great,” Quiros said.

Kevin Phelan (-3) was best of the Irish with a two-under-par, second-round 70 to lie tied for 14th on three-under overall while Gareth Maybin (-2), Michael Hoey (par), Shane Lowry (par) and Peter (+1) also made the cut.


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