4 Jun 2013

German veteran makes French Open quarters

3:49 pm on 4 June 2013

The men's quarter-final draw has been completed at the French Open grand slam tennis tournament, and the last eight includes the 35-year-old German Tommy Haas, the third oldest player to make the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.

Haas, the 12th seed, beat the volatile Russian Mikail Youzhny in straight sets, but if he's to continue his run, Haas must get past world number one and the top seed Novak Djokovic tomorrow night.

In the other men's quarter-finals, it's an all-Spanish showdown for Auckland champion David Ferrer against Tommy Robredo tonight, while local hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays Roger Federer.

The 17-time major winner's fellow Swiss, Stanislas Wawrinka, faces a big ask in the reigning champion Rafael Nadal tomorrow.

Nadal celebrated his 27th birthday with an easy win over Japan's Kei Nishikori, and the seven-time Roland Garros winner should be too strong for Wawrinka.

In the women's draw, two of the top seeds, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, are through to the quarter-finals.

The Russian second seed Sharapova plays Serbia's Jelena Jankovic, third-seeded Belarussian Azarenka faces the Russian Maria Kirilenko, Auckland champion Agnieszka Radwanska is up against Italy's Sara Errani while the world number one ranked American Serena Williams - the top seed - is an unbackable favourite against another Russian, Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The Williams-Kuznetsova and Radwanska-Errani quarters are tonight.