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2021 Jun 03, 8:45,
United States's Tommy Paul, left, plays a return to Russia's Daniil Medvedev during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Photo: AP

The Latest on the French Open (all times local):

11:45 p.m.

Daniil Medvedev is no longer a pushover at the French Open.

The two-time finalist at hard-court Grand Slam tournaments is finally making some headway on the red clay of Roland Garros. He reached the third round in Paris for the first time by coming back from a poor start to eliminate Tommy Paul of the U.S. by a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 score Wednesday night.

The No. 2-seeded Medvedev carried an 0-4 record at the French Open into this year’s draw. But he is 2-0 in Week 1 this time so far.

The runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the 2019 U.S. Open and to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open this February next plays big-serving American Reilly Opelka, who is seeded 32nd.

Opelka will also be in the French Open’s third round for the first time. He advanced Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 victory over Jaume Munar.

Russia's Daniil Medvedev plays a return to United States's Tommy Paul during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. 

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Russia's Daniil Medvedev plays a return to United States's Tommy Paul during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Photo: AP

11:25 p.m.

French Open organizers say that both members of a men’s doubles team have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been dropped from the tournament.

The players were placed in quarantine. The tournament did not identify them.

The first team on the alternate list for men’s doubles will get to compete instead.

The French tennis federation said Wednesday night that these were the first two positives from the 2,446 coronavirus tests that have been administered on players and their entourages since the start of qualifying rounds on May 24.

United States's Steve Johnson eyes the ball as he plays a return to United States's Frances Tiafoe during their first round match on day two of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Monday, May 31, 2021.


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United States's Steve Johnson eyes the ball as he plays a return to United States's Frances Tiafoe during their first round match on day two of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Monday, May 31, 2021. Photo: AP

11 p.m.

Add Stevie Johnson to the parade of Americans moving into the French Open’s third round.

The 31-year-old from California arrived at Roland Garros with an 0-5 record in ATP and Challenger Tour matches this season. Look at him now, though.

Johnson pulled through in the end to edge Thiago Monteiro of Brazil 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3 on Wednesday night.

That follows his victory over Frances Tiafoe in an all-U.S. matchup in the first round. Johnson dropped the opening two sets of that one before winning it in five.

Johnson will face No. 12 seed Pablo Carreno Busta for a berth in the fourth round. Johnson is 1-8 in third-round play at Grand Slam tournaments with a career-best run to the round of 16 at Wimbledon in 2016.

United States Serena Williams smiles after missing a point against Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. 

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United States Serena Williams smiles after missing a point against Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Photo: AP

8:15 p.m.

Serena Williams is back in the third round at the French Open.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion beat 174th-ranked Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.

At last year’s tournament, which was moved to a September start because of the pandemic, Williams retired prior to her second-round match due to an Achilles injury.

Williams has won the French Open three times — in 2002, 2013 and 2015.

Williams next faces fellow American Danielle Collins, who overwhelmed Anhelina Kalinina 6-0, 6-2 in 62 minutes.

Collins reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros last year. 

7:40 p.m.

Serena Williams has been pushed to a third set against 174th-ranked Mihaela Buzarnescu in the second round of the French Open.

After Williams won the opening set 6-3, Buzarnescu took the second 7-5.

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece loses grip of his racket as he serves to Spain's Pedro Martinez during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece loses grip of his racket as he serves to Spain's Pedro Martinez during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Photo: AP

6:40 p.m.

For the third straight year, Stefanos Tsitsipas will be playing in the third round at Roland Garros following another straight-set win Wednesday.

The fifth-seeded Greek player excelled at the net and saved 11 break points to defeat solid baseliner Pedro Martinez of Spain 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

Tsitsipas achieved his best result in Paris last year when he lost to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. He arrived in the French capital this year on the back of an excellent clay-court campaign that included titles in Monte Carlo and Lyon.

Japan's Kei Nishikori reacts as he wins a point against Russia's Karen Khachanov during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. 

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Japan's Kei Nishikori reacts as he wins a point against Russia's Karen Khachanov during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Photo: AP

5:45 p.m.

Kei Nishikori needed five sets again to win at the French Open.

The former U.S. Open finalist rallied past 23rd-seeded Karen Khachanov 4-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 after having also gone the distance to beat Italian qualifier Alessandro Giannessi in the first round.

Nishikori next faces Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen, who upset 11th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 for his first victory against a top-20 player.

Khachanov was treated by a trainer in the fifth set after cutting his right middle finger by hitting his racket strings out of anger.

Venus Williams, left with doubles partner Coco Gauff of the United States prepare to play against EllenPerez of Australia and Saisai Zheng of China in a first round women's doubles match day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021

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Venus Williams, left with doubles partner Coco Gauff of the United States prepare to play against EllenPerez of Australia and Saisai Zheng of China in a first round women's doubles match day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021 Photo: AP
EllenPerez of Australia, left, and Saisai Zheng of China prepare to play against Venus Williams and Coco Gauff of the United States in a first round women's doubles match day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

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EllenPerez of Australia, left, and Saisai Zheng of China prepare to play against Venus Williams and Coco Gauff of the United States in a first round women's doubles match day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Photo: AP

4:45 p.m.

The new doubles partnership of Venus Williams and Coco Gauff didn’t go very far at the French Open.

The 40-year-old Williams and 17-year-old Gauff lost to 13th-seeded Ellen Perez and Zheng Saisai 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3 in the first round.

It marked the first time that Williams had played a Grand Slam doubles match with anyone but her sister. She and Serena Williams have won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles.

Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen reacts as he defeats Germany's Yannick Hanfmann during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Sunday, May 30, 2021 in Paris. 

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Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen reacts as he defeats Germany's Yannick Hanfmann during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Sunday, May 30, 2021 in Paris. Photo: AP

3:40 p.m.

Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen upset 11th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in their second-round match at the French Open.

It’s the first time that Laaksonen reached the third round at a major tournament thanks to his 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.

The 29-year-old Swiss had never beaten a Top 20 player before.

Germany's Alexander Zverev plays a return to Russia's Roman Safiullin during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. 

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Germany's Alexander Zverev plays a return to Russia's Roman Safiullin during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Photo: AP

1:40 p.m.

Sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev hit 15 aces on his way to the third round at the French Open.

He got there by beating a familiar face. Zverev and Roman Safiullin have known each other since they were 4 years old.

The Russian qualifier put up a good fight but Zverev went for his shots when it mattered and prevailed in straight sets.

He won 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (1) on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Zverev had been pushed to five sets in the previous round against another qualifier.

Switzerland's Belinda Bencic plays a return to Russia's Daria Kasatkina during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

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Switzerland's Belinda Bencic plays a return to Russia's Daria Kasatkina during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Photo :AP
Russia's Daria Kasatkina plays a return to Switzerland's Belinda Bencic during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. 

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Russia's Daria Kasatkina plays a return to Switzerland's Belinda Bencic during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Photo: AP

12:35 p.m.

Tenth-seeded Belinda Bencic’s campaign at Roland Garros is over. She lost 6-2, 6-2 to Daria Kasatkina in the second round.

Bencic struggled with her serve throughout and was broken four times by her Russian rival.

The Swiss player has never progressed past the third round at the French Open in five appearances.

Kasatkina made it to the quarterfinals in Paris in 2018 but it’s the first time this season that she has won consecutive matches on clay.

United States Serena Williams smiles after missing a point against Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

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United States Serena Williams smiles after missing a point against Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu during their second round match on day four of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Photo: AP

11 a.m.

Serena Williams resumes her quest for a fourth French Open title against yet another Romanian opponent.

The seventh-seeded Williams plays Mihaela Buzarnescu for a spot in the third round at Roland Garros. It’s their first career meeting.

The 39-year-old American fended off a tough challenge from Irina-Camelia Begu on Monday.

Williams is trying to win a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title but has played only four matches since the Australian Open.

Another interesting matchup pits the experienced 15th-seeded Victoria Azarenka against up-and-coming Danish teenager Clara Tauson.

Second-seeded Daniil Medvedev faces Tommy Paul in the night session in the men’s draw.

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