PARIS.- Roger Federer celebrated his 400th Grand Slam match on Friday in auspicious fashion after an easy win over Casper Ruud to win a place in the French Open fourth round for a record 14th time.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion defeated Ruud 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (10-8) after two hours and 11 minutes.
He became the player with the most French Open last-16 appearances, getting past Budge Patty of the United States.
Rafael Nadal can tie the Swiss star, should the so-called king of clay prevail over David Goffin.
At 37 years and 305 days, Federer becomes the oldest player to qualify for the French Open last-16 since Nicola Pietrangeli did it in 1972.
Twenty years after making his French Open debut and ten years after his lone Ronald Garros title, Federer prevailed over Ruud, the best Norwegian player in all time.
Ruud, 20, was no match for Federer in the first set as the Swiss player, who last played at French Open in 2015, saved the lone break point he faced and broke his opponent’s serve twice, half of the opportunities he created.
The second set was a carbon copy, with Ruud squandering a break point and Federer capitalizing on two out of four break points he carved out.
Ruud showed some resistance in the third set, storming into a 2-0 lead only to concede his own delivery in the next game.
Afterward, the set went with serve, despite a couple of break points each player had, toward a tiebreak that Federer won 10-8.
Next up for Federer, who seeks his first Grand Slam title since the 2018 Australian Open trophy, will be either Nicolas Mahut or Leandro Mayer.
In another third-round action, Kei Nishikori defeated Laslo Ðere of Serbia 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 4-6, 8-6 after four hours and 26 minutes and five sets.
The 2014 US Open finalist will take on France’s Benoit Paire, who made the ladt 16 as Pablo Carreño Busta of Spain had to withdraw while trailing 2-6, 6-4, 6-7 (1-7) due to a right leg injury.