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Carlos Alcaraz and Stefanos Tsitsipas win on day four at Roland Garros

An off-colour Carlos Alcaraz had to dig deep to beat inspired qualifier Jesper de Jong and reach the French Open third round.

Spain’s Alcaraz looked subdued at times in a 6-3 6-4 2-6 6-2 victory over a player ranked 173 places below him.

Dutchman De Jong played well above his ranking but it was a rusty performance from Alcaraz, who had to twice come back from a break down in the fourth set.

“I prefer not to spend too much time on the court, I want to be in good shape for the next round but every match is different,” Alcaraz said.

“I was in trouble at points. Jesper and I put on a good show.”

Alcaraz will face either American Sebastian Korda or Kwon Soon-woo of South Korea next.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, the 2022 runner-up, and Andrey Rublev won their matches but no play was possible on the outside courts because of persistent rain.

Second seed Jannik Sinner will play Richard Gasquet in the night session on Court Phillipe Chatrier – one of two courts at Roland Garros to have a roof.

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