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French Open: Roger Federer catches fire while Rafael Nadal survives stutter

• Swiss beats Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (8)
• Spaniard drops set in 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory

Roger Federer, who gives the illusion of making time stop, is enjoying his return to Paris after an absence of four years, as any 37-year-old tennis genius would, and he confirmed on day six he is still dangerous going into the second week for the 14th time in his career.

Federer has looked fit, sharp and happy in his first three matches, has not dropped a set and is hitting the ball with pleasing power and precision, as the young Norwegian Casper Ruud discovered on Court Suzanne Lenglenon Friday when Federer floated past him in a little over two hours, winning 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (8).

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