French Open headlines and sidelines - Day 4

Reunited: Venus and Serena Williams in doubles action against Japan's Shuko Aoyama and Miyu Kato

French Open headlines and sidelines on Wednesday, the fourth day of the 2018 tournament:


+ Djokovic into 3rd round for 13th time

+ Top seed Halep survives nightmare start

+ Road trip king Trungelliti in exit lane


Beers on grandma

-- Marco Trungelliti, the lucky loser who drove 1,000km in nine hours to make the main draw after being handed a last-minute spot, was knocked out in the second round on Wednesday and then celebrated with a beer...or two.

"My grandmother had a beer when I finished the game. Me too, with her. This is over, there are no more lucky losers, nothing more for me. Drinking a beer once in a while is fine and you do not always have the opportunity to have a beer with your grandmother," he said.

Playing to win

-- When Naomi Osaka isn't at the tournament, she's usually to be found huddled over a PlayStation console.

"It's sort of consumed my time a little bit because if I have 30 minutes, then I'll just sit there, and I might be a little bit late. Like, I'll spend 35 minutes, and then I'm like, Oh, my God. It's 30 minutes past, and then I have to rush out the door. So if I'm ever late to anything, you know why."

Tears for cheers

-- French player Julien Benneteau, who has already announced that this will be his last Roland Garros, wept tears of joy after seeing off Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-3.

Who's saying what

"J'ai fait mon best."

-- Novak Djokovic temporarily losing his mastery of the French language in his on-court interview after beating Spain's Jaume Munar.

"I think my most favourite would be the one that I win."

-- Japan's Osaka on her favourite Grand Slam tournament

"I am negative, too, of course, but not that much, which is good."

--Petra Kvitova on her happy demeanour

"Well, at least I didn't take a bashing."

-- Veteran French player Nicolas Mahut after his 1-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 loss to Juan Martin del Potro. The 36-year-old Mahut hinted that this will probably be his last Roland Garros having made his bow in 2000.

Numbers up

19 -- break points saved by Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta when he defeated Argentina's Federico Delbonis 7-6 (7/0), 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-4 to make the third round.

50 -- Combined difference in height (cm) between Venus and Serena Williams and their doubles opponents, Shuko Aoyama and Miyu Kato of Japan

Reunited: Venus and Serena Williams in doubles action against Japan's Shuko Aoyama and Miyu Kato