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

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9:25 p.m.

John McEnroe says he is returning to Grand Slam tennis - as a coach.

The seven-time major title winner said Friday on the Eurosport show ''The Commissioner'' that he is going to be a consultant to Canada's Milos Raonic at Wimbledon, which begins next month.

McEnroe won three championships at the All England Club in the early 1980s. He is in Paris to work as a TV analyst during the French Open.

Raonic was a semifinalist at Wimbledon in 2014 and made it that far again at this year's Australian Open.

Raonic is seeded No. 8 at Roland Garros, where he won his third-round match Friday. He is being coached in Paris by 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya and Riccardo Piatti.

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8:00 p.m.

After a rough start, defending champion Stan Wawrinka is finding his mojo at the French Open.

The third-seeded Swiss hit 36 winners in a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 victory against Jeremy Chardy that advanced him to the fourth round.

His French opponent, seeded No. 30, was hurt by 35 unforced errors.

He rekindled the Paris crowd - which chanted ''Jeremy! Jeremy!'' - by breaking back to 5-5 in the third set.

But Wawrinka then broke for Chardy a fifth and final time in the match and served out the win.

In the first round, Wawrinka flirted with the possibility of becoming the first defending champion to fall that early at Roland Garros, finally coming through in five sets.

And he wasn't super-smooth in the second round against Taro Daniel from Japan.

But Wawrinka liked the way he overpowered Chardy, patting himself on the back for his ''very good level'' in his ''very, very good match.''

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7:30 p.m.

Sloane Stephens isn't beating herself up for not making the French Open fourth round for what would have been a fifth successive year.

Seeded No. 19, the American lost seven games in a row and lasted just 51 minutes in a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Tsvetana Pironkova, a Bulgarian ranked 102.

''Nothing was really happening,'' Stephens said. ''One of those days.''

As well as making the last 16 in Paris every year since 2012, Stephens also reached the Australian Open semifinals, the Wimbledon quarterfinals and the U.S. Open fourth round for a standout year in 2013.

''I feel like everyone's career has been, like, pretty, like, steady and mine has been like, `What am I doing?''' the 23-year-old said. ''I guess that's just part of being an athlete, that's part of sports, part of growing up.''

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7 p.m.

With a rare five-set victory, 15th-seeded John Isner made it to the French Open's fourth round, equaling his best showing at the Grand Slam tournament.

Isner, the last American man in the draw, used 34 aces to beat 79th-ranked Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia 7-6, (7), 4-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 on Friday.

Isner began the day with a 5-14 career record in five-setters and trailed Gabashvili by two sets to one before coming back.

It's the second time in three years that Isner is into the round of 16. Next up for him is a match against No. 2 Andy Murray, a two-time major champion.

If Isner, who is based in Florida, can pull off that upset, he would get to the second Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career in 32 appearances. The only other time he made it that far was at the 2011 U.S. Open, losing at that stage to Murray.

Of the 10 U.S. men who were in the draw at Roland Garros, only Isner and No. 23 Jack Sock remained entering Friday, which still gave the country a chance to have two representatives in the fourth round for the first time in 15 years. But Sock lost in five sets.

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6:30 p.m.

The high point, at least so far, of Shelby Rogers' career is ''a little bit blurry.'' Hardly surprising given her tears.

The 108th-ranked player from Charleston, South Carolina, defeated two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the French Open to make the fourth round of a major tournament for the first time.

Rogers dropped her racket on the red clay of Court 2 and clutched her head in disbelief when the 10th-seeded Czech player netted a forehand on match point to win 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-0.

''I'm one that cries very easily, and I think everyone saw that. I immediately started crying, and it was a very incredible moment,'' Rogers said. ''But it's definitely a little blurry.''

The 23-year-old's previous best at a Grand Slam was making the third round of the 2015 U.S. Open.

''I was just trying to take it point by point,'' she said. ''I don't know if I could call that a habit yet, but I hope to create one out of it.''

She next plays Irina-Camelia Begu, seeded No. 25, from Romania.

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6:10 p.m.

After two flawless rounds, Kei Nishikori dropped two sets en route to the fourth round of the French Open with a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Fernando Verdasco.

The fifth-seeded Japanese player hadn't dropped a set before going 3 hours, 21 minutes against the 52nd-ranked Spaniard playing his 13th French Open.

Nishikori next plays ninth-seeded Richard Gasquet.

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5:30 p.m.

Richard Gasquet is into the fourth round of the French Open for the fifth time in six years.

The ninth-seeded French player beat Nick Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6 (7), 6-2.

Late in the first set, the 17th-seeded Australian had his left shoulder massaged by a trainer.

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4:50 p.m.

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal says he is pulling out of the French Open because of an injury to his left wrist.

The left-handed Nadal made the announcement at a hastily arranged news conference Friday, one day before he would have been scheduled to play his third-round match.

He says he got an injection to numb the wrist before playing in the second round on Thursday.

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4:45 p.m.

Andy Murray's reward for a straight-set win in the third round of the French Open: a steak dinner.

Fabrice Santoro, one of the former tennis pros who conduct on-court interviews at Roland Garros, told Murray he had heard that the Scottish player does the meal-ordering in Paris restaurants for himself and members of his team.

So, Andy, what's on the menu tonight?

''Filet de boeuf avec frites maison et salade verte'' - beef filet, with homemade fries and green salad - the two-time major winner replied in passable French.

''No dessert,'' he added.

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4:30 p.m.

So much for the United States getting two men into the fourth round of the French Open for the first time in 15 years.

No. 23-seeded Jack Sock bowed out Friday, beaten 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 by 55th-ranked Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain in a match that lasted 4 hours, 11 minutes.

Sock was hurt by 76 unforced errors, 11 more than his winners total.

The other American man who made it to the third round, No. 15 John Isner, is on court against Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia. Isner took the first set in a tiebreaker.

The last time two U.S. men reached the fourth round in Paris was in 2001, when Andre Agassi and Michael Russell did it.

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3:50 p.m.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova played one good set between two poor ones and was stunned in the third round of the French Open 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-0 by 108th-ranked Shelby Rogers of the United States.

The 10th-seeded Kvitova was a semifinalist at Roland Garros in 2012.

Rogers, a 23-year-old from South Carolina, reached the round of 16 at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.

She did it by playing much more cleanly than Kvitova, making half as many unforced errors (36 to 18) and getting broken only once.

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3:15 p.m.

This was just what Andy Murray needed at the French Open: a simple victory and a short workday.

After needing comeback after comeback and 10 sets across more than 7 hours to get through his first two matches this week, the second-seeded Murray breezed into the fourth round by beating No. 27 Ivo Karlovic 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Friday.

It took less than 2 hours.

Murray was down by two sets in the first round, then twice trailed by a set in the second. But against the big-serving 6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) Karlovic, Murray was in control right from the start.

After 20 minutes of play, Murray - a two-time major champion and three-time semifinalist at Roland Garros - already led 5-0 with the help of two breaks of serve.

Murray broke Karlovic once more to bring the total to three and never faced a single break point himself.

Karlovic wound up with only 14 aces after hitting a tournament-high 72 aces through the opening two rounds.

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3:10 p.m.

Using her powerful, high-kicking serve to great effect on the red clay, Samantha Stosur is into the fourth round of the French Open for the fifth time in 13 visits to Roland Garros.

The 2011 U.S. Open champion beat Lucie Safarova, last year's French Open runner-up, 6-3, 6-7 (0), 7-5.

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2:10 p.m.

Bothered a bit by his hip, and despite some trouble closing things out, Milos Raonic moved into the fourth round of the French Open for the second time in three years.

The eighth-seeded Canadian converted his fifth match point to get past 133rd-ranked ''lucky loser'' Andrej Martin of Slovakia 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3 at Court 1 on Friday.

Raonic, treated by a trainer in the third set, was hampered by a hip muscle problem at the Australian Open in January and the Indian Wells tournament in March.

Still, the 2014 French Open quarterfinalist compiled a 43-22 edge in winners.

Martin was trying to become the first man from Slovakia to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros since Dominik Hrbaty was a semifinalist in 1999.

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1:00 p.m.

Simona Halep rallied from a set down to beat 18-year-old Naomi Osaka 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 and advance to the fourth round at the French Open.

The 2014 French Open runner-up says the 101st-ranked Japanese teen ''played unbelievable.''

The sixth-seeded Halep broke Osaka at love for a 5-3 lead in the third set on Court Suzanne Lenglen and served out the win.

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12:40 p.m.

Garbine Muguruza is the first player into the fourth round of the French Open, making it at least that far for the third year in a row.

The fourth-seeded Spaniard played nearly flawlessly while beating Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-3, 6-0 on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Muguruza converted all six break points she accumulated against Wickmayer and had an impressive ratio of 19 winners to only 11 unforced errors.

Muguruza was the runner-up at Wimbledon last year and reached the quarterfinals at the French Open in 2014 and 2015.

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12:30 p.m.

Things are looking up for Simona Halep in the third round of the French Open.

The 2014 runner-up has forced a third set against 18-year-old Naomi Osaka of Japan. Halep took the second set 6-2 after dropping the first 6-4.

Halep has had her problems in Paris. Other than that run to the final two years ago, she lost in the first round three times and the second round twice.

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12:10 p.m.

Simona Halep has lost the first set of her third-round match to Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka 6-4 at the French Open.

Halep's second serve is letting her down. In the third and ninth games, Osaka pounced on weak second serves to break the sixth-seeded Romanian, who reached the French Open final in 2014.

The set saw five breaks of serve.

Osaka, playing in only her second major tournament, reached the third round at this year's Australian Open.

A loss to the 101st-ranked Osaka would be the fourth time in the last five Grand Slam tournaments that Halep has fallen to a player ranked 70 or below.

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