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Paris, France (Sports Network) - Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal moved into the fourth round at the French Open on Saturday.

The third-seeded former world No. 1 star got past 27th-seeded Italian shot- maker Fabio Fognini 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4 on Court Chatrier.

Nadal, seeking a fourth straight title at this clay-court Grand Slam event, is now 55-1 lifetime here. The Spanish great, who will turn 27 on Monday, beat Novak Djokovic in last year's finale.

Nadal's fourth-round opponent will be 13th-seeded rising Japanese Kei Nishikori, who topped 24th-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-1 on a sunny, breezy Day 7.

Meanwhile, seventh-seeded French favorite Richard Gasquet blew past fading former world No. 3 Russian Nikolay Davydenko, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.

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