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Federer ends Dzumhur's dream, Sharapova sails through (Update, incl. round 3 results).

FOR Bosnia'sDamir Dzumhurit was the day he had dreamed of while forRoger Federerit was just another day at the office.

The two, from vastly differenttennisbackgrounds, met across the net for the first time on friday when Federer's class told in a 6-4 6-3 6-2 win to continue his smooth progress atthe French Open.

Federer, 33, is yet to drop a set in three rounds as he tries to win the title for a second time after his 2009 triumph.

Dzumhur, born inSarajevoin 1992, the year the city was besieged in a bitter civil war that killed thousands, played his part in an entertaining contest.

The world number 88, the first Bosnian man to contest a grand slam atthe 2014 Australian Open, impressed the 17-times grand slam champion with his drop shots and was not overawed on Court Phillipe Chatrier, the biggest stage he has played on.

"When I was warming up, I was still not believing that I was playingRoger Federer," he told reporters.

"Really, it felt so strange for me, like I'm dreaming… But then, suddenly, I switched when I started to play."

Federer broke serve in the fifth game, which was sufficient to bag the first set, and a majestic backhand pass gave him a break at the start of the second.

The agile Dzumhur stuck to his task, earned some chances himself and even broke Federer when the Swiss served for the second set at 5-2, flashing a stunning backhand down the line.

The end came quickly in the third set but Dzumhur walked off with his head held high and e1/485,000 richer, a lot of money for a player who has virtually no financial support from his hard-up home federation.

Federer had some kind words for his opponent after notching his 64th career victory atRoland Garrosand recalled when he walked out on court to play against his idols.

"It was the most exciting time almost in my playing career, going from that phase from juniors to pros, and then rubbing shoulders with those guys," said the former champion.

"Seeing them prepare, joke around, being one of you, basically, and all of a sudden you become friends with them. I think it's very cool.

"I thought Damir played well. I think he played drop shots well. He moves well. So I thought it was an entertaining match. I wish him all the best for the year and for the future."

Federer, who lost toErnests Gulbisin the fourth round last year, will face either French showman Gael Monfils orUruguay'sPablo Cuevasfor a quarter-final place.

DefendingFrench OpenchampionMaria Sharapovapassed her first serious test with flying colours, dismissing Australian 26th seedSamantha Stosur6-3 6-4 to reach the last 16.

The second seed fromRussiahad too much poise and pace for Stosur, runner-up in 2010 and twice a semi-finalist, whose heavy top-spin game can be a handful on clay.

Sharapova, who played in the last threeFrench Openfinals, winning two, broke four times to seal a convincing win when Stosur fired a forehand wide.

The five-times grand slam champion will take on Czech 13th seedLucie Safarovafor a quarter-final spot.

The pressure is so high on French women atRoland Garrosthat a third-round win can be celebrated like a final victory, asAlize Cornetdemonstrated wildly on Friday.

The 29th seed lay on her back on the red clay, unleashed a scream and burst into tears after her 4-6 6-3 7-5 defeat of unseeded CroatianMirjana Lucic-Baroni.

For the first time in her 11 years as an entrant on the Parisian clay, she was through to play for a quarter-final spot.

"I feel the pressure ofRoland Garrosand the pressure of the tournament and the fact that I want to do good," she told a news conference.

Cornet faces 19th seedElina Svitolina, the Ukrainian number one, in the fourth round.

Asked about her celebration after a somewhat routine win, the Frenchwoman explained she felt great relief following a tight tussle with the hard-hitting Ljucic-Baroni, who beat last year's runner-upSimona HalepofRomaniain the previous round.

CompatriotKristina Mladenovicwill try to join her in the fourth round when she meetsBelgium's Alison van Uytvanck.

Should she succeed, it would be the first time two French women have reached the fourth round since 2009.

The last home favourite to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup wasMary Piercein 2000.

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