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Garcia soars into Roland Garros fourth round with upset of Mertens


Playing under the new roof on Philippe-Chatrier, Caroline Garcia moved into the fourth round with a 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Elise Mertens in front of a decent-sized crowd.


The rain falling outside of the high-tech roof meant most of the allowed spectators on site joined the indoor action to cheer on the highest-ranked Frenchwoman left in the women's draw.


It made the atmosphere feel almost normal as they heartily applauded Garcia's many winners and quietly clapped for Mertens' valiant efforts.


The celebration goes back to Fed Cup action in 2014 after she won the title in Bogota and a French coach said she was "flying on court."


The "Fly with Caro" slogan has deeper meaning as the physio who was part of the team that year would pass away and so she uses it as a way to remember him and his positive energy.


She held three match points while serving it out at 5-4 and needed another three at 6-5 before a Mertens backhand sailed a few inches long.






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