From CBS sportsline PARIS -- Roger Federer picked Svetlana Kuznetsova to win the women's title at the French Open. The top-ranked Federer, when asked to name who he thought would claim the Grand Slam title, shot back an answer almost as quickly as one of his forehands. "Kuznetsova," Federer said Friday. "I like her game. She plays well." The third-seeded Kuznetsova reached the third round when she beat Meghann Shaughnessy on Thursday. The 21-year-old Russian -- a U.S. Open champion in 2004 -- reached the final last year, losing to Justine Henin. Federer, who also lost in last year's final -- to Rafael Nadal -- keeps up to date on all men's and women's scores. "I want to have a look at the results at the end of the day," Federer said. "I just want to be informed of the highlights of the day, to know what has happened during the day." The 10-time Grand Slam champion reached the fourth round Friday, beating Potito Starace of Italy ------------------------- From WTA's website Although she didn't win a title in this year's clay court lead-up, Kuznetsova was one of the top finishers at every European stop: a semifinalist at Warsaw and a runner-up at consecutive Tier I events in Berlin and Rome. Coupled with her Roland Garros run from last year, it's no surprise that she was touted by Roger Federer as one of his favorite players to watch on the women's tour. "The Russian press told me about this and I thought like, 'No, it was a joke.' So I went to the internet and read it. And if I got a compliment from anybody, the best thing to hear about myself, definitely this is the best I've ever heard. Roger is a legend. He's my hero. There are no more words to say about that."