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French Open day three as it happened


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By Caroline Cheese

1805: And this seems a good a time as any to say farewell. Thanks for your company today. Live coverage continues on the BBC Red Button, and streamed for UK users on this website. You can also keep up to date with all the scores on the website. Chris Bevan takes the chair tomorrow - when Andy Murray should be playing. We still have no word on the schedule, but that will be on the website as soon as we have it. Bye bye then.

1802: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes a two sets to one lead in the all-French encounter on Court Phillipe Chatrier, sealing it with a spectacular slam-dunk smash. Nice.

1759: Remember that Lleyton Hewitt interview I told you about earlier? Here it is. He reckons he can still win Wimbledon. Good luck with that, Lleyton.
Lleyton Hewitt interview

Serena Williams
1755: Nearly forgot: here's Serena's 2000 Roland Garros outfit for your perusal. The orange and charcoal number was almost consigned to history after one match...

1748: Let's have a little look around the courts shall we? Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Julien Benneteau are locked at a set all. Elena Dementieva is about to win. JC Ferrero leads Ivan Ljubicic two sets to one but is down in the fourth. Jelena Dokic is a game away from beating Karolina Sprem. Marcos Baghdatis, Cypriot hero but not a huge fan of clay, is two sets down against Juan Monaco.

1745: By way of relaxation after that gripping match, I've got a little treat for you: Britain's doubles number one Ross Hutchins talking about his best mate and training partner, Andy Murray.
Watch - Why Murray is so good

1741: She's done it. Finally. Serena Williams does a double leap on the baseline as she completes a 6-3 6-7 6-4 win over Klara Zakopalova - on her ninth match point. Just the two hours and 25 minutes.

It's good news for a Briton
It's good news for a Briton
From Tom, should be working, Oxford, via text on 81111: "Extreme lack of upward pointing GB arrows... Surely there's something to be proud of? I managed to whistle the national anthem backwards earlier... Can I get one for that?"

You can have two.

1737: Well, really. What the blazes is going on out there? If only Klara Zakopalova could play like this when leading... A barrage of winners and we are back on serve, Zak serving 5-4 down.

1732: Klara Zakopalova turns into some sort of world-beater when she's match point down. Remarkable. She saves three more here, taking her tally to eight, and all with clean winners too. AND SHE HOLDS SERVE! Incroyable! Serena serving at 5-3.

1730: Running away from Zakopalova now and Serena leads 5-2.

From drivevolley9 on 606: "Have to say that Serena's footing, and overall balance are really poor on clay. Even worse, she doesn't protect the spaces on the court when moving inside the court... even Sharapova does this!"
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1725: A terrifying scream from Serena as she makes it three games in a row. She leads 4-2 in this deciding set.

1722: Juan Martin del Potro is the fifth seed in Roland Garros and earlier eased his way into round two. But don't go thinking he's a title contender or anything. Here he is speaking after the match: "Now I'm in the top 10, but I'm a long way from being a really good player like Nadal or Federer."

1715: Mmmm. Could that be a key game? As the clock ticks on to two hours, Serena comes back from 40-0 down to break back and it's now 2-2. She still looks knackered, mind.

It's bad news for a Briton
1712: Anne Keothavong can head for the green, green grass of home. Britain's number one and doubles partner Kristina Barrois lose 6-1 6-2 to 11th seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Patty Schnyder.

1709: Serena Williams better sort herself out, and quick. Klara Zakopalova is now 2-1 up with a break and playing beautifully. The larger lady is a long way from singing in this one - but Serena looks tired, uninspired and in a bit of a grump.

1657: Take a bow, Klara Zakopalova. The unseeded Czech rattles into a 6-2 lead and then sees three set points slip by - the third with a very nervy forehand. But she drives a forehand straight down the middle and Serena gets it all wrong, screaming as she shanks a reply into the crowd. Serena, remember, had five match points - but now must play a decider.

1653: Zak's got a 4-2 lead as they switch sides. Lordy. Elsewhere, Jo-Willy Tsonga has won the first set against Julien Benneteau. Marcos Baghdatis is on court, but he's losing to Juan Monaco.

1648: Big bother for Serena at 0-30 down but she bangs down three huge first serves and it's tie-break time. Can Zak hold her nerve?

1644: Serena bats a woeful backhand return over the baseline. No movement, nothing. What is going on? She'll have to serve to stay in this set.

1641: Serena angrily smacks a ball into the court - prompting the inevitable boos from the Roland Garros crowd. Love it. She double-faults for the third time today and, wouldn't you know it, we're all square at 5-5 in the second set.

It's bad news for a Briton
1638: It gives me absolutely no pleasure to tell you that Anne Keothavong and her German partner Kristina Barrois have lost the first set 6-1 - but then, they are up against 11th seeds Patty Schnyder and Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

1636: This one's over... no, it's not! Klara Zakopalova saves five match points - the fourth after an exhausting rally (and I'm only watching). Serena looks like she might cry, but the crowd are loving this. The second seed will serve for it at 6-3 5-4.

It's bad news for a Briton
1626: Britain's Sarah Borwell (and Maria Kondratieva) are out of the women's dubs, beaten 6-2 6-3 by Severine Bremond and Julie Coin. Don't think Borwell had played with Kondratieva much before so that was always going to be a tall order. Britain's doubles number one teams up with Anne Keothavong on the grass - I predict big things.

1624: Well, thanks for asking Peter (see below). If fit, you don't count out Serena - that's the law - particularly not with a draw as open as this one. She could face Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarters which might be interesting. All of a sudden, Serena is a game away from the second round.

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From Peter, via text on 81111: "What do you think of Serena's chances for the rest of the French open and the season?"

1619: "Come ooooooooooooon" is the scream from Serena as another intense point ends with her forcing Zak to go long - and it's now 3-3. Ooh, there's a throwback on Court Two where 2003 champ Juan Carlos Ferrero tackles 2006 semi-finalist Ivan Ljubicic, the latter leading 6-2 0-1.

1615: Lovely stuff. Serena plays a ridiculously loopy drop shot, which bounces at right angles to the net - but Zak scampers up and produces a delicious drop shot reply. A smiling Serena claps her racquet in appreciation.

1611: Difficult question to answer that, anon. She's actually 27 - and everything. She's just been broken back too. No idea why she's languishing at 100th in the rankings though. She's putting up an excellent effort out there. Mucho bother for Britain's Sarah Borwell (and Maria Kondratieva). They now trail 5-3 in the second set.

From anon via text on 81111: "Why does Zakopalova look like she's 12 when in fact she's married and everything?"

1605: This is sizzling stuff out here: Serena at her battling best, Zakopalova showing no signs of going away just yet and she leads 3-1 in the second set. The players are finally out on Phillipe Chatrier, Jo-Willy Tsonga up against fellow Frenchman Julien Benneteau. Tsonga not a big fan of the red stuff.

1557: The wind has really picked up now - and these are nightmare conditions. Much shrugging from Serena - very Gallic - and she is now 2-0 down in the second set. A day for playing the percentages.

1550: Serena does indeed take the set 6-3. It's a set-all now between Fish and Gonzalez in the big Mardy-Maximo match-up. Aussie wonderkid Bernard Tomic is getting a clay-court schooling from Philipp Kohlschreiber. The German leads 6-1 6-2 5-0. Painful.

1548: Klara Zakopalova finishes off her service game with a perfect volley into the open court, leaving Serena scrambling. The second seed will now serve for the set.

It's bad news for a Briton
1539: Ah. Sarah Borwell (and Maria Kondratieva) drop the first set 6-2 against their French opponents. Still, they were 5-0 down. Serena has re-asserted her dominance and now leads 4-2. A decent match though.

1530: Tell you what, Klara Zakopalova could give Serena some trouble here. She's come back from 2-0 down and doesn't seem at all bothered by the big-hitting from the other side of the net. By the way, Zakopalova used to be known as Klara Koukalova before she married Czech footballer Jan Zakopal. Her highest ranking was 27, but she's now a round 100.

1522: It's orange! And charcoal! Great stuff from Serena. The American also has some strapping above her knee - and that's not part of the look, she has been suffering with an injury in the lead-up to the French. She's a break up against Klara Zakopalova.

1520: That early finish on Phillipe Chatrier means we'll get to see a bit of Serena Williams on the BBC Red Button coverage. Magic. Let's be honest though, I just want to see what outrageous outfit she's wearing...

1518: Nicolas Lapentti gives up the ghost, that ankle injury too serious to continue. Novak Djokovic moves through 6-3 3-1 ret. Brian Dabul or Sergiy Stakhovsky up next for the fourth seed.

1510: Technical problems continue. I am truly sorry. But cheer up: we've got a Brit on court in the shape of doubles numero uno Sarah Borwell with Russian partner Maria Kondratieva. They're up against French pairing Severine Bremond-Beltrame and Julie Coin.

1458: Novak Djokovic well on his way now, with a break in the second. French hero Gael Monfils is already through to round two, after a 6-2 6-3 6-1 win over Bobby 'Burt' Reynolds. And there's more bad news for the USA. Mardy Fish is a set down against Maximo Gonzalez. Mardy v Maximo. Nice match-up.

1453: Novak Djokovic takes the first set 6-3 - and Nico immediately calls the trainer back out for some more discussions on that ankle injury. Not looking good for the Ecuadorian. Elsewhere, 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki has resumed her match against Vera Dushevina. They were one set all when darkness fell yesterday, but Wozzy now 3-0 up in the decider. That's a nasty first-round draw for the Dane.

1450: A touch more tape for Nicolas Lapentti and he's back on court, now 5-3 down. Both players struggling with the loose clay swirling around and getting in their eyes. Nightmare.

1443: Problems for Nicolas Lapentti, and not just the fact that he's 5-2 down against fourth seed Novak Djokovic. The Ecuadorian already has his left ankle strapped up, but he's just turned it again and needs more treatment.

1439: The exotically-named Daniel Gimeno-Traver, in his first French Open appearance since 2005, is through to the second round thanks to Evgeny Korolev retiring after a set. I think Daniel Gimeno-Traver is my new favourite.

1436: Nicolas Lapentti saves three more break points to keep himself in it against Novak Djokovic. Pretty competitive out there, but Djokovic not really in top gear at the moment.

1426: Je suis desolee, we have some technical problems. I imagine it's being caused by the sheer volume of people reading this live text. In that short break, Novak Djokovic has roared into a 4-1 lead against Nicolas Lapentti. Marc Gicquel has completed a 6-0 6-0 6-4 win over Rainer Schuettler.

1415: Richard Bacon asks Lleyton Hewitt if he thinks it's true that some other players don't like him. Hewitt doesn't seem at all ruffled by that and replies: "Not really. All the players are pretty good. I think people, not necessarily the players, see me the wrong way - saying 'come on' and getting fired up on the court - but that's purely to myself and that's when I play my best tennis."

1412: Fascinating stuff from Lleyton too. He says tennis is no longer the most important thing in his life since he has had children, but assures us he's still very motivated.

1409: Heads up, if you're near a radio, stick it on BBC 5 Live - Lil Lleyton Hewitt is speaking to Richard Bacon right now.

1405: Juan Martin del Potro shrugs off the 606-based controversy about his new outfit by easing past Michael Llodra 6-3 6-3 6-1. Gael Monfils, who is wearing the same get-up but in opposite colours, is a set to the good against Bobby Reynolds.

1402: It's blowing a rare old gale out there as Nicolas Lapentti prepares to open serve against Novak Djokovic.

1351: Sensational news. The rain has stopped and Novak Djokovic and Nicolas Lapentti are warming up on Phillipe Chatrier. The third seed... no, I mean, fourth seed has reached the semi-finals on the last two occasions here - and Greg Rusedski reckons he is second favourite for the title.
Greg Rusedski on the 'big four'

From Sebadono on 606: "Re 1325: Daft Punk with the albums Homework and Discovery win hands down and Bangalter with his contribution to Music Sounds Better With You - one of the best dance songs eva - still a creative genius on record and stage. Air, despite a great album in Moon Safari, went all prog and Rick Wakeman-ish and lost the plot....I rest my case my lud..."
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It's raining
1343: Umbrellas are up on Court Phillipe Chatrier, which almost certainly means it's raining. Still a bit of play going on elsewhere. Juan Martin del Potro is now two sets up, Gael Monfils a break up against Bobby Reynolds. Svetlana Kuznetsova through to round two after a 6-1 6-4 win over French wildcard Claire Feuerstein.

1337: Done and dusted for Jelena Jankovic, a 6-2 6-3 winner over Petra Cetkovska. She awaits the winner of a later match between Magdalena Rybarikova and Kristina Mladenovic. Up next on Phillipe Chatrier is Novak Djokovic against Nicolas Lapentti. BBC commentator Mark Petchey is worried about the gathering clouds though...

1331: The triple bagel is off the menu. Rainer Schuettler is on the board against Marc Giquel, now just 0-6 0-6 1-2 down. The comeback is on. Jelena Jankovic is serving for the match.

From Dr. Ivo's Lovechild on 606 "Re 1325: Incomparable, both great bands, completely different styles of music (though AIR were more my style). If anybody is interested Laura Robson is playing in the first round of a senior clay event in Grado, Italy today. She faces 23-year-old Aussie Sophie Ferguson, who states her favourite surface as clay and is ranked 195 in the senior singles. So good luck Laura, will be a tough test."
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1325: Eyes on Court Trois - it's triple bagel time. Marc Gicquel now leads Rainer Schuettler 6-0 6-0 1-0. That takes a bit of the heat off Anne Keothavong anyway. Melinda Czink needs to start throwing a czink of the kitchen variety at Anastasija Sevastova. She trails 6-3 4-4.

From King of Hi-Vis on 606: "Re 1037: Air were better than Daft Punk."
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1319: Fabrice Santoro will retire at the end of the season apparently - although I will believe that when I see it. He's like tennis's Paolo Maldini. Here's Rafael Nadal's thoughts on the Magician: "He plays with his very own personal style, two hands. He was a very charismatic player on the tour, and he's a model for all of us. Twenty years is a long career and that's fantastic. We all wish we can play for 20 years. So he had a beautiful career, and he really deserves a tribute."

1315: Is it me or has every Grand Slam for about the last five years been Fabrice Santoro's last? The 67-year-old Frenchman is still going though. He'll be last on Court Suzanne Lenglen against Christophe Rochus.

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From Scott in Yeovil, via text on 81111: "When is Santoro playing? Only the magician can make watching clay fun in my opinion - I expect lots of between the legs defensive lobs Fabrice!"

1307: Game effort by Petra Cetkovska. She has broken back to make it 1-2 in the second set against Jelena Jankovic. Elsewhere, Svetlana Kuznetsova is about to win - and Rainer Schuettler still hasn't won a game against Marc Gicquel. Gicquel really rainer-ing on Schuettler's parade.

Juan Martin del Potro
1306: Zut alors, I forgot to put the picture in didn't I? Here it is anyway.

1259: Juan Martin del Potro pockets the first set 6-3 against Michael Llodra. Here's a picture of the Argentine's controversial new threads (see 1027).

1255: You want info about Petra Cetkovska? I got info about Petra Cetkovska. When she was 14, she was accidentally pushed against a wall by a friend, and two years later she needed surgery to reduce swelling on her brain. When she was 17, she contracted glandular fever. Then she broke her foot. I feel almost bad saying this, but she's just dropped the first set 6-2.

1250: Anyone reading happen to be on Court Trois? Rainer Schuettler is having a nightmare, giving up a first-set bagel to Marc Gicquel. Perhaps he just doesn't like the rain(er).

1244: Svetlana Kuznetsova isn't hanging around. Kuzy, the seventh seed, is already a set to the good against France's Claire Feuerstein, who is playing her first French Open.

1240: Since I've been gone, a kind person on 606 has pointed out that Justice are French. And they indulge in some phat beats for sure, so I'm afraid they have nudged Hallyday out of my top three. We're back under way on Court Phillipe Chatrier with Petra Cetkovska serving 4-1 down against Jelena Jankovic.
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The sun is out
From Indy, in the sun, via text on 81111: "Re 1037: My sexy female French friend got me into Les Rita Mitsouko by playing 'Andy'. She said when she sang it, she sang Indy - can't tell you what an ego boost it is to know you have a hot young French girl singing your name, somewhere."

1234: Praise be! I see tennis players. The rain has abated for now - as has the French electronica - and we should have play very shortly.

It's raining
1055: Still raining. Rest assured, I will return when it stops.

1037: So as the rain fell, the seeds were thriving: Jelena Jankovic 4-1 up, Svetlana Kuznetsova 5-1, Juan Martin del Potro 3-1. Some more Air on the TV feed. Lovely. I think they're my third favourite French band/artist behind Daft Punk and Johnny Hallyday.

1033: When will they get a roof? Well, 2011 actually, so that debate hasn't got a lot of legs.
Roland Garros set for 2011 roof

It's raining
1031: Sheesh, just as I was about to unveil some more Petra Cetkovska facts, a massive rain dump on Roland Garros has the players scurrying for the changing room. "Is it going to rain for a while?" Jankovic asks a WTA rep as she gets to the tunnel. "I don't know," replies the WTA rep, not unreasonably.

1027: If bumble bees were improbably tall and skinny and wore bandanas, Juan Martin del Potro would indeed look like one. He's gone for a black, sleeveless number with horizontal white and yellow stripes. And he's already a break up on Michael Llodra.

From supersmude on 606: "Del Potro looks like a bumble bee. Worst outfit so far."
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1022: Jelena Jankovic sits wrapped in not one but two towels during the changeover. There are spots of rain on the camera. About five people in the crowd. Truly, a magnifique day in Paris. Still, Svetlana Kuznetsova seems to be enjoying herself - already 3-0 up against France's Claire Feuerstein.

1018: Petra Cetkovska is 24 years old and from the Czech Republic. This is her second appearance at Roland Garros. Her favourite surfaces are hard and grass. She's not doing too badly on the red stuff though, holding her opening service game against JJ.

1012: We're under way on Court Phillipe Chatrier where Jelena Jankovic batters her way through the opening service game. If you're in the UK and you refresh this page, you should see some kind of live streaming going on up there. Meanwhile, continuing the gloomy theme, much harrumphing from my colleague as he discovers that the Morrissey gig he was meant to be attending tonight has been postponed. Heaven knows... etc etc.

1005: Also in action early in Paris: Svetlana Kuznetsova and Juan Martin del Potro (not in opposition obviously). Later, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams...

1001: So just-about-dry weather means we can check out fifth seed Jelena Jankovic's opener against Petra Cetkovska, about whom I know absolutely nothing. Don't worry though, I'm on the case.

0959: Incroyable! My reverse psychology might actually have worked. I can see Roland Garros and while it's very definitely overcast, I don't think it's raining. And the TV feed has chosen a bit of moody French electronica band Air to accompany the pictures. What a start to the day.

It's raining
0955: Hello. I won't lie. I don't actually know that it's raining in Paris. It's just my naturally gloomy outlook. Still, it might work out as a neat bit of reverse psychology and when my TV eventually shows me Roland Garros, it will be basking in bright sunshine. Here's hoping...
BBC weather forecast for Paris

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