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French Open day five as it happened

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By Piers Newbery


1855: It's been a good day, my personal highlights being Venus, Federer, Tsonga and shortbread. That's your lot from me and the Red Button/streaming, we'll be back at 1000 BST for day six on Friday. The plan on the Red Button and website streaming (UK Only) is Benesova v Ivanovic, Safina v Pavyluchenkova, Nadal v Hewitt, and of course we won't miss a ball of Andy Murray's match against Janko Tipsarevic. And check back later today on the BBC Sport tennis page for updates on Dementieva and the other players still going out there. A demain.

1851: "Only saw the last 10 minutes or so but Tsonga is definitely my favourite player and his matches are always entertaining. There was also a nice embrace at the net where Monaco was smiling and was clearly appreciative of Tsonga's play. Something I like seeing."
From AndriusG on 606

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1850: "Looking at the draw, I think Nadal might have some tough matches ahead of him and fatigue might be a major factor when he plays Murray in the semi."
From anon via text on 81111

1846: American sixth seed Andy Roddick beats Ivo Minar 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-2) to reach the third round, and 11th seed Gael Monfils defeats Victor Crivoi 6-4 6-3 6-3.

1842: So just to confirm, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Juan Monaco 7-5 2-6 6-1 7-6 (10-8). Incroyable. And fellow Frenchman Monfils has broken Crivoi and is just two games away now.

1838: Tsonga belts a huge forehand down the line to level at 5-5 in the fourth set tie-break and send the crowd wild on Lenglen, and Monaco then goes long with a forehand to give the Frenchman match point. Tsonga cannot contain himself and hammers a forehand return way over the baseline. Not exactly playing the percentages there, Jo-Willy. Monaco gets a set point at 7-6, Tsonga cracks down a massive ace. "Allez!" A second match point for Tsonga.... and he nets a backhand. These two are making as much noise as Sharpoava, Venus, De Brito etc now. A Monaco error gives Tsonga match point number three, on serve.... and he takes it in an incredible rally with a snatched forehand volley. Cue mayhem on Lenglen.
I told you - four sets all over it, that match.

1829: Roddick leads Minar by two sets and has just saved two break points to level at 4-4 in the third. Monaco turns around 4-2 up in the tie-break against Tsonga - it's had fifth set written all over it since the start. Easy to say that now of course...

1825: Court Suzanne Lenglen is a noisy place as Tsonga and Monaco go into a tie-break, while Monfils is still to break Crivoi in the third set. Elena Dementieva and Jelena Dokic are out on Court One.

1816: Monfils misses the chance to break in the third set, and Tsonga plays a great service game to level at 4-4 in the fourth. "Tson-ga, Tson-ga," chants the crowd, reasonably enough. And by the time I've written that out, Monaco moves 5-4 in front. Novak Djokovic is supposed to be taking on Sergiy Stakhovsky after this one, he must be delighted with that bit of scheduling.

1811: "Really glad to see Roddick pulling ahead. It looks like he will be in the third round for the first time since 2001."
From Ash in Orpington via text on 81111

1809: Roger Federer will next face Paul-Henri Mathieu after the Frenchman beats Pablo Andujar 6-2 6-3 6-4, and Monfils has a two-set lead over Crivoi. Drama on Lenglen as Monaco gets the break back against Tsonga after the Frenchman queries a very close call. It's 4-3 to the Argentine in the fourth.

1800: Jelena Jankovic is understandably confused about her next opponent, Jarmila Groth, as the Australian-based, Slovakian-born player now has a new name and a new country. "Who?" said the Serbian world number five. "Jarmila Groth? Who is that? Is that Gajdosova?" As for, er, Garmith, she plans to be a fully-fledged Aussie soon enough... "I think I've been kind of Australian since I moved there when I was 15. I love the country and I always wanted to live there."


1755: It seems I may have been a bit hasty with the sun graphic as there are spots of rain falling at Roland Garros. I'm holding off the rain graphic for now though. Monfils is in the groove and leads Crivoi by a set and 5-2.


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1752: Thank u eva so much 4 the heads up on murray's match. Have my final exam in my final yr at uni which finishes @ 4pm so gonna finish a gud half hr early 2b bak in time 4 it. C'mon muzza!"
4rm S in manchester via text

1750: Tsonga wins a belter of a game to break at the start of the fourth set and the crowd are loving this. Personally, I don't think there's a better player to watch in full flow than Tsonga. Roddick is closing in on the third round as he seals a two-set lead over Minar - the American has never made the fourth round in Paris. And the Williams sisters wind down after a busy day with a three-set doubles victory over Hlavackova and Hradecka (!) on Court Three.


The sun is out
1742: The sun has finally come out in west London, and as it appears reasonable in Paris I will dust off the relevant graphic. Tsonga takes the third set to lead Monaco, and good old Juan Carlos Ferrero has just started his match against Philipp Kohlschreiber on Court 17.


1735: Tsonga now has a double-break in the third set against Monaco, while fellow Frenchman Monfils takes the first set 6-4 against Crivoi. A quick scan of Monfils' website tells me that a) it's in French b) his nickname is La Monf' and c) his favourite drink is Fanta (other fizzy drinks are available).


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1727: "Re Anon @ 17.17. That was a very helpful text!! Thanks for the heads up. And Heidi, they will definitely stay for the Rafa match first!"
From Matt, still at work, via text

1725: Tsonga takes charge of the third set against Monaco, leading 4-1, Roddick wins the first set 6-2 against Minar, and Mathieu is now two sets up on Andujar.


1717: "Re Matt @ 16.42. It is possible to buy resale tickets to show courts - on sale from 5pm hidden round the back of Lenglen ct. Well hidden. I had to ask lots of people on Sun but eventually got in to see Murray for 6 euros!"
From a very helpful anon via text on 81111


1715: And Will - stop thinking about Kournikova and get back to work. To calm you down, here's some thoughts from Roger Federer after his four-set win over Jose Acasuso: "Of course, I'm thrilled to be through. It was sort of a fun match to be part of with so many ups and downs."

1711: Yes, yes.... Tommy Haas beats Leonardo Mayer 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 4-6 6-3, and Jurgen Melzer beats Guillaume Rufin 6-2 7-5 6-4. Happy now?


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1708: "RE: 1650 - chop chop, Newbery! Now you've probably missed the very exciting end of Tommy Haas's match. Shame on you!"
From Ifi (not revising) in Essex via text on 81111

1707: "If I mention Kournikova please can I have a photo? She almost came to Oxford last week, but paying for her bodyguards' flights was too expensive.Gutted."
From Will, Oxford, via text

1706: "RE 1642- your parents would be mad to miss Rafa v Hewitt!!"
From Heidi via text


1703: OK, 13 minutes. In my absence, Andy Roddick has kicked off with a break against Ivo Minar on Court Two, Monaco has levelled at one set all against Tsonga, and I have pondered Earl Grey and his particular brand of tea. I don't rate it.


1650: Time for a swift tea break, back in 10 minutes. Honest.

1647: Monaco has the first break in the second set against Tsonga on Lenglen. Next up for us on Chatrier is 11th seed and last year's semi-finalist, Gael Monfils, against Romanian Victor Crivoi.

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1642: "My parents have tickets for the Chatrier Court tomorrow! So no Murray, does anyone know if they could get into the Lenglen Court if people head home later on Friday!?"
From Matt, work, via text on 81111

1639: No problem for Serena Williams as she wraps up a 6-2 6-0 win over Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual. And over on Court Two, Christophe Rochus beats Arnaud Clement 6-1 7-5 4-6 6-3.


1636: Mathieu takes the first set against Andujar and is on course for an enticing looking clash with Federer, and Mayer and Haas are into a fifth on Court Six. I bet Tommy's loving that.

1630: Tsonga takes the first set of an absorbing encounter 7-5 against Monaco on Chatrier, and Serena leads by a set and 4-0. Meanwhile, former champion Justine Henin is at Roland Garros today and, asked about a comeback, she said: "No, no! I have some plans to play a few exhibitions in a few months. I don't need the competition any more to be happy, I have the adrenaline in another way in my life and that's good enough for me." Nice for her, a shame for us.

1623: A bit more schedule news for Friday - the order over on Philippe Chatrier is Rezai v Larcher de Brito, Gonzalez v Ouanna, Nadal v Hewitt, and Sharapova v Shvedova. Pretty good.

1618: Serena takes the first set 6-2 against Ruano Pascual and looks set for an easier passage into the third round than her sister Venus, who struggled past Safarova earlier today.

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1617: "Is it wrong that i press work offline, then wait for a bit, press f5 and work online? I miss the excitement, and i need something to do whilst revising."
From Fiona, revising in Dorset, via text on 81111

1610: BREAKING NEWS: Andy Murray v Janko Tipsarevic will be the last match on Court Suzanne Lenglen on Friday. It follows Benesova v Ivanovic, Venus v Szavay and Simon v Hanescu. Early guess for Murraytime - 1600 BST? It will of course be on the Red Button and streamed on the website (UK only).

1606: And continuing the Williams theme, Serena gets the first break to lead Ruano Pascual 4-1. Monaco and Tsonga are tied at 4-4 and that could be a close one.

1559: A quick break there as I nabbed some shortbread off a colleague. Strange stuff, shortbread. Pure sugar in biscuit form. Anyway, here's Venus Williams on her three-set win over Lucie Safarova... "She was just firing for every shot and making them, but the delay gave me time to think about things differently. It was close but these kind of matches are really rewarding and I think I deserved to win it in the end."

1549: "Very nice," says a diplomatic John Lloyd on the Red Button when asked to comment on Serena's orange and grey outfit. Serena takes a low-key opening game, and Monaco gets the early break back against Tsonga. Mayer takes the third set against Haas to trail two sets to one.

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1548: "Re 1516, to be fair, at 6'10, he's big in any country except the land of the giants!"
From Mark, Wallasey, via text on 81111

1541: Tsonga has an early break against Monaco on Chatrier and leads 3-0. Rochus and Clement are into a fourth, the Belgian leading by two sets to one, and there are a couple of doubles tongue twisters going on - my nightmare being Pavlyuchenkova/Schiavone v Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova. There will be no further updates from me on this match.

1534: We've had some great matches today and there is more to come - Serena Williams and Virgina Ruano Pascual are knocking up on Lenglen, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Juan Monaco have just got under way on Chatrier, and there's still Novak Djokovic, Gael Monfils and Elena Dementieva to follow.

Eva Longoria
1531: "Fear the lovely Eva Longoria (see 1345) may have overdone it on the sports events. Local TV grabbed a glimpse of her at the Champions League Final last night. Husband was wearing a Barca shirt and appeared engrossed. She seemed to be reading a magazine."
From TC, in a bar, Santiago De Compostela, Spain, via text on 81111

1528:"That's the roger we love! Boy does he want this title!" From Marianne in maidenhead via text on 81111

1525: Acasuso gets a decent ovation as he leaves Court Philippe Chatrier, and there is huge support for Federer - he seems to be the sentimental favourite in Paris these days. Next up on Chatrier is Virgina Ruano Pascual against Serena Williams.

1523: So there we have it, Roger Federer beats Jose Acasuso 7-6 (10-8) 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-2, and on paper it will look like a regulation four-set win. Fed was in trouble there for a while though. He plays Paul-Henri Mathieu or Pablo Andujar next. Mathieu would be tricky, I have no idea about Andujar.

A celeb has been spotted
1516: "Come on man turiaf (see 1440 entry) is worthy his celeb status the boy plays ball so good we fans love him he is big in the US and in his native france and to us european fans too."
From Lloyd Mukwacha, Bradford, via text on 81111

Someone is having a tantrum
1515: "Would we get the graphic if i went out to my garage and broke an old squash racquet? Or would that not count?"
From Pete, Edinburgh, via text

1514: Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro beats Viktor Troicki 6-3 7-5 6-0, and he will next face 25th seed Igor Andreev, who has beaten Martin Vassallo Arguello 1-6 7-5 5-7 6-3 6-4. Tommy Haas is two sets up on Leonardo Mayer of Argentina. There are a lot of Argentines about. Sorana Cirstea beats 21st seed Alize Cornet 6-3 6-2.

1506: Federer gets a break to lead 2-1 in the fourth when Acasuso double-faults. The Argentine ponders that while munching on a banana at the changeover.

1500: Shall we take a quick tour around the other courts? Let's. Romanian Sorana Cirstea is on the verge of upsetting the locals as she leads Alize Cornet by a set and a break on Lenglen, and Christophe Rochus is doing the same against Arnaud Clement. Igor Andreev is closing on a five-set win over Martin Vassallo Arguello on Court Five.

1454: It's quite understandable, but Acasuso is not exactly exuding positivity through his body language. He looks like Mike Phelan did on the Man Utd bench last night. He's so listless he cannot be bothered to throw his racquet, which is a disappointment for fans of that particular graphic. Three errors hand Federer a 5-1 lead in the tie-break, although Acasuso does manage a smile when he frames one miles in the air and it lands back in court. Federer thumps it away and takes the breaker 7-2. And that is surely that, non?

1448: Acasuso now looks more like Ben Affleck in State of Play than in... one of his other films. Basically, he looks pale, tired and in need of a stiff drink. The bad news is, it's his turn to serve again, but he does a good job to hold and force a tie-break so this one is still in the balance.

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1443: "Allez! That's what I like to see - a bit of grit and fight from the Fed when things aren't going his way."
From Stevo in Ballymena via text on 81111

1443: "Federer is digging deep! Revision on hold!"
From Baz, London, via text

1441: And that is why Jose Acasuso is number 45 in the world. The Argentine makes a nervous error at 30-30 and an even more edgy mistake to give up the double-break advantage. We're back to 5-5 in the third set.

A celeb has been spotted
1440: I am reliably informed that the enormous gentleman that the camera keeps going to in the crowd is Ronny Turiaf - who plays in the NBA for Golden State Warriors and also with Tony Parker for France. He's barely worth a celebrity graphic, but as he's 6ft 10in...

It's bad news for a Briton
1436: Ross Hutchins' French Open campaign ends as he and Australian Rennae Stubbs lose 6-2 6-2 to third seeds Lisa Raymond and Marcin Matkowski. And Federer holds, so can Acasuso serve out the set at the second attempt?

1433: Acasuso fails to serve out the third set as Federer breaks with an "Allez!" The Swiss still trails 5-3.

1427: "Its worth saying if fed loses then world no 2 is up for grabs this week. Come on aca! Come on murray."
From anon via text on 81111

1425: Acasuso is in all sorts of trouble when he twists his ankle on the way to falling 0-40 down but Federer cannot capitalise and the Argentine roars back to go 5-1 up. The trainer is waiting for the next changeover to have a look at that ankle, but Acasuso doesn't look too worried right now.

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1422: "Is fed doing a murray on us?"
From Ben, Northampton, via text on 81111

1421: "Re 1404, I'm not so happy here. Reading that Federer is struggling but still not cruising through isn't so good. He just needs to find a way to win in 4 sets rather than 5!"
From Stevo in Ballymena via text

1420: Marion Bartoli has come up with some crackers in her post-match news conference after defeat by Tathiana Garbin earlier today. "I was a little tired and a little sick, I had a sore throat and my nose is running," said the Frenchwoman. "It was very cold and the court was heavy. The ball was stuck on the strings and it was very slow." And what of Garbin's supporters on Court Philippe Chatrier? "It's her clan. When I made unforced errors, her team would shout. It's not sporting. They're Italians. This is what it's like."

A celeb has been spotted
1416: Acasuso moves 4-0 clear in the third set against Federer. Meanwhile, the latest instalment in 'Life with the Roddicks' reveals that Andy's wife Brooklyn is spending the day in Paris picking out colours to paint their apartment. "My husband is scared," says Brooklyn.

1411: Yikes. Another howler of a forehand sees Federer fall a double-break down at 3-0 in the third set and we could be on for a major shock here. The Swiss starts walking off, apparently for a comfort break, but in fact he's passing on a message to one of his support team. Presumably it's a new racquet he's after. Or a taxi.

1408: "I think I'm coming back. This is the most important thing for me, especially when you saw me playing a few months ago. It was really disastrous."
Jelena Jankovic after her win over Magdalena Rybarikova

1404: Ha, excellent - as long as everyone's happy. One person who isn't too happy is Roger Federer when he blasts a forehand wide with the open court gaping. Acasuso moves forward on break point and plays a beauty of a drop-volley to go up a break. Zut alors.

1401: "Re 1345 I'm happy enough with Tony parker... But thanks anyway piers!"
From Stephen, Glasgow, via text

1358: Acasuso misses a high backhand volley at 15-15 but recovers brilliantly with a couple of fizzing forehands for 40-30. Set point... and Federer gets out of jail with a mishit return that ends up as a killer drop shot. Acasuso then dumps a forehand into the net, but saves the break point with a fabulous lunging volley. Great stuff. Deuce, and Federer dominates with his forehand before sticking away a smash for set point number two.... but Acasuso saves with a big serve-big forehand. The Argentine earns another set point and this time he pounds away with the forehand until Federer buckles, and we're all square!

1349: Acasuso breaks Federer and will serve for the set at 6-5. Nikolay Davydenko beats Diego Junqueira 4-6 6-3 6-0 6-2, and French hopeful Alize Cornet, the 21st seed, is 2-0 up on Romanian Sorana Cirstea on Lenglen.

1345: It's not about being brave, Rob, it's about being right. And mums are always right in the end, aren't they? Stephen - commiserations, but rest assured you will be the first to know if Eva Longoria turns up at Roland Garros. Federer and Acasuso are now 5-5 in the second set, and Fed is still scratching around for some consistent form.

1342: "Keep the updates coming thick and fast! My works computer acting the fool today so on live streaming for me... You're my only source of updates for today!"
From Stephen in Glasgow via text on 81111

1338: "Your mum has certainly made a brave call in her tip to oust one of the 'big four' by opting for the world number 5 (re 13.12). I'm going for one of the following: Juan Monaco, Fernando Gonzalez or Gael Monfils. I guess picking three makes me even less brave than your mother..."
From Rob in Bridgend via text on 81111

1333: Good news - Nikolay Davydenko is back out on Court One to finish last night's match against Diego Junqueira. The Russian leads to sets two one and 3-2 on serve. Del Potro is steaming on, 6-3 4-1 up on Troicki. And Federer is 4-3 up on serve in the second set against Acasuso. The calm after the storm.

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1325: "Ugh! I am doing gcse revision right this second and hearing about fed in action is exactly the distraction i need! Looking forward to another great fed/rafa final =D"
From emma x via text on 81111

1324: "Re: 1305 I've had to have my laptop on mute to watch this venus match."
From anon via text

1320: After a slow start that was a fantastic last 20 minutes. I think we all need a moment of quiet reflection. Federer has let an early break slip in the second set against Acasuso, and that is where the Red Button and streaming (UK only) is heading now.

1318: Dad Richard is on his feet as Venus Williams beats Lucie Safarova 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 7-5. The American plays Agnes Szavay next. "For Venus I think the smile is because she's lost some tight matches recently but I've put her in my top five to win here - the Grand Slam she's never won," says Sam Smith on the Red Button.

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1314: "This match is giving me flashbacks of the game yesterday, especially in terms of the tide of play. The shake of the fist by safarova is very sharapova-esque. She is playing some beautiful tennis."
From Elliot in Bristol via text on 81111

1312: Well... Venus comes through one of the games of the tournament to level at 5-5 in the decider, and then moves 0-40 up. No problem for Safarova, who saves all three break points, but Venus wallops a backhand return winner on her fourth chance. "Incredible drama," says Marks Petchey on the Red Button. Venus will serve for the match.
Meanwhile, Simone Bolelli battles back from two sets down to force a decider against Jeremy Chardy on Court One, only to see the Frenchman seal a 6-2 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-1 victory. And Juan Martin del Potro has sneaked out onto Court Seven and is already 6-3 up on Viktor Troicki. Del Potro is my mum's tip to upset one of the 'big four'.

1305: Crikey. Federer squeaks through 10-8 in the tie-break and Venus saves a first match point with a belter of a backhand. If you're in mainland Europe and open your window, you can probably hear her.

1302: Drama on Chatrier and Lenglen - Federer gets a first set point but nets, Safarova gets a net cord that flops back on her side and it's 30-30...

1300: Federer misses an easy volley and blasts a couple of forehands way long to slip 6-3 down in the tie-break. He saves the first two set points with aces, and Acasuso then wallops a straightforward forehand wide on the third. Ben Affleck would have made that. The Argentine gets a fourth chance on the Federer serve but frames a backhand at the end of an epic rally and it's 7-7. And Venus is 4-5, 0-30 down....

1250: "Come on Venus!" screams one of her supporters when Safarova double-faults at deuce. The crowd boos and whistles - sticklers for fair play, the Roland Garros spectators. It's certainly got the crowd right behind Safarova and they go bananas when the Czech fights back to hold serve for 4-3. Federer and Acasuso go into a tie-break.

1246: "Venus is almost like a panicky club player facing up against a pro player. She's playing her shots very late, and its pretty much down to Safarova keeping the ball deep in almost every rally."
From Eagleeeee! on 606

A celeb has been spotted
1244: Venus and Safarova are really slugging this one out now, 3-3 and nothing to choose between them at the moment. Acasuso and Federer are at 5-5 on Chatrier. Apparently Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs and France basketball star is watching. No sign on his wife Eva Longoria, but I will be monitoring that situation very closely.

1239: Should a man's lip remain sore and swollen exactly 23 hours after a visit to the dentist? Can it withstand a sandwich and a beverage? Time will tell... tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki beats Jill Craybas 6-1 6-4.

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1235: "The 1st and 3rd seeds aren't scheduled to meet until semi-final. Rafa is first in q1 and andy is first in q2. each round should be seeded eg top8 cannot meet until 1/4 finals. Which seed meets which within this appears to be random."
From Sandy via text on 81111

1232: My mistake, Venus held in the last game, she didn't break. Safarova plays a screamer of a forehand on the run to hold and move 2-1 up. It's turning into a real battle, following the nail-biters we have already seen from Serena and Sharapova. And cool your boots, Fed fans, you man breaks back straight away.

1229: Acasuso breaks Federer for 4-2 with a couple of sorties to the net, and it's been coming - that was the Argentine's sixth break point so far.

1226: Federer misses a half-chance when he puts a very makeable forehand pass into the tramlines at 30-30, and he remains on serve with Acasuso. Venus breaks Safarova and she is all over this today, in marked contrast to last night. "I have never seen a more miserable player than Venus going onto court yesterday evening, "says Sam Smith on the Red Button.

1221: "I don't think Mr and Mrs Anon will be too pleased with their child's grammar, neither will Roger and Rafa probably. A literary maverick."
From another anon via text

1220: Federer saves three break points in a lengthy game and is 2-2 with Acasuso. An early wobble on serve is not unusual for Fed. Tommy Robredo beats Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4 6-4 6-3.


1217: Venus gets the double-break and takes the set 6-2 to level against Safarova. "Come on Venus!" yells one very American voice. Dad Richard is in attendance today, camera in hand as ever. That man must have a few albums in the loft.


1209: I see anon is busy on the texts again, I hope they have the permission of Mr and Mrs anon. Venus is already up in the Sharapova decibel-level, although I'm told we have a new contender for that crown in 16-year-old Portuguese Michelle Larcher de Brito. Federer and Acasuso are pootling along on serve.

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1205: "I defnitely think nadal will provide the best final, but i also think his fellow spaniard verdasco would make a great final. they are also both tres chaud."
From anon via text on 81111

1204: "Surely another federer nadal final is what would be the best. Especially as Rodger just beat rafa on clay. Quite simply always a special match up but raf a to win."
From anon via text

1200: Roger Federer is out on Court Philippe Chatrier against Jose Acasuso, who I maintain has a touch of the Ben Afflecks about him. You should be able to judge for yourself later but for now the Red Button and streaming (UK only) is sticking with Venus and Safarova.

1157: As for the seedings, as far as I'm aware the only players kept apart in the draw are the top two seeds. Beyond that, the rest of the field can go in either half of the draw. One man who will not have to worry about these things for much longer is French 'magician' Fabrice Santoro, who played his last Roland Garros match yesterday. "I thought, is it reasonable at my age to play such long matches on clay? Then I thought, is it reasonable to refuse to do it." What a guy.

1151: Venus comes out all guns blazing and breaks Safarova straight away at the start of the second set. Wozniacki is a set up on Craybas, Robredo is two sets up on Gimeno-Traver, and in a match I have failed to mention so far, Frenchman Jeremy Chardy leads Italy's Simone Bolelli 6-2 6-3 2-4 on Court One.

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1146: "Could you explain how the seedings work. Why is the 3rd seed drawn to meet top seed in the quarters. Surely a semi final versus the 2nd seed is logical."
From Dave via text on 81111

1146: "Does anyone have an opinion, based on what we have seen so far, on who would give us the best mens final to watch? Nadal would surely figure into everyones answers."
From Iain M, London, via text

1142: Venus and Safarova are out on a gloomy looking Court Suzanne Lenglen. I'm told Venus didn't look too chuffed to start her match so late last night and she dropped the first and only set played in a tie-break. Meanwhile, Tathiana Garbin beats French 13th seed Marion Bartoli 6-3 7-5. Sam Smith on the Red Button keeps mentioning rain as if it is imminent. Have faith, Sam.

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1140: "Men,s matches are better. yes sharapova's match was thrilling but the womans game lacks variety. murray matches are gr8 as he uses all the court."
From nichola via text on 81111

1137: The Red Button and streaming (UK only) coverage is switching to Venus v Safarova for now (ignore the picture above, we can't keep up), with Federer and Acasuso to follow. At some stage.

1134: Jelena Jankovic beats Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-2 after the Slovakian double-faults on match point. Venus and Safarova to follow, with the Czech a set up from yesterday.

It's bad news for a Briton
1132: Tathiana Garbin has just served for the match against Marion Bartoli on Chatrier but the Italian could not close it out. Tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki is 3-0 up on Jill Craybas on Court Two. And Jamie Murray and Pavel Vizner have lost 6-3 6-2 to Friedl and Skoch. Boo.

1128: Rybarikova is making a fight of this, although it may all be a bit too late. The 20-year-old Slovakian - a former Wimbledon junior runner-up - saves four break points at 4-2 down in the second set and then earns a couple of break-back points, but snatches at the opportunities and Jankovic hangs on. The Serb is one game away now.

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1120: "I'm going to miss Marat when he retires... A real character and doesn't take himself too seriously. Shame he didn't fulfil his potential, he had a few more slams in him in my opinion. Very easy on the eye as well! (sorry girl fan in me took over for a second there!)"
From Sara, London, via text on 81111

1116: "Isn't the mens game boring on clay? I have watched Murray and Nadal and snored, but the Sharapova game yesterday was electric from start to finish (apart from the noise of course)."
From neverspeakbadly on 606

1112: We get some trademark Jankovic splits (copyright: Kim Clijsters) as she goes 4-1 clear in the second set.

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1108: "Murray buried potito in the first set yesterday. Shoots were thrown up in the second but he was dug up in the 3rd and mashed in the 4th. I'll get me coat."
From James via text on 81111

1108: "It does seem aeons ago, but Guga only played his final match at Roland Garros last year. My goodness, what a player he was."
From Will, Oxford, via text

1106: Right, the Red Button and streaming (UK only) coverage is heading over to Court Suzanne Lenglen for the end of Jankovic against Rybarikova. The fifth seed currently leads 6-1 2-1. For the moment we are enjoying the background sounds of Air. Ah, the 1990s...

1103: Seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Galina Voskoboeva 6-0 6-2. "Incredible," says John Lloyd on the Red Button. "Take the rest of the day off."

1057: We witnessed Marat Safin playing his final ever match at the French Open yesterday as he lost to France's Josselin Ouanna 10-8 in the fifth. Unlike Roland Garros legend Gustavo Kuerten a few years ago, Marat was not overflowing with sentiment afterwards. "I didn't draw the heart, and I didn't lay down and I didn't cry," said Safin. "Terrible way to finish with the French Open, but anyway..."

It's bad news for a Briton
1054: Kuznetsova is two games away from victory now and looking very good, although she often does in the earlier rounds. Can she play like this in the latter stages? I do not know. Jankovic is a set up but a break down, and Murray and Vizner have dropped the first set.

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1050: "I'm new to tennis but think Starace did play very well. I was amazed by some of his drop shots. Murray had struggle to find a way round the tactics Starace employed. A great match."
From anon via text on 81111

1047: The moment you've all been waiting for, BBC Sport's Chris Bevan with the definitive take on Andy Murray's performance yesterday: "Hi pottiella, I also thought Andy Murray's performance against Potito Starace yesterday was far from 'unconvincing'...true, he will need to play better if he is going to go deep into this tournament but, on his least-favourite surface, he showed he is capable of working out what is going wrong for him and turning it around. That's going to be key to him winning these five-set matches - we can't expect him to destroy players the way that Rafael Nadal does, that's just not realistic." So there you have it....

1045: Jamie Murray and Vizner are still a break down at 4-2, Voskoboeva has avoided doing 'a Keothavong' (sorry Anne) by getting on the scoreboard against Kuznetsova, and Garbin is in danger of upsetting the locals by taking the first set against Bartoli on Chatrier. Caroline Cheese's latest favourite name, Daniel Gimeno-Traver, is on serve against Tommy Robredo. He's no Eduardo Schwank.

1039: Roger Federer will be on Chatrier in today's second match against Jose Acasuso, and John McEnroe has some firm ideas on what the Swiss must do to win a first French Open title. "It would be a good idea for Roger to change his tactics and play more aggressively," said the 1984 runner-up. "I have to go with Nadal to win his fifth straight title. I don't think you're going to see any big surprises. The best-known players are going to come through. If Gael Monfils is healthy he can make a run. I don't think you're going to see a Gustavo Kuerten come out of nowhere as we've seen in the past."

It's bad news for a Briton
1031: Jamie Murray could do with a win but it's not looking good as Friedl and Skoch have got an early break. Kuznetsova is storming away, looking very impressive as she wraps up the first set 6-0, and Jankovic is not far behind her.

It's good news for a Briton
1027: Some British action, Jamie Murray and Czech Pavel Vizner are under way on Court Eight against Czech pairing, and undercover detectives, Friedl and Skoch. As for brother Andy's performance yesterday, I only got to see the first set before going to the dentist for an extremely unpleasant experience which has left me with a fat lip 20 hours later. From what I hear, Starace played well. Bevo...?

1024: Voskoboeva - wearing what might be called a ra-ra skirt, but I'm no expert - has dropped serve against Kuznetsova, Jankovic is a double-break up against Rybarikova on Lenglen, and French hope Marion Bartoli is 2-2 with Italian Tathiana Garbin on Court Philippe Chatrier.

1019: "Morning piers and chris - just a question: Do you guys feel that was an 'unconvincing' performance by Murray...being journalists following the action yourselves...? I felt he was pretty aggressive throughout; and largely impressive... But I would be interested in your opinions."
From pottiella on 606

1013: There could be some early drama on Court Suzanne Lenglen where Venus Williams and Lucie Safarova will resume in the second match, with the Czech leading 7-6 (7-5). They will follow Jelena Jankovic and Magdalena Rybarikova. After a lengthy warm-up, Kuznetsova and Voskoboeva are ready to go...

It's raining
The sun is out
1007: "The weather here isn't great but it's nothing like as windy as it has been."
Sam Smith on the Red Button

1004: Kuznetsova and Voskoboeva, who are soon to get dramatically shortened nicknames, are out on Court Two. Andy Roddick has been scheduled for the last match on Court Two today, against Ivo Minar. The American said: "Kinda cool.. will be a very intimate setting.. I have never done anything at this tourney to deserve a bigger court!"

0959: First up on the Red Button and website streaming (UK only) is seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova against world number 81, Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan. Good news for fans of the Russian title hopeful, less so for text commentators.

0955: Good morning. Recovered from last night's drama? I thought it should have been Lorraine too, but we must press on. It's already day five at Roland Garros but we're still at the second-round stage, with the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Jelena Jankovic and the Williams sisters looking to make progress.



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