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French Open day seven as it happened


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By Piers Newbery

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1936: "The 'oey' noise is in fact a prolonged 'allez' and takes some mastering to prevent an embarassing voice break half way through."
From Matt, Heathrow, wishing i was back drinking 10 euro beers in Paris

1935: That's your lot from us. It's been quite a day as we've said "goodbye" to Novak Djokovic and Elena Dementieva, "look out!" to Serena Williams and Roger Federer, and "not stopping?" to Svetlana Kuznetsova. Wozniacki and Cirstea are still going on Court One, check back later on the BBC Sport tennis page to find out what happens there, and of course return on Sunday for Murray v Cilic at around 1200 BST.

1930: The crowd does its best to pull Paul-Henri Mathieu through for a break but the Frenchman nets a backhand at 30-30 and it's match point. Roger Federer goes long with a backhand, but smacks down a huge serve to get another balle de match. This time he makes no mistake, sticking away a forehand to seal a 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory.

1923: Swoosh! Federer sends a forehand arrowing down the line for deuce, but Mathieu battles his way through a tight game. Federer will have to serve this one out.

1918: There's always one, isn't there? Tenth seed Wozniacki is having a battle out on Court One - she dropped the first set in a tie-break against Cirstea and is on serve in the second.

1915: More good news on the Murray v Cilic front - it will be on BBC Two, here on the website (UK only), there will be a Caroline Cheese text commentary, no less, and it will also be on 5 Live. Expected start time is around 1200 BST.

1912: Mathieu plays a blinder of a rally to save break point number one, hooking a superb cross-court forehand. Federer responds with a drop shot to get another break point, and he fires a backhand winner past Mathieu to lead 4-3. Surely that's it, non?

1906: The crowd on Chatrier are getting a bit lively as Mathieu shows more signs of life, but Federer holds for 3-3. Meanwhile, Gael Monfils fans can relax, their man is not feeling his recent injury after today's win over Melzer. "I played a great match and didn't feel the knee much," he said. "I feel better and better. I believe in myself and we will see how it goes against Roddick."

It's good news for a Briton
1903: Why do the french crowd shout that annoying 'oey!' all the time? Makes me want to go over there and 'shhh!' them."
From Charlie, London, via text on 81111

1857: "Allez!" is what Mathieu probably just shouted when he belted a forehand return winner to get to 0-40. Federer saves the first with a sweet forehand winner, a big serve does for the second, but a backhand off the frame on the third sees the Swiss give back the break - it's 2-2.

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1848: "Kohlschreiber is more a type of pencil... He's definitely made people 'take note'! :-)"
From Romy, Oxford, via text on 81111

1846: Mathieu fires a forehand over the baseline and really hands over that break of serve. Federer in total charge now.

Andy Murray
1844: The crowd on Philippe Chatrier is as giddy as a schoolgirl when Roger changes his shirt. I know it's hot and it's been a long day, but some decorum please. A word on Sunday's Andy Murray coverage and his match against Marin Cilic will begin on BBC Two at either 1130, 1200 or 1230 (depending on the actual start time) and then switch to BBC One at 1300 BST. Simple.

1840: Federer wraps up the third set and is looking something like his serene best again. He ambles casually off court at the changeover. Wozniakci was 5-2 up against Cristea but has been broken back.

1835: Federer plays a fabulous forehand winner off the return and the pressure is proving too much for Mathieu. The Frenchman slips to 0-40 and this time Federer capitalises, sliding into a backhand and swatting it down the line. He will serve for the second set.

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1832: "Kohl is actually the German word for cabbage. So bending the English Language slightly he could be described as a lazy writer..."
From Garf, London, via text on 81111

1831: "Kohlschreiber actually directly translates as 'cabbage writer'. Germans, eh?"
From anon via text

1831: "Re 1820 it translates as cabbage clerk, has someone checked his bag?"
From Jordan, still 'studying' in exeter, via text

1831: "I was disappointed with the way I was performing. I couldn't find the rhythm throughout the whole match. I was trying to find the comfort zone but my legs were really stuck."
Novak Djokovic on his shock defeat by Philipp Kohlschreiber

1828: We have a big, big game on Chatrier as Federer steps up the pressure at 3-3 but he cannot convert any of five break points, and Mathieu moves ahead.

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1820: "As far as I can work out Kohlschreiber would translate roughly as eyeliner or perhaps mascara (brush), or perhaps one who applies eye make-up. Can you tell if he's wearing any?"
From Sam, Edinburgh, via text on 81111

1816: Serena Williams toughs it out - she's what that lady on The Apprentice called "a rough, tough, cream puff". The American saves a break point before sealing a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. It was not easy, and probably not much fun for the second seed, but she's through.

1813: What I wouldn't do for a fishfinger sarnie right now.... Martinez Sanchez comes through a tough service game and Serena will have another go at serving out the match. Sorana Cristea and 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki have sneaked out onto Court One, the devils.

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1809: "Has Djokovic's loss given del Potro - or Tsonga - a free pass to meet Federer in the semis?"
From Adele via text on 81111

1809: "Woo Hoo! Murray up the rankings, clear in 3rd after that loss for Djoko! Our Hero heading to number 2?"
From Phil, eating fish finger sarnies before work, via text

1806: Serena dumps a backhand into the net on the second break point against her and Martinez Sanchez battles on, 5-3 down in the decider.

1800: Federer levels it up at one set all and Serena is about to serve for the match - the natural order of things is restored, for now.

1754: Would you adam n' eve it? Kohlschreiber will play Robredo for a place in the last eight, Djokovic will head to sweltering London for some unexpected extra grass-court practice. Meanwhile, Federer is now 5-1 up in the second set against Mathieu, and Serena is 4-2 ahead of Martinez Sanchez.

1749: BREAKING NEWS: Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber beats fourth seed Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4 6-4.

1744: Kohli gets two break points at 4-4, 15-40, and the biggest win of his career is within sight. He overdoes it with a return on the first but plays an absolute peach of a backhand on the second - he will serve for the match.

1738: And Federer breaks immediately, he leads 2-0 after Mathieu won the first set 6-4.

1737: Serena misses two break points but converts a third against Martinez Sanchez to go 2-1 up in the decider. The Red Button and website streaming (UK only) is now heading to Chatrier, where Mathieu leads Federer by a break. Djoko and Kohli (my fingers hurt) are still on serve in the third.

1731: Mathieu takes the first set 6-4 against Federer. Djokovic belts a forehand winner down the line and looks to the heavens in mock celebration - he leads 3-2 on serve in the third. Serena is 1-1 with Martinez Sanchez at the start of the third. We have the men's number two and four seeds and the women's number three seed in trouble here - a scheduler's nightmare, to which I know you are all sympathetic. We're off to Chatrier for Federer v Mathieu in a moment.

1723: Serena levels at one set all against Martinez Sanchez. Meanwhile good old steady eddie, 16th seed Tommy Robredo, beats Maximo Gonzalez 4-6 7-5 6-1 6-0.

1720: Oh my giddy aunt, Federer is a break down at 4-3 to Mathieu now. Djokovic holds to lead Kohlschreiber 2-1 in the third and then complains to the umpire that the court is "playing like a hard court".

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1714: "Djokovic has peaked on clay courts. I was saying this on an earlier post today. He has played himself too much over the clay season. Del Potro is coming through his part of the draw to play a semi against Federer or Roddick!"
From herefordu on 606

1711: Djokovic's hopes are hanging by a thread at 15-40 down at the start of the third set, but Kohlschreiber nets a backhand on the first break point and the Serb hits an ace on the second. Serena finally makes some headway on Lenglen and breaks Martinez Sanchez to lead 4-2 in the second.

1705: Kohlschreiber roars in delight/relief when Djokovic goes long on set point and the German leads 6-4 6-4. Serena saves a break point at 2-2 in the second.

1702: Djokovic slides in and flicks away a beautiful forehand to get back to 5-4 down, let's see if Kohlschreiber can put this set away at the second time of asking. Federer and Mathieu are on serve at 2-2 in the first set by the way, so you're not missing anything too dramatic there for now.

1655: Well, I don't know... obviously. Kohlschreiber looks happy as a sand boy as he gets to 40-0 and three set points, at which point Djokovic starts swinging. A couple of decent returns and a killer drop shot help the Serb back to deuce, before the German misses an absolute sitter of a volley on break point. Djokovic cuts the deficit to 5-3 and could be on for a Murray-style comeback.

1646: Serena fights back with a great lob and huge forehand to get to 15-40 but Martinez Sanchez recovers to deuce. The Spaniard takes the set 6-4 with an ace. Djokovic has a break point on Court One but Kohlschreiber pulls through and leads 5-1.

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1641: "I saw Kohlschreiber in the Davis Cup on clay a few year's back, and he was having an equally impressive day back then. Everything just worked for him, and it looks as though the same Kohli turned up today. Nole could be in some serious trouble if it continues like this!"
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1638: By God, I need a 'potential shock' graphic. Kohlschreiber gets the double-break on Djokovic and leads by a set and 4-1. Roger Federer - seeded to face Djokovic in the semis - is out on Chatrier knocking up with Paul-Henri Mathieu. And Serena remains a break down against Martinez Sanchez.

1634: Kohlschreiber fends off a break point and it's going to be a long, hard afternoon/evening if Djokovic is going to get out of this. The German has won titles on clay and is not likely to give it away.

1628: Potential shocks everywhere you look - Spain's Martinez Sanchez is 4-2 up against Serena on Lenglen.

1626: Back to today, and Djokovic sees a break point slip by early in the second set before Kohlschreiber breaks to lead by a set and 2-1. Blimey. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga completes a very routine 6-2 6-2 6-2 victory over Christohpe Rochus.

1621: And Sunday's order of play on Suzanne Lenglen:
Agnes Szavay v Dominika Cibulkova
Andy Murray v Marin Cilic
Victoria Azarenka v Ana Ivanovic
Nikolay Davydenko v Fernando Verdasco

1619: The order of play for Sunday -
Philippe Chatrier
Fernando Gonzalez v Victor Hanescu
Dinara Safina v Aravane Rezai
Rafael Nadal v Robin Soderling
Maria Sharapova v Na Li

1617: BREAKING NEWS: Andy Murray v Marin Cilic will be the second match on Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday, meaning the match will be live on the Red Button and website streaming (UK only) at around 1130 BST.

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1613: "I have been revising in the library since 9 and have been refreshing every hour, it has kept me going i can tell ya! Whens the wozniacki v cirstea match on. thats the one everyones interested in right?"
From Ben via text on 8111

1613: "I think Serena will cruise this match. She has had few tough matches (first round mainly)."
From Elliot, another student revising, via text

1611: It's clearly blisteringly hot at Roland Garros today and let's hope there is no repeat of Djokovic's unpleasant experience at the Australian Open, when he was forced to retire from his quarter-final against Andy Roddick.

1608: Kohlschreiber faces a break-back point but plays a brave drop shot that proves to be a winner. The German, seeded 29th, serves out the set 6-4 to take a surprise lead over the fourth seed.

1603: Serena and Martinez Sanchez are knocking up on Lenglen, with the winner to face Canada's 24th seed Aleksandra Wozniak. And do we have a shock brewing on Court One? Kohlschreiber has broken Djokovic again and will serve for the set.

1600: Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro needs several match points but finally beats Igor Andreev 6-4 7-5 6-4 and he will probably face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last 16. I will definitely be tuning in for that one. Djokovic is broken back and leads 4-3 on serve against Kohlschreiber, who may be acquiring a nickname soon. And Tsonga has moved two sets clear of Rohcus.

1547: We get a decent handshake from Melzer and Monfils, no hint of any girlfriend envy. That was a good match, and I'm told we're staying on Lenglen with the Red Button and website streaming (UK only) for Serena v Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez as Tsonga is all over Rochus on Chatrier. We'll be over there for some Federer v Mathieu though, never fear.

1544: Eleventh seed Gael Monfils saves a break point as he serves out, eventually, to beat Jurgen Melzer 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-1, and the Frenchman will face Andy Roddick next. I'll be tuning in for that one.

1537: Del Potro regains the advantage against Andreev and is serving at 4-3 in the third on Court Two, and Tsonga is already a break up in the second against Rochus on Chatrier.

1531: Melzer hooks a forehand out and then plays a poor volley to drop a double-break down, and Monfils is nearly there now at 4-0. Djokovic and Kohlschreiber are under way.

The sun is out
1527: "What a glorious day, not a cloud in the sky," says David Mercer on the Red Button. It's not bad in London either. Monfils saves a break point with a move to the net and is 3-0 up in the fourth. Tsonga takes the first 6-2 against Rochus, and Argentina's Maximo Gonzalez leads 14th seed Tommy Robredo by a set and a break on Court Seven.

1521: Monfils gets the break with an angled backhand pass and he's well on the way now, two sets to one and a break. We're sticking with this one on the Red Button and streaming but will be over to Chatrier later. Andreev gets the break back against Del Potro in the third set.

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1519: "Del Potro needs to do what all members of the big 4 have done. nadal and fed set the example. Djoko beat them all, won masters events took his place, and then got a slam. Murray beat them all won masters events, still only a contender in slams but to be reckoned with. Del Potro needs some serious titles on the board first. Still way behind the top 4 but he's making progress."
From NapoleonEinstein on 606

1514: Fifth seed Del Potro gets the early break in the third and looks on course for another straight-sets win. Fourth seed Novak Djokovic is next up on Court One against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

1510: Jelena Jankovic beats Jarmila Groth 6-1 6-1.

1507: Monfils breaks again to wrap up the third set 6-3, Del Potro takes the second 7-5 against Andreev, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga grabs an early 2-0 lead against Christophe Rochus on Chatrier.

1503: Monfils saves a break point to lead Melzer 5-3 in the third set, Jankovic is one game away at 6-1 5-1 against Groth, Del Potro has the break and is serving for a two-set lead over Andreev, and Everton appear to have just scored the fasest-ever FA Cup final goal. Phew.

1501: "It's three matches. It's a lot better than I've done here before. I like my chances maybe more than the other years. I feel like I'm moving a little bit better on this stuff. I'm able to kind of slide into my forehand."
Andy Roddick after his win over Marc Gicquel

1455: To address the Del Potro situation, still on serve at 5-4 down in the second. And I went for a cheese and ham baguette - my second sandwich of the day, neither of which I have claimed on expenses. In fact, the only expenses I have ever claimed are two weeks of train tickets to Wimbledon last year. The other seven years I couldn't face filling out the forms - it's not worth £30.

1452: "I hope Piers doesn't claim the for the cost of his sandwich on BBC licence payer funded expenses... Unless of course he's designated the sofa on which he's sat on his second home and he has employed his gran (on bargain 12k salary) to do his live text typing for him!!"
From roobs888 on 606

1450: "Spectacular tennis!" says Jonathan Overend on the Red Button. It's break point and Monfils returns a smash, dives to play a backhand off the floor behind the baseline, gets up to chase down a drop shot and then thumps away a volley. The crowd goes bonkers, Monfils goes more bonkers, and Melzer high-fives the Frenchman as they pass on the changeover. Great stuff. Monfils leads 3-2 with a break in the third.

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1447: "Once again the lack of del potro coverage is bordering on scandalous. Yet to drop a set, destroyed murray 2 weeks ago, and hes mentioned only briefly. The big 4 is about to become the big 5 you mark my words."
From James, Leeds, via text on 81111

1446: "Shame we can't see JJ today.. Monfils and Melzer could go to 4/5 sets at this rate. Love watching Jelena, just waiting for her to win a slam!"
From Caroline via text

1445: "Can't believe I got that nugget about cibulkova out n forgot my name!"
From Alex, London, via text

1443: You nip out for 17 minutes and the world turns on its head. Or at least Gael Monfils' world - Melzer takes the second set 6-4 to level it up. Jankovic is storming away at 6-1 1-0 with a break, and Virginie Razzano beats Tathiana Garbin 7-5 7-5.

1426: Yikes. Monfils makes a mess of an attempted slam-dunk smash - they look good when they work and a bit embarrassing when they don't - but the Frenchman levels at 4-4. Excellent gossip from anon below, completely unsubstantiated but an excuse to roll out the rather ropey heart graphic. We are working on a selection of all-new graphics for Wimbledon - exciting. Off to grab a sarnie, back in a jiffy.

Love is in the air
1422: "Re: 1408, melzer n monfils may not be best of friends...melzer goes out with dominika cibulkova who previously dated monfils. It's either that or the fact melzer is getting taught a tennis lesson."
From anon via text on 81111

1420: Melzer clearly hasn't read the script out on Lenglen as he breaks the local favourite Monfils to lead 4-2, the Frenchman flopping a poor forehand into the net on break point, but Monfils gets the break straight back. No such drama for Del Potro who takes the opener 6-4 against Andreev.

1416: Today's picture gallery is up and running and there are some interesting shots of Andy Murray looking less than comfortable - I will investigate further...

1411: "Nadal tired! Surely the australian open final proved Nadal doesn't understand tired! And as for Roddick beating Federer, their head to head record is something ridiculous like 17-2 and Roddick seems to have a real block against Federer and clay!"
From Adele, Newcastle, via text on 81111

1408: "It's getting a bit tasty this," says Jonathan Overend on the Red Button as Melzer raises his game against Monfils to lead 2-1 on serve in the second set. Jelena Jankovic and Jarmila Groth are under way on Court one.

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1402: "Just looking at some stats on the French Open website. Karlovic leads the ace table with 55 despite going out in round one; surely not? Has a player notched the highest number of aces in a slam without making it out of the first round?"
From Tony, Cambridge, via text on 81111

1400: Monfils rattles through the opening set 6-2 against Melzer. Jim Courier the other day described the Frenchman as possibly the best natural athlete tennis has ever seen. Still to come later today we have another considerable athlete in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, as well as the not too shoddy Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic. Look out - Del Potro is a break up on Andreev.

1356: "He actually looks a little bit tired to me. He doesn't look like he's fresh enough. I think it's going to be a tough challenge for him to win this time, actually."
Elena Dementieva on Rafael Nadal's chances of a fifth title

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1352: "Yeh, personally i'd like to see a shirt final between nadal and monfils. have you seen monfils? looks like a lemon and cream pie."
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1350: "I'm just loving the current style for loud and proud shirt colours. Real 80s throw back! Not sure I'd get away with Nadal's current choice at my local public courts though..."
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1350: Razzano is a set and a break up against Garbin, and Monfils saves a break point to move 4-2 clear of Melzer. That one is live on the Red Button and website streaming (UK only) right now.

1348: Ninth seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus beats Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 5-7 7-5 6-2. Azarenka smacks a ball into the crowd in celebration, which prompts a few jeers, and then motions to boo back at them, which gets the predictable response. Great stuff, I think, and she signs a few autographs on the way off court, so no big deal.

1342: Some classic Parisian jeering as Azarenka drops serve - the Belarussian just turns and stares at the source of the noise. Don't mess with her. She breaks straight back to lead 5-2 in the final set against Suarez Navarro. Monfils is a break up on Melzer, and fifth seed Del Potro is under way against Andreev on Court Two. Should be some heavy hitting in that one.

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1335: "Beat federer over five sets - don't be stupid, only nadal has ever done that consistently. Il est temps que federer gagne ici sur la terre battue."
From alex, macclesfield, via text on 81111

1332: Azarenka breaks again to lead 4-1 in the decider against Suarez Navarro. A couple of other matches I haven't mentioned - Italian Tathaina Garbin leads France's Virginie Razzano 6-5 on serve on Chatrier, and Spain's Lourdes Dominguez is close to levelling at one set all against Canadian 24th seed Aleksandra Wozniak on Court Seven.

1326: Twelfth seed Agnieszka Radwanska beats Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2 6-4. Azarenka and Suarez Navarro have resumed after finishing at one set all last night, and the Belarussian leads 3-1 in the decider.

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1319: "I don't think Roddick will beat Federer but Tommy 'Haas' a good chance."
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1316: "I'm a Roddick fan, and he's playing great, but Federer on clay is a different prospect than the players he's played so far. But, he's won in straight sets again, and not been broken yet this tournament, so he's got a great chance of beating him, if they both get to the 1/4s obviously."
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1310: The Red Button and website streaming (UK only) is sticking with Court Suzanne Lenglen for now and the start of 11th seed Gael Monfils against Jurgen Melzer.

1306: Sixth seed Andy Roddick beats Marc Gicquel 6-1 6-4 6-4 to reach the fourth round for the first time. He's clearly a happy man and gets a great reception from the crowd. "Usually Roddick can't wait to hop on the Eurostar and head to London for the grass-court season but you just sense maybe his business isn't finished in Paris," says Jonathan Overend on the Red Button.

1302: A bit of a delay there as I wait for Roddick to finish but Gicquel saves a match point and the American will have to serve for it. And the French Open is not on HD, but I believe Wimbledon is. Don't quote me on that though, details will follow nearer the time.

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1252: "Loving the text updates. will any of the tennis be on bbc hd?"
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1251: "Vania King Cone, Magnum Norman and Ahsha Arctic Rolle. Sounds scrumptious."
From Stephen via text

1249: Tommy Haas beats Jeremy Chardy 7-5 6-3 4-6 6-4. The German is through to the last 16 for the first and only time since 2002.

1243: Andy Roddick gets the first break at the start of the third set and looks on course for a first appearance in the fourth round. His coach Larry Stefanki looks serene in the crowd behind a massive pair of shades. Haas is serving for the match against Chardy.

1234: Haas takes an extraordinary 10 points in a row, and 12 of 13, as he recovers from 3-1 down to lead Chardy 4-3 with a break in the fourth set.

1228: Now we get the chance to see for ourselves if Andy Roddick is a real threat on clay as the Red Button and website streaming (UK only) is about to switch to Lenglen for his match against Marc Gicquel. The American leads 6-1 6-4.

1224: Elena Dementieva hangs on by a thread when Samantha Stosur fails to put away a second serve on match point, but moments later the Aussie sweeps away a forehand for a 6-3 4-6 6-1 win. "She did well to get through after a few nerves," says John Lloyd on the Red Button. "The serve and the big forehand are the strokes that got her through. It was a poor performance from Dementieva, who has really dropped off from the start of the year."

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1222: Haas breaks at the start of the fourth. It seems that we have opened a can of worms regarding Roddick. "He's thin, fit, and playing without expectation," says 5 Live's David Law. "He is basically just getting his eye in for the grass-court season. That makes him dangerous at the French."

1217: Meanwhile, Chardy has nicked the third set 6-4 against Haas and the comeback is on. Roddick breaks Gicquel to lead by a set and a break at 4-3, and 12th seed Agnieszka Radwanska and Kateryna Bondarenko are under way on Court Two.

1214: "Yesss!!!" screams Stosur when she thumps away a forehand. It's only for 30-15 but things are getting edgy out there now. Dementieva just cannot keep the ball in court enough and Stosur moves to 5-1.

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1211: "To even consider Roddick would get through the last 16 would be baffling, considering he has never passed round 3 at Roland Garros. To consider him beating Federer might as well have said Rafael Nadal would have gone out first round here!!"
From Pickles91 on 606

1209: A very solid hold of serve puts Stosur in total charge at 4-0, while Roddick is on serve against Gicquel in the second set and Haas is level pegging with Chardy in the third.

1206: "Alize Cornetto?"
From Garth, Romford, via text on 81111

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1205: "Roddick to upset Federer on clay? Quite frankly Roddickulous."
From Will, Oxford, via text

1202: My computer has a breakdown at the exact same moment as the Dementieva serve - spooky. A couple of double-faults see the fourth seed fall two breaks and 3-0 down in the decider, and we could be in for the first shock of the day.

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1153: Roddick seals the first set 6-1 against Gicquel, and now might be good time to reveal that 5 Live's David Law is picking the American to make the quarters and possibly upset Federer. We shall see. Haas and Chardy are 3-3 in the third.

1150: Dementieva earns a first set point on the Stosur serve but cannot convert. A walloping forehand into the corner gives the Russian a second opportunity and this time Stosur goes wide - one set all. "Stosur played her worst two service games when up a break," says John Lloyd on the Red Button. "Dementieva relied on her experience but didn't really play that well in that set."

1145: Maria Sharapova is enjoying having the Parisian fans' backing after being booed off in the last two years. "You're ranked outside the top 100, so people like you. When you're number one in the world, for some reason they don't like you any more. It's amazing how the society works. Especially here in France, I think they always love the underdog, and they always love the one that comes back from behind, or the one that's not expected to win. I'm probably that person."

Someone is having a tantrum
1141: A stunning backhand pass and a forehand winner take Stosur to 4-4 and this match is livening up. The Aussie misses with her return and Dementieva holds for 5-4. Uh-oh, Chardy has broken back against Haas. I didn't see it but Tommy will not be happy, so it gets a graphic.

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1138: "Dementieva is No 4 in the world because she has the ability to make up for her poor serve with some wicked groundstrokes. on her day she is one of the best from the baseline."
From Ben via text on 81111

1137: "Jordan has obviously found tennis soothing after her recent break from peter andre."
From Mike in Canterbury at work via text

1134: Roddick is quickly a break up on Gicquel and Haas is enjoying a trouble-free morning at two sets and a break up on Chardy. Stosur and Dementieva battle on at 4-4.

1127: Another edgy games sees Dementieva move to break point at 3-2 up, but Stosur hammers down her third ace of the day and goes on to hold. Roddick takes the opening game on serve against Gicquel, and Haas moves two sets clear of Chardy.

1123: I wouldn't say Kuznetsova is the only one who can beat Safina but they are far and away the form players. Both the Russians have shown frailties in the latter stages of Grand Slams though and the likes of Serena, Jankovic, Ivanovic and even Sharapova remain contenders. Basically, my money's on Safina but only 10p.

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1118: "How is dementieva No 4 she serves worse than jankovic! Also do you think kuz playin like this is the only one who can beat Safina?"
From Gem via text on 81111

1115: And Stosur is broken with a poor service game - 2-2 and this one could take a while. Haas is not messing about though and leads Chardy by a set and 4-1.

1111: Stosur and Dementieva are swapping breaks for fun on Chatrier and the Aussie moves ahead again at 2-1. Next up on Lenglen is Andy Roddick against Marc Gicquel - an esteemed tennis journalist has just told me he fancies Roddick to reach the quarters and "maybe even shock Federer". You heard it here first.

1107: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Melinda Czink 6-1 6-3. She is not hanging about - I've had a more strenuous French Open than Sveta so far.

1100: Haas has snaffled the first set 7-5 against Chardy, Kuznetsova is a set and a break up on Czink at 4-3, and Stosur and Dementieva swap breaks at the start of the second.

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1058: "Re 1035: Thanks piers, procrastination always gets a little creative close to exams! Before the speculation comes pouring in, i'm afraid to say that i'm not THE jordan, sorry piers."
From Jordan via text

1055: Rafael Nadal had some interesting things to say about Richard Gasquet last night, following the Frenchman's recent positive test for cocaine. "I support him. I'm certain that he's not taking anything. He's not taking cocaine. I know him. He's a good friend of mine, and I discussed this with him last week. No, no, impossible. He's most certainly not taking cocaine. If you kiss a girl who's taken cocaine, anything can happen, and that's the truth. That's reality, and this can destroy your life or your career, rather, and this is most unfair."

1052: Stosur takes the first set 6-3 against Dementieva after a dramatic game which sees the Aussie save a couple of break points with aces, and miss a first set point with a woeful volley. "Stosur got a bit tight but she got through it and Dementieva is making way too many errors," says John Lloyd on the Red Button.

1045: A couple of belting forehands take Stosur to break point but she goes for too much. The Dementieva second serve is sitting up and begging to be hit though, and Stosur does exactly that on her second break point to move 5-4 ahead. Czink has slowed up Kuznetsova a little but the Russian breaks for 2-1.

1040: A quick resume of yesterday's key debate topic - the battle to find the best tennis-player-sponsored confectionery. My favourites, in no particular order: Jame Flake, Novak Chocovic, Lleyton Chewitts, Victor Haneschews, Juan Carlos Ferrero Rocher. Credit is due to Maria Sharapavlova, but Crunchy Nut Clijsters? Now you're being silly.

1035: Good point, Jordan (surely not the Jordan?), Azarenka and Suarez Navarro resume at 5-7 7-5 after Haas and Chardy on Court One. Kuznetsova continues her stunning pace at this tournament, wrapping up the first set 6-1 against Czink. It's much harder going for fellow Russian, Dementieva, as Stosur is now 3-2 on serve and very much in this one.

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1031: "Piers, what happened with Azarenka and Suarez-navarro, i'm dying to know and can't find out anywhere."
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1029: "Lets see if Djokovic gets past a projected Del Potro in the quarters. Lots of talk of Djokovic being the "only one close" to Rafa. Im thinking he will have a fight to get past Del Potro."
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1024: Stosur breaks straight back with some great stuff from the baseline, working an opening and smacking a forehand into the open court on break point. So what did we all think of Andy Murray yesterday? Hard to make a real judgement as Tipsarevic was struggling physically, but the Serb started brilliantly and I thought Murray did well to wrestle the initiative from him. Cilic will be very tough in the next round though.

1019: Dementieva gets an early break, seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova is already 3-0 up against Melinda Czink on Court Suzanne Lenglen, and Tommy Haas saves a break point in the first game against Jeremy Chardy on Court One.

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1013: "Even if Mathieu plays in front of a partisan crowd, anything less than a convincing straight sets victory by Federer will be a sign that he is not a real contender for the title..."
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1010: Dementieva and Stosur are out on Chatrier. "On paper Dementieva is a heavy favourite but she hasn't really played well here," says John Lloyd on the Red Button. "She was very fortunate in the previous round when Dokic defaulted when up by a set. Stosur would have been really encouraged by that."

1005: Here's the provisional plan on the Red Button and website streaming (UK only) - Samantha Stosur v Elena Dementieva, Andy Roddick v Marc Gicquel, Christophe Rochus v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Paul-Henri Mathieu v Roger Federer.

1000: Matches to look out for today are the last on Court Philippe Chatrier between hit-and-miss Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu and increasingly hit-and-miss 13-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, Serena Williams up against the woman with four names, Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, in-form Novak Djokovic against Philipp Kohlschreiber, and many, many more...

The sun is out
0955: Good morning. It's another beautiful start to the day in west London and we're told it's set fair for days to come. Nonsense, I say. The weather reports are notoriously unreliable and I suggest you bulk-buy tuna fish and bottled water, draw the curtains and hunker down here for another gripping day at Roland Garros.

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