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French Open day eight as it happened

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By Caroline Cheese

1848: Right, I've been here since before 10am so you'll forgive me if I wrap up. I'm only likely to type utter nonsense if I continue (don't say anything). Maria Sharapova and Li Na continue on the Red Button (it's 2-2 in the third), and streamed on this page (UK only), and you can also follow the scores on this website. Piers returns tomorrow for Serena, Federer, Tsonga and a whole lot more.

1842: Nikolay Davydenko moves effortlessly into the quarter-finals with a very impressive 6-2 6-2 6-4 win over eighth seed Fernando Verdasco. The Russian will now meet Robin Soderling. As my colleague points out, it's a bad day for Spain.

1832: A bagel for Maria Sharapova, who looked to give up the ghost towards the end of that set as she looks to conserve some energy for the decider. Expect a big push from the Russian now...

1822: This second set is running away from Maria Sharapova. She trails Li Na 4-0 and it looks like we're heading for a decider. Still on serve in the third set between Davydenko and Verdasco, the Russian leading by two sets to love.

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From Stephen, North Wales, via text on 81111: "In order to rally Verdasco from his two-set deficit against Davydenko, I am currently belting out an acapella version of ABBA's 'Fernando'. Now I just need a blond wig and a second-hand rug for chest-hair."

Robin Soderling on beating Nadal: "I just couldn't believe it when I won that last point. I'm so proud of myself. This is the best win of my career against a man who is the greatest clay-court player in history."

1805: Classy response from a classy guy there. And he sums it up perfectly: he played very short and he couldn't attack. Sharapova takes the first set against Li Na 6-4.

Rafael Nadal on his loss to Soderling: "He didn't surprise me because I know how he plays and how dangerous he can be. I didn't play my best. I played very short and I couldn't attack. I made it easy for him to play at his level. But I lost. It's not a tragedy, I had to lose one day. I must accept my defeats with the same level of calm that I accept my victories."

From Cheeky monkey, via text on 81111: "I just can't believe Rafa lost. At least he'll be able toave his birthday at home this year and Djokovic can come to his party!"

1746: On court: Sharapova leads by a break against Li Na, while Nikolay Davydenko is - rather surprisingly if you ask me - running away with it against Fernando Verdasco, now leading 6-2 6-2. The winner of that one faces Rafa Na... Robin Soderling.

1743: The bookies reckon Nadal's defeat is the biggest sporting shock of the decade. The Spaniard was 100-1 on to beat Robin Soderling. Bookmakers Coral say only one person placed a bet in favour of Soderling. Anyone want to own up? Or have you already left for Rio?

It's bad news for a Briton
1735: While Nadal was losing to Soderling, Britain's Stephanie Cornish was losing to France's Solene Ficheux 4-6 6-0 6-3. Laura Robson, who is the top seed no less, will probably start her campaign tomorrow. And speaking of tomorrow, the lovely people on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra will be covering the matches involving Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

1724: Well, apparently, they are going to carry on with this tournament even though the king is gone. Li Na leads Maria Sharapova 2-1, on serve. While I wasn't looking, Nikolay Davydenko has nabbed the first set against Fernando Verdasco 6-2. Cheeky.

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From Rick12397 on 606: "It's anyone's tournament now, Nadal and Djokovic gone, obviously its Fed's best chance but I could see Roddick/Monfils/Tsonga pushing him hard. Soderling had nearly 60 unforced errors, and that was clearly the best match he's probably ever played, I can't see him playing three more matches like that..."
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From Erik in Exeter, via text on 81111: "I feel for Rafa but we have just witnessed a miracle. Murray really does have a chance now. Who would have thought his first grand slam could be on clay? This has blown Roland Garros wide open."

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From Tom, West Norwood, via text on 81111: "Who else spotted the most poignant bit? Rafa expecting a pen with which to sign the camera. He literally didn't know what it was to lose at the French! Heartbreaking..."

1710: I'm hearing from plenty of very excited Roger Federer fans. There is a long way to go, but you have to like his chances a lot better now. Fed is one of only two Grand Slam winners in the draw - the other is Andy Roddick - and his French Open record is a lot more impressive than anyone else's. However, the pressure is really on now - and given Federer's recent form, I wouldn't be counting any chickens.

From AlexR4444 on 606: "I wonder if, in the future, when someone beats the overwhelming favourite, it will be known as 'doing a Soderling'. Brilliant match there, and if Federer doesn't win the French Open now he will have lost his best chance. I'm shaking all over, and I'm supposed to be revising!"
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From Rakhesh from Loughborough, via text on 81111: "Amazing. Absolutely amazing. I've just screamed the whole street down! We all knew it was going to happen sometime but surely we expected a higher seed to do the business?"

From Monker001 on 606: "Never mind the biggest shock in Roland Garros history, this has got to be one of the biggest upsets in tennis history!"
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From Zane, Cardiff, via text on 81111: "I don't quite believe what I have just witnessed. Federer and Murray must surely be licking their lips after what has just happened."

1702: Let's have a little look at the draw shall we? Rockin' Robin Soderling will face Fernando Verdasco or Nikolay Davydenko for a place in the semi-finals against Andy Murray or Fernando Gonzalez.

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From EDAVFC on 606: "WOW! That is all!"
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1656: Rafael Nadal had won 32 consecutive sets coming into this match. He had never lost at Roland Garros. He had never played a five-set match at Roland Garros - and indeed, he still hasn't. I'm not in Paris, but I imagine it is actually shaking. Maria Sharapova and Li Na have got to try to follow that. Good luck with that.

1654: Is the world still turning? Robin Soderling ends Rafael Nadal's winning streak at Roland Garros at 31 matches. Rafael Nadal will not be lifting the French Open trophy. Repeat: Rafael Nadal will not be lifting the French Open trophy.

1653: ROBIN SODERLING BEATS RAFAEL NADAL 6-2 6-7 6-4 7-6

1649: Soderling leads 5-1 as they change over. I do not believe what I am seeing here.

1647: Phillipe Chatrier is packed to the rafters, and everyone else at Roland Garros is surrounding the big screens. This is absolutely incredible stuff. Nadal recovers a mini-break and now trails 2-1.

1644: Soderling has a 40-15 lead... but then belts a forehand over the baseline in the first sign of nerves so far. Nadal hits an awful return on the next point, but then recovers to flick a brilliant forehand down the line. It's a mixed bag from Soderling: painting the line with one backhand before netting the next. But another excellent hold - and Rafa must win this tie-break or it's over...
Latest score: Nadal 2-6 7-6 4-6 6-6 Soderling

John Lloyd on BBC Red Button: "For me, Rafa isn't just slightly off his game - he's way off it. I don't want to take anything away from Robin Soderling - he's been exceptional - but Rafa has been very flat. There's been nothing on his shots and I've never seen him make as many sloppy errors - and on big points."

1637: Uncle Toni is on his feet, urging Nadal on as he makes it 15-15. Finally, some consistent depth from the top seed and he holds to 15. Pressure right back on Soderling.
Latest score: Nadal 2-6 7-6 4-6 6-5 Soderling

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From StripeyTiger via text on 81111: "I can imagine the 'PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!' thought bubble above Roger's head right now..."

1633: It looks like Robin might be rocking when he overcooks a forehand to go 15-30 down. Coach - and former French Open finalist - Magnus Norman looks on nervously, but then Rafa gets a backhand all wrong before Soderling plays a beautiful, wrong-footing forehand into the corner to make it 40-30. All square again. Brilliant from the Swede.
Latest score: Nadal 2-6 7-6 4-6 5-5 Soderling

1629: Both men holding serve quite comfortably. Nadal seals that one with a miraculous backhand down the line before drilling the short ball straight at Soderling. The champ apologises as he marches back to his chair. Soderling will serve to stay in the set.
Latest score: Nadal 2-6 7-6 4-6 5-4 Soderling

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From jamesearlbond on 606: "Damn! Soderling's holding serve so EASILY! This is ominous! Looks like the king of carpet will crush the king of clay."
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1623: I've just seen the order of play for tomorrow... Oh go on, here you are: Serena v Wozniack, Haas v Federer, Del Potro v Tsonga, Razzano v Stosur on Chatrier. On Lenglen: Kuznetsova v Radwanska, Robredo v Kohlschreiber, Jankovic v Cristea, Roddick v Monfils. The Red Button is your destination for TV coverage, all streamed right here for UK users.
Latest score: Nadal 2-6 7-6 4-6 4-4 Soderling

1617: Rafa does engage Soderling in an exhausting baseline rally and reaps the benefit, creating the space for a cross-court backhand winner before holding to 15.
Latest score: Nadal 2-6 7-6 4-6 4-3 Soderling

1616: One defending champion gone, the other hanging on in there. Nadal now leads 3-2 against Soderling (sorry, got the score wrong a moment ago).

1613: BREAKING NEWS Defending champion Ana Ivanovic goes out of the tournament, beaten 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round by ninth seed Victoria Azarenka.

1610: Soderling holds from deuce to level it at 2-2 in the fourth set against Nadal. On the occasions that Nadal engages him in long baseline rallies, the Swede looks a touch vulnerable, but the top seed seems unable to maintain his rhythm from the back of the court today.

1605: Well really. Soderling breaks right back - to love. Victoria Azarenka serving for the match against Ana Ivanovic.

1601: Rafa literally screams a "come on" and then punches his chest as he breaks early in the fourth for a 2-0 shift. Soderling went off the boil there. You can hardly blame him.

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From ManicJM on 606: "Soderling is playing great, but can he keep it up and cope with the pressure of being to first man to beat Rafa ar Roland Garros? I hope so, but you can just see Rafa pulling off a comeback."
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1557: Uncle Toni is pictured putting his hand to his head as Rafa drops that third set. He might be feeling a little bit better now as Nadal holds convincingly at the start of the fourth.

1555: Lordy. It's all going on. Ana Ivanovic now trailing 4-0 in the second set against Victoria Azarenka.

1553: "I just cannot believe what I'm seeing here," says John Lloyd. Me neither, Lloydy, me neither. Soderling holds to love to take a two sets to one lead and Rafa will have to go the distance if he's going to pull this one out of the bag.


1550: Rafa whips a forehand down the line, and Soderling will serve for the third set at 5-4. Big moment for the Swede coming up.

1546: I've just being doing some research. I know, it's not like me. Andy Murray is the third British man to reach the French Open quarter-finals in the open era. The last was Tim Henman in 2004. The one before? Roger Taylor in 1973. And no, not the Queen drummer.

1543: Dinara Safina earlier dropped her fifth game of the tournament as she pummelled Aravane Rezai 6-1 6-0. "Honestly, I still feel I can do much better," said the top seed. "I think that if somebody would push me more I still can get much more out of myself." Azarenka or Ivanovic will take on the world number one next.

1540: Did you think Nadal would run away with it? Or was that just me? Some more brutal hitting from Soderling, and some very tentative stuff from Nadal, and the Swede has the break in the third set.

1536: Ana Ivanovic drops the first set against Victoria Azarenka and she has a battle on her hands to hold onto her French Open trophy. Azarenka, the 19-year-old ninth seed, has won three titles already this year.

John Lloyd on BBC Red Button: "I don't think this is pressure. I just think it's so tough to maintain the level that he has set. I don't think he's worried about the record here."

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From Martin via text on 81111: "Nadal's pretty superstitious: the pink will go if he loses (he won't). He was a couple of tournaments late ditching the pirate pants/gun-show vest due to superstition if I'm correct."

1519: Nadal hits a backhand which bounces before it hits the net. That leaves the top seed muttering something uncomplimentary in Spanish. This is a very odd performance from Nadal. The defending women's champion is also in action: Ana Ivanovic is 3-1 down against Victoria Azarenka. Tricky match for Ivanovic that.

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From Mike via text on 81111: "If Nadal doesn't win this title, let alone match, the image of the pink shirt will haunt him forever!"

1516: By the way, if you wish to watch Nadal come back from a set down to see off Soderling, this match is on the Red Button on Freeview as well as cable and satellite. Magic.

John Lloyd on BBC Red Button: "Just looking at his career, you wonder if there's a frailty on the mental side with Soderling because his groundstrokes on both sides are so heavy and deep, he has a very good serve, takes the ball on the rise... He's not an easy person to move around the court."

1512: Soderling saves two set points, but he's 6-0 down when he does, and Nadal goes on to close it out - to a massive roar on Phillipe Chatrier.

1509: More like Reeling Robin now. A very fortunate net cord for Rafa puts the champ 5-0 up in the breaker.

1505: Nadal is two points from trailing by two sets - and goes for a ridiculous drop shot, which gives Rockin' Robin no chance. Tie-break time.

1504: If you're not familiar with the history between these two, here goes: they played at Wimbledon two years ago in a match which lasted five days because of rain delays. At one point, apparently annoyed by Nadal's faffing between points, Soderling started imitating the Spaniard, picking at his pants, touching his socks, you know the sort of thing. The crowd thought it was all jolly good fun - Nadal did not.

1500: Boof. An ace from Soderling puts him 6-5 ahead after saving a break point. Nadal looks vexed.

1454: Not sure Robin Soderling is Nadal's favourite person right now either. The defending champ serves for the set - but Soderling breaks right back, sealing it with a lovely backhand volley on the stretch.

Mark Petchey on BBC Red Button: "He's not particularly chatty, Robin Soderling. I was on tour with Andy for 10 months and you don't get too many good mornings from him."

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From worststripineurope on 606: "A fairly awesome display from Murray, Cilic has the tools but needs to find ways of sharpening them so they can really hurt the top guys (kind of like Murray at 20). Really looking forward to the Gonzalez match."
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1444: No time to dwell on that... it's over to Phillipe Chatrier in time to see Rafa Nadal celebrating going 40-30 up before holding for a 5-3 lead in the second set against Robin Soderling. He lost the first set. Yes indeed.

It's good news for a Briton
1442: Very impressive from Murray. Very impressive indeed. He'll need all that and more against Fernando Gonzalez in the next round. Murray is the third British man in the Open era to reach the French Open quarter-finals.

Murray 7-5 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 Cilic
Cilic saves one match point with a fabulous forehand pass on the stretch, but it's his last throw of the dice and the Croat belts one last forehand over the baseline to give Murray an excellent win.

Murray 7-5 7-6 (7-4) *5-1 Cilic
As you were. Two wild forehands - one wide and one into the net - put Cilic 0-30 down on serve. He quickly faces three more break points and belts another forehand wide. Murray to serve for it.

Murray 7-5 7-6 (7-4) 4-1* Cilic
Oh. I wasn't expecting that. Cilic shows impressive reserves of mental strength to get one of the breaks back, a booming forehand forcing the error from Murray.

From anon via text on 81111: "I think I'm getting a crush on Alex Corretja. Miles Maclagan in his floppy hat can't compete."

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Murray 7-5 7-6 (7-4) *4-0 Cilic
Cilic chooses game point to deliver his third double of the match and at deuce, he smacks the top of the tape with a forehand. His serve gets him out of that bit of bother but another double puts him right back in it. Murray finds the line with his return - but it is called out and they have to replay the point. But Cilic puts a forehand into the net, and this one is all but over.

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From MrSport88 on 606: "Rafa has slowed the pace right down, brilliant tactics, he's still got to be concerned with Soderling's willingness to go for some tough shots."
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1420: Cilic is getting a massage on his left thigh. Very nice too. Over on Phillipe Chatrier, Rafa is now a break up in the second set against Robin Soderling, leading 2-1.

Murray 7-5 7-6 (7-4) 3-0* Cilic
Wallop. Big serve down the middle takes Murray to game point, and he has been superb on serve today by the way. Cilic shanks a backhand and hurries back to the chair - where he will receive some treatment from the trainer. Not sure what the problem is, haven't noticed anything.

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Murray 7-5 7-6 (7-4) *2-0 Cilic
That was almost inevitable. After failing to take a break point in the last game, Cilic succumbs, sticking a forehand into the net to hand Murray the break. I wonder what an 80s-themed battenburg looks like (see below)? A battenburg in shoulder-pads and leg-warmers?

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From Sarah, York, via text on 81111: "Soderling taken first set 6-2???? What's happening out there? Soderling playing the match of his life, or has Nadal finally realised he's on Phillipe Chatrier dressed as an 80's themed battenburg?"

Murray 7-5 7-6 (7-4) 1-0* Cilic
Cilic is back up and running, forcing deuce in Murray's opening service game. A deadly sliced backhand forces Murray to net and now it's break point - but an ace saves it.

1402: Murray is off for a comfort break which means I can tell you this: that is the first set Nadal has dropped at Roland Garros since 2007 and only the eighth overall. Nadal beat Soderling 6-1 6-0 in Rome a couple of weeks ago.

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Murray 7-5 7-6 (7-4) Cilic
Points go with serve until Cilic blinks, dumping a forehand into the net to trail 3-2. It all unravels a bit quickly for the 20-year-old, dropping the next four points to give Murray a 6-2 lead. Cilic saves two set points - the second with a cunning drop shot - but then goes wide with a forehand and Murray is now one set away from the quarter-finals. Gritty. And NADAL HAS DROPPED A SET. I'm not even joking. Rockin' Robin takes it 6-2.

Murray 7-5 6-6 Cilic
Cilic belts another forehand winner cross-court. That's his most erratic, but definitely most dangerous wing. A Murray error makes it deuce and the Brit is two points away from losing the set. What does he do? Puts an ace out wide, that's what. Difficult game but Murray holds and it's tie-break time.

Murray 7-5 *5-6 Cilic
"YOU'VE GO TO DO SOMETHING WITH THE BALL" screams Murray as Cilic gets back to 30-30. The Croat has a game point but is pegged back and a stunning forehand gives Murray a break point. Cilic responds with a big ace down the middle, and holds. Frustration for Murray, but excellent stuff from Cilic. Twiddly-diddly-dee... Rockin Robin Soderling is a break up against Rafael Nadal! Whatever next?

Murray 7-5 5-5* Cilic
Murray has a little whinge at the umpire about that line call during the changeover. He quickly gets it out of his system though and bangs down an ace to seal the game to 15.

Murray 7-5 *4-5 Cilic
A chance for the crowd to get involved as Murray queries a line call on a Cilic ace. They love a hint of controversy, one of the many things I love about the French Open. The umpire is out of his chair and confirms it's in - giving Cilic a 40-30 lead - but Murray takes his annoyance out on the return and then Cilic wallops a forehand wide. Break point - but Cilic digs out a quite phenomenal second serve and puts away the short ball. Good stuff from Cilic.

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Murray 7-5 4-4* Cilic
Hold up, a spot of bother for Murray... He's 0-30 down, but then delivers two superb aces - one out wide and one down the 'T'. A brutal baseline rally, with Cilic keeping an incredible depth, ends with Murray netting a forehand and it's break point. Another immense rally - about 1000 shots - and Murray blinks first. Cilic suddenly back on terms in the set. Actually, it was 25 shots.

Murray 7-5 *4-3 Cilic
Cilic holds to love for the second time in the set.

Murray 7-5 4-2* Cilic
"Jeu Murray". All very comfortable for the Scot, but he is audibly geeing himself up after every service game just in case anyone thinks complacency might creep in. Stop panicking, Rafa fans, I will keep you updated but his match against 'Rocking' Robin Soderling hasn't started yet.

John Lloyd on BBC1: "Cilic and his coach Bob Brett feel his best surfaces are hard and grass and they were almost planning for the grass-court season before the French Open. Bob doesn't feel Cilic will be at his best for another four years."

Murray 7-5 *3-2 Cilic
The French crowd start the familiar "ay-ers" as they sense another crisis for Cilic at 30-30. Murray is furious with himself when he gets his return all wrong, but the Croat lets him back in with a wild forehand. Cilic digs deep to produce two forehand winners though and Murray will have to be content with just the one break for now.

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Murray 7-5 3-1* Cilic
Murray has made five unforced errors. In the whole match! Those are some serious stats. Big serve and he holds to 30. A little over an hour gone and this is all going very, very well for the world number three.


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Murray 7-5 *2-1 Cilic
Cilic completely frames a forehand to hand Murray an early break point - and the Scot takes it in some style, scampering across the baseline to flick a sensational forehand pass cross-court. Just brilliant.

Murray 7-5 1-1* Cilic
Murray gees himself up after wrapping up an easy game. In answer to Alex (see below), I can't see him dropping a set the way he's playing at the moment. Can he maintain it?

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From Alex, Northampton, via text on 81111: "Cheese, Murray is looking good today, lively. Doing more than he usually does with his forehand, to win in four? What d'ya reckon?"

Murray 7-5 *0-1 Cilic
Cilic puts the disappointment behind him with a simple hold. Over on Phillipe Chatrier, Dinara Safina beats Aravane Rezai 6-1 6-0 and that means the top seed has now dropped five games in four matches. That is reasonably impressive no?

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Murray 7-5* Cilic
That was a superb set of tennis by the world number three and, while Cilic isn't playing badly, Murray just seems to have too much game and too much big-match experience for the 13th seed. One big serve from the Brit wraps up the first set, the first Cilic has dropped at Roland Garros.

Murray *6-5 Cilic
Murray steps it up. He stretches wide to fling a two-handed return cross-court to earn two break points. "Yes!" is the cry as Cilic overcooks a backhand and Murray will serve for the set.

Murray 5-5* Cilic
Murray had a little moan at the umpire during the changeover, about what, I don't know. The Scot directs a beauty of a topspin forehand onto the sideline, which even clay-court coach Alex Corretja applauds, and we're all square.

Murray *4-5 Cilic
Cilic smacks a forehand down the line to wrap up the game. It looks kind of awkward, Cilic's forehand, with an enormous take-back - but boy, is it effective. It's 25 points each in this set. That's how even it is.

Murray 4-4* Cilic
There's Murray's first drop shot of the day, drawing Cilic in and then half-volleying a crosscourt forehand to set up the winner. Classic Murray there, completely outmanoeuvring his opponent. A comfortable hold to 15.

Murray *3-4 Cilic
Another beauty of a serve down the middle which Murray can't reach and Cilic holds. Listen, people, I am powerful but I do not control the TV schedules. I can only apologise profusely about the earlier confusion and pass on your comments. Let's try to move on...

Murray 3-3* Cilic
A hold to 30 for Murray, who is now gracing the BBC2 screens. This has the look of a long match, both players looking good. Dinara Safina already 6-1 up on Aravane Rezai.

Murray *2-3 Cilic
Cilic double-faults for the first time to allow Murray a bit of hope at 40-30 but the big Croat then fires down an ace. His first serve percentage is 72%, Murray's 50%.

Murray 2-2* Cilic
Murray holds to love and we appear to be into some sort of rhythm after that early exchange of breaks.

Murray *1-2 Cilic
Big serve down the 'T' skims off Murray's racquet and the Croat holds to 30.

Murray 1-1* Cilic
Murray double-faults to hand Cilic an immediate chance to break back - and he takes it with a superb return at the Scot's feet. As you were then.

Murray *1-0 Cilic
Murray races out into a 30-0 lead but then dumps a weak backhand slice into the net. He rifles a two-hander cross-court to earn two break points, and though Cilic saves one with a forehand onto the line, Murray plays some fabulous defensive tennis to take the break. Very good start from the Brit, looks very lively.
* Denotes NEXT to serve

1208: Andy Murray munches on a banana after going through the warm-up, which is odd because I'm sure he once called them a "ridiculous fruit". He must have succumbed to the charms of the banana. Cilic to serve first.

1204: Ay ay ay. I can only apologise folks. Even I have become completely bamboozled by the TV coverage. Apparently, it will start at 1230 BST on BBC2. It is live on the Red Button now, of that I can assure you. And here on the website. And on BBC Radio 5 Live. Again, I apologise.

1200: The head-to-head reads 2-0 in favour of Andy Murray, who beat Cilic in Madrid last year and in the Davis Cup in 2007. Neither of those matches were on clay though and Cilic did beat Murray in the French Open junior semi-finals in 2005.

1157: And I'll tell you who else is yet to drop a set at Roland Garros and that's Marin Cilic, beating Jan Hernych, Dudi Sela and Radek Stepanek. Andy Murray has dropped just the one set, against Potito Starace in the second round.

1152: Fernando Gonzalez awaits the winner of the Murray-Cilic match after an impressive 6-4 6-2 6-2 win over Victor Hanescu. The Chilean is yet to drop a set.

1149: Well done, Dominika Cibulkova, holding her nerve to close out a 6-2 6-4 win over Agnes Szavay. And that also means it's Murray o'clock. Coverage will be on BBC2 at 1230 BST, streamed here (UK only) and on BBC 5 Live.

It's bad news for a Briton
1148: Hannah James goes out of the girls' singles 7-5 6-3 to fourth seed Timea Babos. Boo.

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From Zane, Cardiff, via text on 81111: "Even if Murray does get past Cilic, things are looking ominous for him already with Gonzalez in top form. I predict a close match today with Murray scraping through in four sets."

1141: Dominika Cibulkova has a match point... but Agnes Szavay saves it with another serve-volley, this time successful. Cibulkova will now serve for it again at 5-4, and given than she has never reached a Grand Slam quarter-final, I imagine there will be a few nerves here.

1133: Hang on, Murray fans. Agnes Szavay has broken back. She now trails 5-3.

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1126: Agnes Szavay is unravelling. Quickly. She trails Dominika Cibulkova 5-2 in the second set - and it could be Murray-time in one game.

1118: What's this? Agnes Szavay tries serve-volleying. Almost inevitably, she puts a very shaky volley into the tramlines and is quickly broken for the second time to trail 3-2. As I predicted, this will be over in straight sets. Meanwhile, Gonzo now two sets and a break to the good against Hanescu.

It's bad news for a Briton
1113: Oh Hannah. Hannah, Hannah, Hannah. Britain's Hannah James broke back in the first set against fourth seed Timea Babos to make it 5-5 but then immediately dropped serve again and lost it 7-5. She now trails 4-0 in the second.

1107: Super point from Dominika Cibulkova. She looks completely out of it with Agnes Szavay hogging the net but manages to scamper across the court and put up a lob before drawing Szavay back in and passing cross-court. Lovely. Szavay promptly double-faults twice in a row and we're back on serve.

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From jeranberan on 606: "Re 1052: Fret ye not, Caroline. I think most of us HAVE got our heads around Coverage-gate as everyone's been harping on about it since yesterday. Basically switch the telly on and look for the orange court. Simple."
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1102: By the way, the winner of Fernando Gonzalez-Victor Hanescu plays Andy Murray or Marin Cilic next. It's on serve in the second set at 3-3. Agnes Szavay has a break at the start of the second set and she leads 2-0.

1052: Still some confusion about the TV coverage today, which I completely understand as it is a bit difficult to get one's head round. So here we go: as usual, the day's play is on the Red Button (but only for satellite and cable viewers today because there's an awful lot of other sport on). But Andy Murray's match will begin on BBC2, and then switch to BBC1 at 1300 BST. Cibulkova takes the opening set against Szavay, so we are potentially one set away from Murray-time. But it's going three sets, I assure you.

1046: Fernando Gonzalez has already blasted his way to the first set against Victor Hanescu. Agnes Szavay is having an awful time at the moment, but she pegs Dominika Cibulkova back to 5-2. I'm telling you: three sets.

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From roobs888 on 606: "Who else thinks that the Davydenko/Verdasco match-up is the most enticing of today's men's matches? Tough one to call. Am trying to work out which would give Rafa the sterner test."
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1035: Yesterday, we learned that apparently Dominika Cibulkova used to go out with Gael Monfils and is now seeing Jurgen Melzer. I can now reveal that her favourite food is: small dumplings with cheese. Yum. Agnes Szavay now on the board and 4-1 down. Fernando Gonzalez is 5-1 up on Victor Hanescu.

1029: D Britton is playing like a Briton. Already 5-0 down. Sorry. Too obvious. Anyway, there is a real-life Brit in action: Hannah James opens her junior campaign against Hungarian fourth seed Timea Babos. Rest assured, I'll keep you up to date with that.

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From tgsgirl on 606: "There's a D. Britton playing on Court 3 right now... but he's American. Likewise, I. Holland on court 16 is Australian. That's just wrong."
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1023: Dominika Cibulkova has rattled into a 3-0 lead over Venus-slayer Agnes Szavay. I'm going for three sets here. Over on Phillipe Chatrier, Fernando Gonzalez is also 3-0 up - over Victor Hanescu.

1020: I am being literally bombarded (not literally) by questions about the TV coverage. The tennis is on the Red Button for satellite and cable viewers, but not on Freeview. Don't fret Freeviewers, you will not miss Andy Murray. Can we talk about tennis now?


1013: If you manually refresh this page, all your dreams will come true... if those dreams are watching live coverage of Agnes Szavay v Dominika Cibulkova. And you are dreaming in the UK.

1008: If you can't get to BBC2 for Murray-watch, you've got live streaming right here on this website (only in the UK) or commentary on BBC 5 Live. Failing that, you're stuck with me I'm afraid.

1005: Righto, here's your first 'Andy Murray coverage' heads up: the match will begin on BBC2 at 1130, 1200 or 1230 BST (depending on when it actually starts). It will then move to BBC1 at 1300 BST. Comprende?

0959: It's Sunday, the weather is gorgeous, and yet still there's no getting people to their seats on time at Roland Garros. I can see about 20 people scattered around Court Suzanne Lenglen for the start of Agnes Szavay's fourth-round match against Dominika Cibulkova. This match will be followed by Andy Murray v Marin Cilic. Or Marian Cilic as my colleague called him yesterday.

The sun is out
0955: Good morning. I'm in a surprisingly good mood, all things considered. No idea why. I think I am buoyed by seeing Diversity stop the Boyle juggernaut. Ooh, and the prospect of watching some cracking tennis of course.



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