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The action continues at Roland Garros, and you can follow it all via the live scores on
the official one.
I, for one, am checking out for the day, but I'm already looking forward to seeing you - and the King of Clay Rafa Nadal - tomorrow.
Maybe I'm getting emotional after sitting here typing away for so long, but it seems almost tragic that a talent as huge as Gasquet's is probably never going to be fulfilled. Anyway, pipe down Cheesy, next up for Murray is Juan Ignacio Chela on Wednesday. Chela another clay-court lover but past his best and Murray beat him in Madrid a couple of weeks back.
A generous French crowd rise to applaud Andy Murray's effort. There's a lot of sympathy around for Richard Gasquet, who asked for this match to be put back to tomorrow but had his request turned down by his fellow Frenchmen at Roland Garros. I do have some sympathy for him, but at the end of the day, he managed to get himself into a winning position against Murray, leading by two sets and a break, but at the first sign of a setback, the belief seemed to drain out of him as quickly as his energy. You know, mind over matter and all that.
Gasquet 6-4 7-6 4-6 2-6 1-6 Murray
Some showboating now as Murray whips up a delightful backhand lob on the first point, before finishing off with an ace. Gasquet was outstanding in the first two-and-a-half sets, but credit Murray for hanging in there. It takes some mental strength to do that. Apparently that means he's won seven of his last eight five-setters.
Gasquet 6-4 7-6 4-6 2-6 1-5* Murray
The crowd haven't given up on Gasquet... well, not quite. They wildly cheer a drop shot from their man, but two brutal winners give Murray a 15-30 lead, and a wild backhand from Gasquet puts him break point down again.
Another tired shot into the net and this one's over. The crowd have probably given up now.
Gasquet *6-4 7-6 4-6 2-6 1-4 Murray
Stunning forehand pass to open the game and surely Murray is on his way now.
Gasquet 6-4 7-6 4-6 2-6 1-3* Murray
Murray almost gets hit by a shanked Gasquet smash. He does awfully well to get out of the way and win the first point. Brilliant, brilliant drop shot from Murray, which will really hurt Gasquet, and that brings up two break points.
A desperate Gasquet digs out another sensational backhand winner, but on the second, he puts a tired backhand into the trams. Can the fourth seed close it out? And just for the aforementioned Debs,
out on court at the moment, there's not a lot else of huge interest going on, although Sam Stosur is just getting under way against Romania's Simona Halep.
Gasquet *6-4 7-6 4-6 2-6 1-2 Murray
From 30-0, Murray carelessly loses three in a row. Very sloppy. He threatens to smash his racquet before screaming at his support camp. Break point
for Gasquet, but Murray finds a big serve. Debs
has texted in to ask what else is going on: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Gael Monfils are all through to the second round. So are Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Elena Dementieva, and, happily, Ana Ivanovic. Elena Baltacha is out though.
Gasquet 6-4 7-6 4-6 2-6 1-1* Murray
Murray doesn't like the look of that drop shot into the net, so he switches racquets. The Scot pegs Gasquet back to 30-30 but the Frenchman closes out the game, and he's still pumping that fist.
Gasquet *6-4 7-6 4-6 2-6 0-1 Murray
Gasquet skips back out for this return game. One last effort. Murray obliges by chucking in a double fault as Gasquet earns a handy 15-30 lead, but the Briton steels himself and wins the next three points, finishing with a trademark lob.
The doctor is in attendance again to massage Gasquet's thigh at the changeover.
Gasquet 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 2-6 0-0* Murray
Gasquet flashes a backhand long and that gives Murray two more break points
. Murray wastes one with a forehand into the net, but then a wild mis-hit from Gasquet and it's into a fifth set we go. I know where my money is...
Gasquet *6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 2-5 Murray
Murray should be facing two break points. At 15-30, Gasquet chases a drop shot and thwacks a forehand onto the baseline, but Murray somehow slices a backhand lob over the Frenchman's head. A miracle shot, and Murray comes through with ease in the end.
InfostradaLive on Twitter:
"Richard Gasquet career win-loss record in Grand Slam five-setters is 3-7, but he has never gone the distance at Roland Garros."
Gasquet 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 2-4* Murray
Murray's backhand return flies out and Gasquet hangs on. The Frenchman is still walking around gingerly in between points, as if every step is agony.
Gasquet *6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 1-4 Murray
An ace from Murray to close out a quickfire service game, and it looks like we're fifth set-bound.
Gasquet 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 1-3* Murray
Boof. Brutal backhand pass by Murray too make it 15-30 and he gets the error in response. Two break points
for Murray, and he only needs one. A beautifully-worked point, the pair exchanging angled backhands before Murray gets the short ball to kill.
Gasquet *6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 1-2 Murray
Gasquet fires a forehand behind Murray to earn a break point.
There's life in the old dog yet. Great defence by Murray again, but it looks over when he throws up a lob - but Gasquet sticks it wide. Fist-pump and a grimace from Murray. Another misplaced smash - this time over the baseline - and Murray survives.
Gasquet 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 1-1* Murray
At what point does Gasquet start thinking about Wimbledon 2008? Or has it always been on his mind? Maybe it's what Murray planned all along... Anyway, encouraging signs of life from the Frenchman here, pumping his fist as he rattles through that service game to 15.
Gasquet *6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 0-1 Murray
Gasquet pops a pill at the sit-down before gingerly walking out on to the newly-swept court. Murray holds to love, and Gasquet isn't interested at the moment.
Gasquet 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 0-0* Murray
As I predicted (in my head), Murray hits right back to earn a break point - and this time it's a set point
thanks to Gasquet's double fault. Big serve does the business for the Frenchman though, and he coolly puts away a smash. That's not so cool though. Gasquet fires an easy high volley into the trams and it's another set point.
Sensational defence by Murray, fending off a forehand attack, before pouncing on a short ball and forcing the error. Big roar from the Scot - and the trainer is now out for Gasquet.
Gasquet *6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-5 Murray
Haha, or maybe not... A shocking game by Murray. Awful. Murray's lob drifts out and Gasquet breaks straight back. A quite absurd turn of events there. Gasquet's having a glass of Coke now! Someone send him a sausage roll to go with.
Gasquet 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 3-5* Murray
Double fault from Gasquet now - his first of the match - and Murray is 0-30 up.... Oh my goodness. I'm running out of ways to describe this backhand now, Gasquet gets back to 15-30 with a viciously angled one, an absolute beauty. Forehand winner and then an ace and he's at game point, but now he makes a complete mess of a drop shot. Murray earns a break point,
but Gasquet shuts the door with a wrongfooting backhand, but now a tired forehand into the net. Another break point
but a big serve gets him out of trouble. Right, a third break point
and a DOUBLE FAULT. At this stage, I make Murray favourite.
Gasquet *6-4 7-6 (7-5) 3-4 Murray
It's not easy - it never is when you're finding only 45% of your first serves - but Murray holds to 30. Gasquet looking very much the worse for wear all of a sudden, slumping in his chair and shaking his head. Has he forgotten he's two sets up?
Gasquet 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 3-3* Murray
Now then. Murray uses his frustration to good effect, stepping on to the front foot and quickly earning himself three break points.
Surely he has to take one of these. Not the first two... but on the third, Gasquet amazingly whips a forehand into the trams. Terrible miss, but Murray breaks straight back.
From Blue_Phoenix on 606:
"Horrible game by Murray so far. Sad to say but I think he's going out today and wont be surprised by a first-week exit at Wimbledon. Can't really say what's going wrong with him at the moment, just poor play in every area. Especially the serve!"
Gasquet *6-4 7-6 (7-5) 3-2 Murray
Murray clutching the knee again, but he looks toward his camp and grins. Lame backhand into the net, Murray shakes his head, Gasquet has two break points.
This doesn't look good... Murray drop shot saves the first. But Murray's forehand drifts into the tramlines and Gasquet breaks.
Murray threatens to thrash the ball into the stands, but thinks better of it. He sits down at the change of ends and once again he's smiling at his coaching team. I think the heat's got to him.
Gasquet 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 2-2* Murray
Murray passes with a backhand drive volley. Nice... But now he seems to be feeling a knee problem. There were some reports that he had tweaked that long-standing knee injury before the tournament. It doesn't stop him opening a 15-30 lead - but yet another big serve from Gasquet draws him level. Gasquet's serve, especially at crucial times, has been impeccable today. Murray gets to deuce but no further, and Gasquet finishes the game with another stunning backhand.
Gasquet *6-4 7-6 (7-5) 1-2 Murray
Gasquet is almost sitting in the linesman's chair as he rifles another magnificent backhand return onto the baseline. There isn't a lot Murray can do here - but a few more first serves would definitely be handy. It's deuce, and a Murray forehand is called out - but the mark shows it clipped the line so they replay the point, and this time, Murray does find an ace. He's hanging in there, not much more.
Ace Tennis Magazine on Twitter:
"Yikes. A 2 set lead for the backhand man, but don't worry Muzza fans, American broadcast legend Bud Collins thinks Murray will pull through."
Gasquet 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 1-1* Murray
Absurdly good drop shot from Gasquet, dinked onto the sideline leaving Murray no chance.
From Ryushinku on 606:
"Come on Andy, don't start grumbling no matter how much you think you're right... You need all your focus now."
From Simon via text:
"On the plus side, Murray's going to be really fresh for Wimbledon."
Gasquet *6-4 7-6 (7-5) 0-1 Murray
Infostrada also remind us that Murray has come from two sets down twice in his career - and one of those was against Gasquet at Wimbledon a couple of years ago. So good news and bad news for Murray fans there. Murray sees another first serve come flying back past him, throwing his arms in the air in frustration. Good hold though, finishing it with a drop shot.
InfostradaLive on Twitter:
"Murray two sets down. Only two top four seeds have been ousted at Roland Garros in the first round in the last 10 years: Sampras (2000) and Roddick (2007)."
After all that drama, Gasquet's off to the toilet. Don't blame him. Murray, meanwhile, is having a rant and rave at the umpire, something about him having to wait to serve on every point as Gasquet waits for the crowd to settle down.
Gasquet 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 0-0 Murray
Argh. Murray with another lame double-fault at precisely the wrong moment and Gasquet has the mini-break again at 4-3.
The Brit overcooks a backhand, struggling to cope with the weight of the Gasquet backhand. But what's this? Murray does brilliantly to get a forehand return back, and the shock is too much for Gasquet, who belts his own forehand miles long. As you were. Murray now chases a short ball and fire it straight at Gasquet - and do the French crowd not like that. It's 5-5. Gasquet paints the sideline with a forehand, and Murray goes inches long in reply. Set point for Gasquet
and he hits the opposite sideline with a second serve. Murray punts it back, but Gasquet's approach shot proves too hot to handle and a backhand into the net leaves Murray needing to win three sets to keep his French Open campaign alive.
Gasquet 6-4 6-6 (3-3) Murray
Gasquet opens with an ace. No let-up from the Frenchman yet, and Murray now slices a backhand long. Gasquet with the first mini-break. But Murray retrieves it at the first opportunity when Gasquet plays a lazy drop shot which doesn't clear the net. Gasquet quickly back in the zone with an ace onto the line to make it 3-2. Solid point from Murray behind his serve and they switch over all square.
Gasquet 6-4 6-6 Murray
Poor forehand error by Murray and it puts him in trouble at 15-30. The crowd sense their moment... but Murray quietens them briefly with a big first serve. 30-30. Murray up to the net but Gasquet wallops a forehand down the line and Murray can't control it, spooning a volley into the trams. It's set point for Gasquet
and the crowd are really making their presence felt now. Big forehand to take control of the point and Murray then plucks a high volley out of the air, forcing Gasquet to go long. Relief for the Brit, and he does brilliantly to come through, weathering a significant storm. Tie-break time. Unbelievably tense now.
Gasquet 6-4 6-5* Murray
You know that chat we were having earlier about players with the talent of Federer, but not the application? I'm throwing Gasquet into the mixer... He's got a ridiculous amount of talent. Ha, but he's just tried a through-the-legs 'hot-dog' shot there - and not even he can pull that off. Bit strange: at 40-30, Murray drop-shots and it doesn't look that great, but Gasquet just turns around and collects another ball to serve with. With it, he delivers an ace before closing out. Murray starting to show signs of frustration, but is Gasquet beginning to feel the effects of his Nice win?
Gasquet *6-4 5-5 Murray
Murray struggles to get a first serve in, but he digs deep. Gasquet saves one game point with another sensational return, an off-backhand this time. One of the greatest sights in tennis. Murray holds to 30 anyway. Job done.
Gasquet 6-4 5-4* Murray
Another glimmer of hope for Murray at 15-30, but Gasquet simply steps up and bangs down an ace. Demoralising. No sign of the Gasquet fire going out. Elsewhere, four-times quarter-finalist Tommy Robredo is out, beaten in three sets by Viktor Troicki. Former champ Ana Ivanovic is on court, leading 6-3 1-0 against Kai-Chen Chang.
Gasquet *6-4 4-4 Murray
If you've got a ticket for Suzanne Lenglen today... well, I'm afraid I don't like you very much. There have been some mindblowing shots out there so far, and there's another from Murray, sprinting to one corner to send the backhand pass into the opposite corner. It has to be that good at the moment. A rare comfortable service game for Murray.
Gasquet 6-4 4-3* Murray
Deuce and a bit of hope for Murray, who oddly opts to go all loopy with his forehand. Gasquet puts a high backhand volley away and goes on to edge ahead. The Frenchman reaches for a bag of ice as he sits down. Still awfully hot out there by all accounts.
Gasquet *6-4 3-3 Murray
Double fault from Murray, and he beats his head with his hand in frustration. It's break point
again but Murray gets his first serve in and backs it up with a hat-trick of huge forehands, the last a clean winner. Game point now and that's a good serve into the corner... OH MY WORD, Gasquet plucks it out of the air and sends an unbelievable
backhand down the line. A stunned Murray asks the umpire if the serve was out. Desperate. He does well to shrug off that moment of pure magic from Gasquet. He delivers an ace to get back to game point and comes through.
Svetlana Kuznetsova on Twitter:
"In my favourite hotel, in one of my fav cities, playing my fav tournament! Watching Andy M playing v Richard G! Enjoying it all! Don't feel like going out as Champs Elysee is packed! So many People! So I'll chill here and get a treatment soon! Then nice dinner at Japanese."
Gasquet 6-4 3-2* Murray
Remarkable point. Murray turns 360 degrees to get the return back, but it's very short and surely Gasquet will put this away... No! Murray stretches and manages to lob it onto the baseline. That helps the Scot get back from 40-0 down to break point,
but Gasquet chooses that moment to unleash probably his best backhand of the day - which is saying something. He rocks backwards and hammers it onto the baseline. Murray is almost laughing, it's that's good. Gasquet goes on to hold with another couple of sizzling winners. Could be an important game.
Gasquet *6-4 2-2 Murray
This is not the digging in I was after. Murray misses a forehand to give Gasquet a break point.
Odd shot by Gasquet though, slicing a fairly easy forehand over the baseline. There are signs, every now and then, that the Frenchman is tired, but that is maybe forcing him to take risks - hence some extravagant winners. Can it continue? We'll see...
Gasquet 6-4 2-1* Murray
I would certainly back Murray's fitness over Gasquet's if this goes long, but I'm starting to wonder if Murray can take it long enough. Gasquet, who is wearing a top with a black and white checked pattern across the chest (in case you were wondering about that last text), holds to 15. Time for Murray to dig in.
From Graham, London, via text:
"Can I have a go at the crossword on the front of Gasquet's top please?"
Gasquet *6-4 1-1 Murray
Murray levels up with minimum fuss. Ross Hutchins, on BBC 5 live Sports Extra, reveals that Murray's skin infection was on his chin. A detail too far?
Gasquet 6-4 1-0* Murray
Murray races into a 0-30 lead. This would be a great time to break - but Gasquet recovers his poise and finishes off four points in a row with a serve-volley point.
Gasquet *6-4 0-0 Murray
Dinky rally here, Murray drop shot drawing Gasquet in, but it's s decent response from the Frenchman. Murray, though, bends and flicks a ridiculous backhand half-volley into the open court. He celebrates with a clenched fist towards his camp. But wait a minute, Murray switches off at precisely the wrong moment... Gasquet sweeps a backhand onto the sideline to earn two set points.
Murray serves and has an easy volley to put away - but puts it into the net. C'est un disastre. And it's double bad news, Brit fans: Elena Baltacha loses 6-0 7-5 to Agnieszka Radwanska.
Gasquet 5-4* Murray
Gasquet takes a step forward, loops his racquet back in that unique way of his, and snaps a sizzling backhand down the line. I dream of playing a shot even half as good as that. The Frenchman holds comfortably. Squeaky bum time in this first set.
From andrewjnh on Twitter:
"Watching the game on French TV. The commentators keep referring to Murray as 'L'Anglais'. The Scots would be most unhappy!"
Gasquet *4-4 Murray
Pressure back on Murray's serve at 15-30 but he rifles a backhand down the line to get back to 30-30, and then another brutal low backhand gives him game point. Not for the first time today, a Murray ace is called a 'let'. Scot not amused. He holds though. Radwanska leads Bally 6-5
in the second set and is a game away from the second round.
From Sportsfan87 on 606:
"Seven games in 37 minutes, may only be seven games so far but at this current rate you have to favour Murray over Gasquet, especially in the conditions."
Gasquet 4-3* Murray
Both these players in mainly white outfits, which is all very old school and not something I completely approve of to be honest, although may be sensible in this weather. Gasquet in a bit of trouble at 30-30 and here's a loopy backhand from Murray, which the Frenchman thwacks into the net off his forehand. Break point,
but not for long, a swinging ace down the middle saves it.
Gasquet *3-3 Murray
Easy hold for Murray there, which will come as a relief. Serena Williams comes through 7-6 6-2 against Stefanie Voegele. Baltacha holds to serve to make it 5-5 in the second set against Radwanska.
Gasquet 3-2* Murray
Twice in a row, Gasquet takes on a short ball and comes into the net - only to be passed by Murray. Kaboom! Gasquet absolutely destroys a bounce-smash from the back of the court. I felt that from here. The Frenchman holds to 30.
From Craig, Selkirk, via text:
"Stuck at work, and democracy in action means the TV in the break room is firmly set to Jeremy Kyle. Sigh. Contemplating setting off the sprinklers."
Gasquet *2-2 Murray
Another dazzling rally. Murray draws Gasquet in with a drop shot, then sends up the lob. Gasquet stretches for the smash, Murray scrambles it back and then unleashes a forehand pass crosscourt - but Gasquet is there with a delicious drop volley. Gasquet earns two break points.
Gasquet in control on the first, but Murray's defence is strong and he's rewarded when the Frenchman nets a drop shot. And now an ace. Danger averted... but not for long. A backhand into the net gives Gasquet a third break point...
but there's another huge serve. Murray survives. Elsewhere, Serena has broken against Stefanie Voegele and leads 7-6 3-1. Baltacha trails Radwanska 6-0 4-3.
From Andrew, Newcastle, via text:
"Do you reckon the ATP might be amenable to introducing a rule that forces players to wear a different colour top to their opponents? I'm watching the Murray match in a small window at work and struggling to tell the two of them apart."
Gasquet 2-1* Murray
Murray unloads on a few forehand returns in this game, but Gasquet works his way to 40-30 and then sends a screaming backhand crosscourt before finishing off with a smash. On Court 3, it's breaks-a-go-go as Radwanska pegs Bally back to 3-3.
Gasquet *1-1 Murray
Wow. Murray zips a backhand down the line, but Gasquet scampers across and unleashes a stunning forehand winner into the open court. The Frenchman has started where he left off in Nice on Saturday. Drop-shot from Murray which Gasquet doesn't even bother to run for and that's game point. Gasquet pegs him back to deuce twice, but Murray avoids a break point. I'm not sure I can think of a finer way to spend a Monday afternoon than watching these two trade backhands. Stunning. News from elsewhere: Serena Williams wins the first set on a tie-break against Stefanie Voegele. Bally still leads by a break in the second set against Radwanska at 3-2.
Gasquet 1-0* Murray
Boom. Murray explodes into a crosscourt backhand, but that's the only point he wins in an otherwise comfortable service game for Gasquet. They're already talking potential classic on 5 live Sports Extra.* denotes next to serve
Ooh, just quickly, Bally's looking a lot brighter in the second set against Radwanska. She has broken for a 2-1 lead.
Here we go then. Gasquet to serve first.
These two have met three times before, with Gasquet winning both three-set encounters (in Paris 2007 and Toronto 2006) but Murray winning from two sets down in a Wimbledon classic in 2008.
Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet warming up - but they won't need much warming up in these sweltering temperatures. Gasquet asked the organisers to move this match to tomorrow, but had his request turned down. The Frenchman won a gruelling final against Fernando Verdasco in Nice on Saturday, during which he received treatment for a groin injury. He's also got a knee problem apparently. Murray, meanwhile, has been having treatment for a skin infection. It's a wonder they made it to the court at all...
World number one Serena Williams
is having a bit of a struggle over on Chatrier. She's serving at 5-5 against Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele. Classic early Grand Slam form from Serena.
Double eek. Only 24 minutes gone, and Agnieszka Radwanska pockets a 6-0 first set against Elena Baltacha. I might avert my gaze... Thankfully, I can see Richard Gasquet and Andy Murray coming out on to Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Elena Baltacha breaks a horror run of 13 points against as she battles from 40-0 down to deuce on her own serve - but Agnieszka Radwanska closes out the double break and leads 4-0.
On Suzanne Lenglen, third seed and former semi-finalist Novak Djokovic beats Evgeny Korolev 6-1 3-6 6-1 6-3
and after a short break, Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet will be making their way over there to replace them.
Agnieszka Radwanska opens up a 3-0 lead against Elena Baltacha. Jonathan Overend, on BBC 5 live Sports Extra, describes this as a "shaky start" by the British number one. "She looks a little leaden-footed," he added. If you want radio commentary and you're in the UK, please refresh your page.
Baltacha-Radwanska is up and running, with the Pole serving first. Djokovic is a break up in the fourth against Korolev, leading 3-2. About half an hour until Murray-time, according to my own estimates.
I'm back! But you won't know unless you manually refresh the page. I'll leave it up to you. British eyes should be heading over to Court 3
right now where British number one Elena Baltacha
is about to get under way against world number eight Agnieszka Radwanska. Tough opener for Bally. BBC 5 live Sports Extra are going to be covering the start of that match until Andy Murray's encounter with Richard Gasquet begins.
And there we have it. Lukas Lacko beats Michael Yani 4-6 7-6 7-6 6-7 12-10
to reach round two. Is that the longest match in French Open history, I hear you ask. Well, it equalled the men's Open era record at Roland Garros. And Miss Cheese is back from her dejeuner...
Nole HAS just taken the third set and he looks pumped to do likewise in the fourth. So 1430 BST may be a decent prediction for Andy's arrival.
From The Man From Viltheed on 606: "Well Nole is steaming through the third set...so assuming he does the same with the fourth...maybe (Murray will be on) about 2.30 UK time? That's probably the earliest guess...."
And 5-0 is to Nole. So back we go to Couth 17 and the marathon between Yani and Lacko in the men's singles. The durable duo got to 10-10 in the decider but Slovakia's Lacko has just broken for an 11-10 lead and is serving for the match. Never thought we'd see the end but maybe, just maybe, it is nigh.
Excuse the delay, technical problems. In the meantime, Novak has regained control of his encounter with Korolev. The Serb serving for a 5-0 lead in the third set.
1328: Roger Federer beats Peter Luczak 6-4 6-1 6-2
to reach round two of the French Open. The Swiss could hardly have wish for a more trouble-free start to his title defence as he serves out for a comfortable victory. Sam Smith on the Red Button
describes it as a masterclass and I'd be inclined to agree.
Another break of serve for the Fed. Aussie Luczak, who came through the US college system, has battled hard out there today. But you never really expected him to trouble the great Swiss, did you? Fed's now serving for the match.
Last I looked, Novak was cruising against Kazakhstan's Korolev on Suz Lenglen. But he's just dropped the second set... which means Murray fans will have to wait a little longer to see their man.
Oh yes, and you'd better manually refresh your pages otherwise you won't know who on earth is writing to you. While I've been waffling away, the Fed express has broken Luczak and held serve for a 4-2 lead in the third set out on Court Philippe Chatrier. Curtains for the Aussie?
Hello there. Miss Cheese will be back shortly - she's just gone to replenish her energy stores ahead of what could be a titanic battle between Andy Murray and Ricky Gasquet.
Short delay in the Federer-Luczak match as a gentleman in the crowd appears to succumb to the heat. The French crowd react with a slow hand-clap, which seems a bit harsh... Back in play now and Fed comes up with most stunning drop shot out of nowhere. Lucky's smiling on the outside, and probably dying a little on the inside. It's 2-2 in the third set,
and I'm just popping out for a sandwich so here's 'Dangerous' Dave Ornstein for a little while.
From TheJt on Twitter:
TheJT "Re 1252: Miloslav Mecir was a classy player. Not sure lack of Fed-like success was due to lack of application. But injury didn't help."
Jack texted in earlier asking about the Lacko/Yani match on Court 17. I must confess, my eyes glazed over when I saw his message initially, but how wrong I was... They were level at 8-8 in the fifth set when darkness fell yesterday. According to
Infostrada Sports on Twitter,
they are about to start their 66th game. The men's singles record at Roland Garros is 71 Games (open era), recorded three times. Full score: Yani 6-4 6-7 6-7 7-6 8-8 Lacko.
Fed wins the second set to lead 6-4 6-1
and it's looking like a walk in the sunshine for the world number one now. I think that last text may have been for the TV team, who are clearly much cleverer than I, but I thought it was a good question. I'm going to say Marat Safin and John McEnroe. But I am massively biased, because they're two of my favourite players of all time.
From anon via text:
"Are you aware of any player who you felt had the talent of Federer but lacked the desire? Basically someone who could of been as good but couldn't be bothered."
Double break for Fed now and he's serving for the set at 5-1.
Lucky's level has dropped a touch and that's all it takes...
Folks, if you want to get a message to the TV crew, currently Sam Smith and John Lloyd, they're ready and eager to answer your questions. Same details: text 81111
(UK) or +44 7786200666
(worldwide) or you can
and I'll be sure to pass it on (as long as it's clean).
Fed drops the racquet and meets a searing Luczak forehand down the line with a delicate, angled drop volley. Don't try that one at home. The top seed breaks at the second opportunity to take a 3-1 lead in the second set.
Elsewhere, Novak Djokovic takes the first set against Evgeny Korolev 6-1. If the Serb continues to dominate, we should be on for that 1400 BST start in Murray-Gasquet, maybe even a touch earlier.
Well, well. Peter Luczak takes on the mighty Fed from the back of the court - and comes out on top. Break point
and the first of the match from the Aussie. Gone in as long as it takes for Fed to bang down a big first serve. I don't want this to sound patronising, although I fear it will, but this is a great effort from Lucky. Over on Lenglen, Novak Djokovic is making short work of Evgeny Korolev, leading 5-1. Murray-Gasquet follows that match.
In answer to that last text, I don't think Robbo will be gracing Roland Garros this year. She's not playing junior tournaments any more, and isn't quite good enough for the main draw yet. It won't be long though...
From Tom, Durham, via text:
"What's the news on Britain's sweetheart Laura Robson?"
A shorter ball allows Fed to make space for a huge forehand down the line. Set point.
Luczak's first serve looks wide, so Fed nonchalantly dinks it back, with Luczak putting the volley away. Bit of controversy now, because the umpire, who has already called the score, refuses to look at the mark which Fed is querying. Fed argues for a while in French, before eventually realising he's not getting anywhere. That bit of drama seems to affect Lucky more than Fed though. The Aussie makes an error then double faults, and Fed takes the first set 6-4.
Luczak catches Fed unawares with a cheeky drop shot. The world number one is caught on the back foot and can only dolly the ball back over for Lucky to put away. That gives him a game point to make it 5-5, but a trademark sweeping crosscourt forehand from Fed makes it deuce. Big serve down the 'T' gives Luckzak another game point, but now a forehand error brings us back to deuce. Tense times.
Great point from Peter Luczak. Big serve followed by a lovely angled forehand, which draws the short ball to put away. The Aussie is still on serve against Roger Federer. It's 4-4. Good stuff.
Dmitry Tursunov... Remember him? The wacky Russian, famous for
his 'offbeat' blogs for the ATP website,
has been out for ages with an ankle injury but he made his long-awaited return today, losing 6-1 6-1 6-1 to Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver. Fellow goofball, rap superstar Vince Spadea, appears to have retired - but I am petitioning Wimbledon for a wildcard for him. Let you know how that goes.
Well, no surprise that Roger Federer has held all three service games so far - and indeed, hasn't dropped a point on serve yet - but Peter Luczak is doing OK on his own serve so far. Doesn't look too overawed. Fed leads 3-2 in the first set.
Eleventh seed Li Na
comes through a difficult match against French wildcard and rising star Kristina Mladenovic, 7-5 6-3. One of two Stephanies: Dubois or Cohen-Aloro. The end of the match will bring Novak Djokovic and Evgeny Korolev on to Lenglen court. After that, it's Murray-Gasquet, which is probably looking more like a 1400 BST start I would think.
Federer opens with an effortless service game before immediately earning a break point, but Luczak does well to hold off the world number one there to level up at 1-1.
As Sam Smith on the Red Button
has just observed, Luczak hasn't had a lot of luck in Grand Slams this year. He drew Rafa Nadal at the Australian Open and lost 7-6 6-1 6-4. Second Slam of the year, he gets Roger Federer. And his nickname's Lucky... you figure it out.
Moments to go until defending champion Roger Federer steps out on to a sun-baked Chatrier court. Facing him is Aussie Peter Luczak, who quite likes a bit of the red stuff, but should be no match for Le Fed.
From Chris via text:
"I've put my usual £10 on Gael Monfils. Come on my son!"
All over. Caroline Wozniacki
beats Alla Kudryavtseva 6-0 6-3 to reach the second round where she'll meet Kristina Barrois or Tathiana Garbin. Lucie Safarava is another early winner, 6-2 6-2 over Jelena Dokic.
Argh, Kudryavtseva is broken for the fifth time and Wozzy is serving for the match at 6-0 5-3. Next up on this court: King Roger Federer.
Li Na has squeezed through the first set against Kristina Mladenovic 7-5 over on Lenglen. Alla Kudryavtseva is putting up a fair old battle in the second set against Caroline Wozniacki, who leads 4-3 but with serve.
Some news: France's Gael Monfils was due to play Germany's Florian Mayer in the last match on Chatrier today - but Mayer has pulled out at the last minute. Thankfully, French Open organisers have had a little look in the men's locker room and found Dieter Kindlmann hanging around, so he'll replace his fellow German against the Sliderman.
BBC 5 live's Jonathan Overend tweeting from Roland Garros:
"Thought I had seen the worst scoreboard in sport - the 1980s mobile ice-cream van which worked the Essex county cricket festivals... but Roland Garros have managed even worse: a ridiculous electronic thing - numbers merging with letters. New for this year. Clever."
From Ben via text:
"Cracking early predo Cheesy! Don't underestimate Wozniacki, she'll make the last eight."Yeah well, start as you mean to go on, I say
Allez Alla! Kudryavtseva wins her first game against Wozzy to make it 1-1 in the second set. On Lenglen, Li Na
is in a ding-dong battle with France's former junior world number one Kristina Mladenovic. It's 5-5. Kind of wish I'd picked that as my upset now... Incidentally UK viewers, the Red Button/web stream plan for today is: Kudryavtseva v Wozniacki, Federer v Luczak, Murray v Gasquet, Jankovic v Molik. It's all subject to change though. Tennis is unpredictable like that.
From Max, Wiltshire, via text:
"Murray v Gasquet: could be the best first round match in Slam history?"And to think they accuse the press of over-hyping things...
Alla Kudryavtseva can munch on the day's first bagel as Caroline Wozniacki wraps up the first set 6-0. Wozzy should be thanking me for that really... (see 1008). Wozzy saw her BFF Victoria Azarenka fall at the first hurdle yesterday. Last year's quarter-finalist was dumped out by Gisela Dulko and was so furious, she refused to speak to the press afterwards, earning her a $4,000 fine. Stroppy.
Aussie Jelena Dokic is making her latest comeback over on Court 6. Playing her first match since March because of an arm injury, she is 5-2 down against Lucie Safarova. Clay isn't Dokic's bag really, I'd imagine she's just looking for some match practice ahead of the grass. Meanwhile, there's a bagel on the way on Chatrier...
The camera pans over to a plume of black smoke in the distance. Crikey. Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki is making a mockery of my prediction of an upset and leads Alla Kudryavtseva 3-0. I feel like a fool. Nicolas Lapentti is playing Taylor Dent on Court 3, that takes me back...
Right, if your red, white and blue bunting is out ready for Andy Murray and Elena Baltacha later, here's the vital info: Murray plays Richard Gasquet in the third match on Lenglen. Our best guess is that will be not before 1300 BST. That match will be live on the Red Button, 5 live Sports Extra and online (UK only).
Bally's match against eighth seed Agnieszka Radwanska is also third on, on Court 3. That's probably going to be about the same time - and we'll keep you very much updated with her progress here.
Those of you eagerly awaiting live streaming of Wozniacki-Kudryavtseva, we have a petit problem with the video, but a manual refresh should see you right.
It's 24C already in Paris. It's quite a relief to be sitting in the delightful shade of this office. Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki
is first up on Court Philippe Chatrier, taking on Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva. I'm going bold early on: I reckon that could be upset o'clock. Admittedly, I haven't seen a lot of Kudryavtseva in action of late, but I do know Wozzy's been having terrible bother from an ankle injury.
Phew! What another scorcher. Welcome along to day two of the French Open, featuring not one, but two, great Britons in action. Ooh, and Roger Federer and Serena Williams. They're quite good too.