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French Open day seven as it happened

Venus Williams

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By Ben Dirs

The match is over
2019: Three awful points from Bondarenko in the tie-breaker create three match points for Jankovic - the fourth-seeded Serb only needs one, and that's a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) victory and a pass to the fourth round. Right, I'm off home, thanks for reading.

2012: Shock of shocks, Jankovic immediately broke back against Bondarenko and she is now serving for the match... she's been broken to love, it's a breaker. I believe there has been one service hold in 12 games in that second set, remarkable stuff...

2009: Henin being outmuscled now by Sharapova, just not able to cope with the depth of shot from the Russian, who is frothing like a thoroughbred racehorse now. And we are going the distance, an easy hold for Sharapova, 6-2 3-6. But that's it for the night, which would seem to make sense, it's seriously dark out there.

2005: They play on despite the fading light. Jankovic serves for the match over on Suzanne Lenglen... and is broken again - back to 5-5 against Bondarenko in the second set. Sharapova really pouring it on now, all over Henin's second serve and creating two more break points - and she only needs one of them, 5-3 now in the second set and she's serving to level it at 1-1.

2000: Two break points for Henin - Sharapova saves the first with a sweet little drop-shot and goes on to save the second. But Henin gets a third bite of the cherry... and the Russian saves again with some dirty great howitzers from behind the baseline. And Sharapova does manage to hold despite three double faults, this second set is turning into a real old slug-fest.

1952: Jankovic has broken again! I think I'm right in saying there's been one hold in seven games so far in that second set. Henin serves up another double-fault before redeeming herself with her first ace of the match down the middle to hold - 6-2 3-3.

1949: Henin, who's rather gone off the boil in this set, sends a firework into the Roland Garros gloom in the shape of a pinged backhand winner down the line. But Sharapova holds, she really is showing plenty of guts in this set. Guess what? Bondarenko's broken back against Jankovic, it's 3-3 in the second set.

1944: Sharapova with plenty of chances on Henin's serve at the moment and she creates another break point with more desperate scrambling behind the baseline. But she's unable to convert again, sending a backhand down the line just wide. Henin escapes again, the score 2-2. Finally a hold in the game between Jankovic and Bondarenko, and Jankovic follows up with a break to make it 3-2 on serve.

1937: Jankovic has broken back against Bondarenko, nerves jingle-jangling over on Suzanne Lenglen. Sharapova with the first ace of the match and that's another straightforward service hold to make it 2-1. Henin has just won her 40th consecutive set at Roland Garros, by the way, which is some record.

1933: Sharapova really bubbling now and Henin in danger of being drawn into a slugging match with her rival, which isn't really her game. But Henin is able to soak it up, get on her toes and escape the corner to level the second set 1-1, despite a couple of creaky doubles and some very hittable second serves. Early break for Jankovic in the second set of her match against Bondarenko, but the Ukrainian immediately breaks back.

1926: It's actually got a bit brighter in Paris, therefore we will continue. The second love service game in a row from Sharapova, that looked pretty formidable from the Russian. Only 42% of first serves in from Henin in that first set, she'll want to improve on that...

Alan, Dundee, via text on 81111: "Why are the French looking to move to a bigger site when Henin v Sharapova can't half fill the arena? If that match up was at Wimbledon, I bet Centre Court would be full."

1920: Only two games in play now, Henin v Sharapova and Jankovic v Bondarenko. A few hardy souls remain dotted about Phillipe Chartrier, of course they love Henin here, and their heroine doesn't disappoint them with a solid service hold which secures the first set 6-2. Jankovic has won her first set too, wrapping it up on serve 6-4.

1914: Give her credit, Sharapova is one woman you'd want in the trenches with you, she's a ruddy relentless tryer - the first love game of the match on serve, but Henin will serve for the first set at 5-2.

1907: Sharapova is on the scoreboard, it's 4-1 against Henin in the opening set. The Russian really cranking up the decibels now, it's as if she's playing with a barbed-wire grip. You can see every flash from the cameras now, really gloomy over in Paris.

1903: Jelena Jankovic, the fourth seed, is 4-3 and a break up against Alona Bondarenko on Suzanne Lenglen. Henin saves a fourth break point courtesy of some nifty footwork and a sweet forehand winner and dredges up a big first serve to hold. Henin continues to make eyes towards the umpire, but they're staying out there.

The match is over
1900: Sorry, I'm like some galloping harbinger of doom today - from the murk of Lord's where we had barely 27 overs of play to Roland Garros, where, just as I take over, misty rain starts sweeping in. Henin saves a couple of break points, and another, despite some desperate defending from Sharapova. News reaches me that seventh-seeded Australian Samantha Stosur has reached the last 16 with a 6-3 6-2 win over Russian qualifier Anastasia Pivovarova.

Coach and commentator Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Great start for Henin, court playing to slow for Shazza. JH will get to the movement of Shazza and win pretty easy."

By David Ornstein

1854: There's the double-break for Henin. And on that note I'm afraid I've got to head outta here. Ben Dirs to see you through to full-time. See you all tomorrow.

Twitter
BBC 5 live's Jonathan Overend tweeting from Roland Garros: "OK 7 days without a rant is pretty good. Now things change. Scheduling today is total joke. Match of the day is just starting at 7.38pm. We've had a day without interruption, and no 5 setters on centre, yet the big match probably won't get finished. Very gloomy. Not great."

1850: Henin breaks in game one and that sumptuous backhand is already clicking into gear. She looks keen to get this over and done with asap and holds with a gorgeous sliced drop shot for a 2-0 lead.

1845: Last but certainly not least, it's the two former world number ones. We may have a chilly and gloomy Saturday evening in Paris but if anyone can light things up it's these two. They've just completed their knock-up and the action will start very shortly. Whether the match will be completed tonigh is anyone's guess.

1840: I assume we're going to see Henin and Sharapova emerge once Rafa's finished signing autographs. Sunday's order of play is out, by the way, and Murray against Berdych is fourth on Lenglen. The BBC Red Button will be kicking off with Kirilenko against Schiavone on Lenglen before switching to Venus against Petrova on Chatrier. They will stay on Chatrier for Federer-Wawrinka in the clash of the Swiss before moving back to Lenglen for Murray-Berdych. Happy with that?

Spain
The match is over
1830: Game, set and match to the man from Majorca. Second seed and four-time champion Rafael Nadal beats Lleyton Hewitt 6-3 6-4 6-3 to reach the French Open last 16 and next up it's Thomaz Bellucci. Rafa takes his third match point when Hewitt loops a forehand long. The Australian's tournament is over, the English grass awaits.

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Jingles_123 on Twitter: "What did the red-capped man do in the Nadal-Hewitt match?"
He was shouting loudly while points were being played. Silly man.

1826: At last Nadal gets the break and then holds for 5-3. This is his chance to really ratchet up the intensity and he's all over the Hewitt serve like a rash, firing of a succession of blistering groundtstrokes to move 40-15 up on the Aussie's serve. Two match points saved, we're now at deuce...

Spain
The match is over
1823: 'Nando's done it. Fernando Verdasco beats Philipp Kohlschreiber 2-6 6-3 6-3 6-7 6-4 to reach the French Open last 16 and set up a metting with Almagro. After defeats for Ferrer and Ferreror, Spain can at last smile again. WHAT A MATCH. Poor PK.

Twitter
Coach and commentator Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Great drama an a huge win for Robby. Verdasco fighting through a nasty blister in the 5th vs kohl."

A shock result
USA
Spain
The match is over
1814: Heartache for 2003 champion Ferrero, ecstasy for unseeded Ginepri. A late break of serve sees world number 98 Robby Ginepri beat 16th seed Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5 6-3 3-6 2-6 6-4 to reach the French Open last 16. Wow. Ginepri had not won a single match on clay this season and lost to Britain's Alex Bogdanovic in Bordeaux recently. This is a massive win against one of the tour's in-form players. Next up, Novak Djokovic.

1800: Stosur an early break to the good in her bid to reach the last 16, where she would play Henin or Sharapova. Those to are due on Chatrier after Nadal and Hewitt.

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tennistweetscom on Twitter: "Tougher tennis trivia: name the last American to beat a Spaniard in five sets on clay."

It's raining
1758: Robby, Robby Robby... Ferrero breaks back to love and they're back on serve. Brollies up on Chatrier...

1755: Still going with serve on Lenglen but on Court One Ginepri comes from break down to level and then break Ferrero. Robby to serve for the match! Don't you just love a five-setter? Edge-of-your-seat stuff. Hewitt muttering sweet nothings about the court - "I hate this surface, give me some grass!" he shouts. Stosur under way against Pivovarova on Court Two.

1748: Hewitt reads a crosscourt forehand pass to dispatch a stinging volley and break Nadal straight back. The Aussie is desperate to turn this around and while I don't think he'll do it, you've got to give him credit for the spirit he's showing. "You can't teach that," says John Lloyd on the BBC Red Button of the 28th seed's desire as he holds serve for a 2-1 lead in the third.

Twitter
BBC 5 live's Jonathan Overend tweeting from Roland Garros: ""Egalite!" Great question! Any answers? RT @matthewtrfc why does every Tournament use the French word 'deuce', apart from the French Open?!"

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1743: PK fails to serve out the fourth but eventually takes it on a tie-break. Verdasco has the trainer out and the word is he's struggling with an ankle problem. On Court One Ferrero and Ginepri are going with serve, on Chatrier Nadal's a break up in the third but Hewitt squanders a couple of break-back points. Nadal given a time warning, Hewitt still swearing. Lots.

1740: News filtering through that Andy Murray's last-16 meeting with Berdych tomorrow will be fourth on Lenglen. Not confirmed but that's what we're hearing. Two women's matches followed by Cilic-Soderling (how excited are you about that?!) and then Britain's finest.

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From ALP-Anorak on 606: "Hewitt's effort has been commendable but Nadal hasn't played particularly well and is still 2 sets up."

1735: Rafa gobbles up the second set with a hold to 30. Mark Petchey on the BBC Red Button keen to ask Hewitt after the match if Rafa's hitting the ball harder this year than when they met in the last 16 at Garros a year ago. From what I can see, the answer's a definite yes.

BBC 5 live's Jonathan Overend tweeting from Roland Garros: "Just had a word with Olexandr Dolgopolov Jr. Sasha to his friends. Or Olex or Alex. Played DCup v GB in 2006 and is now 56 in the world."

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From Blueboyrob on 606: "Very loose service game from Hewitt that. Some very poor errors on shots which were not particularly taxing. Needs to really up his game if he wants to even push Rafa."

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1728: But in a flash, everything changes. Nadal breaks Hewitt and will now serve for the second, while PK's broken Verdasco and will serve for the fourth. Blink and you'll miss something today.

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1727: I'm loving this afternoon's action. Nadal and Hewitt are really slugging it out on Chatrier - it's 4-4 in the second - Verdasco's come back from two breaks down against PK on Lenglen and they're now at 5-5, and Ferrero has come from two sets down to force a decider on Court One. Love it, love it, love it!

Twitter
natalie_hewitt on Twitter: "What is that song/chant/thing that the French crowd keeps singing? I've had it in my head all week!
I heard it for the first time during the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. They recreate a sort of trumpeting noise and finish it with a yelp of "Allez!"

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Jingles_123 on Twitter Re tennistweetscom below: "Must be all that Nutella!

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1713: Over on Lenglen, PK goes a break up in the fourth but Verdasco has literally just hit back to level. Ferrero's also gone a break up in the fourth on Court One and that one looks set to go the distance.

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tennistweetscom on Twitter: "weather update: looks rain-free at the french open for a few more hours...CPS:EVENT>
1705: Now it's Hewitt doing the fist pumping. The Australian gets to 40-15 on his opponent's serve and Rafa pushes a forehand long. We have a break back and the second set's going with serve once more.

Twitter
tennistweetscom on Twitter: "Hantuchova has pulled out of the doubles giving the Williams sisters a walkover!"

1700: Early break of serve in the second set for Nadal, who takes a few glances up at the skies as the clouds begin to gather. A pretty thankless afternoon for Hewitt so far; Rafa's pouncing on every single mistake he makes.

Twitter
Daniela Hantuchova on Twitter: "Today someone asked me about my Nutella Tweet, and if I ever considered getting a sponsorship from them. A few years ago, Nutella sent me a few jars and we ate them fast. It's my lucky charm, I eat it after matches. There have been talks ;)"
Does she ever stop banging on about Nutella?!

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From BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros via text: "I would just like you to know that I did not participate in that Mexican Wave. Steadfastly sat through it."
Spoil sport...

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From BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros via text: "The wind gets up, the skies darken and there's thunder in the air - rain on the way says this old sea dog."

Spain
1648: Good news all round for the Spaniards. Not only is Rafa a set to the good but Verdasco's gone 2-1 up against PK (although he's just been broken in the fourth) and JC Ferrero has snatched a set off Ginepri so they're into a fourth, too.

Spain
1645: Mark Petchey on the BBC Red Button continually having to apologise for Hewitt's language. Quite funny. Rafa looks to serve out for love but nets on the first set point. Fear not. He stops a volley dead on the second and the set is his.

1642: I regret to inform our tennis-hungry friends watching through freeview that your feed is switching to rugby league for half an hour. See you in a bit.

1640: I can rarely recall Hewitt swearing to quite this extent. He's mega-annoyed with himself. The 28th seed holds for 4-2 and then brings up a break point on the Rafa serve. But the Spaniard puts an insane amount of top spin on a crosscourt backhand and Hewitt can only net. Rafa then finds a line with a winner to hold and he's now a game away from the first set.

Twitter
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery tweeting from Roland Garros: "The press seats were the busiest I've seen them for the start of Nadal-Hewitt but when Rafa goes 4-1 up half of them head for their laptops."

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Coach and commentator Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Coming into the French, Robby Ginepri had a 1 and 7 record on the year and clay is his worst court by far. This has come from nowhere, great stuff."

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1630: Rafa is turning it on. He's breaks Hewitt to 15 with a delicious volley that drops just over the net and then holds for 4-1. Hewitt, already spitting expletives over the gusty wind swirling around Chatrier, is a picture of frustration. Over on Lenglen, Verdasco's still a break up in the third and he's just held for a 5-3 lead. So things are looking rosy for two Spaniards but a third, Ferrero, is struggling. The 2003 champion has fallen 2-0 down against Ginepri and it could be curtains.

The match is over
1619: Down goes 14th seed Lubicic. Sorry to see him go but all credit to his Brazilian opponent. Thomaz Bellucci beats Ivan Lubicic 6-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-4 to reach the French Open last 16 and next up for the 24th seed is either Nadal or Hewitt.

1615: The man from Majorca breaks straight back, edging a gruelling game in which no quarter is asked or given by either man. As we were, then.

The sun is out
1612: The weather may be pretty horrible aujourd'hui but it's looking rather better for demain. According to Roland Garros sources, the day begins with cloudy skies but over the course of the afternoon the cloud cover will break up allowing in some periodic sunshine with a high of 19C/66F.

Twitter
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery tweeting from Roland Garros: "Nadal & Hewitt now bring a blaze of colour to Chatrier and the first sight of sun today gets a round of applause. Still freezing. Rafa in 3."

1608: "Jankovic Yellow," is how Sam Smith on the BBC Red Button describes Hewitt's top. "Very useful if this one goes long into the evening as well." Whatever he's wearing the Australian's made a strong start, breaking Nadal's serve in game one. Stat attack: Hewitt has taken only one set off Nadal in their last four meetings.

1604: We're under way on Chatrier, Rafa in a blue/green/yellow citrusy shirt and white shorts, Hewitt sporting a yellow top and black short. Nadal's in the midst of his best ever start to a French Open having lost only 13 games in his first two matches.

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1558: There I was writing the Spanish tennis obituary... Verdasco's taken the second set off PK and he's a break up in the third. Talk about jumping the gun. One Spanish player genuinely in a spot of bother, though, is JC Ferrero. He's a set and a break down to Ginepri, with the winner going on to face Djokovic. Ljubicic, meanwhile, is two sets down to Bellucci.

Twitter
Katie O'Brien on Twitter: "Bought some shoes recently. Only when I got home did I notice the R one was a size bigger than the L. Off to change them...pain in the…!"
Always wondered what the Brits get up to once they've been knocked out of Grand Slam tournament

1545: The day seven offerings just get better and better. Next up on Chatrier is Rafael Nadal against Lleyton Hewitt and I for one can't wait. It's live here and on the BBC Red Button so pour yourselves and brew and get comfy.

1550: Still windy and overcast on Chatrier as Hewitt leads a lime green-clad Rafa on to the court. Nadal's luminous racquet bag is actually hurting my eyes. Don't forget this match is followed by Henin-Sharapova. Juicy.

1545: The day seven offerings just get better and better. Next up on Chatrier is Rafael Nadal against Lleyton Hewitt and I for one can't wait. It's live here and on the BBC Red Button so pour yourselves a brew and get comfy.

The match is over
1540: Djokovic seals the win with a love service game, which is always nice. He smiles and waves to the crowd, his support team look as chuffed as kids at Christmas. Third seed Novak Djokovic beats Victor Hanescu 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-2 to reach the French Open last 16. Next up for the Serb is Ferrero or Ginepri.

Twitter
qasalom on Twitter: "Nole resembles Rob de Niro from around 'mean streets' era more and more every day. Watch his mannerisms between points!"

1533: "Absolutely stunning," is how John Lloyd on the BBC Red Button describes the Djokovic crosscourt forehand. It brings him a second break point in game seven and then the double break for a 5-2 lead. The third seed from Serbia to serve for the match.

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From anon via text: "Will they be showing Henin/Sharapova on freeview?"
Yes, that's the plan. Weather permitting, of course.

1527: The spectators on Chatrier are on their feet as Djoko finishes an intoxicating exchange by lobbing Hanescu to gain break point. He takes it when the Romanian goes long and then holds serve for a 4-2 lead in the fourth set. It's Nole's to lose now.

1525: Some of you were asking what those large plumes of smoke - seen on the TV pictures earlier - were. Well, Sarah Richardson from the BBC Red Button team has an answer. "They came from a massive fire in a large storage depot in a small town just north of Paris. Currently over 100 firemen trying to get the blaze under control."

Twitter
Coach and commentator Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Kohlschreiber backhand is off the charts, Verdacco seems tired - might have played to much this clay court season."

1518: Looks like Verdasco could follow David Ferrer through the exit door. What's happening to those clay-loving Spaniards today? 'Nando's dropped the first set to PK and, although it's still early days, the German is looking red hot. Don't forget, Rafa to come later.

Twitter
Andy Murray on Twitter: "What's up? Relaxed day for me 2day. Me and Matty Little took the football tennis, hit for 45 and done."

1514: Wanna know what the British number one's been up to today?

1512: Djokovic is broken at the start of the fourth set but swiftly hits back and is now serving for 2-2. He's struggling for consistence today, the Serb, and on this evidence won't trouble Federer, Nadal and co in the latter rounds. "Can he win the tournament?" asks John Lloyd on the BBC Red Button. "In my opinion, he doesn't stand much of a chance".

Twitter
Coach and commentator Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Great win for Melzer today - he earned it with some very bold play. Next up for him Gaba - should be a very winnable match."
T'was indeed a great win for the Austrian over clay-specialist Ferrer, a bit shock that. Melzer-Gaba is an exciting prospect.

1501: Nice to see your questions for the BBC Red Button team streaming through via text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) and twitter . I'm passing them on to Sam Smith and John Lloyd, who are currently behind the mic.

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1500: Nole's hit top form to take the third set while over on Lenglen, Philly Kohlschreiber (PK from now on) is a break up on Verdasco. Ferrero's opened against Ginepri with a break of serve but Ljubicic seems to be feeling the effects of his give-set epic against Fish yesterday - he's a set and a break down to Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci today. Almagro, meanwhile, took the first set off Dolgopolov Jr and those boys are going with serve in the second.

1450: Maybe Novak only plays well when I'm in the hotseat because he's just broken Hanescu and is serving for a 5-2 lead in the third set. Rubbish theory but he is back on song.

1445: Thanks, Mike. But what have you done to Djokovic? When I left for a chicken sandwich he was a set up and seemingly cruising. Suddenly we're at 1-1 and the boy Victor is properly back in that match. Nole's just held for a 3-2 lead, mind.

By Mike Henson

1437: David's back from his carbo-loading and ready to take you through the rest of the afternoon.

1433: We have another faller. David Ferrer, the number nine seed, has come a cropper against Jurgen Melzer, 6-4 6-0 7-6. The result means either the Austrian 22nd seed or Russian qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili will be lining up in the quarters.

1428: Djokovic is mopping his brow and well he might. A break of serve from Hanescu is followed up by a solid hold from the Romanian and the second set is his. This looks like it could turn ugly for the third seed.

1424: Fernando Verdasco is another seed off to a sluggish start as the tournament's number seven suffers a break in the opening game of his match against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Twitter
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery tweeting from Roland Garros: "Seen from the press bar window - a shivering Lindsay Davenport dutifully stopping to pose for fans' photographs. It's a very English day."

1416: After chasing down a drop-volley, Djokovic squeezes a sublime little backhand across court to take a point. He needs more of that. It is back to all square in the second on Philippe Chatrier.

1410: Out on Court Seven 19th seed Nicolas Almagro is up and running. He is a break up on Ukraine's Oleksandr Dolgopolov.

1407:There won't be a run by a home favourite to get bums on seats for the rest of the women's tournament. Marion Bartoli, the last Frenchwomen left, has been beaten by Shahar Peer, 7-6 (9-7) 6-2.

1402:Hanescu is still battling hard out there and wraps a forehand down the line to rescue a break point, before eventually succumbing. 2-1 down, Novak to serve. Ivan Ljubicic is out on Court Two by the way and has been broken early by Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci.

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From Grant in Edinburgh via text: "What's Novak wearing? I bet blue or red, my colleague says green or orange. Loser has to walk downstairs to our canteen and buy coffees... "

Looks like your colleague is playing barista Grant. It is mostly white an aquamarine section on the bottom third swings it your way I'd say.
1352:At least we are keeping across this one people. The Paris public seem pretty underwhelmed by it all, plenty of green seats still unoccupied out there.

By David Ornstein

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tennistweetscom on Twitter: "Ferrer is getting pounded like a pound cake. Doesn't appear to be any injuries or illness."

A bagel
1348: I can confirm we have a bagel. Melzer, already a set up against ninth seed David Ferrer, has taken the second for the loss of not a single game. The Austrian looks to be heading for a last-16 meeting with The Gab. And on that note, I'm off for a bite to eat! Mike Henson to guide you through proceedings for a wee while.

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1345: A sparsely-populated Court Philippe Chatrier sees Djokovic serve out the first set against Hanescu. Elsewhere, the in-form Shahar Peer is on course for victory over Marion Bartoli.

1337: Up go the brollies, out comes the tournament referee. But the players aren't going in. And, in fact, it looks to be brightening up out there.

From BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros via text: "Apologies everyone but I've just stepped outside and it's started raining. I feel in some way responsible."

It's raining
1330: Uh oh. Very light rain beginning to fall over Garros. Nole asks the umpire whether play will carry on if the rain continues to fall at its current rate and he says yes, it will.

1327: Hanescu pushes Djoko to deuce and then looks to have the advantage when the Romanian slices a perfectly-timed drop shot. But Nole comes racing in from the baseline, gets to the ball just before it bounces for the second time and slicks the most outrageous winner to help him seal a 4-1 lead. Victor getting annoyed.

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From anon via text: "I have exams all next week, and I've just sent out an impaired performance form to my lecturers. The reason, 'Fench Open'. Not sure I'll get away with it."

1320: I'm not sure who it was that suggested Hanescu looked set to cause Djokovic some problems... Nole's made a near-faultless start and is about to serve for a 4-1 lead in the opener.

USA
1316: Not quite sure how I missed this one but Bob and Mike Bryan were dumped out of the men's doubles this morning. The top-seeded twins fell to the unseeded Brazilian pairing of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares...

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From Jackie via text: "I have always wondered whether spectators can queue overnight for tickets in Paris as they do for Wimbledon. Anyone know?"
That's one I'm going to have to defer to my colleague Piers Newbery at Roland Garros and get back to you.

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1306: Nole opens with a gritty hold but there was plenty of pressure from Hanescu and that could well be a sign of things to come for the third seed. Peer broke back against Bartoli and the ladies are into a tie-break, while Hantuchova's closing in on the win against Wickmayer and Kleybanova has levelled her match against Shvedova.

1300: I've just found out that the presentation on Chatrier was for Sebastien Grosjean, who has bid adieu to professional tennis after an injury-plagued career that peaked with a ranking of four in the world. The 31-year-old former French Open, Wimbledon and Australian Open semi-finalist was scheduled to play doubles at Garros this week but his partner Richard Gasquet withdrew through injury. Grosjean said his "body doesn't allow me to play tennis anymore" after dropping to 549th in the world.

1254: Djokovic and Hanescu are busy knocking up so this is you chance to get your questions over to the BBC Red Button team via text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) or twitter .

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1250: The French Federation have just completed an award ceremony of some description. Not too sure what that was all about. Anyhow, while we await Nole's arrival I've got time to let you know Bartoli has gone a break up against Peer on Lenglen and Ferrer is under way in his match with Melzer on Court One. Hantuchova has taken the first set of Wickmayer so she looks set to remain in her favourite city for some more Nutella crepes for at least a couple more days. And the unseeded Yaroslva Shvedova has snapped up the opening set against 28th seed Kleybanova.

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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery tweeting from Roland Garros: "Great atmosphere on Chatrier for Rezai v Petrova but still plenty of seats. Nothing interrupts lunch in Paris. Nadia takes it in 14 minutes."

1241: Next up on Chatrier are third seed Novak Djokovic and Victor Hanescu. It's live on the good old BBC Red Button and you can also watch it here on the website.

France
The match is over
1235: The dream is over for Rezai and her army of supporters - Nadia Petrova beats Aravane Rezai 6-7 6-4 10-8 to reach the French Open last 16. Next up for the 19th seed from Russia is second seed Venus Williams.

1232: I'm not sure if I love or hate the shiny outfit being worn by Rezai. Kinda like her game - at times great, at times poor. She breaks back to level at 8-8 in the decider against Petrova but then drops serve again. So it's as we were - Petrova serving for the match.

The match is over
1227: Another result for you - Jarmila Groth beats Anastasia Rodionova 6-3 5-7 6-2 to reach the French Open last 16. Groth was born in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Rodionova in Tambov, Russia. But they both represent Australia.

1222: Goodness me the Chatrier crowd are pumped up for this one - Rezai getting a huge ovation every time she wins a point. The Saint-Etienne-born right-hander shot to prominence with her recent triumph in Madrid and she's swiftly becoming the new darling of French tennis. Sadly, she's just been broken by Petrova and the Russian will now serve for the match.

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From FedFan-Kim on 606: "Roddick had a virus in the weeks before RG so that's the main reason he came into the tournament with no matches on clay. He has done very well I think just to get to this round. Still sad to see him going down in straight sets to Gabashvili though (no disrespect to Gab)."

Twitter
RichLang on Twitter: "I can't wait to see the outcome of Rezai v Petrova, last night's match great to watch and the tennis was exceptional."
The ladies are warming up on Chatrier as we speak so they'll be back under way shortly.

A shock result
USA
The match is over
1210: Admittedly, A-Rod was not expected to win this tournament and his clay-court season has been pretty much non-existent. But this is still a major upset. Sixth seed Andy Roddick loses 6-4 6-4 6-2 to Russian qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili. Next stop for Roddick, the grass of London.

USA
The match is over
1205: The game is up for the Pav. Top seed Serena Williams beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 1-6 6-2 to reach the French Open last 16. It was by no means easy but the American's class eventually told and she'll play Marion Bartoli or Shahar Peer for a place in the last eight.

The match is over
1202: No sooner had Mikhail Youzhny and Viktor Troicki resumed their match on Court 6 than Youzhny had wrapped up a 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-3 victory to reach round four.

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1200: The Gab is serving for a 5-1 lead in the third set against A-Rod and Pav is serving to stay in the match against Serena. Jarmila Groth looks on course for a three-set victory over fellow Australian Anastasia Rodinova and the Paris-loving crepe-munching Daniela Hantuchova has just kicked off against Wickmayer.

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From Chris in Edinburgh via text: "Gaba is a decent player. Never understood why he never made more than 65 rank. As for A-Rod, he hasn't had a good clay season and it shows here. Hope A-Rod will be better on grass. So far this year all Fed and Rafa's challengers have been poor or injured."

1152: Re Sophie's text below, Djokovic is third on Chatrier so he'll be on once Serena's wrapped up and Rezai and Petrova have completed their match. So maybe some time around 1300 BST I reckon...

1149: Make that two sets and two breaks down. It looks like Roddick's set to become by far the most high profile male casualty of the French Open so far. Serena, on the other hand, is now a break up in the decider and she's just held for 4-1.

1145: Here's a RODDICK UPDATE and it's not good for the American's fans. Your man is now two sets and a break down against world number 114 Teimuraz Gabashvili. And he's struggling to stave off a second break.

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InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Serena Williams has only lost three Grand Slam matches in which she won the opening set, last time against Capriati at 2004 US Open."

1140: Serena forced two save more breaks points before holding serve for a 2-1 lead in the second set. This is turning into a corker and Pav is refusing to roll over.

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From Sophie via text: "It may be Saturday and a day off for most, but I'm revising for uni exams and the tennis is so distracting! May have to leave the library to watch Nole play, any idea when that'll be?"

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From Lozza in Sussex via text: "Gabashvili 2-0 up on Roddick - this guy has still not dropped a set yet this tournament.... Who is this kid?"

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1134: Deary me, Mr Roddick. The A-Rod is all over the place, the Gab is on fire. Sixth seed Roddick goes two sets down against world number 114 Gabashvili. Blimey.

1132: Serena's moving a lot better at the start of the second. The world number one holds serve and then engineers three break points. Pav saves two brilliantly and the third with the aid of a net-cord. Serena batters the Pav second serve to bring up a fourth break point but misses out again. She looks aghast after netting a smash under a swirling wind at deuce and from then on it's all about Pav, sealing the service hold with a whipped backhand crosscourt winner. When she gets her first serve in, Pav is dominating.

1125: Going with serve over on Lenglen as Roddick battles to level the match after losing the first set. He didn't turn up in that opener, a bit like you lot. Sleepy Saturday or what! Let's be having you... why not Tweet me, weigh into the 606 debate or get texting on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide).

USA
1117: And there it is, 29th seed Pav takes the second set to level the match against world number one Serena. The American is not moving well - at all - and had better buck her ideas up or she's going to be in big, big trouble. Game on.

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From Kenneth Okwara in Nigeria via text: "Nadal to power past Hewitt in three sets. We need our title back! Henin to beat Sharapova."

1112: Bagel avoided as Serena battles to a good hold in windy conditions on Chatrier. Still, Pav to serve for the set.

Twitter
Coach and commentator Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "SW in a bit of trouble letting the russian take control an the trainer is out seeing SW at the moment."

1108: Worrying times for Serena. She's gone 5-0 down in the second set and called for the trainer. Oh, and the doctor's out too. She's had her temperature taken and downed a couple of tablets. This does not look good.

1104: "Maybe Serena's thinking about how she plans to decorate her new Paris flat, because her mind certainly isn't on Court Philippe Chatrier," says Sam Smith on the BBC Red Button as Serena offers Pavlyuchenkova two break points for a 4-0 lead. The top seed goes wide with a forehand to hand over a third break point and this time the Russian makes no mistake with a volleyed forehand winner. Pav to serve for a 5-0 lead!

Twitter
Coach and commentator Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Gabashvili is on fire - that's seven sets in a row in this tourney."

USA
1057: Imagine if Andy Roddick was sent crashing in the third round by a player ranked 114 in the world... still early doors but the sixth seed has dropped the opener to Teimuraz Gabashbili. That wasn't in the script. Meanwhile, Pav's gone 3-0 up on Serena. Neither was that.

Twitter
Jingles_123 on Twitter: "Although being battered at the moment, Pavlyuchenkova looks a good player… how old is she?"
Pav's only 18 but she looks a real prospect. The young Russian trains at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France and is a former Australian Open and US Open junior champion. Oh, and she's a break up and serving for a 3-0 lead in the second set.

1049: Things aren't looking so rosy for Serena's compatriot Andy Roddick, however. The sixth seed, who's never been past the last 16 at Garros, is a break down and serving to stay in the first set against unseeded Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili.

USA
1043: Another Pav double-fault gives Serena the triple-break and she then serves out the set comfortably. The world number one is decked in lightning blue and she's bolted through the opener. Ruthless.

Twitter
Greg Rusedski on Twitter: "Rafa Nadal to win in three against Hewitt, Henin in three tight against Sharapova, interesting one to follow Almagro v Dolgopolov Jr."

1037: With the likes of Serena, Rezai, Djokovic, Nadal and Henin all gracing your screens today, it would be wrong not to get your questions in to the BBC Red Button team. They'll mention your name on TV and everything. All you have to do is send a question or comment for the team (Sam Smith and David Mercer at present) to 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666, or tweet me and I'll pass it on.

1034: Looking around the other courts, it seems you've got plenty of of doubles matches to feast over today. But sixth seed Andy Roddick is under way against Gabashvili on Lenglen and that one's going with serve in the opening set.

1030: The first service hold on Chatrier goes to Serena. And the top seed one follows it up with a break to 15. Pav sends down two double-faults and, as David Mercer on the BBC Red Button puts it, "you can't get away with that against the best player in the world". Serena's held again for 4-1 so the first set should be hers shortly.

1027: While things are relatively quiet out there, shall we take a quick flick through the Saturday papers? Tennis probably isn't the top priority on Fleet Street right now but, I can assure you, Andy Murray's run to the French Open last 16 hasn't gone unnoticed. The Sun correspondent Charlie Wyett praises Murray for his "impressive yet tough" first week at Roland Garros and reports an assertion I had never heard from the British number one that "clay has always been my favourite surface". Mark Hodgkinson in the Daily Telegraph describes Murray's second-set wobble against the "tubby but talented" Marcos Baghdatis as "The Mystery of The Missing 23 Minutes" while Neil Harman in the Times suggests "a 24-minute nap in the middle of a grand-slam tournament match is not recommended" but credits Murray for the manner in which he bounced back from a "one-set slumber". The Daily Mail correspondent Mike Dickson feels any talk of Murray winning the title should be tempered by "the reasonable question of whether Nadal can win the championship without dropping a set" and the excellent Kevin Mitchell in the Guardian says that while Murray's mid-match blip might have "looked like the sort of collapse that leads to disintegration", Baghdatis discovered there is "a cold determination lurking in Murray's psyche that sets him apart from most players". Nice.

1023: Serena breaks back to 15. I can see where this one's going.

Twitter
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery tweeting from Roland Garros: "On Chatrier as Serena & Pavlyuchenkova knock up and it's pretty parky out here. After this the end of Rezai v Petrova, 7-7 in the third..."

1020: Only a handful of spectators inside Chatrier on a chilly Paris morning, but they could be in for a treat. Pavlyuchenkova was out practicing with her brother two hours before play started and she looks razor sharp, breaking Serena in the opening game.

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From FedFan-Kim on 606: "It's Saturday... and I get to sit at home and watch tennis AAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL DAY!!!!!!!!!!"

1015: Following these two on the magnificent BBC Red Button are home favourite Aravane Rezai and Nadia Petrova, resuming at 7-6 4-6 7-7 in a match that was stopped at 2155 local time last night with the Chatrier crowd in raptures. Rezai, I might add, has already saved four match points. After that it's Djokovic against Hanescu and then Nadal-Hewitt. Saving the best 'til last, the Red Button finishes the day with a potential humdinger between Henin and Sharapova. Yum.

1010: So what have we for petit dejuner, I hear you ask. Well, first up on Chatrier is top seed Serena Williams against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and they're out on the red dirt knocking up already. You can watch that match on the BBC Red Button with commentary from Sam Smith and David Mercer.

Twitter
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery tweeting from Roland Garros: "Right old bunfight at the breakfast bar today but, don't worry, I did Britain proud. Cloudy morning in Paris, we should be OK until 6pm-ish."

1004: What with Andy Murray picking up a bagel and Daniela Hantuchova banging on about her crepes this is shaping up to be a VERY tasty fortnight.

1000: How better to start you Bank Holiday weekend than by following all the action from middle Saturday at the French Open? C'est magnifique!



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Murray warms to French Open task
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Rezai wins over Parisien hearts
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