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French Open day eight as it happened

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By David Ornstein

2100: All that's left is for me to do is bid you adieu. Another unforgettable day and one which I hope you enjoyed. Thanks for all your contributions and questions, it's been tremendous. Back in the hotseat tomorrow, the one and only Caroline Cheese. Au revoir!

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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery tweeting from Roland Garros: "That was a bit grim, non? And with Youzhny waiting in the quarters it has to go down as a golden chance missed, but Berdych outplayed him."

2055: A week today we'll know the men's and women's champions but at the forefront of our minds is day nine. The BBC Red Button gets up and running again at 1000 BST and it kicks off with the men's fourth round match between Robby Ginepri and Novak Djokovic. Following that, we've got Serena Williams against Shahar Peer and then Thomaz Bellucci versus Rafael Nadal. Last but not least it's Jelena Jankovic and Daniela Hantuchova. Happy with that?

2050: Next stop for Murray is the grass of Queen's and then a certain get-together at SW19. But for us at least, the show must go on and there's plenty more action to come from Roland Garros over the next seven days.

2040: So just to reiterate Andy Murray is out of the French Open. Heartache for the Scot but take nothing away from Berdych, who fully deserved his victory. The 24-year-old Czech advances to the Roland Garros quarter-finals for the first time and he will take on Mikhail Youzhny for a place in the last four.

THIRD SET:

It's bad news for a Briton
The match is over
A shock result
Murray 4-6 5-7 3-6 Berdych
Look away now, Murray fans. Your man nets, goes long and double-faults for fall 40-0 down. Three match points. Berdych goes long on the first but Murray nets the second after failing to control a thumping return from the 6ft 5ins Czech. Tomas Berdych beats Andy Murray 6-4 7-5 6-3 to reach the French Open quarter-finals.
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Murray* 4-6 5-7 3-5 Berdych
Things look good for Murray as he goes 30-0 up on the Berdych serve for only the second time all match. But the crowd seem to be willing on the Czech and he turns it around with some sensational tennis. Lots of aggression, lots of composure, lots of variety. He holds with an ace and Murray will now serve to stay in the match. His days look numbered.
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From Jeff via text: "Yes the surface may not be perfect but it is the same for both players. Murray can never be a winner if he doesn't learn to stop complaining."

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tgsgirl on Twitter: "Re Gillian in Stirling. Unless they've really gone bonkers in Paris, Berdych is playing on the exact same court, is he not?"

Murray 4-6 5-7 3-4 *Berdych
Murray is in dire straits. The 23-year-old makes a positive start but fails to cope with the deep and venomous Berdych groundstrokes. A double-fault gives Berdych break point and Murray nets a backhand. Berdych breaks Murray and this is not good at all for the world number for.
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Murray* 4-6 5-7 3-3 Berdych
Comfortable hold to 15 for the big Czech. Russell Fuller on 5 live Sports Extra claims the Parisian skies are getting brighter by the minute. This could yet finish tonight, Monfils-style from a couple of days back.
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From Gillian in Stirling via text: "Normally I can't stand it when Murray moans but today he has a point. The court looks awful! We have better courts at Bridge of Allan!"

Murray 4-6 5-7 3-2 *Berdych
At last a show of passion from the Scot. A determined smash and a thumping forehand, which Berdych can only net, sees Murray hold to 15. Coach Alex Corretja screams "Vamos!" and tells Murray to "hit the ball". That's assuming my lip-reading is to be trusted.
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Murray* 4-6 5-7 2-2 Berdych
A double-fault from Berdych allows Murray to bring up 30-0 on his opponent's serve for the first time all match. But the Czech replies with an ace and then Murray nets a forehand when in control of the rally. Poor. Murray puts another backhand return into the net. Even worse. Dejected and lethargic, Murray watches on as Berdych takes the game with an ace down the 'T'. 2115 local time.
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Murray 4-6 5-7 2-1 *Berdych
Murray holds with an ace but I can see him flexing that right knee. The bipartite patella causing him problems? The Scot has a chat with the umpire at the changeover, surely urging him to call time on play for the day. But Jonathan Overend on 5 live Sports Extra reports plenty of brightness and predicts another half-hour of play.
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From anon via text: "Once more the rain delay proving the enemy of the brit. Murray's not been the same since they went inside for 15 mins. Before it he was in the ascendancy."

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From Adam in Bristol via text: "Berdych's forehand is an absolute rocket. How many forehand winners is that today?!"

Murray* 4-6 5-7 1-1 Berdych
"Berdych's tennis is been of a very high quality today, he's been better than Murray," says Roger Rashid on 5 live Sports Extra. "He's hitting a low, deep and hard ball and that's why he's winning". Another big service game coming up for AM.
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Murray 4-6 5-7 1-0 *Berdych
A couple of wild groundstrokes from Murray make for a worrying start. But the British number one digs in and secures what feels like a crucial hold when Berdych nets.
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mikehenke_gpeak on Twitter: "Time for Murray to bring out his vast repertoire of rain dances."

SECOND SET:

Murray* 4-6 5-7 Berdych
A total lack of aggression in the Murray groundstrokes allow Berdych to go 40-0 up. Three set points. The 6ft 5ins Czech goes long with the first but on the second Murray goes wide. "Murray's going to have to come from two sets down for the second time this tournament or he's going out," says Jonathan Overend on 5 live sports extra. He's slumped in his chair like he doesn't want to be here anymore."
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Murray 4-6 5-6 *Berdych
Uh oh. Berdych looks pumped for this one from the very first ball. Murray seems distracted and irritated by something. As Berdych dispatches a couple of easy winners, Murray yells at the umpire and kicks at the court. He feels too much clay has been thrown down to soak up the rain water. The Scot's fuming, he's lost his composure. Berdych flick a forehand into the advantage court and there's the break of serve. Poor body language from Murray.
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Murray* 4-6 5-5 Berdych
A double-fault and an unforced error give Murray 30-30. A break for the set? Berdych responds by dominating a tense rally that finishes with Murray putting a forehand into the tramlines. Tommy B serves holds with an ace.
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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery tweeting from Roland Garros: "Monday's order of play is out, Djoko, Serena, Rafa & Janko on Chatrier. Presumably Murray will be 2nd on Lenglen."

Murray 4-6 5-4 *Berdych
After a creaky start, Murray restores order with two aces and takes the game when Berdych goes long. Jonathan Overend on 5 live Sports Extra reports "increasingly gloomy" skies and suggests we're not going to be seeing too much more play tonight. We need some cricket-style light meters.
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Murray* 4-6 4-4 Berdych
Play re-starts with Berdych missing an easy forehand and Murray bounces around as if sensing his opportunity to pounce but a couple of heavy serves put the Czech back in control, Murray then nets and Berdych wraps up the game with a flicked forehand winner into the advantage court. The pressure switches to Murray.
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1937: The players are knocking up and being reintroduced to the delighted crowd by the MC. Murray's coach Alex Corretja busy wiping down seats with a towel.

The sun is out
1933: And I don't know much more but one thing I do know is that BBC Radio 5 live sports extra is back on air. And here comes Murray and Berdych. Is that sunshine I see?

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From BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros via text: "I can confirm I know nothing. Slightly mystified what the benefit is of bringing them back when the match can't finish but… I know nothing."

1930: The stadium announcer on Chatrier just said something over the PA system. I didn't understand it but a gaggle of spectators cheered. And then took it in turns to do that trumpet chant that finishes with a communal "allez!".

1928: The stadium announcer on Chatrier just said something over the PA system. I didn't understand it but a gaggle of spectators cheered. And then took it in turns to do that trumpet chant that finishes with a communal "allez!".

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From anon via text: "What does Piers know!"

1920: Would you Adam n Eve it... the covers are coming off. And there I was, all ready to shoot home in time to catch Countryfile on BBC One...

It's raining
1910: Right, this doesn't look good. The covers are on and it's absolutely chucking it down in Paris. Piers Newbery has legged it into the press room to file his match report and says play is almost certainly over for the day. Bloomin' French Open, it would never rain at Wimbledon...

It's raining
1903: Off they go. The Chatrier crowd boo. Strange people - it's chucking it down, "heavily and consistently," says Mark Petchey on BBC Two. They've got a problem here because it took the officials so long to make a decision that the court became extremely wet. Eventually they bring the covers on.

It's raining
Murray 4-6 4-3 *Berdych
Murray absolutely nails a whipped forehand down the line and follows it up with two thunderous aces to take the game. He's chatting to the umipre... what for? Oh, the heavens have opened, the brollies are up. Not sure if Murray wants to stay or go. Jonathan Overend on 5 live sports extra says he's "desperate to go. He's got the momentum but it's cold and wet. Yuk.
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Murray* 4-6 3-3 Berdych
Let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet. "Berdych re-establishes himself with some huge serves," said John Lloyd onBBC Two. "Still plenty of work to do for Murray."
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Greg Rusedski on Twitter: "Berdych looks like he is starting to doubt himself. Murray on the comeback."

Murray 4-6 3-2 *Berdych
Confident hold from the British number one and he's now taken three games on the spin. A couple of hairy moments but the big serve came out to play on three occasions and Murray's hitting his straps at long last. As Berdych puts a return wide, the Scot lets out a huge cry of "c'mon!" and the momentum looks to have shifted.
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Murray* 4-6 2-2 Berdych
Berdych opens powerfully but then puts an easy forehand into the net to give Murray 15-15. The 6ft 5ins Czech the goes long and at last the fourth seed has a sniff. The door is shut with a winner that leaves Murray flat footed but Berdych then goes wide with a forehand to give Murray his first break point of the match. Big test for Berdych... and he's found wanting. The Czech goes wide again and Murray has broken back. As we were, then.
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From Ian in Winchester via text: "When will Murray learn that you can't win grand slams by just assuming these big hitters will start missing? So frustrating as he has all the weapons to do the attacking."

Murray 4-6 1-2 *Berdych
Mark Petchey on BBC Two reports that Murray has started flexing his troublesome right knee as he struggled at the start of another service game. He comes through brilliantly, though, with a deft touch at the net.
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Murray* 4-6 0-2 Berdych
Murray's handed a couple of freebies but Berdych brings out the booming serve to escape. The 24-year-old Monte Carlo resident gets to game point and Murray sends an inside-out forehand narrowly wide and long.
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Robin Soderling on Twitter: "Having dinner at the players restaurant. Great day today. This one was big for me!!!!"

Murray 4-6 0-1 *Berdych
It looks like Murray's easing to a much-needed service hold when he races into a 40-0 lead. But he takes his foot off the gas and what a mistake that is. A couple of wild Murray forehands, allied to a scintillating forehand winner from Berdych, and suddenly the world number four is facing break point. Berdych ups the ante and Murray nets. That the break and Murray's looking very sluggish out there. The Scot's shot selection is uncharacteristically poor and Berdych is in an unforgiving mood.
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1835: I'm hearing that commentary of this match will be live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra after the cricket. Good news.

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From DAMI via text: "Berdych looks like a young Michael Schumacher… anyone notice this or is it just me?"

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From BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros via text: "A pretty ragged set from Murray but it's getting very dark and threatening above now, so the elements might save him."

FIRST SET:

It's bad news for a Briton
Murray* 4-6 Berdych
An assured hold sees Berdych win the first set and you would have to say he deserves it. He opens with a smashed winner at the net before Murray throws in two unforced errors. The angry Scot hits his head with his palm. Three more set points for Berdych and he takes the first with a cute drop shot that Murray fails to reach.
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Murray 4-5 *Berdych
Berdych crafts his way to 40-15 - two set points - on the Murray serve with a series of stunning groundstrokes. That said, he is handed the first point on a plate as Murray sends a gentle volley straight to his forehand. The Scot refuses to be rolled over, however, and scampers around the baseline to get back to deuce, moves to advantage with an ace and wraps up the game when a Berdych net-cord falls into the tramlines.
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Murray* 3-5 Berdych
"He's won the battle of the tactics so far has Berdych," says Mark Petchey on BBC Two as the Czech moves to within a game of the opening set with a commanding service hold. He's developed a tidy rhythm and looks very sharp. Murray in a pickle.
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From anon via text: "Murray would not win first prize in a 'best turned out man in Paris' competition. He has gone for the extra scruffy look today."
Did you see the interview with him in Saturday's Times newspaper? Looked very dapper, I must say.

Murray 3-4 *Berdych
A couple of world class backhands help the 15th seed engineer three break points. Murray stays calm to save the first, Berdych makes a hash of the second but the Scot then nets on the third. Berdych breaks Murray on his seventh break point of the match.
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Murray* 3-3 Berdych
Murray gets the game up and running with a forehand winner into the deuce court but Berdych replies with an ace down the 'T'. When Britain's number one edges to 30-15, the Czech seems to sense the danger so sends his opponent out wide before coming in to volley. He then closes out with a booming serve to keep the door shut. For now.
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Murray 3-2 *Berdych
Little to chose between the players at this stage. Berdych perhaps has the more devastating groundstrokes but Murray's are more consistent. The Czech, who has never been past the quarter-finals of a grand slam event, seems prone to the odd lapse in concentration and four unforced errors give Murray his most comfortable service hold yet.
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Murray* 2-2 Berdych
Only once before has Berdych reached the last 16 at Garros but he looks anything but overawed. After netting to give Murray 15-0 he attacks the Scot with real aggression and it pays off. A couple of whipped forehand winners give the 24-year-old two game points and, on the first, Murray shanks a forehand into the tramlines. "Murray's giving Berdych a bit too much time on the ball at the moment," sayd John Lloyd on BBC Two.
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Murray 2-1 *Berdych
"It's clear to me that Berdych has worked hard on his fitness since the Australians Open and he's moving around a lot better than we've seen in the past," says Mark Petchey on BBC 2. The 6ft 5ins Czech brings up a fourth break point of the set with a rasping forehand winner but Murray gets to deuce and eventually sees out the game with an instinctive sliced backhand drop shot that sneaks over the net and stops dead. Smiles from both players. Great shot.
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Murray* 1-1 Berdych
Three blistering serves help Berdych to 40-0 but back comes Murray with soft hands around the net and two well-timed lobs. The Czech gets his nose in front with a decent volley before sending down an unreturnable serve to seal the hold.
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Murray 1-0 *Berdych
An early sign of exactly what Tommy B is capable of as he finishes a baseline rally by coming in to dispatch a solid volley and follows it up with a laser-guided forehand winner. Murray pulls back to 30-30 but then double-faults to hand his Czech opponent a break point. Murray saves with his first drop shot of the day and is forced to fend off two more break points before closing out a seven-minute opening game. We could be in for a long evening...
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1743: Knock-ups complete, the players are ready to rumble. Murray to get us under way. Game on.

1740: So here it is. At last. Andy Murray v Tomas Berdych in the French Open last 16. Goodness knows why they've been scheduled as the final match on Lenglen but we can't do anything about that now. You can watch the match live here on the website or on BBC Two. Feel free to have your say via text on 81111, twitter or 606

The match is over
1737: The home representation in the French Open ends as eighth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retires hurt while trailing Mikhail Youhny 5-2 in the first set. Sad times. Number 11 seed Youzhny will play the winner of Murray-Berdych.

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From BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros via text: "Back on Lenglen for match point at Soderling looks well and truly pumped with that. Murray next. It looks like raining but has done all day."

The match is over
1725: Soderling gets to 40-15 and seals the win when an out-of-sorts Cilic fires a forehand long. The Swede jumps with joy, punches the air and roars in the direction of his support team. Robin Soderling beats Marin Cilic 6-4 6-4 6-2 to set up a quarter-final meeting with Roger Federer at the French Open. A repeat of last year's final, of course.

1720: Crikey, this is more reminiscent of a women's match. Break after break. Soderling looks extremely naffed off after having his serve taken to the cleaners so, in the next game, he attacks Cilic's like a hungry lion tearing into its prey. A running forehand winner gives him a 4-2 lead. At last a hold follows and now Cilic will serve to stay in the match.

Venus Williams
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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery tweeting from Roland Garros: "Venus on fashion: "I'll still be creative but I'm not sure the skin coloured shorts are for me." And on losing: "I'm disappointed."

1713: ...and Cilic breaks straight back when Soderling shanks a backhand into the tramlines.

1711: Excuse the lack of recent updates, my computer picked an opportune moment to crash on me. Talking of crashing, Marin Cilic... a few sloppy errors let Soderling go 40-0 up on the Croat's serve in game four of the third set. Cilic saves two break points but nets on the third and Soderling takes a 3-1 lead.

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From annon via text: "It will be interesting to see how well Murray uses his deceptive drop shots today with the aid of the windy conditions."
I'm not sure the wind will "aid" Murray. Hamper him, perhaps.

1652: Over we go to Lenglen - Robin Soderling against Marin Cilic. And just as we join the action, Soderling breaks serve for the first time in the set to take a 2-0 lead. He puts one set point into the net but on the second Cilic sends down his first double-fault of the set. Don't forget, once this match is over it's all about Andy Murray.

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From EmpereurTennis on 606: "The Emperor has done what was needed. Let us hope that the weather is less windy when he meets Soderling or Cilic. The Emperor plays too close to the lines to enjoy high winds."

Switzerland
The match is over
1638: And there it is for the defending champion. Roger Federer beats Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 7-6 6-2 to reach the French Open quarter-finals. Next up is the winner of Soderling-Cilic but, on this evidence, neither of those men are going to seriously trouble the world number one. Feds still yet to drop a set at Garros this year. The guy's on fire.

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tennistweetscom on Twitter: "ez tennis trivia time: name the last Italian women to reach a Slam SF in the open era."
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1635: A few of you asking why I'm not giving much description on Cilic-Soderling. Unfortunately the only TV stream I have is showing Fed-Wawrinka. What I can tell you is that the pair are going with serve - no breaks, no double-faults, plenty of winners... On Chatrier, Feds has turned the screw. He secured the double-break and is now serving for the match.

1626: A youngster in the Chatrier crowd is pictured eating a waffle. It's probably the biggest waffle I've seen in my life. Perhaps it was just the camera angle. Anyhow, it looks nice and it's making me rather peckish again.

1624: Federer makes his move early in the third set, breaking Wawrinka in game three, and he'll now serve for a 3-1 lead. "Federer is such a great front runner, he should be able to get the job done quite quickly," says John Lloyd on the BBC Red Button. "He's wants to do his business and get off this court as soon as possible. The last thing he wants is this match dragging on."

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From BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros via text: "An odd set ends with Soderling proving marginally less awful than Cilic. Time to get the provisions before Murray."

1621: A quick first set on Lenglen, where fifth seed Soderling gets his nose in front with the help of three breaks of the Cilic serve and four aces.

Someone is having a tantrum
1619: Wawrinka knows it's probably curtains if he doesn't win the second set tie-break and he comes out firing. But the Fed Express is a picture of calm and comfortably takes the initiative, as you would expect. A couple of unforced errors from Stan put Federer in firm control and when the less-heralded of the two Swiss puts a backhand return into the net the second set it Federer's. Stan's furious with himself and repeatedly smacks his racquet into the clay until is caves it. "Do you think they can repair that?" jokes Petchey on the BBC Red Button.

1608: How was your Sunday roast dinner? I had to settle for two chicken salad sarnies but they were good, almost as good as the service game Wawrinka just put together to take the second set against Federer to a tie-break. You can watch it here on the website or on the BBC Red Button and our current commentator Mark Petchey is awaiting your questions. You can text him on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666, or tweet me and I'll pass your message on.

1557: Wawrinka serving to stay in the second set... brings up advantage... unleashes the most delightful backhand winner that sails up the line, kisses the chalk and it caught by a ball boy. Feds to serve at 5-5.

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From BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Court Suzanne Lenglen via text: "It's really blustery out here, you wouldn't chose to play tennis in this. You'd watch telly."

1554: The business end of day eight is upon us. As reflected by the near-capacity crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier, where defending champion Federer has just broken back against Wawrinka. Feds is a set up and it's going with serve in the second. The winner of that one faces a quarter-final against either Soderling or Cilic. Those two are under way on Lenglen - 10th seed Cilic has broke in game three but 2009 runner-up Soderling hit straight back.

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From BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros via text: "Drobbed by Lenglen, as you do, to catch the start of Soderling v Cilic. My arrival makes it 5 people in the press seats. Jann from the Swedish press is confident. He's also massive, so I agree."
So is Piers, by the way, so sparks could fly. Watch this space.

1542: So we get another baby step closer to Andy Murray's last-16 encounter with Tomas Berdych. Carro and Pennetta have made way for Soderling and Cilic on Lenglen. After that, the wait will be over for you Murraymaniacs.

The match is over
1535: And there it is for the third seed. Caroline Wozniacki beats Flavia Pennetta 7-6 6-7 6-2 to reach the French Open quarter-finals and set up a last-eight meeting with Schiavone. Told you she'd do it!

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From BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros via text: "Golding seals it 6-4 in the second and it's safe to say he's quite pleased. Looks good, though, hits it hard. I think it's also now safe to say that I discovered him."
And don't let anyone tell you otherwise when Golding becomes the first British man to win a Grand Slam since Perry in '36...

It's good news for a Briton
The match is over
1527: More Brit joy! Albeit in the boy's singles. Oliver Golding beats Mick Lescure 7-6 6-4 to reach the French Open second round. I make that a 100% record for the British lads today. Played two, won two.

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sallyakins on Twitter: "If I had £1 every time I saw Roger go off the boil in the 2nd set, I'd have a lot of £££ by now! Still think he'll win tho"

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Coach and commentator Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "This looks like old time slow clay courts in fed wawirinka match but club Fed loves the slow stuff more then Stan the man."

1520: Feds snaps up the first set against Stan the man but both men seem to be struggling with the nasty wind swirling around Chatrier. In fact, the world number one looks all at sea in game one of the second set and swiftly finds himself 40-0 down on serve. The first break point is saved but on the second he flicks a forehand into the tramlines. Wawrinka breaks Federer and the top seed looks to have a right monk on. He's not happy.

1514: If only we had pictures of Lenglen right now... By all accounts, Wozzy and Pennetta are properly slugging it out. My earlier assertion the Caro was well on course for a quarter-final meeting with Schiavone could not have been made to look more preposterous.

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From BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros via text: "Serious queuing etiquette issues getting into ct14 but anyway... Brit junior Oliver Golding close to victory against local boy Lescure. Big lad, Oliver."

1505: Anyway, I'm sure normal service will be resumed on Chatrier now the Fed Express is up and running. He's already broken fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka and is about to serve for a 5-2 lead in the opening set.

1500: Did I just hear Venus has gone out? I spent all morning waiting for a tasty result to talk about and guess what happens when I pop away for half and hour...

By Mike Henson

1459: Flavia Pennetta has taken the second tie-break on Court Suzanne Lenglen and, with Marin Cilic's match against Robin Soderling still to come over there, it is looking like a late start for Andy Murray this evening.


It's good news for a Briton
1451: Oliver Golding has taken the first set on a tie-break against Mick Lescure. If you want to know about our man, take a look at his website. My favourite fact? Girlfriends: 1. Best not to admit to having more than that I find.


1447: Some really loud call-and-response crowd action going on during the change of ends in the Federer match. It sounds not unlike Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire. Maybe it is a French thing?

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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery tweeting from Roland Garros: "The announcer on Chatrier reads out Federer's list of titles.... 20mins later, "play". Time for me to pass among the people..."


1440: Wozniacki and Pennetta is into another tie-break in the second. Already over two and a quarter hours in that one.

1432: Roger Federer is strolling out on the red stuff now, fiddling with his headband, as he chats with countryman Stanislas Wawrinka at the net.

1428: Petrova knows her way around the latter stages of this tournament. She was a losing semi-finalist in 2003 and 2005, both times running into a Belgian roadblock with defeats to Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin.

1422: But it is all over for Venus as Petrova breaks her duck against the 29-year-old, claiming her first win in five meetings between the pair. What do make of that then...?

1420: Caroline Wozniacki has bitten back in the second against Flavia Pennetta and it is now 5-5 so a straight sets win could still be on the cards for the third seed.

1416: Petrova gives it an Akabusi-esque fist roll as she holds serve and that is never a good sight for an opponent.

1411: Venus really needs some of that trademark Williams fight now. Petrova has moved a break up and is now just two service games away from disposing of the second seed.

It's good news for a Briton
1408: Oliver Golding, whose birthdate is the frankly obscene 29 September 1993, is a break up in the first set against France's Mick Lescure out on Court 14.


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From anon via text: "Pennetta has had so many chances today but she has not taken them. Wozza is not looking like the champion this year. Great defence but lacking the big weapon that she will need later on in tournament. "

By David Ornstein

1400: Would you mind if I popped out for lunch? Need to recharge the batteries before Murraymania kicks in. I'll pass you into the capable hands of Mike Henson for a bit.

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strictlyMUFC on Twitter: "French Open, Turkish Grand Prix, England v Japan -am spoilt for choice, both telly & laptop open, I don't know what to watch!"

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From Catalan Power on 606: "I suggest you take yourself out for a long leisurely lunch because these two matches both have three sets written all over them."

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1353: Petrova pushing hard to break Venus back... and she's done it. That's what I call the Sam Smith curse. Both ladies still wearing jumpers, Petrova still in leggings. Wozniacki and Pennetta going with serve, as are Oliver Golding and Mick Lescure on court 14.

1346: "That's what I call the Venus door slam," says Sam Smith on the BBC Red Button as Venus breaks Petrova to go 2-0 up in the second set. "She senses her moment and pounces. Then, when she gets a lead, she very rarely relinquishes it."

1343: There's one more Brit in action today - Oliver Golding in the boy's singles. Ollie's taking on France's Mick Lescure and the pair are due out on Court 14 any moment now.

1340: Sounds like Shara's press conference is going to make a few headlines. I'll bring you more as and when it comes through.

1339: How about Wozniacki? Well, she's pipped Pennetta to the first set on a tie-break so remains on course for a quarter-final against Schiavone.

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1335: Cool as the proverbial cucumber, Venus holds to love in game nine and then brings up a break-back point when Petrova's serving for the set in game 10. But the Russian's not for moving. She powerfully saves it and brings up a set point. The 19th seed cleverly forces Venus deep into the advantage court and pummels a forehand winner into the deuce court. Petrova takes the first set.

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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery tweeting from Roland Garros: "Asked about the scheduling Sharapova laughs: "I'll be politically correct. Wouldn't you love that little drama for your English papers?"

1328: I know there's a Grand Prix a World Cup warm-up and a Test match going on, but we all know the tennis is more important. I think so, any way. So let's be having some more texts via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666, tweets and 606 contributions or else I'll be very disappointed in you.

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Coach and commentator Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Kinda weird watching the Petrova-Williams match seeing em play in almost football weather the courts are playing so much slower today. Court is neutralizing VW power and giving Petrova a chance"

1318: Petrova a break up on Venus but the second seed not looking overly concerned as she sends down a 123mph serve to hold for 3-4. Three breaks each in the opener between Wozniacki and Pennetta, Caro now serving to stay in the set.

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Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski on Twitter: "Couldn't love this sport any more but it can't half be cruel in return at times. Hurting right now but our level is there and its Wimby soon."
See you in London, lads.

1314: This feels very much like a calm before the storm, and hopefully I'm not talking about the weather. No disrespect to Venus or Caroline, but all eyes are on the matches that follow them. When Venus-Petrova is done and dusted on Chatrier, it's all about the Fed Express and, later, home favourite JW Tsonga. And over on Lenglen, Wozniacki-Pennetta precedes what should be an absolute humdinger of a contest between Cilic and Soderling. Once those two are finished how'd ya like the sound of Murray-Berdych?

1305: Venus and Petrova are ticking over nicely and over on Lenglen there's little to choose between Pennetta and third seed Wozniacki. Two breaks breaks a piece in the opening set of that match. On the outside courts it's all about doubles and juniors.

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1300: Hearthache for Britain in the men's dubs as Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski lose 6-7 7-4 7-6 to fourth seeds Wesley Moddie and Dick Norman in the French Open second round. The Scotish-English combo played extremely well against two of the tallest players on the men's tour, but they've come up just short. Get it?

1255: Venus has caused a right stir with her outfit for this tournament but anyone hoping to see it today will have to wait a bit - it's so cold she's started the match a jumper. It doesn't affect her game, though, as she easily holds serve in the opening game. Former top-10 player Petrova is also feeling the chill - she's still got her leggings on!

It's raining
1250: Umpire Kader Nouni crouches under his hood as the rain comes down and the wind swirls around Chatrier. The brollies are up and 2002 runner-up Venus is sporting a horrible scowl - she wants to go off. But it looks like they're staying out there.

1245: Venus and Petrova are knocking up on Chatrier as the grey clouds roll in. Jonathan Overend has taken over in the commentary booth for the BBC Red Button. These two ladies are ever so tall.

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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery tweeting from Roland Garros: "Henin edges past Sharapova, who made 3 of 15 break points in the match. Great contest though, felt like a final in the closing stages."

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From FedFan-Kim on 606: "Wow, that was tense. Allez Justine. Sharapova for the most part played really well though, on her least favourite surface. Hope she has a good grass-court season."

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1234: Henin crafts her way to 40-0 but then chucks down her 10th double-fault. The Belgian must work on that serve to have any chance of claiming a fifth French Open title. Anyhow, coach Carlos Rodriguez urges her to concentrate and she does, angling a backhand across court and Shara goes wide with her reply. Justine Henin beats Maria Sharapova 6-2 3-6 6-3 to reach the French Open last 16 and set up a meeting with Sam Stosur. Credit to Shara, though. "If you've got a few spare pounds, put it on Sharapova for Wimbledon," says John Lloyd on the BBC Red Button as the Russian trudges away.

1227: Sensational shotmaking gives Henin another break of serve. She squanders one break point but then Shara nets at the end of a thrilling rally to give her another chance. This time she pings a backhand winner down the line and the Chatrier crowd erupts. Is there a better shot in tennis than the Henin backhand? Henin to serve for the match.

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1221: Brit joy! Unseeded 18-year-old Ashley Hewitt beats eighth seed Dominic Thiem 5-7 6-4 6-3 to reach the French Open boy's singles second round. The battler from Bath marches on.

1217: "That was a game you'd never have seen from Henin two or three years ago," says John Lloyd on the BBC Red Button as the former four-time champion sends down her ninth double-fault of the match to let Sharapova break back. As we were, then.

1215: Henin gets her nose in front with a break of serve that could just prove decisive. The Belgian 22nd seed now serving for a 5-2 lead in the decider.

The match is over
1212: Back on Lenglen, Kirilenko's hard work comes to nowt. Francesca Schiavone beats Maria Kirilenko 6-4 6-4 to reach the French Open quarter-finals and set up a meeting with either Flavia Pennetta or Caroline Wozniacki.

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From BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros via text: "Both women struggling with remodelled service actions. Support for both among the crowd but there are more "allez Justine" than "come on Maria". I'm altering between the two."

1202: Henin engineers two break back points and takes the first when Shara sends a wild crosscourt forehand into the tramlines. Back on serve. "Allez," yelps the French-speaking Belgian.

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1200: Shara holds with a clipped forehand winner into open court and then races to 40-0 on the Henin serve. Four-time former champion Henin, fighting for her life, saves all three break points. Shara gets another chance but Henin saves in style and serves out. Kirilenko, meanwhile, has rallied against Schiavone on Lenglen and they're back on serve in the second. Over on Court Seven, Flemski have taken the second against Moodie and Norman and on Court Nine Hewitt holding his own against eighth seed Thiem in the decider.

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BBC 5 live's Jonathan Overend tweeting from Roland Garros: "sitting out on Ct 7 watching @flemskitennis So unlucky in 1st set as CF lob missed by fraction on set point. 4-2 up in 2nd though."

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From anon via text: "I'm from Slovakia and have never heard of a bagel + only knew through the bagel graphic, so I do feel sorry for anon if he's foreign. Otherwise he's a donut."

1150: Sharapova picks up where she left off last night. The resurgent Russian gets to 40-15 on her opponent's serve in game one of the decider. Henin passes Shara at the net to save the first break point but sends a forehand long on the second and that's a break, first blood to the 12th seed.

1147: John Lloyd and Sam Smith are behind the mic on the BBC Red Button so get your questions in via text 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666, or tweet me and I'll pass them on. Henin fighting to hold serve at the start of the third set, Shara off to a hugely aggressive start.

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Lindsay Davenport on Twitter: "Thought it was a very impressive turn around by Maria. On clay, very heavy conditions, rainy, cold...not exactly perfect conditions for MS"

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InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Record streak of sets won by Justine HENIN at RG ends at 40. Best streak of sets won at RG since EVERT (22, 74-'75)"
Henin and Shara have just got going on Chatrier

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From Andrew in Newcastle via text: "The half empty courts seem insane to someone who's queued for on the day Wimbledon tickets. Worth a last minute flight to Paris you think?"

1140: It's at this point that the BBC Red Button and Online stream switch to Chatrier for the conclusion of Henin-Sharapova.Excited?

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1137: Schiavone-Kirilenko is getting tasty. Number 17 seed Schiavone annoys the French crowd (she is Italian so it's not hard) by complaining to the umpire about a line call. Kirilenko hits a couple of winners and squeals with satisfaction. The Russian 30th seed then saves five break points to hold in the longest game of the match so far. Schiavone has just saved two break points and held for a 4-1 lead. Elsewhere, Flemski are still a break up in the second and Hewitt has taken the second set off eighth seed Thiem.

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From Carlos in Annan via text: "Re Tim: maybe he didn't like bagels and assumed no-one liked them… and no1 likes getting done 6-0!!... far fetched but it's the only feasible reason I can think of!"

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1128: Through goes the fifth seed. Elena Dementieva beats Chanelle Scheepers 6-1 6-3 to reach the French Open quarter-finals. Solid stuff from the Russian as she sees off South African qualifier Scheepers with ease to book a last eight meeting Venus Williams or Nadia Petrova.

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From anon via text re 1100: "Nothing so tasty as muffins - doing chemistry revision, hoping to have done enough by 4 to justify a couple of hours break to watch Murray. Might be better if he went out to stop me getting distracted..."

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1119: Henin-Shara will soon be upon us. That's because Dementieva is a break up in the second and a game away from victory over Scheepers. Schiavone is also a break up in the second so it looks like the lovely Kirilenko's campaign is coming to an end. Flemski are up a break on Moodie and Norman and Hewitt is serving for the second set against Thiem.

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From Tim in Cardiff via text: "I'd love to know what the texter at 1055 was arguing for as the meaning of a bagel set if they didn't think it was the shape."
Good question...

1113: In the Mail on Sunday Malcolm Folley evaluates Andy Murray's resurgence after a post-Australian Open slump, identifying the Briton's five-set victory over Richard Gasquet in round one of the French Open as the potential turning point of his entire summer. Barry Flatman in the Sunday Times previews Murray's last-16 meeting with Tomas Berdych and suggests the Scot is equipped with all necessary "gifts" to triumph at Grand Slam level. Also in the Sunday Times Pat Cash claims the time has come to move the French Open from Roland Garros because it is "too small". The News of the World says Murray will turn into "the classy bully" and force players to play the game his way as the 23-year-old bids to reach his third Grand Slam final. In the Sunday Telegraph Mark Hodgkinson asserts that Murray "seems to have regained his ability to extricate himself from awkward situations" and feels his refusal to push the panic button will hold him in good stead this summer. And Observer correspondent Kevin Mitchell believes the world number four is already setting his sights on Sunday 4 July - the Wimbledon men's final.

1110: And to the paper review... today's tabs and broadsheets aren't exactly awash with tennis chat but I'm assured the Sunday hacks were hard at work yesterday, so let's take a look at what they've dished up.

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1108: Schiavone holds for 5-4 and then breaks Kirilenko to take the opener. Then she dashes off for a comfort break. Number 30 seed Kirilenko is not just a pretty face, she's playing some very clever tennis out there. But 17th seed Schiavone is built like a... and she's powering her was to victory. Flemski, meanwhile, are into a first set tie-break and Hewitt's going with serve in the second against Thiem.

1100: On that note, what are you lot up to this merry Sunday? Apple and cinnamon muffins? Mmmmmmm...

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Kim Clijsters on Twitter: "I love Sundays! Made apple and cinnamon muffins... Now on our way to have lunch at my grandparents! Have a relaxing day everyone!"

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1058: That's all the admin I'm going to throw at you, for now. Dementieva's taken the opener against Scheepers so the BBC Red Button could soon be switching to Chatrier for Henin-Shara. Flemski are 6-5 up in the first set against Moodie and Norman but Hewitt's gone a set down to Thiem after being broken late doors.

1055: A little more info from the BBC Red Button team for you. Freeview viewers can expect to join the tennis today at approximately 1130 BST but if Murray is not on court by 1520pm BST it's highly likely you'll be lost to post-Turkish Grand Prix Forum. Sorry about that. Meanwhile, the Red Button will be leaving Kirilenko-Schiavone to see the whole of the final set between Henin and Sharapova as soon as that starts. And later, if Murray and Berdych are still on court at 1730 BST you can expect to see that match on BBC 2.

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From anon via text: "Quick question, David. Can you tell me the reason why a 6-0 set is called a bagel? It would solve an argument between me and my friend who thinks it's because of the shape of a bagel, I disagree."
I'm afraid you're friend is right. Although I prefer the word doughnut...

1045: Ooh and there's another Brit pounding the clay as we speak. Ashley Hewitt is up and running in the boy's singles. The 18-year-old from Bath has exchanged two breaks of serve with Austrian eight seed Dominic Thiem and they're currently locked at 5-5 in the opener.

1042: Everyone's favourite British doubles pair - Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski - are also out on the red stuff this morning, Court Seven to be precise. They're going with serve against fourth seeds Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman.

It's raining
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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery tweeting from Roland Garros: "It's umbrella time, although that doesn't mean much after last night."

1038: So, to the action. Dementieva's already a break up on qualifier Scheepers and serving for a 5-1 lead, while Kirilenko and Schiavone are going with serve. But is that rain I can see?

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Jamie Murray on Twitter: "Andy plays 4th on Lenglen today. Liking his chances but Berdych isn't afraid of a scalp!"

1030: And you know the drill with the Red Button... send a question or comment for the commentary team (Sam Smith and Mark Petchey at present) to 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666, or tweet me and I'll pass it on.

1025: I trust you'll be following ALL the action live Online or via the BBC Red Button. First up is Kirilenko-Schiavone and then it's over to Chatrier for the conclusion of Henin-Shara. We'll stay on the main court for Venus-Petrova and Federer-Wawrinka. Later on the cameras will switch back to Lenglen for Murray's big match.

1020: As the scoreboards around Roland Garros begin ticking over, let's take a look the action we'll be feasting over as the day unfolds. Following Dementieva on Chatrier, it's the resumption of Henin-Sharapova and I know you don't wanna miss that. That precedes Venus-Petrova and after them we've got Federer-Wawrinka. Lenglen kicks off with Kirilenko and then Wozniacki before the big guns come out to play: Cilic-Soderling followed by Murray-Berdych. Wowzers.

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Coach and commentator Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Four real good matches on the men's side today. Hope the weather holds up - it has been five days in a row with some rain, what up with that? One set to go with Shazza an Henin - this will shape the ladies draw big time, love the way Shazza competes out there."

1015: As the scoreboards around Roland Garros begin ticking over, let's take a look the action we'll be feasting over as the day unfolds. Following Dementieva on Chatrier, it's the resumption of Henin-Sharapova and I know you don't wanna miss that. That precedes Venus-Petrova and after them we've got Federer-Wawrinka. Lenglen kicks off with Kirilenko and then Wozniacki before the big guns come out to play: Cilic-Soderling followed by Murray-Berdych. Wowzers.

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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery tweeting from Roland Garros: "In an interesting reversal of yesterday, today we can expect early rain clearing this afternoon. Gloomy but dry now. Murray at 4pm-ish UK? It's another chilly start on Chatrier as Dementieva & Scheepers knock up but today I'm prepared. Wrapped up warm with more layers available."

1000: Elena Dementieva against Chanelle Scheepers and Maria Kirilenko versus Francesca Schiavone - not exactly the most riveting way to get day eight of the French Open up and running. But don't be fooled by the starter, people, because today's options for your main course and desert are truly mouth-watering.



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Murray makes limp exit in Paris
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