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French Open day eight as it happened


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By Mark Ashenden

1913: Right folks. I think those computer glitches were trying to tell me something. A long day. A beautiful day but I'm pulling the plug on the live text. Keep across the tweets of
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery for goss and RG news in the meantime . Plus there's the scores page for all updates. Ferrer is 1-0 up in the third and one-set all with Monfils. Hantuchova leads by a set and it's 1-1 in set two with Kuznetsova. That's your lot. More drama from 1000 BST Monday. May I suggest all Andy Murray fans do a little ankle dance tonight. That's not a dance on your ankles, just a dance about an injured Scottish ankle. Not too much to ask it it? Night.

1900: Apologies for slight delay but some technical problems. Back on track. Hantuchova and Kuznetsova in a ding-dong tie-break. And Hantuchova takes it. Meanwhile, Ferrer strides off the court like the world's top 10 women have just told him he's the most beautiful human being in the world. Swagger. He's one set down but 5-2 up in set two. Cruising.

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Sniggering aside, Gasquet is clear on why Djokovic is so good: "His balls are really fast, you don't have time. No weak points."
Nothing to add there.

1844: Seventh seed Ferrer holds his serve to edge ahead 2-1 with Monfils - still a set down though. Daniela Hantuchova leads 5-4 and a service break here will hand her the first set against Svetlana Kuznetsova.

1836: hands up, hands up. Both my hands up. In fact, I've put them both up on two occasions. A few of you have expertly picked up on my Bartoli statistics. And you know what? You'er all blooming right and you're all blooming right to have a pop at me. Two quarter-finals yes.....but what about her runner-up spot at Wimbledon four years ago? What about it indeed. So there you have it - this is her third GS quarter-final. And I bow to all of you. I need to take a view of the purple vest of Monfils and extract some energy from the boy. As mentioned in an earlier tweet - the sleeveless top is a marmite thing - love it or hate it. I remember coming down for breakfast a few years back, sporting a sleeveless top. Mum looks at me as I'm putting bread in the toaster and she says: "Mark, if you want to come down to breakfast wearing that top again, you're going to have to shave your armpits"...I was horrified. Do grown men do such things? I'd like to know what the current protocol is. Tweet or text.

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1833: Ninth seed Gael Monfils is keeping the locals happy as he takes the opener 6-4 against David Ferrer. 28th seed Daniela Hantuchova and 13th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova are 3-3 in their first set.

1830: If you want a recap of what happened with Federer's win and an insight into how Djokovic extended his winning run or your eyes just fancy casting across some Parisian colourful and delightful prose - then you could do worse than read the report by - our man at Roland Garros Piers Newbery.

1825: Federer is pretty pleased after overcoming Wawrinka earlier and says: "I'm very happy with the way it went. I knew the danger coming into this match on clay. I still think it is his best surface, even though maybe it's been somewhat of a disappointing clay-court season for him." The win was his 28th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final, breaking the mark he jointly held with Jimmy Connors.

1822: Big hugs for Dulko by Bartoli but she calls it a day with her leg injury proving too much - she's got the women's doubles to think about. Not the greatest way to win a match but Bartoli won't care too much about that - she'll next face Daniela Hantuchova or Svetlana Kuznetsova - they play on Lenglen after Monfils/Ferrer.

1818: Monfils 4-2 up at the start of his encounter with Ferrer. Winner of this will have the easy task of facing Mr Federer for a place in the semis. BARTOLI WINS FIRST SET AGAINST DULKO 7-5. Dulks slumped in her throne with towel draped over head. She aint a happy camper. Injuries are a little easier to deal with if you win the first set. A bit of a mountain to ascend. The trainer is back out checking out Dulko's leg. She's carrying on though but not without a shaking head. Bartoli must be delighted - a second Grand Slam quarter-final is in her sights (other was 2009 in Australia).

1810: Bartoli, who has matched her 2007 best show at Roland Garros with the fourth round this year, loses three games in a row to the woman who was struggling with a leg injury half an hour ago. Bit like the Murray match perhaps? It's 5-5 and deuce on the French star's serve but she stays cool to hold. Dulks serving next, hoping to take it to a tie-break.

_joshuajones on Twitter: "I personally don't think anyone will stop Djokovic, but a Rafa vs Djoko 5 set final would be amazing to see."

1756: Dulko's time-out for a medical massage and it's a good moment to reflect on tomorrow's schedule. ANDY MURRAY is down to be third on Suzanne Lenglen. Decision on his participation being made tomorrow. Li Na opens up on Chatrier vs Petra Kvitova. Then it's Nadal v Ljubicic. Simon v Soderling. Sharapova v Radwanska. On Lenglen, Falla v Chela to start the day. Then it's Makraova v Azarenka. Then it's Murray v Troicki - injury pending. Ending the day with Petkvoic v Kirilenko. What do you make of that little lot?

1751: More joy for the French crowd as Bartoli sneaks into a 4-2 lead. The groans return though as the Argentine picks up two break points. One saved. And then it's deuce as the 26-year-old leathers a smash winner. She meant that. Dulko not coping with the serve at all well there and Bartoli's aggression gets her the advantage. And four points in a row and that's a tough hold. 5-2. That could turn out to be a big hold.

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Taz in Kent, via text 81111: "Actually Nole's run is 41 in 2011. 43 total including Davis cup finals in 2010. 1 behind mac's start of season streak of 42 in 1984 and indeed 3 off Vilas overall record of 46."
Spot on. Don't know where that rogue 2011 came from. The unbeaten streak of 43 dating back to November. Incredible. Good spot Taz.

CPS:EVENT>1736: The French crowd on Chatrier are delighted with the opening two games as their girl Bartoli (11th seed) roars into a 2-0 lead against Argentina's Dulko. Dulks hits back though and there's minor polite applause as it goes to 2-2. Slightly noisier as the French girl gets it to 3-2.

The match is over
1734: SCHIAVONE BEATS JANKOVIC 6-3 2-6 6-4 in two hours 37 minutes.

1727: Those Italian toes are tap-dancing again. Schiavone has broken and is now serving for the match at 5-4. 37 winners and 43 unforced errors so far. Super mixture. Can she hang on against the battling 10th seed?

1722: So Djoko's run rumbles on....unbeaten for 43 matches - equalling John McEnroe's streak in 1984. Also three wins away from the top run set by Guillermo Vilas in 1977 (46). Anybody seeing this run ending soon?

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Djokovic wins, another routinely brilliant performance to add to the list. With Fognini next, he's in the semis, non?"

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Jack in Ballymoney, via text 81111: "Why is nobody mentioning Soderling's chances? Asides from his first round wobble he's been fantastic. Once again a dark horse."
Massive shout. All the chat is Djoko with Nadal and Feds as back-up. Soderling to be King of the Clay next weekend?

1715: Crucial serve for Schiavone as she clings to her French Open crown by her nails. She's 4-3 down to Jankovic and 30-30 on her serve. This is definitely an Italian wobble. 35 unforced errors so far for the fifth seed but she holds. Just. 4-4. Tense.

It's good news for a Briton
1709: Good news for GB in the boys first round. Oliver Golding, fourth seed, beats Luis Patino of Mexico 6-3 6-4. Next up is Marion Bartoli v Gisela Dulko. Back on Lenglen, Jankovic steps on those Italian feet and breaks to make it 3-3 and then wins her serve to make it 4-3.

1706: Looks like Schiavone has found her Italian feet again. Blown away in set two by Jankovic but now 3-2 up and serving in the decider.

1702: Djokovic: "I played a great match. I made two important breaks and after that I really played well with no mistakes. I'm playing the best tennis of my life and I'm trying to stay focused on each game and I'll see how far I can go."

The match is over
1659: Comfortable. Gasquet piles the ball into the net and that's it. DJOKOVIC BEATS GASQUET 6-4 6-4 6-2.

1655: Match point for Djoko but the crowd are loving Gasquet's ace. Deuce. Their boy is hanging in there. Gasquet's played well but wobbled at crucial times. Quality shot-maker though. Just too inconsistent. Match point two for Djoko. Saved again. Third match point saved. Big grin for Djoko as he blasts one wide and long to hand Gasquet game point. And MASSIVE CHEERS as he holds. 5-2.

1652: Large lengthy claps from Mr and Mrs Djoko as their son eases through his serve. 5-1. Turned into a bit of a stroll. Fabio Fognini awaits the winner assuming the Italian is still on his feet after his five-set epic against Montanes earlier.

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Catriona in Glasgow, via text 81111: "Love Novak's white gear with multi-coloured pattern. Nice change when most men I've seen are in blue. He's my tip to win, but there are quite a few men playing well. The next week should provide some great matches."
Wise. Can't beat a few clothing items of old-school new-school. Any other nominations for favourite tennis kit seen at RG this week?

1648: Two thunderous backhands gets Djoko another break and the world number two now leads 4-1 and he'll be serving next.

1646: I want your thoughts. Murray, Gasquet, Djoko, Feds, Schiavone. Feel free to tweet me with anything at @bbcsport_mark or just get involved by using the hashtag at #bbctennis ) OR text on 81111 (UK) with TENNIS before your message.

1644: "Make Djokovic win this match and don't give it to him with more errors" says John Lloyd as Gasquet walks back onto court, head bowed and cheeks puffing. 3-1 Djoko.

1642: GB youngster Olly Golding is 2-2 in the second set and going with serve with Luis Patino after taking the opener.

1641: Gasquet is mad with himself and mutters to himself in his chair. Six unforced errors already in this set by the Frenchman as Djoko makes the break to lead 2-1.

1637: Jankovic wraps up the second set 6-2 in 55 minutes. One-set all with Schiavone. Interesting. 19 unforced errors from the Italian in that set. Telling.

1634: Gasquet and Djoko share the opening two games. 1-1 in the third set. The latest on Andy Murray is that he will continue to have treatment on his injured ankle and will have "a light hit later today". Fourth-round clash with Viktor Troicki lies ahead on Monday.

1630: STATS from DJOKO/GASQUET in the second set. Djoko: 10 winners, 3 unforced errors. 88% first service win. 86% second service win. Also big. Big. Gasquet: 5 winners, 9 unforced errors. 65% first service win.

1628: More ding-dongs on Lenglen. Schiavone breaks back to make it 3-2 but then falters on her own serve and Jankovic is back with the advantage at 4-2 in the second set. Britain's Olly Golding takes the first 6-3 against Luis Patino.

1625: Nothing was going to stop those Serbian service missiles. Not even a lively French firework. Easy service game wraps up the second set. Djoko looking totally unflustered. Cool. 6-4 6-4 in 74 minutes.

1622: The Gasquet box is not short of fireworks. A lively game and the French 13th seed whacks the ball past a scrambling Serb to get it to 5-4. Djoko now serving for the second set. "You can't play any loose tennis" says John Lloyd, regarding Gasquet's errors and that one dropped service game. Crucial time is now critical time for Gasquet.

1619: Too good. Too strong. Gasquet returns a massive Djoko serve but he's got 40 feet to get back to the other side of the court and the ball's already flying past - Djoko clenches his fist knowing he's one game away from a two-set lead. Dominant.

1617: GB's Olly Golding 4-2 up and serving. Schiavone gets one back but now facing Jankovic's serve. Some important games coming up for the top boys and girls on Lenglen and Chatrier. Dulko and Bartoli playing after Djoko/Gasquet match.

1614: Mmmmm familiar pattern emerging. Djoko gets edged returning and then an easy service hold. 3-3. "Too many errors" says Andrew Castle. And it happens again for 0-30. dangerous times. And Djoko's sniffing blood as a massive forehand is followed up by a forehand winner from mid-court and his aggression pays dividends. That could be massive. 4-3 Djoko with the break.

1609: Gasquet being pushed all the way in his serve at 30-30 but he comes out on top after a crushing rally and another beautiful return leaves Djoko bent over in the clay. And he wraps it smartly to edge ahead again. 3-2. Djoko having to work very very hard.

It's good news for a Briton
1605: Djokovic holds in a pretty stress-free manner and it's 2-2. Jankovic has hit back and leads 3-0 in the second set with one break against Schiavone. In the boys juniors, Britain's Olly Golding has started well with Mexican Luis Patino and leads 3-1. Time to wiggle the flag.

1558: Djoko holds (1-1) and then blasts back a gorgeous forehand that lands bang in the corner to take Gasquet's serve to 30-30. Tricky times for the Frenchman. Tricky maybe but a super-cute dropshot wrong-foots Djoko gets him back in the driving seat. A walloped backhand then finds the net and he's mad with himself as he teeters on the edge of that driving seat. A sloppy Djoko return gets him right back in it and then the Serb goes long....2-1 Gasquet. Well played Dicky. Djokovic back in his chair panting heavily. It looks warm out there.

TennisMad1995 on Twitter: "You wouldnt think it would be hard for Gasquet to break DJOKO but hes serving relentlessly"

1553: Gasquet starts set two with some more backhand joy. A thing of French beauty. And he races to 40-0 before wasting two game points. And Djoko goes long - palpable relief. 1-0. He needed that. Big time. Stats from the first set - Gasquet: 11 winners, 6 unforced errors. Djoko: 20 winners (not bad) and 5 unforced errors.

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1549: Gasquet needs all the winners he can muster in this game to stay in the first set and a swash-buckling backhand makes it 15-15. Cracking effort. And Djoko takes it. DJOKO WINS FIRST SET 6-4 IN 36 minutes. Joy also for Schiavone as the fifth seed wins her opening set 6-3 against Jankovic.

1543: Djoko holds his serve comfortably and Gasquet dishes up a fourth ace and then a really cute dropshot to get it back to 5-4. The French star hanging in there.

1540: Back to Lenglen. Schiavone now serving for the first set at 5-3 against Jankovic. Good start from the defending champ. Interesting to see Sharipova in action. Hold on.....spelling mistake? NOPE....Sabina Sharipova of Uzbekistan is playing in the junior girls and is doing rather well against Serena Wolliams. (No - only joking with Serena. Sharipova is playing though).

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Win today and he's one short of McEnroe's record start to a year. Mac will be relying on a one-legged Fabio Fognini"

Bobbydoughnuts on Twitter: "Love Gasquet but its Mr Fragile vs Iron Man today, Djoko will devour him like a french pastry"
No devouring there as the iron man can't break through. 4-3.

1530: Djokovic holds his serve to lead 3-1 but the 13th seed keeps it interesting and the Serb's advantage is back to one. Djokovic may be in the form of his life but he's never made a final at Roland Garros. Three-time a semi-finalist. And now it's two break points for the Frenchman. One saved. Double saved as Djoko swipes away an almighty forehand to take it to deuce. Great stuff from Dicky (DO the French call their Richards Dicky?) - as his backhand goes into overdrive, Djoko is pushed to the corner and fails to return. ADV GASQUET. Djoko hits back though and an ace nails his serve. A few quiet groans from the crowd. 4-2.

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Ganesh in Cambridge, via text 81111: "Gasquet has absolutely no chance! Despite a mountain of talent stacked behind that backhand."
Gasquet's best showing at Roland Garros is right now. Only once reached the third round before this year.

1520: The crowd are loving that as Gasquet holds his serve to get it to 2-1 with Djoko still possessing that one break. Schiavone has flown out of the blocks and leads Jankovic 4-1.

1518: As Djoko opens up with an ace, let me tell you that Djokovic is 4-1 in the head-to-heasd. Djoko coming through in three sets in the only encounter they've faced each other on clay - in Portugal four years ago. Djoko steamed past the Frenchman in Indian Wells this year the last time they played. Djoko holds to lead 2-0.

1514: Djoko bags an early break straight away. "An ominous opening game for the 13th seed" says Sam Smith.

jarletheaton on Twitter: "Anywhere else, I would say Nole all the way, but with Gasquet in front of his home crowd, it could be a banana skin for Nojo..."

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "A great reception on Chatrier for local(ish) boy Gasquet, chants of "Richard, Richard!" Big match for him after showing some form recently."

1501: Defending champ Francesca Schiavone opens up by taking her service game, but 10th seed Jelena Jankovic responds with a hold of her own. 1-1. Steady. The Italian has already racked up three winners. None by Janko yet. Gasquet and Djokovic are court-bound. How do you see this one going? A quarter-final spot against Fabio Fognini. awaits.

1457: Murray's injury. Federer's convincing win. Djokovic up next. Five-set drama with Fognini coming through. Got any thoughts about any of that? Feel free to tweet me at @bbcsport_mark or just get involved by using the hashtag at #bbctennis ) OR if you prefer phone operations, then text on 81111 (UK) with TENNIS before your message.

1453: Federer through to face David Ferrer or Gael Monfils - they play after Schiavone's match with Jankovic.

The match is over
1450: FEDERER BEATS WAWRINKA 6-3 6-2 7-5. That's his 28th successive Grand Slam quarter-final - a record since 1968 says Andrew Castle. Still no dropped sets for the Swiss. DJOKOVIC UP NEXT AGAINST GASQUET. How are we all doing?

1448: Wawrinka grabs the opening point but it's all about the angles with Feds. Ties Stan up in knots and he's now got two match points......Wawrinka looks a beaten man but he saves on match point with a blistering rally. But an ace wraps it up in one hour 45. Smooth.

1445: Federer's backhand is an thing of beauty as we all know and it's looking hot until a long one makes it 30-30. But then it's his opponent's backhand to do some damage. Another net advance though doesn't come off as feds passes him nicely with a one-handed back-handed looping pass. DEUCE. Feds has a chance but a big serve means he loses his first break point in five. DEUCE. And Wawrinka is fuming. He's at the net and volleys straight into the net. And that's the break and feds just one service game from victory. Wawrinka whacks the ball up towards the back row of Chatrier. Only his 22nd unforced error (compared to Federer's 24) but winners? Feds leads 39-24. 6-5.

1439: Federer holds and it's 5-5. Crucial times for Wawrinka.

The match is over
1435: FOGNINI BEATS MONTANES IN FIVE SETS OVER 4 HOURS 21 MINS. 4-6 6-4 3-6 6-3 11-9. Amazing. Schiavone on next.

1434: No problem for Stan though and he holds to serve to love. 5-4.

1429: Thank you for the Soneji efforts. He's now back on the cricket as the rain holds off for now in Cardiff. Fognini and Montanes 9-9 in the decider. 4 hours 17 and counting.....And feds holds to get it back to 4-4. Has Wawrinka missed his chance?

1427: Indeed - fully nourished, thanks to some cracking corned beef. And in service break terms, looks like Federer is fully nourished. Back to 4-3 and Feds now serving.

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Bad news for Britain as George Morgan floats a backhand long to lose 7-5 in the third against Mate Delic. The Brit had two match points in the second set and probably played them a bit too passively, but 2hrs 26mins of valuable experience if nothing else.."

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The match is over
1425: Disastrous news for young George Martin, who has been knocked out of the first round of the boy's singles following a 7-6 6-7 5-7 defeat by Mate Delic of Croatia. And on that rather sullen note, I hand over to the nourished Mark Ashenden for the remainder of the day in the French capital. Bye.

5 live's Jonathan Overend at Roland Garros: "Montanes is joining Berrer in the Compassion Club. More clueless tennis against an ailing opponent who can't move. 8-8."

1420: Federer summons an imperious forehand winner which fizzes over the net, delighting the crowd while sending a reminder to his opponent that even with a 3-1 lead he's nowhere near winning the set. However, Wawrinka, who has played his compatriot nine times in their professional history, has only ever won a solitary encounter - in Monaco on clay in 2009. He's 4-1 up in the third but still a good distance clear of the finishing line. Meanwhile, Morgan and Delic are locked at 5-5 in their third set while Fabio Fognini and Albert Montanes are now 8-8 in their fifth-set decider.

NeilHarmanTimes on Twitter: "Fognini beginning to resemble AM on this court - in movement terms - standing still and hitting through the ball. How will Montanes respond?"

1411: Wawrinka holds serve for a 1-0 lead - and soon has Federer 0-30 for the first time in the match, increasing the Gallic atmosphere a notch or two inside Chatrier. Two break points follow - and he converts at the second attempt as Federer loops a slack forehand just beyond the baseline for a 2-0 lead. Now then...comeback Stan? We're 7-7 in the Fognini v Montanes fifth-set epic on Suzanne Lenglen as neither man shows any sign of backing down. Intriguing.

1405: Inevitable - Federer comfortably holds serve for a commanding 2-0 match lead. Only a Heineken Cup comeback of Leinster proportions can save Wawrinka now. Meanwhile, young George Morgan has squandered his advantage by losing his service game straight after breaking Mate Delic. It's 4-3 to the Croatian with Morgan serving.

1358: Encouraging news over on Court 10 where Briton George Martin is a break up against Croatia's Mate Delic. No doubt a Newbery missive will follow shortly. Meanwhile, Wawrinka manages to temporarily plug the Federer deluge with a service hold at 5-2, probably his best game of the match so far.

JonnyWhiley on Twitter: "Federer already gliding around the court like a hovercraft"

1351: Wawrinka's game is rapidly unravelling as his Swiss compatriot takes complete control with his second break of the second set - it's 4-1 to Federer and, like the second-half at Wembley on Saturday evening, it's all one-way traffic.

1349: Bonjour tout le monde, nice to see some sunshine after staring at gloom for three hours in Cardiff on day four of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka in Cardiff. Panama hats a plenty inside Phillipe Chatrier right now, although Federer will probably want to bury his head in one after netting a regulation forehand with Wawrinka well beaten. But the world number three brushes the unforced error aside and comfortably holds serve for a 3-1 lead. The Fognini/Montanes corker is now 5-5 with the Spaniard serving.

By Mark Ashenden

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Delic takes the second set after dominating the tie-break, I require shade for 10mins. I expect to return for the glorious denouement."

1339: My tummy has decided it's time for a break and the rain at Cardiff (cricket) has given Pranav Soneji the opportunity to slip into my throne while I can stock up on some nibbles like a squirrel in winter. 1-1 in set two with comfie Feds service hold. Pretty smooth sailing for the third seed so far. I'll be back.

1334: Some lively rallies in the opening game of the second set. Wawrinka playing aggressively but Feds defence holding strong to get it to 30-30. Feds is looking in full-flow as he steps delightfully into a forehand and he slaps it away sweetly. Wawrinka still pushing it and strides into the net but feds makes it deuce with a disguised lob. Nice touch. Wawrinka holds though with Feds returning into the net. 1-0 in second set.

quigonsmith on Twitter: "Stan's backhand a bit stronger and more consistent than Fed's. Once it gets onto Fed's forehand, different story"

1328: No break points in that set and after 25 minutes FEDERER WINS FIRST SET 6-3 AGAINST WAWRINKA. There is hope for Stan fans after taking a few points in the last two service games.

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Paul in Sutton, via text 81111: "Is it me or is Roger being over-looked in this tournament? He seems to be creeping through without too much of a mention... And he's not dropping any sets."
I haven't been over-looking him. Although Djoko and Nadal getting all the headlines for sure. Anybody thinks feds has got a chance of lifting his second French Open crown? He's also a three-time runner-up and hasn't made the semis since 2009.

1325: Forget th-e red of Federer, this game is all about the clean whites of Wawrinka. One cracking forehand is whipped away after a looping Feds backhand return. Sweet. Steady hold. 5-3. Feds will be serving for the first set.

1321: Wawrinka steadies the Swiss ship and gets it back to 4-2. 11 winners already for Feds. And despite being taken to 30-30, the pillar box red of Feds continues to deliver with his fourth ace. (Apologies). 5-2.

1316: A reminder - Djokovic and Gasquet on after Federer match. Schiavone after the Fognini/Montanes battle.

1314: Federer holds and then breaks his compatriot and yep - bring on the Express gags. make that SuperExpress and he holds again to make it 4-1 after 11 minutes. Swift.

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Fellow Brit Olly Golding ambles away after watching for a bit, looking natty in a pair of aviators. Everyone around me is scoffing ice cream and the only person here not relaxed is dear old Mate Delic, who takes a run at a ball and hoofs it with his left peg after one miss. He's no Lionel Messi."
Some tasty British action in the juniors and Newbery's on the case - George Morgan playing Mate Delic in the first round.

1309: Back to Lenglen and Montanes leads 1-0 in the fifth set after Fognini takes it to a decider. Interesting.

1307: Smooth. Swiss smoothness all-round. 1-1.

1305: 60 seconds and it's an opening service game to love for the third seed. Feds 1-0 Wawrinka.

1303: Feds serving up first for a place in the quarter-finals against David Ferrer or Gael Monfils - they play later.

1259: Looks warm in Paris today. Feds looking a little sweaty already. He's wearing a pillar box red shirt. I played a game of golf in South London a few years ago where they demand players wear a pillar box red shirt. (And they were that strict about the shade of red - incredible) Any other strange sporting attire rules you know about?

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Aaron in Essex, via text 81111: "Am probably biased as a Stan fan! But I felt as soon as I saw the draw he had a chance to do something very special here like he did at the US Open when he took out Murray! Stan to come through in 4 sets"

shivamLM on Twitter: "R-Fed to win easily, Stan will be tired after that brilliant match v Tsonga."
Federer and Wawrinka walk on to Lenglen to huge cheers. So Feds isn't the player he was and he'll stumble through in a five-set struggle right?

5 live's Jonathan Overend at Roland Garros: "Got a hunch that Murray's going to be ok. Really hope so. But we'll know more at the end of the day after treatment."

1247: Want to get involved on this Sizzling Sunday? Feel free to tweet me with anything at @bbcsport_mark or just get involved by using the hashtag at #bbctennis ) OR if you prefer your phone, then text on 81111 (UK) with TENNIS before your message.

1243: ROGER FEDERER v STANISLAS WAWRINKA UP NEXT. Battle of the Swiss. How do you see this going?

A shock result
1237: PAVLYUCHENKOVA BEATS ZVONAREVA 7-6 2-6 6-2. Wow. The women's top seeds keep falling. "A career-changing moment" say the commentators. Seeds one, two, three....OUT.

1230: One point in 11 for Zvonareva as the errors mount - the 19-year-old Pavvy is eyeing her first ever Grand Slam quarter and it's four games in a row - 5-2. Wow. Although the way this match has gone, expect Zvonners to hit back with five games in a row to win.

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Out on a boiling court 10. Some lovely racket bouncing from Delic as he drops serve, after breaking earlier. He's foot-faulting every time too, but there's only the umpire and three line judges as it's a boys' match. Maybe I should start calling "FAULT!!!"

1224: Montanes has taken the third set 6-3 against Fognini. The Spaniard leads 2-1 in sets. Schiavone on after this one.

1222: Coverage-wise (as Mike Whitcombe has pointed out to me on Twitter), all the tennis is available online - you know, on the BBC Sport website.

1219: That is top drawer topsy-turvy. Zvonareva faces break point but Pavvy hits back twice to get it to deuce. Nervy times. Pavvy scrapping for her life here - for the record, Pavvy's previous best at Garros is the third round in 2009 and 2010. Unchartered territory. And a backhand whipped back to break back. 2-2. Six deuces in that game. Interesting.

1214: A few of you tweeting and texting asking about the lack of Red Button action. I've checked my sources and FREEVIEW OPTIONS are only available from 1615 BST. F1 is taking priority today I'm afraid. Don't shoot the messenger.

The sun is out
1208: Zvonareva just played the best shot I think I've seen at this year's championships. She's 30-0 up against serve and she smashes the ball down, Pavvy returns and the ball lands trickily at Zvon's feet. This is not easy but Zvonareva stays cool and dinks a half-volley from mid-court off her toes just over the net for a cross-court dropshot winner. Stunning. have I over-egged that? Just a beautiful BEAUTIFUL touch. More importantly for her though, she breaks and leads 2-1 in the decider. I'm putting the sun graphic in for that.

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Aaron in Essex, via text 81111: "Thanks for recognising us Stan fans! Totally understand your chat being slightly Federer dominated! What he has accomplished is just remarkable! Even Stan is a fan! Hopefully that doesn't work against him today."
Can't be easy facing someone you admire and totally respect. How should Stan treat this match?

1201: Midday chimes and Pavvy comes through a brutal rally against Zvonareva and then slaps back two crushing forehands, a steady backhand and then a smash to hold serve having faced two break points. 1-0 in third set.

1150: ZVONAREVA WINS SET TWO AGAINST PAVLYUCHENKO 6-2. One-set all. Interesting. And of course - it's not Federer playing on his own. He's up against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka and I doff my cap towards all his fans out there - some of whom have texted in pulling me up on my Federer-dominated chat. Point taken. And it's a fair one.

1147: Regarding the earlier text about the postmen, I have to apologise for Sue from Sale for initially saving the latest update with another texter - SO PLEASE REFRESH THIS PAGE AND PREVENT SUE FROM DAMAGING ME SOMEHOW.

1145: Zvonareva falls to her knees know what she's done don't you? Well it's no disaster but she doesn't look best pleased after losing the game. She's now serving at 5-2 to level the match at one-set all.

1140: Zvonareva holds with a whole lot of loving and she's storming this set at 5-1. Looks like Federer fans will have a little longer to wait for the great Swiss battle. Feds on next on Chatrier with Djoko after that.

Mike_Dickson_DM on Twitter: "Vibes I'm getting about Murray being able to give it a go in his 4th rd tomorrow are positive but nothing official yet."
Insight (sort of) from Daily Mail tennis correspondent Mike Dickson

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1134: Ding-dong on Lenglen. Montanes takes first set 6-4 with Fognini and is now facing serve, needing to break to stay in the second set. Having taken five games in a row and still lost then opening set, Zvonareva will not be feeling hugely confident after taking the first four games in set two. contrasting stats from the two Russians. Zvon - 13 winners, 11 unforced errors. Pavvy - 26 winners, 26 unforced errors. Mixed bag. Pavvy holds to stop the rot and make it 4-1.

1128: Zvonareva now flying at 3-0 with two service breaks. 17 minutes of destruction. Good comeback.

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Sue in Sale, via text 81111: "My postman has predicted Fed will win Roland Garros under the radar - balls suit him and playing like a dream. My postman knows his tennis"
Who could possibly argue with the postman? Very much like the shoe cleaner in Police Squad or Naked Gun films. If anybody remembers that. Anybody else got any clever postmen or dustmen, corner shop workers or barbers with astute sporting predictions?

1118: Pavvy takes another wobble as the third seed breaks at the start of set two. Zvonareva looks the sort of player you know exactly how they're feeling - no poker face. Sulky one minute, fired up and buoyant the next. She's starting to turn on the power though. She needs to, or her French Open could be over in 20 minutes. FEDERER UP NEXT.

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Devan in Bristol, via text 81111: "Regarding the Berrer interview, that to me is NOT good sportsmanship. That is as you said naive and unprofessional. Is he saying that Andy Murray would have wanted him not to play any more drop shots and make it easier for him? Tennis is a competitive sport and there is no room for such soft sentiments."
See entry 1026 for context to this. Keep the thoughts coming in. Some are also sympathetic to Berrer's kind actions.

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1112: Pavlyuchenkova (I've lengthened her name this time because Sean tweeted "I quite like the way it glides off my tongue". Interesting. But she's utterly dominant with a ferocious forehand and edges ahead 5-2 in the tie-break. Zvonareva raises her aggressive levels and looks good before slapping a forehand into the net - and she falls to her knees distraught with her missed chance. Three set points. One gone. But PAVVY WINS SET ONE in 57 minutes. Winner of this will play Jelena Jankovic or Fancesca Schiavone who are second on Lenglen.

NeilHarmanTimes on Twitter: "Barcelona remind me of Roger Federer 2003-2009. An occasional off day otherwise utterly untouchable"
Wise words from the Times tennis correspondent

1103: The crowd slowly building on Chatrier - Federer possibly half an hour away. But perhaps not. Pinky Pav survives a set point and holds to take Zvonareva to a tie-break. Good battle this.

bgtennisnation on Twitter: "so much for Russian demise in the women's game, we have 6 in the round of 16 and the superlong namer Pavlyuchenkova sounds like Scrabble."
The top coach offers his views on Pavvy.

1056: Zvonareva scratching around a little here and she's on the ropes. It's 5-5 and being pushed all the way. But boom. After trailing 0-30, she hits back and holds her serve with a brilliant backhand. Gritted teeth, eyes on the ball, whooosh. She needed that.

CaroWozniacki on Twitter: "Met Dwight Yorke yesterday at the game, great guy, he didn't like I was a Liverpool supporter, but forgave me haha.."
Nice to see the world number one in good spirits after her exit the other day.

1050: There was me thinking Zvonareva was on a Paris stroll in le park. She gets broken by her Russian compatriot and Pavvy gets it to 5-4. She's serving now to level things up. Good effort from the lady in pink (surely that would have made a better song for Chris De Burgh).

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Carl S. Berg in Epsom, via text 81111: "Gasquet's transformation has been incredible. We're finally beginning to see the player who reached the Wimbledon semi finals in 2007! Hopefully he can continue and give Djokovic a real match today"
Djoko and Gasquet third on Chatrier after Federer/Wawrinka.

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1044: Over on Lenglen, I wonder how Spaniard Albert Montanes is feeling as he takes on Fabio Fognini. He may have been celebrating Barcelona's win last night. Montanes, ranked 38, is 4-4 with the Italian. Steady. Loads of junior games going on as well. Zvonareva now serving to take the first set.

Amster619 on Twitter: "Murray's injury played in Berrer's mind and probably kept thinking that he should win. He lost his concentration doing that"
It was incredible how Berrer just fell apart after the injury. Murray did start to play some incredibly aggressive shots.

1035: Took my eyes away from Zvonareva for a bit there. Apologies. She's got the break back and now facing serve with a 3-2 lead. HOLD ON.....I type a few words and the third seed gets another break. It's 4-2 now and her backhand is red-hot. Pavlyuchenkova (any suggestions on how I can shorten her name? Pavvy? Pavlova?) is wearing pink dress that is more pink than pink. Shocking pink. Does that mean pink that's beyond pink? Not enough pink in sport I say.

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Chris in Birmingham, via text 81111: "Just looking at what the bookies think- it looks pretty nailed on the all the big guns will get through round 4 safely. The biggest chance of an upset seems to be Federer but it's highly unlikely!"
Feds facing fellow-Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka. Djoko plays Gasquet. The French crowd may well be a little noisy for this one. Although Djoko will not be without his following. A very popular player.

1026: Basics first. Why not recall his battling win over Michael Berrer on Saturday - video and Piers Newbery report at your service. According to Mr Newbery, our man at Roland Garros, Murray will be practising this afternoon and then we should know whether the British number one will be playing on Monday. If his ankle survives, he'll be playing 15th seed Viktor Troicki . On the back of Murray's injury, one of the most heart-warming stories I've read in ages is Berrer's confession he felt sorry for Murray and refused to play any dropshots. You can hear Berrer's thoughts here. The German admits to lacking a killer instinct. As a fellow human being, it's a revelation of pure joy. Is it naive? Unprofessional? Or a rare piece of sportsmanship? Give me your thoughts. Anybody else with some heart-warming sporting stories? Or any tales of horrendous unsportsmanship for that matter. TWEET OR TEXT ME.

1021: I hereby declare my next entry Andy Murray dominated.

1019: An early OOOFFF for you. Zvonareva, whose best at French Open was a quarter-final eight years ago, has been broken already against the 14th seed. So a reminder - Federer on after this one. Just so you know. Bit of Murray stuff coming your way.

1015: Zvonareva has served up the first ball of the day. How's that for some live text commentary? I'm chucking you two names. Federer. Djokovic. They're not playing each other (yet) but they will be both in action over the next two to four hours. And you thought this was going to be a gentle Sunday stroll. It's Djoko's third day in a row on the back of his two-day encounter with Del Potro. Any early thoughts on those two? All pre-match predictions or hopes for Feds and Djoko welcome.

1010: Tiz day eight. And we're closing in on the business end. Red Button already up and running. Third seed Vera Zvonareva and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova are warming up as we speak. And after this I can offer you a double billing that is not to be missed. More in a moment. I'll let you get the teabag out of your over-stewed cuppa. So how are we all doing? Tweet or text me. DO IT.

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Yesterday Barca, today Djokovic - unstoppable? Red Button/online to cover Zvonareva, Federer, Djokovic, Dulko, updates on 5 live."

1001: Morning. Technically we've gone into week two at Roland Garros but that doesn't sound right for a Sunday. Anyway, with the Barcelona fans still ringing in my ears (WOW what an incredible sporting lesson that was) it's time to dish up some tennis. Are you awake? Hungover? I suggest you put the kettle on and prepare for some Parisian drama.

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