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French Open day nine as it happened

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By David Ornstein

2100: A massive merci beaucoup to each and every one of you for joining us - another memorable day on the Roland Garros clay. Get yourselves back here for more of the same demain. Murray v Troicki, Federer Monfils, Schiavone v Pavlyuchenkova and Kuznetsova v Bartoli. Enough to tickle the taste buds? Au revoir.

2055: News just reaching us... Murray v Troicki will be first up on Court Suzanne Lenglen at 1300 BST (1400 local time) on Tuesday. They'll resume at 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 0-0 - it's a one-set shoot-out for a quarter-final meeting against Juan Igancio Chela.

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BBC Radio 5 live's Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "So 2 sets all and off for bad light. One set shoot out tomorrow. Murray strong favourite now. Has to be."

Matt, on the train back to London, via text on 81111: "Shame about the light, with Murray in full control now it will be a shame to break his rhythm. It will also be interesting to see how that ankle reacts to all this exercise! Come on Andy."

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Neil, Leeds, via text on 81111: "The rollercoaster will finish tomorrow, I feel like I've been left stuck at the top of the Big Dipper. Let's hope Andy comes out loose tomorrow!"

FOURTH SET:

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "That's it, Murray makes it two sets all and with the low-flying pigeons ever more menacing, the umpire calls it a night. Stirring stuff from the British number one."

Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 Troicki*
And Murray takes it to force a decider. The world number four batters his way to 30-0 before netting for 30-15. An ace brings up three set points and Troicki goes wide via a net-cord to finish us off. Bad light brings the day to an end and the decider will be played on Tuesday. Boos from the crowd but the umpire was left with no choice - it was bloomin' dark out there!
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*Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 5-2 Troicki
This time it's Troicki's turn to bring up 40-0 in the blink of an eye. But he fails to close the deal and cuts an exasperated figure as Murray levels for deuce. The Serbian has the audacity to make a mid-game appeal for the match to be stopped due to bad light but the umpire's having none of it. Troicki shows he's seeing the ball perfectly well with an outstanding volleyed winner low down to his right, and then saves a break point. But Murray brings up break point number two and makes no mistake to move to within a game of the set. Outcomes a tournament official... he advises the players that game seven will be the last of the day.
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Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 4-2 Troicki*
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that's Murray's first love service hold all day. Troicki looks shell-shocked as Murray powers his way through game six. C'est magnifique!
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*Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 3-2 Troicki
"He's been pain-free for quite some time now and it's beginning to show," says John Lloyd on the Red Button. Murray breaks and deservedly so. Having finally got his head together, he's all over the Troicki serve like a rash. No anger, pure focus, and brilliant tennis. Who's for a five-setter?
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Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 2-2 Troicki*
Ankle injury, what ankle injury? Murray chalks up another service hold and he's buzzing around as if the match has only just started.
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The match is over
Andrea Petkovic beats Maria Kirilenko 6-2 2-6 6-4 to reach the French Open quarter-finals

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "The sun has left for the night and we're left with a chilly breeze. Lenglen about half full now but those remaining absorbed by this. The organisers probably wouldn't mind it carrying over until tomorrow as they've lost Djokovic v Fognini."

2010: One of whom is our very own Piers Newbery...

*Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 1-2 Troicki
Murray beginning to hit deeper and deeper, and it's paying dividends. He gets to 30-30 and has Troicki on the back for. The Serbian fights his way to game point before an intoxicating rally ensures. Both players show brilliant hands at the net and then start throwing bombs at each other from close range. Murray puts the lob up... Troicki smashes it away, secures the hold and raises his arm to the sky. Great entertainment for those who have stayed late on Lenglen.
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Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 1-1 Troicki*
Troicki races out of the blocks... 0-30... trouble for Murray? Not a jot. The British number one smashes his way to 30-30 and takes the game when his 6ft 4ins opponent goes wide. The quality of this match is on the rise - such a shame darkness is falling on Roland Garros. This will almost certainly be the last set we'll see today.
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Neil, Leeds, via text on 81111: "I've often found myself missing the days of Tim Henman and his rollercoaster matches. But Murray is having a right go at providing one today! Murray in 5!"

*Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 0-1 Troicki
Heavy serving, heavy returning - but the serving wins out as Troicki grinds out a morale-boosting hold to 30. Murray still seems ridiculously angry at himself. Take a chill pill, man.
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The match is over
Maria Sharapova beats Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 to reach the French Open quarter-finals

THIRD SET:

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Amazing stuff, Murray fighting hard and his best shot, the backhand down the line, has been doing real damage the last few games. If he's going to win, it will be tomorrow, only time for one more set."

It's good news for a Briton
Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 Troicki*
By far and away Murray's best start to a service game today. He storms to 40-0 and the set looks to be his for the taking. The Scot is far from happy to see a forehand sail long and Troicki follows that up with another fine winner, but Murray comes through with an unreturnable kicker out wide. "COME OOOOOONNNN!!!" yells the world number four. He's back.
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*Murray 4-6 4-6 5-3 Troicki
Big hitting from Murray at the start of game eight suggest the Scot is right as rain. Troicki benefits from a contentious line call and then outlasts Murray in an enthralling rally for 30-30. Murray fires just wide but then twice forces deuce with spectacular winners. Troicki replies with a forehand winner that clips the chalk. Wow. The crowd are loving this. Both men are now throwing everything at each other and it's now Murray's turn to draw applause with a magnificent crosscourt forehand. Troicki then nets an easy groundstroke and Murray has break point. Mary Pierce looking on from the stands. Back to the court... Murray dispatches another forehand and there's the break. Murray to serve for the set.
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Murray 4-6 4-6 4-3 Troicki*
Sealed with a smash into open court, Murray responds in kind. The 24-year-old trots back to his seat with a grimace and the trainer scuttles to his side, but no treatment is taken. It's getting pretty dark out there now, we're probably looking at about 30-45 minutes before bad light stops play. If, that is, we still have play by then.
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*Murray 4-6 4-6 3-3 Troicki
The flipside of Murray's revival is that it seems to be encouraging Troicki to raise his own game. The 15th seed races to 40-0 and although Murray hints at a fightback with a rasping forehand that forces his opponent to net, the Serbian comes through unscathed.
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Latest scores
1935: Over in the women's fourth-round matches, Sharapova has let Radwanska back into the match and trails 5-3 in the second set after working so hard to edge the opener. A similar turnaround on Court number 1 as Kirilenko takes set two with Petkovic. One-set all. Interesting.

Murray 4-6 4-6 3-2 Troicki*
ANDY Murray back on song with a commanding hold. Out comes the trainer at the change of ends to remove the strapping from his right ankle. The camera zooms in to show us plenty of bruising. Ouch.
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1930: Talking of Murrays, there's a big game on Tuesday for Andy's big bro Jamie as he plays in the mixed doubles quarter-finals alongside Nadia Petrova - they'll be going up against Ekaterina Makarova and Bruno Soares third on Court Two.

*Murray 4-6 4-6 2-2 Troicki
In complete contrast to the last two games, Murray suddenly looks a picture of calm and brilliantly crafts his way to 40-15 and two break-back points. "I don't understand him," says John Lloyd, "why didn't he show this sort of attitude before. It's not about the ankle now, it's all in the head." Murray feathers a forehand over the net, Troicki gets there but flicks it into the net. Murray breaks back. Normal service resumed? "He can still win this," says Andrew Castle.
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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Desperate times now for Murray, his best hope is to try to keep Troicki out there for as long as possible. Probably an hour of light left..."

Murray 4-6 4-6 1-2 Troicki*
Error after error from the Murray racquet. "Focus!" screams a member of his support staff. The message goes unheeded. Troicki breaks and Murray's place in the French Open is now hanging by a thread.
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*Murray 4-6 4-6 1-1 Troicki
Equally convincing from Troicki and Murray is starting to get very, very angry again. Yelling at himself non-stop, shouting up to his players box over and over again. Most of it's unprintable. If he doesn't regain his focus, he'll be in trouble.
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Murray 4-6 4-6 1-0 Troicki*
Much better from Murray, a straightforward service hold to 15. Far less energy wasted on berating himself this time round.
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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Oh dear. Murray looked in control at 4-2 but played three ropey games and a very tight Troicki just about saw it out. Last year Murray came back from two sets down against Gasquet on this court, although he later lost in three to Berdych here."

SECOND SET:

It's bad news for a Briton
Someone is having a tantrum
*Murray 4-6 4-6 Troicki
Troicki bludgeons his way to 40-15 and two set points. Murray's left boot has now taken such a beating from his racquet that it's probably hurting as much as his right. Another broken sabre. The new one helps Murray bring it back to deuce but Troicki forces a third set point and he takes it when Murray finds the net with a service return on the stretch. "Murray should have won this set but he's been so negative between points," says John Lloyd on the Red Button. "Don't show your opponent you're not happy, bluff it. He really should have won that set"
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Murray 4-6 4-5 Troicki*
The best and the worst sides of the British number one. He responds to slipping to 15-30 down by unleashing a brilliant serve out wide, only to follow it up with a double fault which gives his opponent a break point. Murray shows bucket loads of aggression to get himself of trouble but finds himself in no man's land the next point, flicking a forehand into the net. So, break point number two... Murray in trouble... Troicki comes in... up goes the backhand lob... Troicki smash... and there's the break.
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*Murray 4-6 4-4 Troicki
Britain's finest comes out early for eight, clearly itching to make up for the mishap of a few minutes ago. He attacks Viktor from the outset and notches a break point but Troicki escapes. Murray then flings a backhand into the tramlines and is furious with himself, bashing his racquet against his foot and yelling "terrible" over and over again. Troicki lets out a roar of delight on holding serve.
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Murray 4-6 4-3 Troicki*
Two very angry men out there at present. Troicki makes a sluggish start in his bid to break straight back and lets out a tirade in Serbian. My Serbian's not too hot, but I can assure you it was a tirade. Moments later, it's Murray's turn to berate himself, the Scot chucking away a couple of points to give his opponent a break-back opportunity. Murray saves that one but a second is just around the corner and this time the 24-year-old finds the net. He repeatedly bashes his racquet into the ground at the changeover and then swears in the direction of the camera - didn't Rooney get a two-match ban for that? OK, OK it wasn't that bad. Anyhow, Troicki breaks and we're back on serve.
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Latest scores
1850: One minute less than an hour and Sharapova completes the turnaround. Set one has gone her way after trailing Radwanska 4-1. Want some stats? Sharaps: 29 winners, 23 unforced errors. Rads: 7 winners, 5 errors. Winner of this plays Petkovic or Kirilenko. The Bosnia-born Petkovic has just taken the first set 6-2.

*Murray 4-6 4-2 Troicki
Game six gets off to a poor start for old Viktor as a pigeon - yes, a pigeon - flies across the court and causes him to horribly miscue a forehand. The Serbian manages to works his way back but Murray looks in the mood to strike. The Briton squanders a break point but here comes a second bite of the cherry... crosscourt forehand winner. Murray breaks and is ahead for the first time in the match.
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1845: Order of play news... day 10 means quarter-final action and defending champ Francesca Schiavone opens up on Chatrier against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. After that, it will be interesting to see how the elastic legs of Gael Monfils will cope after his epic win over David Ferrer with a last-eight clash with Roger Federer. Over on Lenglen, there will be plenty of noise as their woman Marion Bartoli takes on Svetlana Kuznetsova. Britain's Oli Golding plays in the second round of the boys' singles, while compatriots George Morgan (with Mate Pavic) and Kyle Edmund (and Wayne Montgomery) play in the boys' doubles. Play kicks off at 1300 BST.

Murray 4-6 3-2 Troicki*
Both players starting to glare up to their support teams in the stands - neither look to be anywhere near their physical peak and the quality of tennis isn't amazing if truth be told. Murray battles his way to a service hold but unless my eyes are playing games with me, he seems to be hobbling around on the injured ankle.
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*Murray 4-6 2-2 Troicki
Murray yells "Think! Think!" after handing Troicki a couple of easy points en route to a comfortable service hold. It's all getting a bit tense out there now. Which way do you see this one going? Drop me a tweet @bbcsport_david using the hashtag #BBCTennis or text us on 81111 (UK).
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Philip, London, via text on 81111: "Was Andy's 'injured' ankle just a ruse? He said he hurt his right ankle, but today his left one is strapped. Very odd."
Incorrect, the strapping IS on Murray's right ankle, it's just underneath his sock. You're referring to the support on Murray's left leg, which he wears every match.

1832: Over on Chatrier, Maria Sharapova is right back in her fourth-round clash with Agnieszka Radwanska. The seventh-seeded Russian was 4-1 down but hits back with a break of her own and holds her serve again to level at 5-5. It's the ultimate in mixed bags with 24 winners and 18 unforced errors so far by Sharaps in just 10 games. On Court One, Andrea Petkovic is on fire and leads Maria Kirilenko 4-1.

Murray 4-6 2-1 Troicki*
Big pressure on Murray as Troicki notches two break points. But both are saved with booming unreturnable serves and the world number four gets to game point with a thumping ace. A drop shot then has Troicki hurtling towards the net but he can't make the return and Murray keeps his nose in front.
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*Murray 4-6 1-1 Troicki
A real crowd-pleaser of a game, that. Murray takes the early initiative to suggest a break could be on the cards. He's starting to dominate the baseline rallies now. But back comes the Serbian with a couple of delicious drop shots which have Murray scrambling all over the place. He powers through to level the set.
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Murray 4-6 1-0 Troicki*
A solid service hold from Murray gets us up and running in the second set. Now let's see what you've got, Mr Troicki...
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FIRST SET:

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "One of the greatest sporting comebacks since Fabio Fognini last night just falls short. Four games in a row for Murray and Eurostar trains were being furiously booked and unbooked from the press box. Still in the balance."

Greg Rusedski on Twitter: "No Worries about Murray ankle, running like a gazelle."

It's bad news for a Briton
Someone is having a tantrum
*Murray 4-6 Troicki
There's a real buzz around Lenglen as Murray crafts his way to 15-30. Troicki knows Murray's carrying an injury and is attempting to get him moving forward and back at every opportunity - but the British number one responds brilliantly each time. And, remarkably, all of a sudden his movement's looking as smooth as ever. Murray sees two break points go begging and his frustration is clear for all to see after a poor forehand gives Troicki an easy put-away. The 24-year-old smashes his stick into the red stuff and is duly warned for "racquet abuse". Troicki holds firm to pick up the first set.
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Murray 4-5 Troicki*
Several yells of "come on!" as Murray holds to 15. "Troicki's looking very, very nervous now," observes John Lloyd on the Red Button. BBC Radio 5 live sports extra coverage is up and running now too.
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*Murray 3-5 Troicki
Murray on the march! The British number one has abandoned any sense of caution and is going for every shot. Troicki finds himself under real pressure... forehand winner from Murray... two break points. The Serbian comes into the net... Murray moving gingerly but returning everything... pass! What a pass! Murray breaks and will now serve for 4-5. He's taken the last three games.
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Murray 2-5 Troicki*
Now then... Murray picks up his first service hold of the day and is actually looking pretty fresh. He gets to 40-15 and finishes the job nicely, so the pressure switches back to Troicki. The umpire tells Murray to hurry up between points - a bit harsh if you ask me.
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*Murray 1-5 Troicki
The body language suggests Murray has no plans to throw the towel in just yet. He's bouncing around on the baseline and geeing himself up between points. The world number four registers another break point on his opponent's serve, only to throw a backhand into the tramlines. But he's refusing to go away and brings up a second break points... Troicki flashes long and there's the break.
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Murray 0-5 Troicki*
Murray has won each of his previous two meetings with Troicki but he looks set for a hiding today. Troicki gives the Scot a royal run-around to bring up two break points at 15-40. Murray saves the first but then surges into the net for a volley and is brilliantly passed. It's all Troicki. Will Murray call it a day at the end of the set?
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*Murray 0-4 Troicki
"Adrenaline's the best painkiller," Castle suggests as Murray forces Troicki to net a forehand, which brings up break point. But the Serbian escapes with a thunderous serve out wide and he's home and dry when Murray nets a service return.
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Murray 0-3 Troicki*
And there's the double-break to Troicki. Not good for Murray and his legion of fans. A far more aggressive approach gets the British number one to 30-30 but then comes a taxing rally which his opponent ends by wrong-footing Murray with a backhand put-away. Murray then nets a routine backhand to deepen his problems. "Perhaps he's trying to warm his ankle up during the first set," says Andrew Castle, "this is such a shame."
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*Murray 0-2 Troicki
What's worse - a bad stomach or a sore ankle? The latter, it would seem. Troicki reels off a trouble-free service hold to ram home his advantage. He's striking the ball a dream, the Serbian 15th seed. Murray needs to do something about this - and quick.
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Murray 0-1 Troicki*
Oh dear. Murray broken to 15 in game one. "He's not moving well, he's really not," says Andrew Castle on the BBC Red Button. Easy break for Troicki, that.
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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Lovely evening on Lenglen, although I fear for my bare legs when the sun dips behind the stand. Arguably of more importance, Murray is knocking up like a demon."

1739: Troicki wins the toss, Murray to serve first. Both men in blue shirts and white shorts. Not ideal. Murray's right ankle heavily strapped, Troicki nursing a dodgy tummy. Game on...

The sun is out
1737: So here we go, Britain's finest against Serbia's, um, second finest. Court Suzanna Lenglen starting to fill up and I can confirm the sun is shining. How better to spend your Monday evening? In fact, how are you spending your Monday evening? Get in touch via the Twitter hashtag #BBCTennis, tweet me directly @bbcsport_david or text me on 81111 (UK).

1728: And that means a repeat of the 2009 face-off between Soderling and Nadal which ended with Rafa losing at Roland Garros for the first - and to date only - time. Should be a cracker.

The match is over
Robin Soderling beats Gilles Simon 6-2 6-3 7-6 (7-5) to reach the French Open quarter-finals

1724: All of which means the time has finally come for... duh duh duh... Andy Murray v Viktor Troicki. At stake, a place in the French Open quarter-finals. Ready to rumble?

The match is over
Victoria Azarenka beats Ekaterina Makarova 6-2 6-3 to reach the French Open quarter-finals

1720: Indeed, Azarenka cranks up the intensity to break for 5-3 and is now serving for the match.

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Guy via text on 81111: "People who moan about grunting are obviously not interested in the tennis on show. To busy caring about peripheral issues to appreciate the clean strikes of Vika and just how much of a prospect she is. Real tennis fans should get over it and just appreciate what is being offered."

1715: More importantly... Soderling has snapped up two mini-breaks in the third-set tie-break against Simon, so you'd have to back the big Swede now. Azarenka, meanwhile, has held for 4-3 in the second set and Makarova looks to be wobbling in game eight. Murray v Troicki now looming.

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Anon via text on 81111: "I'm French and it's literally painful to hear the way the English pronounce 'Suzanne Lenglen'. You should pronounce the 'en' at the end of Lenglen, as you would when saying 'then' or 'Ben'. Thank you!"

1712: Blimey, not a happy bunch today, are we?

Alex, Newcastle, via text on 81111: "My housemate's response to Azarenka: 'What the hell is that NOISE!?'

Twitter
sylentalarm on Twitter: "Azarenka on court at the moment on #BBCTennis makes the most ridiculous noises. Kind of makes me want to switch off."

1708: Hold your horses, Callum...

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Callum, Glasgow, via text on 81111: "People talk about Sharapova's grunting, but I've never heard people complain about Azarenka's ridiculously annoying scream! for that reason alone I hope she doesn't win the title... "

1702: I said don't bank on it... Azarenka levels for 2-2 and we're back on serve. Better news for the home fans on Chatrier as Simon gets the break back to level the third set against Soderling.

1700: Breaks galore on Lenglen. Three in a row, in fact. Makarova strikes first to get her nose in front at the start of the second set. Azarenka hits straight back to level, but Makarova regains the initiative and is now serving for a 3-1 lead. Don't bank on it.

Andy Murray
How's the ankle, Andy?
1650: For those of you just joining us, Murray came through a practice session this afternoon seemingly unscathed. He gave that twisted right ankle as good going over and is expected to be passed fit to face Troicki in the match that follows Azarenka and Makarova on Lenglen.

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Paul, Birmingham, via text on 81111: "I don't know a great deal about Troicki, but I believe he's on the up - at his highest ranking & has two good ankles. Will Murray go all out like in his previous match, or mix it up as I hear he's done so well against Troicki in the past? This injury thing adds some intrigue..."

1645: Back to Lenglen, where Azarenka breaks again to take the opening set 6-2. She's looking a massive contender for the title, is Vika. Next up on this court, Andy Murray v Viktor Troicki - shouldn't be too long now.

1640: Any Soderling or Simon fans out there? Good news for the former, bad for the latter. Soderling is now two sets and a break to the good and within touching distance of a quarter-final meeting with Rafael Nadal. Those two have previous at Roland Garros, remember?

Twitter
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "Monfils' epic win over Ferrer means we have just Azarenka v Makarova between us and Murraytime. Maybe 6pm UK? Not on BBC2 now."

Ekaterina Makarova
Makarova - a multiple Grand Slam champion in the making?
1635: "Some people feel she looks like a young Steffi Graf," says Sam Smith of Makarova on the BBC Red Button. Thoughts? I reckon there's a slight resemblance to the 22-time Grand Slam champion, you know. She actually won her first meeting with Vika, on the grass of Eastbourne last summer. However, the Belarusian has won each of their two matches this season and she's just broken serve for 4-2.

1628: Mixed start from the purple-clad Azarenka. She holds well in game one, goes a break to the good in game two and then finds herself standing on the verge on an early 3-0 advantage. But back comes unseeded Makarova with several powerful returns in game three and an impressive set of deliveries in game four. All square.

1620: How about that for a six-hour sting by Mr Ashenden? Not sure I can live up to his lofty standards but let's give it a go. And while I'm at it, I could most certainly do with a hand from you fine people. Get in contact @bbcsport_david using the Twitter hashtag #BBCTennis or fling me over a text via 81111 (UK).

1615: Well, what a Monfster victory that was for the home crowd on Lenglen. Fair to say the stadium has emptied somewhat for Azarenka v Makarova, but we're sticking around. These two are followed on to the red dirt by Andy Murray and his fourth-round opponent Viktor Troicki. Watch this space.

By Mark Ashenden

1609: It's time for some fuel. In the form of lunch. A massive thank you for all your comments. What a day so far. And there's plenty more drama on the way. Time for David Ornstein to slip into the throne. It's been a pleasure. Bye.

Twitter
dwayne1991 on Twitter: "Federer perhaps glad to see Monfils instead of Ferrer? Monfils seemed to lose a lot of energy in that game."
With the crowd on his side and a shirt dripping in blackberry stains, I don't see too many problems with the engine of Monfils. A stunning contrast of two players though. Mr Cool v Monsieur Madforit.

1601: A swift nip back to Chatrier and Soderling is 3-2 down to Simon in set two after winning the first set 6-2. Next up on Lenglen is Makarova v Azaraenka. After that? Here's a clue. Scottish. Strapped right ankle. And just the finest mop of hair. ANDY MURRAY v VIKTOR TROICKI.

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Will Rider in Tunbridge Wells, via text 81111: "Match of the tournament in my eyes, and I think that Monfils could add some extra spice to the quarter final draw. It will take a brave man to bet against Federer reaching the semis but never rule out a home favourite. Tasty!"

1555: Could this be it? Monfils has three match points.......and MONFILS WINS...INCREDIBLE MONFILS WINS 6-4 2-6 7-5 1-6 8-6. 4 hours 7 minutes. Brilliant entertainment. Think the French crowd liked that? I should co-co.....stunning.

1549: Hello hello. Ferrer has a break point and he's skipping about like a spring foal. Monfils keeps his fans at ease to make it deuce. What a match. The Frenchman opens his body up, it's just a purple blur and he smashes the ball back with a stunning forehand. ADV MONFILS. And he holds on. 4 hours 4 minutes. Ferrer needs to hold his serve to stay in the French Open.

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Anon, via text 81111: "On the topic of losing one's bottle in other languages: literally translated, "Monfils vient de perdre sa bouteille", which actually sounds kind of nice in French.."
I thank you.

1544: Ferrer cruising at 40-0 on serve but Monfils hits back with a couple of blunder-busters. And massive cheers. Another massive rally and it's Ferrer's time to go for a shot that drifts wide. DEUCE. WOW. And Ferrer is on top in the next rally, he comes into the net, does a little dance mid-air and plants the ball nervously into the net. ADV MONFILS and it's match point. But Ferrer saves his third point. Gutsy. And he holds. Brilliant. 6-6. No tie-break. The brutality rumbles on.

1537: French relief all round as Monfils takes it 6-5 with a steady hold.

1534: The brutality continues. I can see Ferrer coming through this. Monfils looks battered. An incredible exchange of backhands by both. But Monfils is feeling it and tries to play a strange winner. Not a chance. Ferrer playing everything the Frenchman is throwing at him. 30-0 and it's soon game. Clenched Spanish fist? You bet. "He's an extraordinary athlete" says Andrew Castle. 5-5. Soderling 5-2 meanwhile and serving against Simon.

1529: Ferrer holds his head and shirt in his hands. 40-15. Two match points. Ferrer chops one back brilliantly and Monfils steps up to play the winner......it should have been...it goes straight into the net. Nerves. Tight. 40-30. One more chance. And the Frenchman does it again. "Tight tight" says John Lloyd. "Everybody's tight" adds Lloyd. Ummmmm yeh I'm a little tight. Utter class. Ferrer battles for everything. Monfils is gasping for some Parisian oxygen as he goes wide. ADV Ferrer. Stunning rally. 28-shot rally. Stupendous. Oh lordy. Monfils tries a gutsy dropshot and Ferrer slices it down the line for the winner and the game. Five points in a row. Brilliant. Did we just see Monfils lose his bottle? What's bottle in French? "His mind went all over the place" says Lloyd. What a game. And it's 5-4 and GAME ON.... in a major way.

1524: Ferrer holds. Monfils strides across the clay and he's four points from making the quarters. Can he hold his nerve in front of a vociferous and partisan crowd?

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kmulungu on Twitter: "Monfils game cant get more fabulous than his flamboyant kit. This is one of the lovely and lively games he has played."
Purple. Tick. Vest. Tick. No sleeves. Tick. It's ticks all round for the Monfils outfit. Love it.

1520: Was anybody doubting Soderling? The fifth-ranked Swede has blasted out of the blocks and leads Simon 4-1 in set one.

1519: Monfils cranking up the pressure on Ferrer as more errors guide the Frenchman to a 5-2 lead. He'll be starting to sniff the Swiss cheese of Federer. One last chance for Ferrer.

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Huge cheers ringing around Roland Garros from the direction of Lenglen, and when I get there even the press are queuing to get a seat. Weather update - one minute warm & sunny, next cloudy & muggy. Forecast - I'll regret the shorts and t-shirt when watching Murray at 9.30pm."
I can't believe you've made the classic British error. Do as all south Europeans do. Have the pastel-coloured sweater tied around your neck with that weird knot tied at the front. Sorted. Covers all weather bases.

1515: Ferrer holds to get it to 4-2. The purple-vested supremo in full control right now. But you sense there could still be a twist or two. How do you see this one going? TWEET OR TEXT. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

1512: A Federer quarter-final is looming and at the moment it looks good for Monfils. He stretches his lead to 4-1. Contrasting reactions. Monfils looks at the crowd - possibly his coach but couldn't tell - either way, he calmly nods his head in a Thierry Henry style. Ferrer though is left raising his racquet and just holds himself together to avoid smashing it against the clay. Seventh seed Ferrer has it all to do. Monfils last reached the Roland Garros quarters two years ago, following his semi-final in 2008. The crowd are expectant.

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "That's the way to play doubles!" shouts one of their supporters as I arrive on Ct1 just in time to see Vesnina & Mirza knock out top team Dulko & Pennetta. All smiles at the net though. I feel I've brought them bad luck, although hardly anyone in to watch the match. Absolutely heaving outside, what are they all doing?"

1503: A very lively game indeed. And the noise-levels are building on Lenglen as Monfils fights back to take Ferrer to deuce. AND the Frenchman breaks. 3-1. "He's up a break but he's nowhere near finishing this match" says a warning John Lloyd.

1455: Ferrer and Monfils 1-1 in set five. Up next on Chatrier? It's the unsung Robin Soderling against Gilles Simon. Expect some French noise coming your way. The winner plays Nadal. Easy! Only joking. It was still pretty easy for Rafael wasn't it. The mighty Roger awaits the winner of Ferrer and Monfils. Federer that is.

It's good news for a Briton
1450: Top seeds GB's Oli Golding and Jiri Vesely BEAT Gregoire Barrere and Michael Bois 6-1 6-2 in the boys doubles first round.

1444: Sorry for lack of updates on Lenglen. Ferrer resumed his match with Monfils 2-0 up in fourth set and he's just served to take the encounter into a five-setter. More waiting for Murray. Makarova v Azarenka on first though.

The match is over
1442: Nadal stays cool. Never in question was it? World number one beats Ljubicic 7-5 6-3 6-3. Pretty comfortable in the end but his performance seemed quite flat. "He's not happy out there, no question, with the mistakes he's making" says John Lloyd. "He will get better. He's too much of a champion for that."

1440: The first bit of entertainment as Nadal and Ljubicic exchange some pitter-patter at the net and no one seems willing or desiring the point. Ljubicic soon takes the game though and stays in the match with a forehand made with his back leaning almost at right angles. 5-3.

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Paul in Manchester, via text 81111: "I made a lovely clay pot when I was at school. With clay sausages spiralled round on top of each other then smoothed down on the outside. Why isn't the Roland Garros trophy made in this way?"
See entry 1412. This is the greatest sporting suggestion I have ever digested. Are you reading Roland Garros officials?

1433: Nadal easily holds his serve and is now just one game from victory. 5-2. John Lloyd says: "It's like Ljubicic came on to the court without a plan and his body language looked like he didn't believe he could win this match."

1430: A quick run-down on Lenglen Court. The unfinished Ferrer 4-6 6-2 5-7 2-0 Monfils is about to resume. Makarova and Azarenka to follow that one. Then it's Murray. Assuming the Paris clouds don't offload.

1428: Nadal comes out like a wounded panther and blasts his way through a service break. Two-game advantage restored. 4-2.

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Lee in Newcastle, via text 81111: "I still think Rafa is an absolutely outstanding tennis player. Just because he's having a few bad games people are on his back, give the boy a chance, you can't be top class every game and he's World Number 1 for a reason! Champions do scrape through some matches and that's what makes them champions, its just a bad spell."

1424: Mmmmm three break points for Ljubicic. An ace saves one. A booming forehand and smash follow-up saves a second. One left. One lifeline left. Phone a friend Rafa? Ljubicic back right in it after playing a very conservative point. All about waiting for Nadal's mistakes and he makes a big one. Big war cry from Ljubicic. 3-2.

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Conor in York, via text 81111: "This game is one of the worst i've ever seen involving Rafa, my mum thinks he's injured, or its part of Uncle Tony's tactics to lull Djoko into a false sense of security. Rubbish game."
Don't mince your words Conor. Those Rafa fans will be on your case.

1415: Nadal wins his serve and leads 2-1. Ljubicic is mad with himself and crashes the ball into the net. And he then does it again and bounces his racquet off the clay in frustration. 3-1 to Nadal. The world number one just starting to produce a few mini-fireworks.

1412: All thoughts please then. Nadal. Murray. Paris weather. The clay. Has anybody ever made anything from clay? My mind starts thinking of Lionel Richie's HELLO video. But predictions and tennis thoughts please. Tweet me at @bbcsport_mark or just get involved by using the hashtag at #bbctennis ) OR text on 81111 (UK) with TENNIS before your message.

The match is over
1410: CHELA BEATS FALLA 4-6 6-2 1-6 7-6 6-2 in 3 hours 55 minutes. So it's Chela who Murray or Troicki will meet for a place in the semis.

1406: Nadal bags his fifth game in a row and takes the first game of the third set 1-0. Over on Lenglen, the end is nigh as Chela breaks Falla again and will now be serving for the match. Five minutes from four hours of action. Winner of this match plays Murray / Troicki.

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TipsarevicJanko on Twitter: "Wine tasting from 11am=FUN!!!"
Who says tennis players can't have fun. I look forward to some of his tweets this afternoon.

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James in Essex, via text 81111: "If Murray can somehow get through his next two matches, surely Nadal is there for the taking this year."

1400: Nadal's curling forehand return smacks on the line and it's clenched first time. Set two goes to the Spaniard 6-3. Two sets up. Ljubicic's fight is waning. Nadal looking a little more aggressive.

1358: After making the quarters, Li Na says: "If I win in the fourth round, what should I say? That I played bad tennis? I don't think so. I've tried to keep the same level as Melbourne, or even better. I didn't like claycourts, but I'm still in the quarter-finals. For a professional player, if you don't like the arena, the weather, the surface, you still have to play the match. You have no choice. You have to challenge yourself to play."

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Scott in Aberdeen, via text 81111: "Let's face it...tennis is at a high and Novak has set the standard to follow. These guys always find a way to catch up, especially with the talent on show in the world right now! Hoping Murray wins but just going to enjoy the ride regardless"

1353: Chela has the advantage in the fifth set with Falla and leads 3-2 with the break. Better news for Nadal as the Spaniard breaks and leads 4-3 in set two.

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Claironimo, Anglesey, via text 81111: "I was at RG last week so today is my first full day in front of the box watching it and who better to see than Nadal. I have the curtains shut and everything. Bliss."
Sounds el perfecto. Favourite Paris moment last week? On or off the court.

1348: Nadal holds to love and it's 3-3. Clouds still swirling menacingly above Chatrier. Anybody sitting on a Paris cloud that can predict when you or your fluffy friends might unleash your precipitation on Mr Garros?

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alanpeevers on Twitter: "Careful what you wish for, Guys. If the Mint has to play tomorrow he might be cream-crackered for his match on Wednesday."

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Tim in London, via text 81111: "This is dreadful from both men. Ljubicic is missing a huge opportunity here to turn over the world no. 1"

1339: Ljubicic clings on to his serve. 2-1 with Nadal. STATS SO FAR: Ljubicic - 23 winners, 24 unforced errors. Nadal - 7 winners, 16 errors. "It is tough to watch Nadal when he's playing like this" says Sam Smith. Nadal holds and it's 2-2.

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Coach Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Bit of a struggle in the first set for Rafa but believe it or not he likes the quicker conditions as his ball explodes more off the court"

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Calum in Aberdeen, via text 81111: "I know Djokovic is the man in form, and Rafa is the king of clay but I can't believe the price you can get for Fed, who is looking awesome so far. Worth ein cheeky punt me thinks! ...not that I condone gambling or anything."Das ist ein gut pointen. Speaking German for a French Open match. Mmmm

1328: Nadal holds for 1-1 in set two. Over on Lenglen, there's more good news for Andy Murray as Chela wins the tie-break to take Falla to a fifth set. Still Ferrer v Monfils to finish after that, then Makarova v Azarenka, so it could be 1830 BST before we see Murray swing his bat. BUT LISTEN - that is no reason for you to swan off and do your own thing and leave the live text. You hearing me?

1325: Fresh from Roland Garros by BBC Sport's Piers Newbery: "Andy Murray looks set to take on Viktor Troicki at the French Open on Monday after coming through a practice session unscathed as he tested out his injured ankle."

1318: Still not pretty from Nadal but he's doing a job. Two break points and that's one saved with the ball swerving all over the place like a Jimmy Anderson swing bowl. Two belting serves get Ljubicic right back in it and then an ace (his sixth in the match) gives him the game. 1-0 in the second set.

1316: Falla and Chela are in a nervy fourth set tie-break. Falla needs it for the match. Chela wins it and it's a five-setter and more rest time for Murray.

1313: NADAL WINS SET ONE 7-5 AGAINST LJUBICIC in 57 minutes. Who the heck was questioning this bloke anyway? Stroll in the Paris park. How we feeling now Nadal fans? Calmer? Chela leads 6-5 in the fourth set and facing Falla's serve. Duration of that match now surpassing three hours. Ferrer and Monfils finishing their match afterwards.

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Ben in Swansea, via text 81111: "Haven't heard much of Rob Soders so far the past week. Two time runner up and going along very nicely!"
fair comment. The mighty Swede is playing Gilles Simon after this Nadal encounter.

1309: Rest easy Nadal fans. Ljubicic attempts a forehand from the back of the court but he mis-times it and it drifts wide to hand Nadal the break. Serving for the first set at 6-5.

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5 live's Jonathan Overend at Roland Garros: "Murray surely fine. That was no 'fitness test'. A gentle workout. Hard stuff done away from the cameras, I would guess."

1305: "They're going to struggle with the highlight reel" says John Lloyd as the errors roll on for both players. 12 unforced errors for Nadal. 19 for Ljubicic. But the world number one holds on. Pretty ugly stuff though. This is what champions do through right? Scrap their way through when they're not on top of their game. 5-5.

1302: Ljubicic secures his serve and now Nadal is serving to stay in the first set at 4-5. The clouds are gathering over Paris. Storms are coming, some are saying. Could be a storm brewing inside a certain Spaniard's head if he loses this opening set.

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CelineMT on Twitter: "Will Andy's ankle recover in time? YES! Time, Rest, Ointment, Ice, Compression bandage, painKillers and (more) Ice = TROICKI"
Ice ice baby.

1255: Level-pegging so far on Chatrier as Nadal holds serve to level at 4-4 with Ljubicic.

1251: So what are we all up to today? Dashing about hunting down some Bank Holiday activities? Stuck on the sofa, viewing the tennis? Out shopping? Anybody stuck in a bank (or ON a bank) on this Bank Holiday? Tweet or text me NOW. Andy Murray practising as we speak. News on his injury coming soon I would have thought. If he's OK, he'll be on after the Makarova v Azarenka clash. That's a long way off yet with Chela and Falla 4-4 in set four.

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Patrick in London, via text 81111: "I wish people would stop saying that Nadal's dominance is over. True Djokovic is on fire at the moment, but it's not like he keeps beating Rafa on clay. Fact is Rafa is still the one to beat and he's there without playing well yet. If he picks up his game, I still don't think there's anyone who can match him on clay."

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Murray, sporting a bright red top, is hitting balls from the baseline on Ct15 but not moving much. Rain forecast later, I'm told"
Perhaps the weather and the elongated match between Ferrer and Monfils will give him another day to sit on that bag of peas.

1246: Nadal edges ahead 3-2. Chela has his nose in front 4-3 of Falla. Rafa's 0-30 on serve as his unforced error count reaches seven. Strange. But his opponent whose own error mark is a whopping 16 has two break points. And although the top of the tape keeps Nadal in the point, a cool sharp volley by Ljubicic at the net gives him the break. 3-3.

1241: Those Bryan boys can now head to their own Paris BBQ. The top seeds Bob and Mike have beaten Teymuraz Gabashvili and Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 to make the fourth round in the men's doubles.

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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Out on Chatrier and it's cooled a bit, with the wind picking up. Lovely day for a Bank Holiday BBQ, not for getting the runaround from Nadal"
The thought of a burned banger, corn on the cob and a juicy burger is making feel a little edgy as I watch Nadal steam-roller Ljubicic.

1235: John Lloyd reckons the four-day enforced break for Djokovic is not a great thing for the world number two. For those just waking from your slumbers, Fognini earlier withdrew with a leg injury to hand Djokovic an immediate semi-final spot. Any recommendations for how the red-hot Serb can overcome a rusty 96 hours before a 'potential' semi against Federer?

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scorpioxx on Twitter: "I think Nadal and Federer are a distant memory compared to the dominance of Djokovic right now..can't see them beating him!"

1228: Ljubicic, sporting a racing green shirt that's rather easy on the eye, is struggling to hold serve and a limp dropshot allows Nadal to slap the ball away and get the break. 2-1 to the world number one. Falla and Chela are 2-2 in the fourth set.

1222: This Ljubicic any good? He's matched his Roland Garros second best showing this year - a semi-finalist five years ago. An Aussie Open quarter-finalist in 2006 but apart from that and his fourth round in Paris in 2008, never got beyond the third round in any of the Grand Slams. Nadal holds serve 1-1. Reckon Nadal can topple Djoko this week?

1218: A few of you have expressed your concerns regarding Nadal's current form. Will be interesting to see how he gets on with Ivan Ljubicic, ranked 37. Nadal loses the first game. 0-1.

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Jack in Ballymoney, via text 81111: "I remember being absolutely devastated for Falla when he lost that epic to Federer. Really glad that he's having a great run here."

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oliburgoyne on Twitter: "Big day! Will Murray recover? Will LaMonf continue in his beastly ways? Can Soderling book a third consecutive Rafa EY meeting?"
I've never seen a tweet with so many questions. All good though. And yep - a big day. Do you have any answers? Now there's a question.

1208: Nadal, Murray's ankle status, Li Na, Djokovic's early semi-final spot. So much to discuss. So little time. Feel free to tweet me with anything at @bbcsport_mark or just get involved by using the hashtag at #bbctennis ) OR just text on 81111 (UK) with TENNIS before your message.

1204: Chela fighting for this third set and he breaks to get it back to 4-1. But the fight is fading. So much for my endorsement of the Argentine. Falla now serving for the third set and there it is. 2-1 in sets to Falla. A reminder - Ferrer 4-6 6-2 5-7 2-0 Monfils - will be played to a finish next on Lenglen.

1156: Rafael Nadal up next with Ivan Ljubicic. Fall leads 4-0 against Chela in the third set.

1153: LI NA BEATS PETRA KVITOVA 2-6 6-1 6-3. That's her first Roland Garros quarter-final - against Ekaterina Makarova OR Victoria Azarenka.

1145: The 21-year-old Kvitova is faltering at exactly the wrong time. After steaming through the first set, the Czech ninth seed loses serve and that's four games in a row this set. 4-3. Li Na now serving but that's a good response by Kvitova. She eyes the ball, takes aim and slaps a left-handed forehand just inside the line. Super stuff. Li Na keeps it cool though and it's 40-15. And that's 5-3 as Kvitova's backhand flies long and wide. Not clever. Pressure.

1142: I don't want to come over all Andy Murray too much but it is a vital hour for the Scot. He'll be heading to the practice courts very shortly and begin a knock-up at midday (UK time)....and all eyes will NOT be on his keepy-ups but his strapped right ankle. Has the bag of frozen peas over the last 40 hours done their job?

1136: This is a crucial, hear me? A CRUCIAL game. Li Na has her chances but goes long and the clay is quivering after a massive Chinese shriek. Deuce. Advantage to Kvitova but a tight-angled serve gets it back to deuce. But China's finest holds firm. 3-3. Huge.

1132: "She's back in business" says Sam Smith. And she's spot on as Li Na wins her third break point out of 12 on offer. It's a crucial winner and has the momentum changed? Ummmmm yes definitely. 3-2 to Kvitova and Li Na is serving. Interesting.

It's good news for a Briton
1130: Andy Murray isn't the only Brit in action today. Oli Golding is in the boys' doubles with Jiri Vesely a bit later on Court 16. They're the top seeds don't you know. Hoist that flag I say.

1128: Li Na holds on to her serve to trail 3-1 in the decider. On Chatrier, Chela is now serving for the second set. He lost the opener 6-4 to Falla. Game on.

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Davidcowie1967 on Twitter: "Murray on fourth what we need is for all the earlier games to go the distance and Andy's game to be carried over till Tuesday"
Wise words.

1122: Thought Li Na was going to stroll on and take this match after that second set demolition? WRONG. Kvitova holds serve and is 3-0 up in the decider. After being knocked out in the opening round at Roland Garros last year, Kvitova made the Wimbledon semis, the US Open third round and the quarters at the Aussie Open. A last eight spot at the French is now in her grasp against the sixth seed. Dominance and control now with Kvitova.

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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Confirmation for anyone still in doubt, maybe just me - Djokovic remains on 43 wins (41 in 2011) and will be no1 if he wins semi."

1119: A reminder - Andy Murray will have a hit at midday (UK time) and see how his ankle is. He's due to play fourth on Lenglen. Falla v Chela playing NOW on that court. Ferrer v Monfils playing to a finish. Makarova v Azarenka. Then Murray v Troicki. Finished with Petkovic v Kirilenko.

1117: Kvitova stays cool with her serve and holds at the start of the deciding third set.

1115: After losing the first set, Chela, ranked 34, roars back and is 3-0 up in second set against Falla. Interesting. Top seeded men's doubles - those pesky Bryan boys - are in action right now by the way. Thought I'd mention it.

1111: First set, Li Na out-played, out-thought, out-served. Second set, Lia Na reverses everything. The sixth seed takes it in 28 minutes to level the match. 87% first serve success. 100% second serve success. 8 winners, 3 double faults. Dominant. 6-1. Down to a decider. Quarter-final spot against Ekaterina Makarova or Victoria Azarenka up for grabs.

1108: Li Na has two more break points and after a few struggles, a backhand wrong-foots Kvitova and she makes it 5-1. Great recovery from the Chinese star. That's only her second conversion of a massive 11 break points.

1104: Peggy, Kvitova, Djokovic, Fognini.....I turn my eyes on these four for one minute, cast my eyes back on Chatrier and Li Na has turned on the power. The sixth seed leads 4-1 in the second set. The comeback is on.

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Lee, via text 81111: "Kvitova and Peggy is spot on, tune in to the football later to see Shane "Djokovic" Long in action for Reading as well, might make up for Novak's match being cancelled."
(See entry 1044 for lookalike)

1101: Early thoughts suggested Djokovic's progression because of Fognini's withdrawal extended the Serb's unbeaten run even further but it seems, although this has still to be confirmed, the win doesn't count because it was a walkover. Will keep you posted.

1055: Li Na has steadied her ship and leads 2-1 in the second set. Over on Lenglen, Alejandro Falla has a 5-4 lead against Juan Ignacio Chela and has a break point for the first set. And he takes it...6-4 to Colombian Falla. 17 winners for the player ranked 120. Big.

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call_me_jo15 on Twitter: "I'm worried for Rafa...I can't see anyone beating Djokovic right now, and there's just something not quite right about Rafa at the moment"
Rafael Nadal v Ivan Ljubicic second up after Li Na v Kvitova on Chatrier.

1047: NEWSFLASH: Fabio Fognini withdraws from the French Open because of a pulled muscle in his left leg. DJOKOVIC IS INTO THE SEMIS. Does that count as another match on his unbeaten streak?

1044: An early lookalike for you. Kvitova = Peggy from Mad Men. What do you reckon?

1042: The tangerine outfit of Kvitova will not be dealing with too much perspiration. KVITOVA WINS FIRST SET AGAINST LI NA 6-2 IN 34 minutes. EASY STREET. Whooops. Lose the capitals. Smooth so far for the ninth seed.

1039: Shaky times for Li Na. Pressure getting to this year's Australian Open runner-up? She's never got beyond the fourth round at Roland Garros. Kvitova, meanwhile, breaks easily and the 21-year-old will now be serving for the set at 5-2. Solid.

1034: Li Na hanging in there with a good hold and then gets two break points (again) as Kvitova continues her shaky moments with serve. And once again, a combination of strong serves and sloppy errors from the Chinese player amounts to another hard-worked hold for Kvitova. Li Na trying to be too clever with the winners there. That's two massive service holds. 4-2.

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5 live's Jonathan Overend at Roland Garros: "Fognini doing an impromptu press announcement in 10 mins. That's Djokovic into the semis then."
The Italian was in a bad shape after winning that five-setter against Albert Montanes that lasted well over four hours. Will keep you posted.

1025: An early break for Kvitova but the Chinese sixth seed is full of fight. Two break points immediately but boom, boom, boom and boom. A quartet of rather large serves dig the Czech player out of a stinky hole and she comes through to lead 3-1. Top stuff.

1020: If you still have any doubts about clocking in with us today allow me to throw you the words - WORLD NUMBER ONE. Oh yeh - and RAFAEL. He's had a scratchy start on his quest for six French Open crowns, although he looked pretty slick in his last round. Thoughts on Nadal? Reckon Djokovic has got a mental grip on the Spaniard right now? Anyway, Nadal v Ljubicic second on Chatrier. Then it's Simon v Soderling. Sharapova v Radwanska wraps up the day. A mouth-watering line-up of five matches on the Lenglen clay today.

1017: A steady opening from Li Na and Kvitova. 1-1.

1013: At midday o'clock (UK time) Murray will have a little practice and give his injured ankle a run-out. He has been undergoing treatment which has probably included a million ice baths and a bag of peas. Murray twisted his right ankle during his win over Michael Berrer on Saturday and will be hoping to recover for his scheduled match against Viktor Troicki later today. He's down to play fourth on Suzanne Lenglen with a likely start time around 1600 BST. Let's hope he pulls through. A quarter-final spot awaits......but there's plenty of other stuff going on today. More of that in a moment. How are we all doing today?

1007: First up is Li Na and Petra Kvitova on Chatrier. China's sixth seed has looked good in Paris this week but she's got it all to do against the red-hot ninth seed. Should be a cracker. But there will be loads of tennis fans waking up this morning wondering if they'll be seeing Andy Murray in action later. I have some news for you.....

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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "It's another scorcher - Red Button/online to cover Kvitova & Nadal before possibly BBC2 for Murray, 5 live commentary via web."

1001: Morning. Bank holiday Monday in some parts of the world. That means dodgy weather, car boot sales, screaming kids and football play-offs. Sounds like a nightmare. But you know what? Somebody called Roland Garros is here to save you.




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see also
French Open day nine photos
30 May 11 |  Tennis
Murray hits back against Troicki
30 May 11 |  Tennis
Nadal gets past Ljubicic in Paris
30 May 11 |  Tennis
Li beats Kvitova to make quarters
30 May 11 |  Tennis
Djokovic into semi after walkover
30 May 11 |  Tennis
Men's singles results
21 May 10 |  Tennis
Women's singles results
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Men's singles latest
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Women's singles latest
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Men's singles draw
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