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French Open day 10 as it happened


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By Sam Lyon

1855: So that, my friends, is that for the day, with Britons Andy Murray, Jamie Murray and Oli Golding all victorious and Roger Federer, Francesca Schiavone and Marion Bartoli securing semi-final berths. Not a bad day's work all round really. Make sure you're back here tomorrow for the other four quarter-finals; Na Li-Azarenka and Sharapova-Petkovic in the women, Nadal-Soderling and the all-important Murray-Chela in the men's. That last one, lest you forget, will be on BBC Two from around 1500 BST, but make sure you stay across Radio 5 Live sports extra all day - as well as join your friend and mine David Ornstein here from 1230. Aces. Sam Lyon out.

chrissyrocs on Twitter: "I predicted last summer that Nadal would win the US Open, Djokovic the Australian Open and Murray the French + Wimbledon. You heard it here first!"

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Federer beats Monfils in three, setting up a huge semi-final against Djokovic on Friday. Win and the Serb is no.1."

The match is over
Monfils 4-6 3-6 6-7 (3-7) Federer

Consummate from Roger Federer in the breaker, hitting the baseline time and again with aggressive forehands, forcing the errors on both sides from Gael Monfils, and eventually seeing out a 7-3 tie-break win with a forehand winner to seal his place in the last four and a match-up with world number two and the world's most in-form tennis player Novak Djokovic. What a stonker that clash could be.

*Monfils 4-6 3-6 6-6 Federer
Another glimpse of a Gael Monfils break - and with it the set - as Roger Federer's forehand radar goes haywire, allowing the Frenchman in at 15-30... only to dig himself out of a ditch with a couple of forehand winners and an unreturnable serve. Tie-break time...
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Monfils 4-6 3-6 6-5 Federer*
Boom! A crackerjack backhand winner down the line brings Roger Federer to 30-30 and a brutal forehand forces the error from Monfils to bring up break point. It's admirable again, though, from the Frenchman - who is showing more rhythm in this set than the previous two combined - as he saves it, and Monfils does so again two points later when Roger Federer pushes a pass wide on his second break point. Somehow the home favourite comes through again, and Federer returns to his seat having missed another chance to all but put this match to bed.
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*Monfils 4-6 3-6 5-5 Federer
Half a glimpse at a break as Gael Monfils gets to 30-15 behind a backhand winner, but Roger Federer whips through the next three points without trouble to hold.
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1822: My French A-Level really is serving me well today, isn't it? I'm on fire.

The match is over
Kuznetsova 6-7 (4-7) 3-6 Bartoli
French joy! Marion Bartoli, 11th seed, beats Russian 13th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova to win through to the semi-finals, where she will play Italy's defending champion Francesca Schiavone. Merveilleux.

Monfils 4-6 3-6 5-4 Federer*
And the pressure looks like telling when a simple forehand is missed to gift Roger Federer break point - at which point Gael Monfils brings out his first serve-volley of the match to save it brilliantly. Inspired. The Frenchman can do little next point, though, as Federer brings up a second break point - but this time it is the Swiss who errs, flaying a backhand wide with the open court to aim for. Of course Monfils finds a way to ruin his good work with a double fault... and of course Monfils follows it up with a fantastic forehand winner. Third break point saved. Two deuces later... and Monfils holds. Steely.
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quigonsmith on Twitter: "Federer playing very well so far this tournament. Really don't think a second French Open and 17th slam is beyond him."

*Monfils 4-6 3-6 4-4 Federer
A-game from R-Fed, the Swiss punching a forehand and net volley winner on his way to a hold to love - and it's pressure back on Monfils.
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Monfils 4-6 3-6 4-3 Federer*
Faced with a revived Monfils, Federer ups his game to force deuce on the Frenchman's serve behind a fine drive volley. Monfils responds with an inspired drop shot... only to then double fault again... before seeing out the hold with a forehand winner and unreturnable serve. Gael Monfils, if he is going down, is going down fighting ladies and gentlemen. Fair play.
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*Monfils 4-6 3-6 3-3 Federer
And so it continues... to a point... Gael Monfils catching the line on a couple of occasions to befuzzle R-Fed at 30-30, only for Federer to drive in behind a sliced approach to slam a winner and then seal the game with an overhead. Good defence from Monfils, but not good enough.
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Monfils 4-6 3-6 3-2 Federer*
Where has this been all match? Gael Monfils is cooking on gas all of a sudden, bullying Roger Federer behind his forehand before forcing the forehand error from the Swiss - and that's three games in a row for the Frenchman.
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*Monfils 4-6 3-6 2-2 Federer
Hold up... Roger Federer leaves the door ajar to a break with a couple of shanked forehands... and Gael Monfils plays arguably his best point of the match with a series of runaround forehands to seal the break to 30. Impressive groundstrokes on show there from the Frenchman - but can he keep it up?
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Cam in Oxford via text: "If Federer wins today, I really hope he beats Djokovic. Beating the man who has been unstoppable this year would really show he can still compete at the highest level which I believe he can."

Monfils 4-6 3-6 1-2 Federer*
Gael Monfils has enjoyed the wind about as much as a woman who's married to a man on a cabbage-only diet today, but he does at least show some resolve as he pings a couple of decent shots from behind the baseline on his way to a hold to 30. Some racquet-swishing betrays the Frenchman's frustrations, though, and he knows his task is a near impossible one here.
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*Monfils 4-6 3-6 0-2 Federer
Blink-and-you-miss-it hold to love from Roger Federer and Gael Monfils is staring down the barrel of a cold, hard defeat barring a miracle.
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1744: Not much for the home crowd to crow about on Philippe Chatrier, then, but that's not the case on Suzanne Lenglen where Marion Bartoli is a set and break up against Svetlana Kuznetsova. Hold serve and the Frenchwoman will glide her way into the semi-finals.

TennisFanKim on Twitter: "Is there no wind on Lenglen? Bartoli has hit twice as many winners in one set and a game as Monfils has in two!"

Monfils 4-6 3-6 0-1 Federer*
Roger Federer will want to wrap this up as soon as he can and get out of this wind, you would think, but Gael Monfils is not going to go down without at least a whimper as he serves his way to a 40-15 lead. Umpteen deuces and a couple of break points later, though, and Federer secures the break with a delightful drop shot.
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Latest scores
1733: First blood to Marion Bartoli on Court Suzanne Lenglen as the French 11th seed wins through the first set tie-break 7-4 against Russian 13th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

*Monfils 4-6 3-6 Federer
This match is as good as over. Or at least that's what Roger Federer's Grand Slam record suggests - he's never lost a GS match from a two-sets-to-love lead. That's 173 wins, zero losses. Wow. Roger Federer holds to 30 when Gael Monfils sends a backhand return long and the Frenchman might as well start planning a short holiday somewhere nice starting tomorrow. Unless...
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BarnyChesterman on Twitter: "I think you might be ignoring the effect of the wind out there. You wouldn't get a single ball in."
That's true. I'm also ignoring the fact that I couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo on a tennis court even under sunny skies and a complete lack of a breeze, to be fair. Still, it's not great viewing.

Monfils 4-6 3-5 Federer*
Pinky taped up, Gael Monfils proceeds to cruise to a hold to 15. What was in that plaster?!
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1724: We'll have a delay as Gael Monfils receives treatment for a cut on his finger the size of a gnat's eyelash - seriously - so why not take the chance to Tweet the commentary via #BBCTennis, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text me via 81111 (UK)? Jubbly.

*Monfils 4-6 2-5 Federer
Gael Monfils is not so much gifting Roger Federer victory in this quarter-final as hoiking up the Swiss' bag and escorting him humbly and directly into the semis. Terrible from the Frenchman. Federer holds to love - and he's doing no more than keeping the ball in play.
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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "I've come up for air after Murraytime, nice to see Chatrier packed to the pat rafters. Federer one of the few as popular as Monfils in Paris."

Monfils 4-6 2-4 Federer*
Deary me. Moments after Roger Federer gets the benefit of an outrageous net cord, Gael Monfils puts an overhead into the net from all over half a yard. How on earth did he manage that? Not that it costs him immediately as Federer puts a backhand volley into the net to waste break point - I reckon I could beat these two playing like this - but when a Monfils double fault (he's served one per service game this set) hands Federer a second break point, the Swiss grabs it. By watching Monfils double fault again. Incroyable (French).
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1712: We're back on serve at 5-5 in the opening set of the women's quarter-final between Svetlana Kuetsova and Marion Bartoli, the Russian breaking her French opponent to erase her earlier falter.

*Monfils 4-6 2-3 Federer
And then, out of nowhere, Gael Monfils breaks. It's all down to Roger Federer errors again, the Swiss shanking the odd forehand on his way to being broken to 30. This is not the best tennis match, to say the least, but Monfils is hanging in there. Just.
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Monfils 4-6 1-3 Federer*
Some semblance of fight from Gael Monfils! Rejoice! You wonder if Roger Federer is just allowing himself a breather, but nonetheless Monfils gets on the board for the second set with a hold to 30, his first serve finally starting to kick into gear.
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BBC Sport's Sam Smith on the Red Button: "I've got a feeling Monfils's ankle is bothering him. That or he is starting to think about it because he's being beaten so easily."

1703: Far more explosive than events on Philippe Chatrier at the moment is the news emerging off the court that Austrian player Daniel Koellerer (nicknamed 'Crazy Dani') has been banned for life for attempting to fix matches. Blimey. Koellerer, who was ranked No.55 in 2009, was also fined $100,000 following an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit. I'll point you in the direction of a full report on that a bit later on.

*Monfils 4-6 0-3 Federer
Despite the fact we're early in the second set, this is already a procession for Roger Federer. Gael Monfils, showing R-Fed more respect than a doe sat next to a lion, is offering next to nothing out there - and Federer cruises to another hold more comfortable than a pair of Christmas slippers.
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Monfils 4-6 0-2 Federer*
The conditions are tough - and his opponent is even tougher, Gael Monfils already sporting an air of resignation as he tamely surrenders his serve to 15 to hand a completely dominant Roger Federer the early break in the second set.
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1655: Marion Bartoli lands the first blow in her quarter-final with Svetlana Kuznetsova over on Suzanne Lenglen, the Frenchwoman breaking her Russian opponent to lead 4-2 in the first set.

*Monfils 4-6 0-1 Federer
Not enough winners and too many errors from Gael Monfils at the moment and something's going to have to change if the Frenchman is to get back into this match. Simple hold to 30 for Roger Federer.
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stephsiu on Twitter: "I still thank the person who encouraged Fed to cut off his pony tail. I never take that for granted."

Monfils 4-6 Federer*
Much more like it from Roger Federer as a brutal forehand, drop-shot and Gael Monfils error earns the Swiss two set points. And Monfils goes wide with a backhand to hand the break and the set to the world number three. Monfils wearing the look of a man very much intimidated by the Federer aura here.
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*Monfils 4-5 Federer
Roger Federer right on top on Philippe Chatrier as he serves out to love - Monfils must serve to stay in the set next up. Squeaky-bum time.
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It's good news for a Briton
1642: Now some doubles news, Andy's brother Jamie Murray and partner Nadia Petrova have just won through against Ekaterina Makarova and Bruno Soares in their mixed doubles quarter-final 10-7 in the super tie-break, 5-7 6-3 10-7. The Brits are unstoppable today! Ish. Ahem.

Monfils 4-4 Federer*
Roger Federer smells blood as he bludgeons his way back from 15-40 down to force break point thanks to another Gael Monfils backhand error - only for the Swiss to push a forehand long. How many errors? A sixth forehand winner of the match brings R-Fed a second break point... saved by Monfils with an ace. The Frenchman, showing all the consistency of mud, double faults for a third break point... Federer goes long with a half-volley at the net. And, finally, Monfils holds when Fed nets a backhand.
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*Monfils 3-4 Federer
The wind starting to pick up and it's prompting more than a few errors from both players - but Roger Federer keeps his to the minimum to hold.
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1628: Over on Suzanne Lenglen, Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, seeded 11th, is serving first in her match against Russian 13th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova as the day's second women's quarter-final gets under way.

Monfils 3-3 Federer*
After another couple of wayward forehands you start to wonder what the blazes is going on with R-Fed's game... until a cruncher down the line helps him to break point. Another error wastes the chance - until Monfils replies with one of his own to gift him another. This time Federer makes no mistake with a delicious half-volley at the net and we're back on serve on Philippe Chatrier.
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*Monfils 3-2 Federer
More like it from the former world number one, driving in behind a strong first serve and finding Gael Monfils wanting on the return, Roger Federer holding to love.
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Monfils 3-1 Federer*
Tennis of the most mediocre order so far from both players, with Roger Federer just outshining his opponent in the mis-firing stakes. The court is definitely slower today which won't help Federer, nor will the wind, but neither of those can be too strong an excuse for his error-strewn display so far. Still, 'tis early days my friends.
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*Monfils 2-1 Federer
An encouraging start becomes an excellent start for Gael Monfils as Roger Federer, kicking off with a double fault, is broken to love. Not got going at all the Swiss just yet.
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Monfils 1-1 Federer*
Encouraging start for Gael Monfils, the Frenchman combining a solid serve with some decent groundstrokes to hold to 15. He'll need a good start, you feel, with a win-loss record against Roger Federer of 1-5.
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*Monfils 0-1 Federer
The odd stutter on Roger Federer's return game sees Gael Monfils pull to 30-30 in the opener, but that trusty serve does well for the Swiss and he holds with relative ease.
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1608: Here we go...

1605: Players are out, warm-ups nearing completion, and as you'd expect with a Frenchman and Federer involved, Court Philippe Chatrier is busier than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. The start moments away now.

harmy3000 on Twitter: "I have never seen so many comebacks during a grand slam. Providing some good post lunch entertainment at work."

Rory, Manchester via text: "It's still weird seeing a '3' next to Federer's name!"

Milanou on Twitter: "Pavlyuchenkova and Roman Pavlyuchenko aren't related, but they have something in common, not very good at finishing things off."

1555: And talking of our man Piers, you might also want to check out his analysis of Rafael Nadal. "What's wrong with Rafa?" he asks. If you answered "erm, not a huge amount as it happens you blooming weirdo", you're in disagreement with the man himself, who is not at his most confident. "I am not playing well enough to win this tournament. It's true," says the world number one. Hhmm.

1552: Just time for me to remind you, then, that Briton Andy Murray came through his one-set shoot-out with Viktor Troicki earlier today to reach the French Open quarter-final, coming from two sets and a break down to win 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-5. As our man in Paris, Piers Newbery, reports: "There was no sign of the ankle injury that had appeared to contribute to Murray's slow start on Court Suzanne Lenglen the previous day, but any thought that all the drama had been left behind in the first four sets proved well wide of the mark."

1548: Up next, Gael Monfils (FRA) (9) v Roger Federer (SUI) (3).

Sarah H, London, via text: "If she wasn't a girl, Schiavone would be the perfect retro player for fans of early 90s men's tennis. Small, tireless, full of guile and with absolutely no chance of winning any grand slam event outside Roland Garros! Go Francesca!"

The match is over
Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 5-7 5-7 Schiavone

It's taken her more than two-and-a-half hours but defending champion Francesca Schiavone has won through to the last four with a gritty, determined, come-from-behind win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova that I'm sure will cut the teenage Russian deeply. But what a match. Italy rejoices, and Schiavone will go on to face the winner of the Kuznetsova-Bartoli match later today.

PompeyCanuckon on Twitter: "I am pretty sure that Tennis is the winner."
Yes, even terrible cliches will get you on the live text. Lovely.

1534: Who wants it? Anyone? I make it seven breaks of serve in this set alone now as Francesca Schiavone does for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova with a series of sliced approaches and the Italian - again - will serve for the match. Monfils and Federer continue to watch the clock in the dressing room.

TheIdleLaureate on Twitter: "Even if she loses this match, I think I'm in love with Pavlyuchenkova..."

1530: Cashback. Four in a row for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - another break, this time sealed with an audacious lob, and the teenage Russian is 5-5 with defending champion Francesca Schiavone in the deciding set. Call it. Anyone. Please.

1524: Hold up - do we have an Andy Murray-style comeback on our hands? Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova makes it three games on the bounce to make it 4-5 in the decider. Francesca Schiavone will still serve for the match next, but given that her serve has been about as sturdy as a chocolate teapot in this match, perhaps we shouldn't count our chickens just yet...

1520: Errmmm... Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has just broken Francesca Schiavone to love to go 3-5 in the decider. I'm saying nothing.

Ian via text: "RE: 1442 - All the best things in life are cheeky, Sam - pints, fags, refreshes, rendezvousses (rendezvi??). Standard cheeky awesomeness."

1516: Not that shot, though, as Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova holds serve to force Francesca Schiavone to try to serve out for the match.

1513: Francesca Schiavone, like Michael Douglas in 'Falling Down', is on the the brink as she holds serve to go 5-1 up in the deciding set against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who must now hold serve for the first time in a long while to stay in the match. Her game looks shot, though.

1508: Ooh, it's like a double-bill extra of the Chuckle Brothers out there - "To me... to you..." - Francesca Schiavone making it three breaks in this set to go 4-1 up in the final set against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Uphill battle and then some for the teenage Russian now.

1503: Road block! Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova digs deep to break back against Francesca Schiavone - though the Italian defending champion still leads 3-1 in the decider. Lest you forget, Gael Monfils v Roger Federer follows this match.

mostafamazen on Twitter: "Schiavone is Yossi Benayoun's twin :)"
Haha, that's not a bad shout actually.

1458: Traffic more one-way than the outskirts of Ipswich town centre out on Philippe Chatrier, Francesca Schiavone breaking again to lead 3-0 in the deciding set against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

1454: ...Francesca Schiavone can even afford to go break-point down before another miracle shot - a forehand winner on the run from a drop-shot - earns her the consolidatory hold. Is Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova any relation to Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, by the way? And is Francesca Schiavone any relation to Frankie Dettori? *Snigger*

1447: Boomtown. A staggering backhand crosscourt winner on the run earns Francesca Schiavone a break in game one of the deciding set against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Only going one way this quarter-final now...

BBC Radio 5 Live's Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "Now Miss Pavlyuchenkova wasn't exactly born to feature in radio commentary but she's on now. 5 Live Sports Extra."

MarnieQX on Twitter: "Sensational from Murray. This proves he has more grit than we all thought. Soderling to beat Nadal in four!!"

1442: Why are refreshes always 'cheeky'? Etc.

1441: A cheeky refresh and all will become clear.

Latest scores
1440: When I said "not" serve for the set at 1433, I of course meant "now". It was not me commenting on Schiavone's refusal to see out the set, obviously. Anyway, serve for it the Italian did and hold she did too, the defending champion levelling up her match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1-6 7-5.

NatSpurs77 on Twitter: "I think it'll be Nadal v Murray & Federer v Djokovic - though I could see Soderling beating Rafa if he doesn't improve."

Jack from Ballymoney via text: "Schiavone has to be my favorite female tennis player. She's such a fighter, and she comes up with some pretty special shots. Love watching her."

1433: Oh dear, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is imploding a touch in the face of Francesca Schiavone's resilience over on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Twenty minutes ago defending champion Schiavone was a set and 4-1 down... but she's just broken her teenage Russian opponent, who double faults at game point, to lead 6-5 in the second set. The Italian will now serve for the set.

oligoldstein on Twitter: "Contrast between the Schiavone roar-grunt and the Pav squeal-grunt is remarkable. Come on Cesca!"

1429: Plenty of reason, too, to get in touch oui (French)? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCTennis, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text me via 81111 (UK). Bien.

1427: After Pavluchenkova-Schiavone, of course, we'll have the joy of home favourite Gael Monfils v former world number one Roger Federer, don't forget, while Svetlana Kuznetsova v Marion Bartoli is also due later on. Plenty of reason for you stick around non (French)?

catrionaSBT on Twitter: "Yeah! Well done Andy. Excellent lunchtime viewing - though perhaps too exciting for optimum food digestion."

1423: The fightback is on for Italian Francesca Schiavone, the defending champion battling back to 4-4 in the second set against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, having lost the first 6-1. That match is live now above and on the Red Button.

1420: Now then, that completes our men's quarter-final line-up. Murray-Chela - which will be on BBC Two and Online tomorrow at 1500 BST, just so you know - Nadal-Soderling, and Monfils-Federer - which is coming up here and on the Red Button later. Novak Djokovic, of course, is already through to the semis thanks to a walkover against Fabio Fognini. So where's ya money?

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Speeding out of the tunnel under Chatrier I pass Big Viktor steaming off court, head under towel. Got to feel for him after that, non?"

Anon via text: "I don't think I have ever seen such a capitulation. Not great tennis from Murray, what on earth happened to Troicki?!"

JamieSemark on Twitter: "Fact is whether his ankles bad or not, Murray won't win against a better player playing like this."

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Incroyable. Why make it easy when you can give the nation some lunchtime drama? Arguably better than Doctors, Murray wins 5 games in a row to reach the quarters and the crowd here have loved their bonus match. Tomorrow, Chela..."

The match is over
Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-5 Troicki

That's it, job done, and Andy Murray will go on to face Juan Ignacio Chela in the quarter-finals of the 2011 French Open.
It's good news for a Briton
Viktor Troicki, whose unforced error count has gone through the roof this set, again falters on a couple of points and when Murray brutalises a forehand down the line he has three match points. Troicki, against the odds, saves all three - but Murray regains his composure with a big serve and then fires a super backhand winner to seal his progress after a gruelling match.
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1405: Over on Philippe Chatrier, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - playing in her first Grand Slam quarter-final and bidding to become the first teenager to reach the Roland Garros semis since 2007 when Ana Ivanovic did it - leads holder Francesca Schiavone 4-1 in the second set having won the first 6-1. On the brink.

*Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-5 Troicki
Well well well... has the cart horse bolted with the door open for Troicki? Having failed to serve out at 5-2, the Serbian is now looking wobblier than spaghetti jelly. Some fine defence from Andy Murray helps force the issue but a couple more forehand errors see Troicki slip to 0-40 down - and even though the Serb battles through the next couple of points, Andy Murray forces a backhand error from behind the baseline to force another break - and the Scot will now serve for a quarter-final spot.
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Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 5-5 Troicki*
Finally some of that Andy Murray aggression we know and love as he drives in on a couple of withering forehands before drilling an ace to bring up game point. Another drop-shot from deep - this one a touch fortunate - seals the hold, and we're back level in the decider.
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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Various expressions in different languages being swapped for "tight as a...." referring to Troicki's nerves. Rain falling now..."

It's good news for a Briton
1356: Good news over on Court 17, by the way, as Briton Oli Golding recovers from his second-set slip-up to beat Bulgarian Dimitar Kuzmanov 6-4 3-6 6-2 in his Boys' Singles second-round match.

*Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 4-5 Troicki
It's not looking good for Murray when Viktor Troicki bullies his way to 30-0 up serving for the match... but a brutal forehand brings the Scot level in the game and then the Serb nets a forehand to hand over break point - Muzza's fourth of the day. He makes no mistake this time, though, Troicki netting an attempted drop shot to gift the break and we have game back on.
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Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 3-5 Troicki*
Serving to stay in the match, Murray is grateful for a couple of wayward forehands from Viktor Troicki and he holds to love. The hard work kicks in now, though...
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Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "This is Andy Murray's 22nd Grand Slam. Only six of 51 men's singles GS winners in Open era needed more attempts to win their 1st."

rageinfested on Twitter: "Troicki's defence is inspired. Murray is going to have pull something special out of the bag methinks."

*Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 2-5 Troicki
Hold up, though... Viktor Troicki just tightens up and the errors creep in, a forehand pass falling wide to hand Murray break-back point. Another delicious drop-shot, aided by a Muzza slip, though, pegs the Scot back to deuce and a super backhand pass - on the back of some fine defensive work - hands Troicki a crucial hold. Another chance gone bye-bye for Murray.
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BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "What drama! Ballboygate! Much discussion of which part of Scotland that young lad hails from, and how he got the gig as a French Open ballboy. The crowd was briefly behind Troicki until he refused to give the youngster the ball back moments later, but the Serbian gets the break anyway."

Latest scores
1342: First set done and dusted on Philippe Chatrier, Russian 14th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova breaking three times on her way to a 6-1 set win over holder Francesca Schiavone of Italy.

Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 2-4 Troicki*
Ooh, controversy, Viktor Troicki slamming an overhead winner on point one only to then be pegged back by a let call from the umpire because a ball boy had mistakenly trotted on to court thinking Andy Murray's return was going out. I imagine that ball boy feels more uncomfortable than razor blade socks right now, bless 'im. He re-gathers his senses, though, the Serb, to force a couple of Murray errors and force his first break point of the day to deuce... and Muzza nets a forehand to hand him the break. First blood to Troicki.
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Commentator Andrew Castle on BBC Two: "You can hear the voice of Andy Murray talking to his camp, and generally speaking when he does that, it doesn't help him. If he swears, sorry."

*Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 2-3 Troicki
Then again, maybe not, Andy Murray lazily wafting his way through Viktor Troicki's service game and the Serbian also holds to love.
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Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 2-2 Troicki*
Helped by an ace, a welcome love hold for Andy Murray. The Scot getting the feel of things out there, by the look of things.
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1328: Double break for Anastasia Pavluchenkova over on Philippe Chatrier now and defending champion Francesca Schiavone is in trouble at 4-0 down in the first.

*Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 1-2 Troicki
Couple of glimpses of Murray's class with a couple of fine cross-court returns but Troicki is looking fairly comfortable until a block backhand down the line brings our man back to deuce. When Troicki sends a forehand wide it's another break point for Murray... but Troicki saves with a forehand winner and goes on to hold. Big.
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1320: Over on Philippe Chatrier, 14th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova breaks serve in the opening game against defending champion Francesca Schiavone and then holds her own very easily to lead 2-0 in the first.

Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 1-1 Troicki*
Viktor Troicki, understandably, is looking to move Murray around the court at every opportunity and it pays dividends when another excellent drop-shot takes him to 30-15 up against serve. Muzza replies well, though, coming out the right side of another lengthy rally before Troicki nets a forehand to gift the hold.
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*Murray 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 0-1 Troicki
A 37-shot rally on point one gives Murray ample opportunity to flex that sore ankle of his - and despite losing the point, the Scot looks pretty mobile out there. Encouraging. A brutal forehand and then drop volley get Murray to 30-30 and Troicki then nets an overhead to hand the Scot break point - which Troicki saves with a fine drop-shot. A netted backhand hands Troicki the hold, but this is high-quality tennis from both players.
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1307: Here we go then, Viktor Troicki to serve first in the decider...

HushyK on Twitter: "Got a bad feeling about this one-set shootout, felt that way yesterday evening, Murray please make a good start!"

It's bad news for a Briton
1305: Over on Court 17, by the way, Briton Oli Golding has lost the second set of his Boys' Singles second-round match against Bulgarian Dimitar Kuzmanov. Ah.

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "It's parky and windy on Chartrier, and the general view from the press box on this match is... absolutely no clue. Which Murray will turn up?"

1303: The warm-up is under way on Suzanne Lenglen, though as Jonathan Overend pointed out below Murray has been warming up for a good while so far. Over on Philippe Chatrier, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Francesca Schiavone are also getting ready to get their match under way.

BBC Radio 5 Live's Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "Ok almost time for the shoot out. Who is firing Murray up backstage? Who is giving him the big barnstorming speech? Someone hopefully..."

LPSampson on Twitter: "Action from Roland Garros is the perfect excuse for a revision break. Come on Andy!"

1257: And the spectators are already filing in to Court Suzanne Lenglen by the look of things, with Paris a little overcast this afternoon. Judging by the flags, it's no more than a touch breezy. Judging by the spectators' attire, it's quite warm. Michael Fish out.

1256: BBC Two. The tennis is on BBC Two. In four minutes.

savo_heleta on Twitter: "Come on Troicki!!! Beat the British No. 1 (he will never be anything but British No.1)."

Fiona, Edinburgh via text: "Super, super uninspired at work, so hoping for a 70-68 final set with Muzza going on to win. That should see me to close of play."

1253: And another reminder for those of you without access to a TV or the internet (though how you'd be reading this if that is the case remains one of life's great mysteries) that Radio 5 Live sports extra is covering events Roland Garros all afternoon, while there is a special 5 Live tennis programme from 2000 BST tonight. Which is nice.

1251: Lying in wait, by the way, is Argentine Juan-Ignacio Chela. Fitness-permitting, another utterly winnable match for Murray should he get through today.

RichArrowsmith on Twitter: "Monfils to beat Federer in five. You heard it here first!"

1248: A reminder, then, about how things stand Murray-Troicki-wise. Well, having suffered a twisted ankle in his third-round win over Michael Berrer, Scotland's finest limped his way to a two-set deficit before going a break down in the third. Apparently lolloping his way to a premature French Open exit, Murray dug deep, took a bucket to his gargantuan wells of reserve, and proceeded to wipe the floor with the Serbian for the next one-and-a-half sets and level at 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 before bad light stopped play just before 2100 BST. And here we are. Breathless with anticipation. Beyond excitement. Work-shy.

fanstandblog on Twitter: "All right, but it better be REALLY exciting..."

It's good news for a Briton
1244: And I can bring you some good news already British tennis fans, young Oli Golding has taken the first set of his Boys' Singles match against Bulgarian Dimitar Kuzmanov 6-4.

Jon_Stacey on Twitter: "Come on Andy! more of the same from the last two sets last night please!"

Jeran Beran via text: "Thanks to you I cant stop singing This Is The One (Stone Roses version bien sur). What more can I ask for.x."

1240: And you can all (not all, some) be a part of it! Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCTennis, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text me via 81111 (UK). Easy life.

BBC Radio 5 Live's Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "Very interesting. Murray currently hitting on Court 12, half hour before stepping onto match court. Unusual, but a good move..."

1237: You need more? Well how about a trio of quarter-finals then? Home favourite Gael Monfils up against former world number one Roger Federer? Check. Defending women's champion Francesca Schiavone up against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova? Check. Svetlanda Kuznetsova versus Marion Bartoli? Check. All you need to get over the back-to-work-post-Bank Holiday blues, then. Jubbly.

1235: Oh, and it's LIVE on BBC Two, too. Aces.

1234: Yep, this is the one (ahem) you've waited all morning for, people. Andy Murray and Viktor Troicki, tied at two sets all overnight, return to Court Suzanne Lenglen in approximately 26 minutes bidding to reach the quarter-finals of the 2011 French Open - and if that's not an absolutely fantastic excuse to avoid the daily rigmarole of work for a couple of hours I don't know what is.

1230: One fourth-round match in the balance, one place left in the quarter-finals and Britain's Andy Murray working on just the one good leg. One-set shoot-out anyone?

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