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French Open day 13 as it happened

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By Mark Ashenden

2104: The women's final on Saturday from 1400 BST. Italian fifth seed Francesca Schiavone vs Na Li (China's sixth seed) Lets hope the women and Rafael and Roger can match all the drama we've had today. One last pointer - why not check out the highlights of of Murray v Nadal and Federer v Djokovic. Miss it at your peril. Night. It's been a delight. Merci merci.

2058: I'll be wrapping up shortly, but in the meantime, I'd check out the two reports from the men's semis today. First up is the Rafael Nadal beats Andy Murray report. And then there's the Roger Federer ends Novak Djokovic's run . Read it at your leisure. It was a privilege to commentate on the second match. Breath-taking. Djokovic off-colour but was made to play in such a way by a former world number one who was in his face from the very first point. An inspiration to any sporting star - big or little - whose critics are screaming they are beyond their best. Brilliant. And who can argue with a man whose eyebrows don't move, who doesn't sweat and wears matching shoelaces and short. Legend.

2056: Some post-match words from Roger Federer: "I had nerves and this wasn't even the final. I have worked a lot in my life and it's for these types of matches. It was certainly one of my greatest matches in an extraordinary atmosphere."

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kavit_gada on Twitter: "We finally get a Rafa/Federer final! Been worth the wait! Absolutely brilliant. So excited...."
Again, I will forgive the over-use of exclamation marks.

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5 live's Jonathan Overend at Roland Garros: "The bloke in the red has just done a big "WHO'S THE MAN" scream... wonder who he is?"
Can only be the mighty one with the red show laces. Red Roger. There's got to be a cartoon in that surely?

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Infostrada2012 on Twitter: "Federer books 49th win at RolandGarros, equalling Borg's total. Only Vilas (56), Lendl (53) and Agassi (51) have won more."

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Will Rider in Tunbridge Wells, via text 81111: "Quite simply super-human hitting from both players. Unequivocally the best match of the year by a country mile, with truly inspirational skill and spirit. Are you watching Rafa?"
What are your post-match thoughts then? PLUS we can also start looking forward to the women's final between Francesca Schiavone and Li Na. And on Sunday, it's Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer.

2043: So the Djokovic run is over. Incredible. His semi-final defeat comes after winning all seven tournaments he has played and was 41-0 in 2011. Losing to Federer also means he hasn't matched John McEnroe's record for best start to a season in the Open era, 42-0 in 1984. Unbeaten since November? Not any more. The overall winning streak is halted by the Federer fireworks on 43 - three short of Guillermo Vilas' mark of 46 in a row in 1977.

2040: The crowd are on their feet as Federer accepts the appreciation and offer a few post-match words. And you know what? He's still not sweating. And NEWSFLASH - I just saw his eyebrows move - honest.

The match is over
Switzerland
2038: FEDERER BEATS DJOKOVIC 7-6 6-3 3-6 7-6. The crowd go wild. Happy with that? Federer looks blooming happy.

Djokovic 6-7 3-6 6-3 6-7 Federer
Djoko straining on his second serve and he can follow up with a return into the net. Advantage back to Feds. 4-3 Feds. And ace makes it 5-3. Mmmmmm He's closing in. Is he? Let's see....And another bendy serve takes Djoko out wide and he hasn't got a chance. 6-3. THREE MATCH POINTS.....and Djoko saves one after the ball kisses the top of the tape, drops down and Federer can only make the net. 6-4. Drama. And then an ACE. 6-5. "An iron will" from Djokovic. Feds serving for the match...can he do it? And he does it with an ace....FEDERER WINS.........

Djokovic 6-7 3-6 6-3 6-6 Federer
A fab chopped dropshot gives Feds the opener. How can you play that shot at this point in the match? I guess you can with 16 Grand Slams under your belt....And a ripping forehand that lands on the line makes it 2-0. Djoko belts one that lands on the chalk to get it to 2-1 Feds. Djoko does brilliantly to get the ball back, the crowd are cheering and it puts off Feds as the return goes long. 2-2. OOOFFFFFF. Djoko's turn to go long and it's 3-2 to Feds. And it's 3-3 after another very very very cheeky dropshot goes wrong for Feds. End change. Oh lordy - where's this going?

Djokovic 6-7 3-6 6-3 6-6 *Federer
Not a bad way to start. A booming serve and Federer can only snick it backwards. The cricket slips would have snaffled that one up. A kicking second serve gets him to 30-0. And Djoko crashes the ball into the net to maker it 30-15. Andrew Castle remarks on all the empty seats. What the heck is happening in Paris that has made all those spectators disappear? 30-30. Tense. Feds two points from winning. "Talk about holding your nerve. That was awesome" says John Lloyd after Djoko makes a winning dropshot to make it 40-30. The ultimate bum-squeaker. And it goes DEUCE. How are all your nerves holding out? The grunting levels have gone up and Djoko slaps a backhand down the line to get the ADV. Great courage. Just noticed Feds is wearing red laces with his red top. Matching. Nice. And guess what..............TIE-BREAK......this is it......Djoko clinging on to the hope of becoming number one. And clinging on to his unbeaten run.....ready for the bumpy ride?
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Djokovic* 6-7 3-6 6-3 5-6 Federer
Federer is 30-0 up but time for Djokovic to charge up his arm as he belts the ball back to get it back to 30-15. Any Djoko point is greeted by gentle applause. 30-30. Another crucial moment in this match. "Absolutely unbelievable" says Andrew Castle. Djoko smacks a forehand winner to have a break point. Brave. A second serve is almost as powerful as his first and Djoko finds the net. Feds getting ready with another backhand blockbuster but he mis-fires and it dribbles into the net. He's human after all. Although many of you have called him a panther after my earlier request to tell me what animal he is. An ace makes it deuce. "COME ON" shouts Roger. I do believe he's not as cool as I thought he was. And he holds. Brilliant. The crowd get off their feet again. Djoko to serve to stay in the match. Any thoughts? Not a bad game eh.....
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Djokovic 6-7 3-6 6-3 5-5 *Federer
The noise is deafening as Feds grabs the opening two points. Djoko conjures up a smile. Of sorts. And it's three break points as Feds winds up his backhand again and is that the finest shot in tennis or what? The ball flies down the line and it's 0-40. I can't over-use the word "beautiful" can I? One saved. Two saved as Djoko comes into the net for an easy smash. What do you call a noise that gets noisier than deafening? A forehand does it this time for Feds. Utterly utterly brilliant and it's another standing ovation.
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iainoneil on Twitter: "Just got out of Eurotunnel and Federer's lost a set?? What happened, he was cruising in Calais!"

Djokovic* 6-7 3-6 6-3 5-4 Federer
Feds is 0-30 and wobbling. Even Mr Cool can afford himself a big scream of "come on" as he gets one point back and then a massive serve makes it 30-30. And then wollop - a second serve ace! Big smiles by Djoko. Fed-sational. Emotions all over the shop as the scores head for deuce. Games don't get any bigger than this. Djoko's head goes dowen and his hands reach for his hips as he hands Feds an easy point. But it's deuce again and big "OOOHHHHs" from the crowd as Federer attempts a dropshot standing on his toes. "What is going on with those two points?" says John Lloyd. And it's a double fault. Massive. Could the pigeon be blamed for that? Andrew Castle thinks so. And after a second serve, Djoko goes long. A let-off. Nerves are jangling. Another "come on" by Federer as Djoko blazes one wide. And it's more deuce. Hands up whose body is shaking a little? I'd hold mine up if I wasn't typing. Federer's serve continues to wobble - no first serves right now - and he plants a return into the net. DEUCE again. Djoko's get ADV with a cracking forehand. He's getting the rewards by being the more aggressive player. Feds quite conservative at the moment. AND DJOKO BREAKS..... he deserved that.
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John in Bristol, via text 81111: "In a hospital ward with my other half waiting for her labour to start. Glued to the text as no TV to be found ANYWHERE. No sign of the little 'un starting to appear and we've been here for 36 hours waiting for something to happen! Now I don't want the labour to start till the end of the match. Feeling a little guilty but suspect I should be feeling far worse for having such thoughts! COME ON FEDERER!!!!."
I'll forgive the exclamation marks. I demand you call your baby Novak, Roger or Mark - or all three. Let us know. Stay cool papa.

Djokovic 6-7 3-6 6-3 4-4 *Federer
After the fireworks of the last game, it's a return to an easy hold as the match duration surpasses three hours.
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Djokovic* 6-7 3-6 6-3 3-4 Federer
"That is a joke" says John Lloyd. Federer is out of the rally - and I mean OUT of it. Being pushed to both sides of the court as Djoko keeps smashing the life out of the ball. Feds stays cool and gently slaps a backhand back past Djoko's feet to win an unbelievable point. "It's shot of the day" adds Lloyd. And a few seconds later it's game over for a scorching hold. Watch this later on the highlights.....permission to say WOW....Or OMG as Andrew Castle may say. Stunning.
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Djokovic 6-7 3-6 6-3 3-3 *Federer
"Beautiful". Enough said. John Lloyd takes the word out of my mouth as Federer caresses an utterly lovely cross-court backhand winner from the back to take the first point. Three huge backhands makes it 0-30. The crowd have woken up again. Big game. Massive in fact. Djoko has gone up a gear and is thumping the ball. Feds finds the net and it's back to 30-30. Brutal. And an ace makes it 40-30. feds can only plop a backhand back, it sits up nicely for Djoko to slam it back and Feds hasn't got a chance. Time for the Djoko fans to make a noise. "Building up nicely" says Andrew Castle.
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Djokovic* 6-7 3-6 6-3 2-3 Federer
"Federer's serve has been magnificent today" says John Lloyd. And I apologise for repeating myself with the words "comfortable serve" but it really is that way so far. And a 12th ace by the Swiss seals it. STATS so far - Federer - 48 winners, 33 unforced errors. Djoko - 31 winners, 33 unforced errors.
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Djokovic 6-7 3-6 6-3 2-2 *Federer
Federer raises his energy levels and scampers around at the back of the court but another loose long one hands Djoko the service game. Serve continuing to dominate.
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Djokovic* 6-7 3-6 6-3 1-2 Federer
Despite the efforts of a pigeon to put off this pair, Federer stays strong to hold on. TV pans in on thr pair in their chair again. Djoko - sweaty, edgy, determined. Federer - sweatless, calm, relaxed. Feds must have mixed emotions right now.
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Djokovic 6-7 3-6 6-3 1-1 *Federer
Another rocky service game fro Djoko and still looks a little agitated staring up at his support team but he does enough to level in the fourth set. The crowd have been pretty subdued in the last hour. A reflection on Djoko taming the raging Swiss beast at the moment. If Federer was an animal, what would he be?
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Djokovic* 6-7 3-6 6-3 0-1 Federer
Federer steadies the Swiss ship and opens up with a masterful service game. Andrew Castle reckons there's another hour to play. 60 minutes enough for you to get home and see the end of this match? Djoko needs this set to avoid defeat and keep dreaming of becoming world number one. Victory over Feds is enough.
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FOURTH SET:

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CrisTiberian on Twitter: "Got off the train.Phone battery slowly dying.:(( still half an hour's walk home. Why oh why?"
Keep us posted on your travels. Stay cool.

Djokovic 6-7 3-6 6-3 Federer
Despite a few slips on the red stuff, Djoko hangs on with a very steady service game. DJOKOVIC WINS THE THIRD SET. That's the first set Federer has lost at this year's event. It might just turn out to be the most telling as well. Come back on for the Serb? Has Federer got anything left in his locker? TWEET me, TWEET #bbctennis or TEXT. I'd love to hear about what you're up to on this fizzing Friday.
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Djokovic* 6-7 3-6 5-3 Federer
I bend over to see the state of my snack bag and Feds holds. Time for Djoko to keep it easy. Feds resigned to losing the set I'm sensing and saving energy for other battles. Let's see.....
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Djokovic 6-7 3-6 5-2 *Federer
"That's imposing play and strong" says Andrew Castle. Djoko's clenched fist returns. Haven't seen that for a while. He's closing in on the third set.
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DivyaReddyAnugu on Twitter: "In train, in San Francisco. Getting bewildered looks every time I try to stifle a 'whoopie' for each point the Fed gets"
There simply isn't enough WHOOPIEs in this beautiful world. Anybody else 'whoopying' out there in strange places? If not - get started. Let me know what sort of reaction you get.

Djokovic* 6-7 3-6 4-2 Federer
The calmness continues, despite the deficit in this set as Feds holds to keep breathing down the Djoko neck.
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Djokovic 6-7 3-6 4-1 *Federer
It's not pretty for Djoko but the world number two (number one if he beats Federer) is slowly grinding out this set. Federer is out of the rally at deuce and scarpers to the back of the court and plays an incredible backhand that drops an inch wide of the line. Djoko can only watch. Relief. And he returns to the bench with a three-game lead. More relief as he knocks back a bottle of much-needed liquid. TV pictures pan in on both players. Here's what I'm saying. Djokovic - eyes wide like dustbin lids and he's panting like someone's who just run for a bus. Federer - calmly wipes his brow with his towel and not a glimpse of sweat on his lengthy Swiss fringe. Cucumber. Cool as, that is. It won't be an easy sleep for him tonight though, lying on his pillow knowing Djoko is right back in this match. Has he let his chance drift away?
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BellaH1996 on Twitter: "Need to go and tidy my room but cannot bear to tear myself away from this incredible match! C'mon Nole!"
Don't forget the dust behind your chest of drawers. Ohh and that book that slipped behind the shoe stand.

Djokovic* 6-7 3-6 3-1 Federer
Another apology and for once it's not me! A man called Ornstein passed on an incorrect quote. Unless John Lloyd has dressed up as Judy Murray. He hasn't, in case you're wondering. Please refresh and clear up his mess. Feds holds. Just.
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John Lloyd on the Red Button: "Federer came out fist two sets and was sizzling but these matches ebb and flow and Djokovic, who was looking lost at the end of the second set, is now up a break in the third."

Djokovic 6-7 3-6 3-0 *Federer
Sorry - a Swiss UP flag jumped in without me noticing. Sorry about that. A few nervy moments and Djoko is not making it easy but he grabs his serve and looks good in set three. About 65 minutes left to play tonight so if Djoko wins this set, Lloyd and Castle reckon they may stop before set four. Has Federer taken his foot off the gas?
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Djokovic* 6-7 3-6 2-0 Federer
Now there's a warning to everybody sending in your predictions for a Nadal v Federer final. Djoko makes the cross sign on his chest, looks up and I'm not sure if he's thanking some divine intervention or looking for some more....the latter I reckon. How do you think Djoko should change his game?
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Ben in London, via text 81111: "Still at work. Sending the occasional email so my boss thinks I've been working late. Actually I'm just scared of getting on the tube and missing any of this outstanding match. Federer in 3 (please, or I could be here till 9!)."
What a contrast. I'm sure many are on public transport hoping for this to go on into the Parisian night....am I right? What's everybody up to? And predictions please?

Switzerland
Djokovic 6-7 3-6 1-0 *Federer
Some light relief for Djokovic as he battles to take his opening serve. Any way back for Djoko? Is his run coming to a crashing halt?
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THIRD SET:

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Andrew, too far from a TV, via text 81111: "Can everyone please stop making this match sound so AMAZING! I'm on the train home after umpiring @ my 1st tourny so I've seen about 2 games of French Open all day on the clubhouse TV + no ones's helping by making it sound so unmissable! I hope it rains..."
Ummmm best game ever Andrew. Hurry up.

1859: Here's a stat BBC Sport's Chris Bevan calls his favourite stat of the year. And being the geek he is, that is massive stat chat. And here it is......Federer has not lost a match in 174 after taking the first two sets at a Grand Slam. Impressed? If you're not that impressed, please speak to Chris Bevan. I quite liked it.

Former British number on John Lloyd on the Red Button: "That's as good as it gets from Federer. Djokovic looking up at his coach and he's a worried man right now."

Switzerland
Djokovic* 6-7 3-6 Federer
Interesting times. Djoko gets it to 30-30. hello hello bonjour. Djoko hanging in there and Feds piles a return into the net. Break point for Djoko. Serve given out and Djoko then calls it in and walks to the other side. Stunning sportsmanship. Cricketers take note when snicking through to the slips at the weekend. Or is that old fashioned. A stunning rally and Feds holds to WIN THE SECOND SET in 46 minutes. Reckon the noise has calmed down after that? You've got to be joking. It's a din X million.
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Waqar in Birmingham, via text 81111: "Two gladiators in Paris, battling it out, trading shot for shot but it's the old general, who everyone had written off, on top. Come on Federer!"

Djokovic 6-7 3-5 *Federer
"Oh yes" cries Sam Smith as Federer dishes up a forehand from the highest of top drawers. Three set points. And Djoko saves another one with a shot that lands on the line and the umpire needs a third look to check its landing point. Nervy times. And Djoko gets it back to deuce. Brilliant fightback. But he needs more. And a return in the net hands Feds his fourth set point. And that's saved as well. Fifth coming up as Djoko can only find the frame. He's being outplayed today....so far....saved again! OOOppps there goes my first exclamation mark. Apologies. Are people fans of the exclamation mark? Feds' hair looking a little rattled in the replays as Djoko gets the ADV. And more bacon saved for Djoko. "Is it just a temporary reprieve?" asks Sam Smith.
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2bMaxx on Twitter: "This tennis is absolutely beautiful!! All to play for by both players. Brilliant start to the weekend!!"
What's everybody up to tonight? Is this game affecting your crazy Friday night plans? Tweet me, tweet #bbctennis or just text. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Djokovic* 6-7 2-5 Federer
The errors are mounting and Djoko wastes a 30-15 lead to hand Feds his service game on a plate. Sloppy.
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Abs in Hemel Hempstead, via text 81111: "Federer is a living legend. He is an artist & he's about to paint his masterpiece today."
Nice picture.

Djokovic 6-7 2-4 *Federer
Federer is flying. More break points and could this be a double break? Not yet he can't as the Serbian finger nails dig in. Can Feds take advantage of his fourth break? Ummmm no he can't but a shocker of a backhand gets it back to deuce. "Mentally he's dropped a level. He's rattled," says John Lloyd. No defeats since November 2010. Is the pressure building? And BOOM - we haven't had a Djoko boom for a while - as a tremendous forehand saves his bacon.
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Sam Smith on the Red Button: "I feel I'm part of a Federer love-in sitting in the stadium. It's extraordinary. He has adapted his game over the years and is riding a wave of incredible affection out here."

Switzerland
Djokovic* 6-7 1-4 Federer
I'm in London but the noise in Paris is mad. In fact, noisy. Sounds like a football match. Replays show Federer playing another one of his almighty backhands and not even his eyebrows are moving. You can always tell how cool a man is by his moving eyebrows. Brilliant. A hold gives him a three-game lead.
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Alina in Leicester, via text 81111: "Having a power cut during this amazing match is making me want to eat my own hand. Hearing that Federer has taken the first set - even more so."
I don't recommend you chomping on your own hand just yet.... unless you've got some sort of side condiment like tomato sauce or mustard.

Switzerland
Djokovic 6-7 1-3 *Federer
Djokovic's shoulders looking a little slumped as Federer keeps finding the back of the line. Accuracy. And it's two break points for Federer as Djoko plays a very strange volley at the net. The mouth goes downwards and the Serb's looking a little befuddled. The serve keeps him interested though and it's deuce time. The Feds backhand sets him up nicely for a crushing forehand winner. Djoko looking a little flat. He's been made to look flat by a former number one at the top of his game. FEDS GETS THE BREAK. BRILLIANT.
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Former British number on John Lloyd on the Red Button: "I still think Djokovic is going to find a way to come back in this match, he'll ask too many questions in a five-set match. The Federer forehand has been incredible today, this is the best I've seen him play in a long time, but he's going to have to keep it up for another couple of hours at least. Federer grew up on clay and is very good on it, so we shouldn't be surprised at how well he's doing. And don't forget, throughout Nadal's period of dominance on this surface, Federer has been the world's second best player on clay."

Djokovic* 6-7 1-2 Federer
No fireworks so far in this set. Hold by Feds. Tense.
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Djokovic 6-7 1-1 *Federer
A fairly quiet start to the second set with two holds. The wind by the way has died down after the earlier blusterings (is that a word?) since the Nadal v Murray battle. By the way - read the report on that match by our man at Roland Garros Piers Newbery.
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Sam Smith on the Red Button: "It's so important for Federer that he keeps his momentum from that first-set tie-break'."

Djokovic* 6-7 0-1 Federer
Bit scrappy and it goes to deuce but Federer holds on. Remember - Djokovic has won all seven tournaments he has played and is 41-0 in 2011. And beating Federer would equal John McEnroe's record for best start to a season in the Open era, 42-0 in 1984. Dating back to November, his winning streak stands at 43 overall, three shy of Guillermo Vilas' mark of 46 in a row in 1977.
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SECOND SET:

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Tennis coach Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "We've only got about 2hrs 10min of light left, don't think we could squeeze in a 5-setter tonight...carry over would be bad."

Former British number one Andrew Castle on the Red Button: "I have rarely seen a standing ovation at the end of a set and it's not because the spectators are leaving - it's because of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. That was one of the best sets of tennis I've ever seen. Federer is the daddy."

1811: More Djoko STATS. He is seeking to reach his first final in Paris and if he wins the title, he'd be the first man since Jim Courier in 1992 to win the Australian Open and French Open in the same year. If he beats Federer, Djokovic will be assured of rising to number one in the ATP rankings for the first time, no matter what happens in Sunday's final.

Switzerland
Djokovic 6-7 Federer
Federer gets a bit loose with a forehand return and it's 4-4. If the last forehand was loose then the next one was super-loose. Djokovic beats his chest and grits his teeth as he edges ahead 5-4. Big point coming right up and Djoko goes long.....OOOF. 5-5. Nervy times. And Djoko goes wide. The cheers are building. Even Mrs Federer is clenching her first. Nice wavy curls by the way Mrs Feds. FIRST SET TO FEDERER in 70 minutes and the Swiss is getting a standing ovation. Amazing. Is Djoko's run in danger of ending?

Djokovic 6-6 Federer
Opening two points shared but then the French crowd go crazy as Federer smashes the ball back after another cracking rally. It seems to fire up Feds as he gets an early break. 3-1. And then a forehand leaves Djoko flat-footed and helpless. 4-2 and change of ends. He rarely shows emotion but there's a fair bit of Swiss fist-clenching going on right now.

Djokovic* 6-6 Federer
There's no holding the floppy-haired Swiss down. Never in question. It's almost 1900 French time and Djoko goes long. Who's up for some TIE-BREAK action? One hour gone exactly. Where's this going? 7-3 to Djoko I reckon.....
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Former British number one Andrew Castle on the Red Button: "I wish everyone at home could be here watching this. The tennis on display is absolutely gorgeous. Djokovic is trying to become world number one, Federer is trying to resist this pesky youngster. The stadium is full. Just brilliant."

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Catriona in Glasgow, via text 81111: "My two favourite players, Roger & Nole, battling it out was always going to be interesting to me, but it looks like we're going to have a real fight rather than the pretty easy win for Nole people were predicting. Is it going to be a blur of breaks like Rafa/Murray? Who knows, but it's great so far & I bet it gets even better."

Djokovic 6-5 *Federer
This is quite literally a key point in this match. And Djoko gets a warning for a delayed serve at 15-30. Sign of tension creeping in perhaps? But he bounces back by reading Feds like a book at the net as he volleys comfortably to level at 30-30. Djoko looking a little agitated but he's just keeping his nose in front. An incredible rally ends with Federer planting a backhand just long and it's game over. It's brutal beautiful stuff from the baseline.
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Former British number one Andrew Castle on the Red Button: "It's just absolutely mind-blowing, a beautiful tennis match."

Djokovic* 5-5 Federer
The speed of Djokovic's body when he plays his forehand is frightening. Eyes on the ball, he swivels and BANG.....brilliant. And the man with 16 Grand Slam titles to his name dribbles one into the net to give Djoko two break points. And two set points. Big Djoko smiles as he struggles with a Federer missile. I'm sensing the crowd are 73:27% in favour of the Swiss. Deuce and it's soon game to Federer. The world number three has still to drop a set at Roland Garros this year.
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Djokovic 5-4 *Federer
Djokovic's eyes are locked on to the ball and he gets it to 40-15. He's back in the zone. Feds gets it to 40-30 but a sloppy forehand hands Djoko the game.
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Former British number one Andrew Castle on the Red Button: "If you could award the trophy on goodwill, Federer would already have it. He's given people so much joy over so many years. They really love him here."

Djokovic* 4-4 Federer
Honours even as Federer holds. Game on. The spring is back in Federer's step.
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Sam Smith on the Red Button: "I'm not sure I've seen Federer hit the ball this well in maybe two years."

Djokovic 4-3 *Federer
Djokovic mutters to himself as he slips again to hand Federer three break points. And the crowd are on their feet as Feds forces Djoko to the back of the court but the Serb goes long. It's getting noisy out there. PLEASE REFRESH. I've been getting too excited. GO ON - call me what you want - I got the scores wrong for two games. What a banana. I'm now back on it. C'mon folks - every player has a rusty two games. And that was it for me.
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Former British number one Andrew Castle on the BBC Red Button: "He has survived a Federer onslaught in the first few games and now it's Djokovic in control of the set."

Switzerland
Djokovic* 4-2 Federer
So much for all the chat about Federer looking confident. Djokovic has turned this around and blows away Federer's serve to break and grab a two-game lead. More clenched fists.
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1729: These are the stats Mr Federer wants to bring to a screaming halt. Djokovic has won all seven tournaments he has played and is 41-0 in 2011. Beating Federer would allow Djokovic to equal John McEnroe's record for best start to a season in the Open era, 42-0 in 1984. Add in two victories for Serbia against France in the Davis Cup final in December and his unbeaten stands at 43 overall, three shy of Guillermo Vilas' mark of 46 in a row in 1977. Reckon Roger can do it today?

Former British number one Andrew Castle on the BBC Red Button: "This is a real test for Djokovic today, Federer's come out here with a point to prove and his form is ominous."

Djokovic 3-2 *Federer
Djokovic's service not quite firing on all cylinders and at 30-30, time stands still, Federer looks up and simply blasts a stunning backhand past Djokovic's racquet head. Brilliant. The Swiss is bang up for this. Clenched fists and a throaty war cry already from Djokovic as he makes it deuce. Surely the clenched fist isn't allowed until the middle of set two? And he holds. Just. Just is just enough.
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Tom in Henley, via text 81111: "I reckon we're going to watch more of a battle between these two than we did between Murray and Nadal. Would be surprised if we see a winner by the end of today's play... Federer to win in 5."

Djokovic* 2-2 Federer
After the struggles in the last game, Federer wastes no time in levelling with a hold at last.
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Djokovic 2-1 *Federer
A strange opening indeed. More struggles with the Djoko serve, more break points for the Swiss. The best rally of the match so far and a sweet Federer backhand causes the Serb to go long with a wild return. ADV FEDS. Djokovic plays a delightful dropshot to hang in there and an acrobatic backhand smash from over his head gets him the advantage. Permission to use the word BOOM. Straight out of Federer's chapter eight on backhands makes it deuce. Beautiful. Feds has an air of confidence about him this afternoon. Djokovic slowly going through the gears though as a Serbian missile gets the crowd fired up, but Feds hits back with a sweet dropshot. Tight game. Djoko finally takes it with a forehand to mid-court. These two are on it already. How do you see this match going?
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Djokovic* 1-1 Federer
Topsy-turvy tastic. Two breaks of serve and it's honours even. Words comes in from Andy Murray's press conference and the Brit has just said he is "not 100%" for Queen's which starts on Monday.
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1703: Please REFRESH to avoid thinking David Ornstein has just had a pop at himself.

Djokovic 0-1 *Federer
This was supposed to be a walk in the park for Djokovic wasn't it? Federer has three break points, Djokovic saves two of them but then a forehand drifts wide. First blood to the world number three. Early concerns perhaps for Novak?
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1659: And not that you should give a monkeys, but this is my last ever live text commentary. Let's hope Novak and Roger put on a good show. Here's to an entertaining few hours.

FIRST SET:

1657: They boys have finished warming up and we're ready for semi-final number two. Cloudy conditions, still warm and one Rafa Nadal awaiting the winner in Sunday's final. Djokovic opening up with serve. Let's play.....

1654: Cripes. Getting David Ornstein away from live text commentary duties is like wrestling a Sesame Street toy train away from a screaming 11-month old girl. (Sorry, just speaking from experience this morning). Not easy. Afternoon. Another whopping match. How are we all doing?

By David Ornstein

1648: Right, that's David Ornstein over and out. Over to Mark Ashenden for the second semi-final. Au revoir.

1645: So, Nadal improves his Roland Garros record to 44-1 and remains on course to equal Bjorn Borg's record of six Roland Garros titles. He finishes with a first-serve percentage of 73% to Murray's 64%, 34 winners to his opponent's 30 and 31 unforced errors to the Scot's 40. The match lasted three hours and 17 minutes. Rafa goes on to play the winner of Djokovic v Federer in Sunday's final, while Murray turns his attention to the green stuff.

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "Amazing stuff from Nadal, who says: "I'm very happy about this, it's the most important time of the year for me. Andy deserves to win a Grand Slam very soon." Less than 4hrs' light remaining, Djokovic v Federer over two days anyone?"

BBC Radio 5 Live
Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live: "The reaction at the end of the match from Rafael Nadal told us everything - he was really pleased with this victory. We keep hearing that he is not at his best this year but he has just despatched Robin Soderling and Andy Murray in straight sets, which is pretty impressive."

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend at Roland Garros: "This might be a straight sets win for the defending champion but Andy Murray definitely made him work for it. Andy has put in a great effort but sometimes you have to accept that the other guy is better than you - and Rafael Nadal is the King of Clay."

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Spain
The match is over
RAFAEL NADAL BEATS ANDY MURRAY 6-4 7-5 6-4 TO REACH THE FRENCH OPEN FINAL

THIRD SET:

Murray 4-6 5-7 4-6 Nadal
Any Rafa nerves are calmed with a crushing overhead for 15-0. Murray knows it's time to attack and offers what looks like being a solid approach shot, but it clips the net and sits up nicely for Nadal to dispatch with a laser-guided backhand pass. A forehand lands on the baseline to give Nadal three match points at 40-0 and Murray finds the net to bring the curtain down on his French Open campaign. Rafa sinks to his knees in celebration. Vamos.
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Murray 4-6 5-7 4-5 Nadal*
Nadal goes in for the kill and it look like his prey may just be there for the taking when Murray goes wide with a valiant attempted forehand winner, taking us to 15-30. But the British number one replies with a big serve that Nadal can only net, a gorgeous drop volley and a backhand winner which the Spaniard watches fly past him without moving. Nadal to serve for the match.
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Twitter
Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "So many opportunities, so many doors closed in his face. AM serving to stay in the match 3-5 down in the 3rd."

BBC Radio 5 Live
Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash on BBC Radio 5 live: "Rafa has been very strong all day on the break points on his serve - the number he has saved is just incredible. As a player, you look at how you cope under pressure, and that is great sign. To pull out a drop shot like he did on the first one in that game was just fantastic. "

*Murray 4-6 5-7 3-5 Nadal
Two errors off the Nadal racquet offer Murray another look-in at 30-30 and the fourth seed comes up with a majestic inside-out forehand winner that clips the line. Break point. And what a time for Nadal to deliver one of his first drop shots today. Brilliantly disguised, Murray scampers forward but is beaten by the bounce. Yet he returns for more and a running backhand up the line gives him a second break point. Nadal cranks up the intensity, charges in and forces Murray to net - but the Spaniard puts a lazy forehand wide and it's break point number three. Again the defending champion batters his way out of trouble and he finally registers another game point when Murray miscues a service return. And when a straightforward forehand finds the net, Rafa moves to within a game of the match.
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Martin, Glasgow, via text on 81111: "I don't think I've ever seen any player play so well and end up losing so many points as Andy Murray has today. So little reward for such brilliant tennis. It's testament to the sheer determination and physical might of Rafa Nadal. Of course, it would have helped if Murray wasn't carrying an ankle injury."

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend at Roland Garros: "I think the locals in the stands are just waiting for Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer now because they are pretty sure Rafael Nadal is already in the final. We hope they are wrong and, if Murray does fight back here, then there is no way that they will finish the second semi-final tonight. Even if this match is finished in straight sets they might not get the second one done this evening. The sun has already disappeared in Paris."

Murray 4-6 5-7 3-4 Nadal*
A delightful clipped forehand passes Nadal at the net and lands on the baseline to secure a hold to 15 for Britain's finest. Chatrier packed to Pat rafters for this one but with Nadal potentially two games from a straight-sets victory, it's all gone a bit quiet out there.
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Iain M, Erskine, via text on 81111: "Tennis its no disgrace being beaten by the best player ever on clay. Andy has to dust himself down and concentrate on Queen's and Wimbledon."

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend at Roland Garros: "No-one in the stadium seems to believe Andy Murray can come back and win this match. Against any other player, with his record of comebacks, you would think it is possible... But doing it against Nadal is a completely different matter."

*Murray 4-6 5-7 2-4 Nadal
Good movement, clever angles, deep hitting and bucket loads of aggression. From whom? Murray. The reward? Two break points. "This is excellent from Murray, he's trying everything to get back in," says Andrew Castle on BBC Two. "Most players trailing Nadal by a set and a break would've faded away by now." Unfortunately for the Scot, Nadal plays the big points brilliantly and makes a Houdini-like escape to hold serve, sealed with a "VAMOS!".
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From From anon, via text: "I cannot begin to describe my admiration for Rafael Nadal. The way he has clawed his game back into form out on the practise courts and during the last two matches has been incredible to watch. He hasn't sulked or shouted about on court - he's just got his head down, focused on a point at a time and dug deep."

Murray 4-6 5-7 2-3 Nadal*
Impressive hold from Murray to keep himself in contention. A couple more spellbinding rallies have the Chatrier crowd ooohing and ahhhing and it's the man from Dunblane who comes out on top. Now, let's see what can he do on the Nadal serve...
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Vikas, Reading, via text on 81111: "I don't blame Murray at all, even Fed is useless mentally when facing Rafa. I just hope Nole can get past Fed easily enough to have a real go at Rafa in a couple of days' time. What a treat that will be... the 2nd seed and world no. 1 against the top seed and world no. 2. Just hope now that Fed does not spoil the match between the best player in the world today vs the best player in the world on clay, because if Fed wins, Rafa knows the title and No.1 is in the bag."

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Anon via text on 81111: "Murray needs to grow up and stand on his own two feet. He behaves like a stroppy teenager when he plays a bad shot and then looks to his support for help. For a start, get rid of Judy - you're 24 years old now, not 14. She can come to the finals but you don't need your mum sitting there in round one."
Easy now, that's rather harsh, isn't it? Judy's not only his mother but also a respected tennis coach.

*Murray 4-6 5-7 1-3 Nadal
An uncharacteristically wayward backhand from Nadal gives Murray 15-15 and the world number one drills long for 15-30. An opening for Murray... but he dollops a terribly weak groundstroke into the net and his frustration is plain for all to see. He gets another chance on a Nadal second serve at 30-30 but fires long. "NO!" he shouts. But it's then Nadal's turn to miss his lines and Murray finds himself at deuce. Suddenly the Scot's hopping around the baseline with a spring in his step and he shows some quick incredible defensive skills to engineer a break point. If he can take this, he's right back in it... arrrgggghhhh! A woeful forehand return into the net. Nadal wasteone game point but brings up a second by wrong-footing his British opponent. "Move!" Murray tells himself and then nets another bitterly disappointing forehand return.
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From From Gordon in Dumfries, via text: "I like Murray but he's just not got the game to beat Nadal, Federer and now Djokovic at this level. He's just too inconsistent and too prone to lapses in concentration. Those other guys are focused to the point of ruthlessness and I'm just not sure Andy has that in him. That said, 'Come on Andy'!!!"

Murray 4-6 5-7 1-2 Nadal*
Things are looking fairly precarious for Murray at 30-30 but the 24-year-old keeps calm, focuses on getting his first serves in and battles through for a gritty hold. A few shouts of "come on!" to boot. Murray's played his best tennis in this tournament when facing a deficit - he needs history to repeat itself and quick.
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*Murray 4-6 5-7 0-2 Nadal
A Nadal hold to 15 confirms the break and Murray looks lost out there. He's nattering away to his support box - "I can't hear what you're saying," the Scot complains - but there's little they can do at this stage. Majorca's finest well and truly on the march.
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From Ant, via text: "The more I watch Murray, the more it becomes apparent that the only thing that he lacks in comparison to Nadal, Feds and Djokovic is the correct mental attitude. He has been at least as good as Nadal in this match but finds himself 2-0 down because Nadal can hold it together at the crucial points. How do you teach that though?"

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "There's not much you can do about that - is the general feeling in the press box as Nadal plays some brilliant stuff to win the second. Lots of scribes heading off to start reports, not much hope around of a comeback."

Murray 4-6 5-7 0-1 Nadal*
Oh dear. Murray's fourth double fault of the match sees him slip to 0-40. He targets Nadal with a body serve to get a point on the board and fitness trainer Matt Little can be heard geeing him man up. But it matters not as Nadal reels off another winner to leave Murray swiping at thin air and snap up what could prove a decisive break.
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SECOND SET:

BBC Radio 5 Live
Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live: "This would be Andy Murray's greatest ever comeback if he wins this match now."

John Lloyd on BBC Two: "Murray is way below Nadal, Djokovic and Federer in terms of the mental game and until he changes that, he will struggle at this level. The results prove it. He's only 24 but he's not a kid anymore. You can't be showing these kinds of weaknesses."

Twitter
henrybenryo on Twitter: "At two sets down, Murray is as likely to go on to win as at any other scoreline. If not more so..."

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live tennis correspondent Alastair Eykyn at Roland Garros: "There was a little skip from Rafael Nadal when Murray netted that forehand to give him the second set. The Spaniard knows he is well on his way in this match and this is a huge mountain for Andy Murray to climb now. He has thrown everything at Nadal but at the moment it is just not good enough."

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*Murray 4-6 5-7 Nadal
"Si!" screams Nadal after Murray nets a forehand on the first of three set points. The British number has fallen apart at the crucial point. Too much energy wasted on berating himself. Such a shame. Nadal's camp rise to their feet - they know their man's on course for a place in the final. Murray on the brink.
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ElllaRock on Twitter: "My nerves are shredded and I am nowhere near a TV screen."

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From Tom in Stoke, via text: "Will the fact that Andy Murray only plays at his best when he's losing be his downfall, or will it help him get through matches like this? Time will tell, I guess..."

John Lloyd on BBC Two: "Don't waste your energy by shouting out - Nadal will be feeding off that and will be loving every minute of it."

Murray 4-6 5-6 Nadal*
Murray aces his way to 40-15 and, at that stage, it seems game 11 is in the bag. But a couple of silly errors allow Nadal to level for deuce, the second a really poor groundstroke into the net. "That was a birthday present from Nadal," says Andrew Castle on BBC Two. "Just when you think he's out of a game, he's not." Nadal storms to break point with his 24th winner of the day, another wondrous forehand, yet Murray saves with his latest booming serve. Rafa works a second break point and shouts furiously across the presidents' box in the direction of his support team. "Why you telling me forehand?" he says. Murray saves again, this time with a brilliant stretching volley at the net. But here comes break point number three... and Rafa converts it with a blistering forehand that Murray can't return. The Scot is absolutely berating himself. Swear words galore. Andrew Castle having to apologise to the BBC Two viewers.
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BBC Radio 5 Live
Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash on BBC Radio 5 live: "I certainly think the players have been affected by the wind in the last few games but things have been pretty equal out there since midway through the first set. We've seen some good play from both players and this match is still in the balance, but the big question for me now is whether Andy Murray can hold it together."

*Murray 4-6 5-5 Nadal
Aren't you meant to feel pressure when serving to stay in the set? Apparently not... Nadal holds to love with a gorgeous curved forehand on game point. A couple of mind-bolling rallies in that game and Rafa retreats to the back of the court with a cry of "vamos!".
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John Lloyd on BBC Two: "This will be some performance if he can get back from here. Murray's mixing the game up really well - the balance is just right. There haven't been so many drop shots but he's been very aggressive and taking the ball nice and early."

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From Lewis, via text: "I feel for Andy Murray, it seems to me he is the fourth-best player in the world by some margin in both directions. Highly likely we'll see him in a lot more Grand Slam semis and perhaps finals. But can you really see him beating an in-form Nadal, Federer or Djokovic on the biggest occasions? I'm not sure."
He hasn't lost this one yet!

Murray 4-6 5-4 Nadal*
At last a service hold and Murray fans will be delighted to hear it has gone to their man. The world number four finally gets his serve together and it pays dividends, Rafa hooking a forehand return into the tramlines on game point. A huge yell of "come on!" from Murray. Nadal will now serve to stay in the set.
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BBC Radio 5 Live
Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live: "We keep saying 'this point is huge' and 'this game is huge' but everything counts at this level. This set is a test for both player's resolve because it is not happening for either of them on serve at the moment."

*Murray 4-6 4-4 Nadal
"The return of serve was perfection there," says Andrew Castle on BBC Two as Murray tears into the Nadal delivery for another break, this time to 30. So, so, so aggressive from the 24-year-old Scot. Nadal is not a happy matador right now.
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MyCrippledEagle on Twitter: "This is Murray's sixth Slam semi-final. Nadal has won 9 Grand Slams. And that's just about showing. #bbctennis"

Twitter
Murray's former coach Brad Gilbert on Twitter at Roland Garros: "Monster re-break by Rafa, killer for AM to loose serve with new balls."

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live tennis correspondent Alastair Eykyn at Roland Garros: "This where Nadal is so good. He had two opportunities to break back again at 15-40 and lost them, but he just keeps going and knows his chance will come again. The point he played to win his third break point showed why he is considered one of the best ever on every surface, not just clay."

Murray 4-6 3-4 Nadal*
Nadal comes out like a wounded animal, a whipped forehand winner helping him to 40-15 on the Murray delivery. Two break points and Rafa is buzzing around like an overexcited hornet. But Murray's in no mood to chuck the towel in and he's given a lifeline when Rafa goes long to end of an intoxicating rally. The birthday boy from Majorca chops a backhand long to level us up before the Murray strings deliver ace number three. But he can't finish his dinner and a Nadal forehand winner followed by a weak backhand into the net see the world number four facing a third break point. And this time Rafa makes no mistake, a deep and wildly-spinning forehand up the line leaving Murray chasing shadows and securing the third successive break of serve.
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BBC Radio 5 Live
Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live: "It's tough to say whether the wind got hold of the ball for that Rafa Nadal double-fault but he ended up hitting the ball very low on his second serve. Well done Andy Murray, though, because he has the break back and is hanging in here."

*Murray 4-6 3-3 Nadal
The search warrant bears fruit, Mr A Murray is found alive and well. The most delicious forehand helps him to 40-15 on the Nadal serve and two break-back points. Despite a brief show of resistance, the Spaniard dishes up an untimely double fault and Murray breaks back. Outstanding response from the British number one.
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Murray 4-6 2-3 Nadal*
Has anyone seen a Mr A Murray? He appears to have gone missing. A double-fault starts the decline and before we know it, Nadal has three break points at 40-0. The first is saved Rafa goes long with a return. But an fizzing inside-out forehand winner seals the deal. Nadal breaks and is back in the ascendancy. Murray looking flat.
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John Lloyd on BBC Two: "Murray has to win this set. Two sets down to Nadal on clay then good luck."

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "The wind is playing havoc here. Papers blowing all over the place, hats flying off, cups tumbling down the steps. Didn't help Murray much either when a huge gust threw him off on break point. Nadal's strength is helping him out in these conditions. Very slow pace of play and if this match goes long, Djokovic & Federer might be a night match."

*Murray 4-6 2-2 Nadal
At the changeover, Murray asks the umpire if he can speak to the trainer at the end of the game after this one... hmmm... hope he's all right. A fairly low-key set of points ensue and Nadal - sweating like a... - holds to 15 when Murray nets a routine backhand. Real lack of intensity from Murray in that one.
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Graham, Edinburgh, via text on 81111: "It would be nice, just for a change, if Murray could play as well from the start as he does once he's behind!"

Murray 4-6 2-1 Nadal*
Not for the first time, Nadal fails to deal with a well-executed Murray drop shot, dumping a forehand paddle into the net for 15-0. The Spaniard seems unhappy with the bounce as two forehands miss the court, and Murray is soon home and hosed. Think that might have been the first love service hold we've seen today...?
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BBC Radio 5 Live
Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash on BBC Radio 5 live: "Murray is playing against the wind at the moment and he realised in that game that there was no point him just floating back his returns because Nadal will gobble them up. He went for it a bit and played some great shots where he got Rafa on the run. He was just unlucky in the end, because on both his break points the wind held the ball up and all he could do was poke it back."

*Murray 4-6 1-1 Nadal
"There's been a real shift in momentum - even though Nadal won that first set, Murray has forced his way back into this match," says Andrew Castle on BBC Two. This is easily Murray's most intelligent and aggressive game so far. A forehand winner takes him to 40-15 on the Nadal serve and that means two break points. But the wind is playing all sorts of tricks and knocked the Scot out of his stride, so much so that Nadal does precious little to win the next two points. And it's not long before Nadal holds with an unreturnable delivery.
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John Lloyd on BBC Two: "Andy will be disappointed to lose the first set, of course, but he'll be heartened with what happened in it. There were a lot of mistakes by Nadal. He almost clawed his way back into the set. It's so important for a good start to this second set. He cannot afford to go two sets down. Murray is good at that but not against the world number one. "

Murray 4-6 1-0 Nadal*
Murray makes a purposeful start to game one of the second set, charging to the net to fend off a body shot with a forehand volley that clips the line. A Rafa error and Murray's first ace of the day help the Scot to 40-0 before a in concentration enables Nadal to level at deuce. However, the Spaniard then fires long and Murray chalks up a second ace to come through. The serve was actually called out but Rafa went over, spotted a mark and called it good. Great sportsman.
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FIRST SET:

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend at Roland Garros: "He may have lost it in the end, but there was still plenty of promise from Murray in that set. He battled so well, has stood toe to toe with the best player in the world and was so close there to recovering from a 5-1 deficit to level. In that last game, with the wind at his back, he was moving Nadal all around the court and he rattled him a bit."

Andrew Castle on BBC Two: "That was the best set of tennis played by Andy Murray at this year's French Open."

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Spain
*Murray 4-6 Nadal
A second chance for Rafa to serve out the set, and this time he does it. Just. Murray opens with a horror point but staves off two set points to force deuce after a few gripping rallies in which the momentum swirls like the Chatrier wind. The tension is palpable but it's Murray who seems to be the more relaxed and Rafa shanks another forehand to hand the British number one break point. He was down in this set, don't forget. Nadal averts the danger when Murray nets but back comes Andy with a super return and it's a second break point. Rafa races into the net for a feathered volley. Cool as you like. Murray then looks on with contempt as a groundstroke sails wide. Set point number three and Murray dumps a relatively routine forehand into the net.
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Twitter
Murray's former coach Brad Gilbert on Twitter at Roland Garros: "Nice fightback from AM, might have some carryover to the 2nd set."

Murray 4-5 Nadal*
A beautifully-disguised drop shot gets Murray off to a strong start and despite Rafa benefiting from a huge net-cord on point two, Murray powers through to 40-15. It should be 40-30 when Rafa sees a ball into the tramlines but the umpire isn't convinces and there's no mark in the clay. He orders the point to be replayed. What?! It was way out. Nadal is far from happy and understandably so. Murray gets over the line with a winning approach and Rafa has a right go at umps during the change of ends.
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John Lloyd on BBC Two: "That was a strange game. Nadal misses a backhand by a long way. You're not used to seeing these mistakes and that was three mistakes in a row - a strange lapse by Nadal. All credit to Murray though."

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend at Roland Garros: "Good work from Murray to get one of these breaks back. He really stretched Nadal in that game, keeping him off his forehand and putting him on the defensive."

*Murray 3-5 Nadal
Murray shows he's still got plenty to give in set one with a pinpoint backhand winner down the line for 15-15. Rafa responds with the first ace of the match, only to make a right hash of two forehands and gift Murray a break point. Is Rafa getting nervous? A third successive dodgy forehand... he finds the net... Murray gets one of the breaks back. Game on.
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Murray 2-5 Nadal*
The net receives plenty of loving at Rafa (twice) and Murray (once) engage its services at the start of game seven. Murray follows up with a tidy forehand put-away for 40-15 and a first double fault for 40-30 before his opponent slices a return long. A little "comon!" from Andy as we get a shot of three-time champion Gustavo Kuerton in the stands. What a mop of hair he has these days.
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Kev, Cambridge, via text on 81111: "I may be a little premature but I think the game in which Rafa 'framed' it and still fought his way back in to the rally to win is how it's going to go for Muzza today."

*Murray 1-5 Nadal
"This is probably the best I've seen Murray play all tournament but Nadal has just been too good so far," says John Lloyd on BBC Two as the British number one forces Nadal to net for 30-15. But Murray then miscues two forehands, the first sailing wide and the second finding the net. Rafa in cruise control.
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BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend at Roland Garros: "Andy Murray isn't playing badly but that's the problem against Rafael Nadal. These matches can very quickly slip away from you when you're playing the best player in the world."

Murray 1-4 Nadal*
Murray's serve under pressure again at 15-30 and Nadal senses an opportunity and he gets two break points with a thunderous smash at the net. "Murray's rolling" says Andrew Castle. More aggression from the Spaniard and he makes the double break easily after storming into the net. Murray's head a little bowed right now.
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Twitter
Coach and commentator Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Expect Andy Murray to work a lot of drop shots today to try and open up the court and also sneak in quite a bit."

John Lloyd on BBC Two: "Murray threw everything at him there but it just kept coming back. He literally might just have top drop-shot the best he has ever done to win this match. Sometimes he overplays it but he needs to choose the right time to do it. This match is high quality and excellent tennis from both players."

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend at Roland Garros: "How on earth did Nadal save that second break-point? If ever there was a point to emphasise how difficult it will be for Murray to breach his defences today, it was that one. But there is nothing wrong with Murray's tactics at the moment, and I like the way he is dictating play from the back of the court. There will be plenty of occasions like that game when he doesn't get his reward for some good play against Nadal but he has to be patient and wait for more opportunities when they come."

*Murray 1-3 Nadal
Nadal gets a taste of his own medicine as Murray plants a forehand down the line for 15-15. The British number one then constructs another lovely point and Nadal looks beaten, but the Spaniard guesses correctly to stay in the rally and a shocked Murray pulls a forehand into the tramlines. The wind is certainly a factor out there. Nadal misjudges a low forehand at the net to make it 30-30 and Murray then races in to thread a backhand winner up the line for 30-40 and break point. The defending champion saves it with a smash that wrong-foots Murray, who winces afterwards. Is it that ankle? He seems to be OK as Rafa puts a forehand long and here's a second break point. Murray makes the early running and Nadal breathes a sigh of relief as a framed forehand drops on to the baseline. Suddenly, the Majorcan is on top and sends over a darting inside-out forehand that Murray can't return. Yet back comes the Scot and an aggressive foray forward ends with a deft volley to bring up a third break point. This time Murray nets a backhand return off a second serve. Poor. Nadal's forehand is on song today and it gets him to game point... but he can't reach a Murray lob. Wonderful variation from the 24-year-old Scot. A Rafa smash takes us to game point once more and this time he takes it when Murray puts a backhand wide. Nadal pumps his fist at the end of that, a 12-minute game.
* Denotes next server

Twitter
Murray's former coach Brad Gilbert on Twitter at Roland Garros: "Very warm today low 80s and getting warmer winds 17 miles an hour and swirling very tricky conditions."

Murray 1-2 Nadal*
"Hitting to the lines is dangerous on a day like today because it's very blustery," says former British number one John Lloyd on BBC Two as Murray drills long for 15-15. Another miscue makes it 15-30 and Murray flexes his right leg. "This is what Nadal does to you, he really works you around, tires you out," adds JL. Murray attack a forehand to level at 30-30 but a mishit gives Nadal the first break point of the match. Murray saves with a confident forehand winner only to net a backhand return off a viciously-spinning Nadal forehand. Break point number two... Murray comes in... terrible volley... Nadal sends a forehand pass down the line. There's the break - advantage Nadal.
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BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend at Roland Garros: "Murray is firing from the word go today and this is very encouraging. The quality here in the first couple of games has been something else. If they can keep this up for three or four sets then we are in for something special."

*Murray 1-1 Nadal
More positive play from Murray but an attempted crosscourt backhand pass lands inches wide on point one. Nadal follows that up by dispatching an attempted lob with an twisting backhand smash. Real crowd-pleaser, that. The day's first double-fault checks the Spaniard's progress, but he comes through when Murray shoots another backhand wide. Really going for the lines today, Murray.
* Denotes next server

BBC Radio 5 Live
Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash on BBC Radio 5 live: "I don't think Andy Murray will win but he's certainly got a chance. This is the first time for a while he is in a big occasion with nothing to lose. He is in reasonable form, while Rafael Nadal is not in form he was in years gone by. The conditions are fast, with these new ball encouraging big winners and I'm just not sure whether that suits Nadal's game because other players can put away the short balls that he plays a lot of."

Murray 1-0 Nadal*
Clean and aggressive hitting by Murray from the outset. The British number one gets us up and running by bringing Nadal into the net and then passing him with a crosscourt backhand volley. Another searing backhand can't be controlled by the Spaniard and Murray gets in for a cute volley to make it 40-0. Murray nets for 40-15 before world number one Nadal goes long. Super opening from the Scot.
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1318: Murray to serve first, here we go...

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "Just passed McEnroe on a pre-match stroll, looking pumped, now on an increasingly windy Chatrier. And I tell you what, its nearly full."

John Lloyd on BBC Two: "I'm sure Rafa was happy when he woke up today and saw it was a blisteringly hot day. The longer the match goes on, the greater chance he will have of winning."

1312: Yes, people, we're live on BBC Two, the Red Button and online. BBC Radio 5 live will be starting up in a couple of minutes. Raring to go? Good. This should be ruddy brilliant.

Andrew Castle on BBC Two: "Murray's got the job done so far. It has been a fascinating tournament so far for him but now I think the tournament changes. For Murray to get through today, he needs to up the pace and watch out for Nadal's sledgehammer forehand."

1310: Chatrier starting to fill up as both men enter to huge applause. Rafa, greeted by a bunch of bananas on his chair, gets his water bottles in position and then bounces out for the toss. Murray whips out the baseball cap to shade his eyes from the sun and joins his opponent at the net. Both men in blue shirts and white shorts - I can see this getting confusing. Let the warm-ups commence.

Tiny, Dunblane, via text on 81111: "I hope Nadal wins. I must be the only person from Dunblane who is not an Andy Murray fan. Nothing against him personally. Plus I have a bet with a mate that he won't win a major within a set timeframe. Come on Rafa!"

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Neil, Leeds, via text on 81111: "Ready and waiting for another rollercoaster of a match today. Expecting Murray to step up a couple of gears and hopefully put on a similar display as he did in Monte Carlo. And I promise no more roller-coaster analogies from now on..."

1259: Our good friend Mark Ashenden will be in position to talk you through Djokovic v Federer - but now it's time to turn our attention to... ANDY MURRAY V RAFAEL NADAL. Enjoy...

1258: Let's not be writing off Federer , though. He leads Djokovic 13-9 in career meetings and has reached his sixth Roland Garros semi-final without dropping a set. Federer may be without a Grand Slam title since the 2010 Australian Open - and he is 0-3 against Djokovic this year - but he is the only player to have reached the last four at this year's French Open without dropping a set.

1255: Another couple of key points... Djokovic is seeking to reach his first final in Paris; if he were to win the title, he'd be the first man since Jim Courier in 1992 to win the Australian Open and French Open in the same year. If he beats Federer, Djokovic will be assured of rising above Nadal to number one in the world for the first time, no matter what happens in the Nadal-Murray semi-final or in Sunday's championship match.

1250: By no means am I forgetting the day's second semi-final - Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer. Nadal describes that "beautiful" match as "the best player in the world against the best player in history". has won all seven of the tournaments he has played in 2011 and his win-loss ratio currently stands at 41-0. Victory over Federer would allow Djokovic to equal John McEnroe's record for best start to a season in the Open era, 42-0 in 1984. Add in two victories for Serbia against France in the Davis Cup final in December, and Djokovic's winning streak stands at 43 overall, three shy of Guillermo Vilas' mark of 46 in a row in 1977.

Twitter
Jamie Murray on Twitter: "Fantastic days events about to unfold at RG-top 4 players squaring off..everyone can beat everyone..each has their own story #sportatitsbest"

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Lisa, Cheshire, via text on 81111: "Wasn't John McEnroe's winning streak ended at the French by Ivan Lendl winning his first Grand Slam? Just saying......."

1243: Just under 20 minutes until Murray and Nadal stride out on to the red stuff. World number one (Nadal) against world number four (Murray). A match that means SO much to both men. Can Murray become the first British man since Bunny Austin in 1937 to reach the French Open final? He is, of course, only the second British man to reach the last four at Roland Garros in the Open era. Nadal has won 43 of his 44 matches in Paris and is bidding to equal Bjorn Borg's record of six French Open titles. Will he do it? Tweet me @bbcsport_david using Twitter hashtag #BBCtennis or pop over an SMS via access number 81111 (UK).

Judy Murray
1235: In the 5 live commentary box for the women's semi-finals on Thursday was Andy Murray's mother Judy and here's what she had to say about today's ding-dong on Court Philippe Chatrier. "If you are a player with ambition you live for these big occasions, they're what you play for. If you can't get yourself up for this, what can you get up for? I'm sure Andy will absolutely love it out there and hopefully we'll have a great match. He's had bits and pieces to cope with this week, from a groin strain to the ankle to a tooth. But he's fine now and ready to go."

1230: Aside from his five-setter against Viktor Troicki in the last-16, Murray has enjoyed a fairly smooth fortnight on the court. But away from the red dirt, things haven't been quite so easy. A groin complaint, a partially-torn ankle ligament, a sore throat and a broken tooth have all threatened to derail his latest bid for a maiden Grand Slam title. Most concerning of all was the ankle injury picked up by the Scot during his fourth-round meeting with Michael Berrer. On that very subject, Nadal adds: "I did the same thing in the past and you feel pain but, in my opinion, it does not limit you when you are playing, so I don't think that's going to affect him and his confidence. I think he will not have pain anymore. He'll be 100%."

1220: Plenty of chat about Britain's finest so far, but what for arguably the greatest clay-court practitioner of all time? Let's leave it to the man himself, non? "Playing against Andy is always a big challenge because you know how good he is," says Nadal. "He has all the shots. He can defend very well, he can attack very well, he runs fantastic. The only way that you can beat him is playing at a very, very high level. Without that it would be impossible. That's what I'm going to try to do."

1220: There's also plenty of video for you to feast over. Murray gives us his thoughts ahead of the Nadal clash and former British number one John Lloyd provides his verdict on both semi-finals. You can also watch a re-run of Murray v Nadal at the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals and their meeting at SW19 last year.

1210: Less than an hour until kick-off and time to point you in the direction of some top-notch pre-match material. Piers Newbery's preview is a must-read and the same goes for both Andy Murray's column and our expert analysis piece.

Twitter
Murray's part-time coach Darren Cahill on Twitter: "The calm before the storm.. Murray v Nadal: Federer v Djokovic: 4 great stories and 2 great matches. http://yfrog.com/gy5yb6j."

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Anon via text on 81111: "Is there a more exciting sport than tennis right now? The 4 top players in the world going head to head, 1 day, 1 court, and each of them has the talent to beat the other three! The next few days and the rest of the tennis calendar are promising to produce spectacular entertainment! Bon chance Andy!"

Judy Murray
1155: "It was definitely one of the best clay-court matches I've played," said Murray of his battle with Djokovic in Italy. "And also my match with Rafa was a very high level. I have to maintain that for a long period. I'll have to play as well as I did on those days to give myself a chance."

"It's one of the best challenges in tennis. His record here is incredible. I'm looking forward to it but I understand it's going to be an incredibly difficult match for me. That's why I need to make sure I do all the right things, watch some videos of matches that I played against him, and recover. Because you're going to need all of your reserves to get through a match with Rafa at the French.

"I'm happy that I'm in the semis. It's a good result. But it's not worth going through what I've gone through the last four or five days to just be happy getting to the semis.

"He's still playing pretty good, so I know Rafa will play excellent tennis against me. We've had some really good matches and he's always played well. Even in practice he plays well against me, so I don't expect him to play badly.

1150: Murray and Nadal will be meeting for the 15th time, Rafa holding a 10-4 advantage in the head-to-head and a 100% record from their three matches on clay. Murray did, however, push the Spaniard the distance on their most recent encounter - at the Monte Carlo Masters - before coming within two points of a stunning victory over man-of-the-moment Djokovic in Rome a few weeks later.

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Anon via text on 81111: "Put me down for horrendously nervous and ridiculously excited. Nadal and Federer to win for another classic final and Rafa keeps his No 1 ranking for a bit longer, perfect!"

A celeb has been spotted
1140: We mustn't, of course, forget to wish Rafa Nadal a happy birthday. Nadal turns 25 today. The world number one and defending champion, bidding to equal Bjorn Borg's record of six Roland Garros titles, was brutally honest in his assessment of his form up until the quarter-finals, but he looked back to his old (old?) self against Robin Soderling on Wednesday and will be hoping to celebrate in style today. Will Andy Murray be the party pooper?

The sun is out
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "It's an absolutely beautiful day in Paris, although the usual breeze is blowing up the odd dust storm on court, and after Nadal had a hit on Chatrier an hour ago, Murray is down there now trading baseline blows with a junior lefty. Tickets are reportedly going for 1,000 euros outside and this certainly feels like the place to be today."

1130: Right then, lots to get through over the next 90 minutes so let's get going. First things first, a PoA. Murray and Nadal are due on court for the opening men's semi-final at 1300 BST and the match will be shown live on BBC Two, the Red Button and the video console at the top of this page. The BBC Two coverage will switch to Epsom for the start of the live horse races and then back to the tennis asap, but both Murray v Nadal and the racing will be available uninterrupted on the Red Button and online as separate streams. Live audio commentary of the Murray match will be provided by BBC Radio 5 live (with breaks for the racing). Then comes Djokovic v Federer in the second semi-final. You can watch that one on the Red Button and online but not on BBC Two.

Daily Mail tennis correspondent Mike Dickson on Twitter: "Another stonking Parisian morning, filled with anticipation. No better place in the world today. As @bgtennisnation says in today's Mail, we have never seen better movers/athletes than the 4 semi-finalists. Djoko the best ever."

Former US Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe on Twitter: "I am going with Nadal in 4 and Djoker in an absolute classic, wins in 5. Roger will come to play. Can't wait for the matches!!! Enjoy everybody-this doesn't happen too often!!!"

Leading coach Roger Rasheed on Twitter: "Paris Mens Semi Finals Day-27 degrees, Fast conditions with the ball biting off the court, interesting to see what style of play they choose."

Twitter
BBC Radio 5 live's Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "So the day arrives. Let's not kid ourselves, a Murray win would be huge upset & one of the stories of the year. Nadal substantial favourite."

1115: A warm welcome to every single one of you. How are we feeling today? Horrendously nervous? Ridiculously excited? Stupidly tired because (like me) the anticipation kept you awake all night? I'm David Ornstein and it's my duty to guide you through every thrill and spill, forehand and backhand, drop shot and lob of Andy Murray v Rafael Nadal. But none that will be possible without the help of... YOU. Yes, YOU. So, get tweeting me @bbcsport_david using Twitter hashtag #BBCtennis or text me on 81111 (UK).

1110: An hour an 50 minutes until the start of one of the most eagerly-anticipated days in tennis history. A bit over the top? Not a jot. This is only the 12th time in the Open era, which dates back to 1968, that the top four seeded players have reached the last four of a Grand Slam tournament. And that's before we even mention what's at stake for each individual. These are very, very special times.

1100: French Open men's semi-finals. Andy Murray v Rafael Nadal followed by Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer. The four greatest tennis players on earth doing battle on the Roland Garros clay. For the two winners, ecstasy and a shot at glory in Sunday's final. For the two losers, agony and a flight out of Paris. Plots, sub-plots, records and history. It's days like these that need no introduction.



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