French Open 2013: Novak Djokovic v Grigor Dimitrov as it happened

Novak Djokovic beats Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets while Tommy Haas beats John Isner with his 13th match point in a marathon clash.

2 June 2013 Last updated at 10:57

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As it happened

  1. 2000: 

    That's it from us, quite a day. Fancy doing it all over again on Sunday? Oh go on then. See you back here for day eight. Bonsoir!

  2. 1956: 

    An early take of the Sunday schedule is out and Roger Federer fans will have to wait for their man, as he is scheduled fourth on Chatrier against Gilles Simon. Svetlana Kuznetsova opens against Angelique Kerber at 1000 BST, followed by Serena Williams against Roberta Vinci, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga against Viktor Troicki.

    Djokovic 6-2 6-2 6-3 Dimitrov

    Poor shot selection, poor execution, poor movement and poor body language. Is this really a world number one in the making? No, not in the first half of this game anyway. Djokovic gets to 15-40 and two match points but then Dimitrov shows us exactly what he's capable of with two carefree winners. Djokovic squanders a third match point but then comes a fourth bite at the cherry and Dimitrov rolls a backhand beyond the baseline. The top seed raises an arm in celebration and exchanges a few words with his victim at the net. Neither man appears to be sweating after that underwhelming hour and 44 minutes. But will Djokovic care? Not a jot.

    Djokovic 6-2 6-2 5-3 Dimitrov*

    Injury? What injury? Djokovic holds to love with a sumptuous backhand down the line. Bit of a shovel, but a state-of-the-art shovel. Dimitrov will now serve to stay in the match.

    *Djokovic 6-2 6-2 4-3 Dimitrov- Djokovic calls for trainer

    It seems Djokovic is struggling with a shoulder injury. Dimitrov comfortably holds serve and the trainer comes scampering on to court. A Mexican Wave swirls around Chatrier. "That's the loudest cheer we've heard all match," says Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    Djokovic 6-2 6-2 4-2 Dimitrov*

    The end might not be nigh after all... Dimitrov reclaims one of the two breaks. He didn't do an awful lot to earn it - Djokovic has suffered a sudden dip in form.


    Infostrada Sports: Tommy Haas converts only three of 23 breakpoints against 'Marathon Man' John Isner, who serves up 27 aces. But it is Haas, who goes through.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    It's routine for Djokovic on Chatrier but incredible stuff on Court One as Isner finally succumbs to Haas 10-8 in the fifth after a paltry four hours and 37 minutes. It was Isner's second five-setter in a row, and follows his 18-16 fifth set defeat by Paul-Henri Mathieu at Roland Garros last year. The words 'marathon' and 'man' are hard to avoid.

    *Djokovic 6-2 6-2 4-1 Dimitrov

    There's the double-break for Djokovic. The end is nigh...

  10. 1933: 

    After four hours and 36 minutes, Tommy Haas beats John Isner 7-5 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-7 (10-12) 10-8 to set up a last-16 meeting with Mikhail Youzhny. Not bad for a 35-year-old and what is it about Isner and five-set marathons? He came from two sets down to win on Friday and almost did the same again today. Let's not forget he lost 18-16 to Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round of last year's French Open. And that's before the even mention Wimbledon 2010...

    Tommy Haas
    John Isner
    Djokovic 6-2 6-2 3-1 Dimitrov*

    Easy as you like, Djokovic takes another step towards the last 16.

    *Djokovic 6-2 6-2 2-1 Dimitrov

    Dimitrov finally seems to be relaxing, but it's a case of too little too late.

    Djokovic 6-2 6-2 2-0 Dimitrov*

    A rare glimpse of Dimitrov's unquestionable potential sees Djokovic facing with break point... but it's just not the Bulgarian's day and he fails to cross the line as Djokovic consolidates his early strike.

  14. 1923: 

    A four-set win for Stanislas Wawrinka against Jerzy Janowicz books a last-16 meeting with Richard Gasquet for the Swiss.

    *Djokovic 6-2 6-2 1-0 Dimitrov

    An early break for Djokovic at the start of set three. Favourite for the title? Looks like we'll be over and done with in not too long at all.


    Laura Robson: Oh my gaaaad. Isner vs Haas at 6-5 in the 5th set right now. #rollyg

    Colin Fleming: Big John the marathon man is up to his old tricks again!

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    Djokovic wraps up the first two sets quicker than Nadal managed his first, and more treatment to the Dimitrov shoulder or elbow doesn't bode well for the Bulgarian. Quite a few spectators are heading out as this one looks done and dusted, and it's getting a bit parky. Or maybe they're heading to Court One to see if they can catch some of marathon man Isner and Haas a they get to 6-6 in the fifth. 70-68 anyone?

    Djokovic 6-2 6-2 Dimitrov*

    A backhand volley sails wide and that's that for the second set. At one point earlier today it seemed this match would have to be finished on Sunday. At this rate, it could finish in sunlight and before Haas v Isner, which started a few hours before Djokovic and Dimitrov even walked on court.

    *Djokovic 6-2 5-2 Dimitrov

    Dimitrov hanging in there but he's merely delaying the inevitable. So much talk, so little action. And now here comes the trainer to tend to the Bulgarian's shoulder.

    Djokovic 6-2 5-1 Dimitrov*

    Djokovic's forehand alone would see him through to the last 16 today. Unstoppable.

  21. 1909: 

    Our TV pictures have, understandably, switched to Haas v Isner but it's still Djokovic v Dimitrov on 5 live sports extra so we've got the best of both worlds. Haas - remember, he squandered, 12 match points - saves a match point and it's now 5-5 in the deciding set. Isner doesn't half like a five-set epic!

    *Djokovic 6-2 4-1 Dimitrov

    I make that 28 unforced errors for Dimitrov to 12 for Djokovic. Unsurprisingly, then, Djokovic secures the double-break.

    Djokovic 6-2 3-1 Dimitrov*

    Easy hold from Djokovic. Poor Grigor all over the place.


    Andy Murray: Why is the end of the isner haas match not on tv right now? 5 4 in the fifth and haas has had 12 match points...


    Former world number one Kim Clijsters: Waw!!! Watching Haas- Isner.

    Coach and commentator Brad Gilbert: If Tommy Boy Haas does not win this match will with out a doubt be the most brutal defeat I have ever seen in 30+ years in pro tennis for me.

    *Djokovic 6-2 2-1 Dimitrov

    Ridiculous tennis from Djokovic to register three break points. The pick of the bunch comes when the 26-year-old sprints to the net to fetch a Dimitrov drop shot and somehow flicks it up and over the net, the ball dying as soon as it touches the red dirt. Djokovic wheels away in celebration before sending a stunning forehand winner down the line. He breaks at the first time of asking as Dimitrov makes a total hash of a routine overhead.

    Djokovic 6-2 1-1 Dimitrov*

    Another love service hold for the right-hander from Belgrade, sealed when Dimitrov races into the net but overcooks his attempted lob.

  28. 1853: 

    John Isner is producing something of a miracle on Court One, where he has saved 12 match points against Tommy Haas and fought back from two sets down. The American, who famously played the longest match in history against Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon 2010, is a break up in the fifth but looks exhausted. Then again, he usually does.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs: "The thing about Djokovic is that he does an awful lot without looking like he is. He doesn't look dramatic but boy is he effective. He is not quite as thrilling as Federer and Nadal but he does get the job done."

    *Djokovic 6-2 0-1 Dimitrov

    The sun may be going down by the quality of Djokovic's play appears to be rising and three break points come his way at the start of set two. However, the top seed inexplicably sends a forehand put-away beyond the baseline and Dimitrov is able to serve his way out of trouble. Could that prove a turning point?

  31. 1847: 

    Not only did Tommy Haas see 12 match points slip by the wayside (we're checking to establish if this is a record), but lost the fourth-set tie-break and Isner now leads 4-2 in the fifth set. Unbelievable scenes on Court One. Meanwhile, Jelena Jankovic has turned it around against Sam Stosur - the Serb leads by a break in the deciding set - and Stanislas Wawrinka leads Jerzy Janowicz by two sets to one.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    As the sun dips behind the stand and the temperature drops, half the crowd are basking in the evening glow and trying to shield their eyes, while the rest are putting on as many layers as they can find. Djokovic is not in the mood to hang about, and the knowledge that he probably has two hours to put Dimitrov away seemingly revved him up even more than usual. Dimitrov currently looks like a man playing in his first Grand Slam third-round match against the world number one.

    Djokovic 6-2 Dimitrov*

    A languid forehand into the net from Dimitrov hands Djokovic two set points at 40-15. The world number one goes long and wide with consecutive forehands to make it deuce before Dimitrov produces some truly astonishing defensive scrambling to surprise Djokovic and register a break point. It is saved as Dimitrov is forced into the net. And again. So a third set point... and it's converted when Dimitrov slaps a forehand service return into the net.

  34. 1836: 

    Jonny Marray and Heather Watson lose 6-4 6-7 (8-10) 14-12 to Jeremy Chardy and Alize Lim in round one of the mixed doubles.

    *Djokovic 5-2 Dimitrov

    Far more like it from Dimitrov, who has been tipped by L'Equipe to be world number one in 2018. The 6ft 2ins right-hander holds to love as Djokovic fires long, but the Serbian will now serve for set one.

    Djokovic 5-1 Dimitrov*

    Blink-of-the-eye stuff from Djokovic. Imperious.

    *Djokovic 4-1 Dimitrov

    More wayward shotmaking from the 22-year-old Bulgarian and he's up to 13 unforced errors. Djokovic is gifted the double-break and, to quote Russell Fuller on 5 live sports extra, "he's bossing this."

    Djokovic 3-1 Dimitrov*

    Hold to love. Faultless from the world number one.

  39. 1825: 

    Battles raging all over Roland Garros... Jonny Marray and Heather Watson have levelled their mixed doubles first round against Jeremy Chardy and Alize Lim, so they're into a champions tie-break. Sam Stosur is a set up on Jelena Jankovic and Stanislas Wawrinka is a one set all against Jerzy Janowicz. More entertaining than all of those combined is the match on Court One, where Tommy Haas and John Isner are into a fourth set tie-break. Isner, I'm told has saved 12 match points. TWELVE!


    Tennis journalist Christopher Clarey: L'Equipe today predicts top 10 in men's #tennis for 2018. @JackSock is No. 10, Janowicz 9, Gulbis 8, Tomic 7, Nishikori 6, @DjokerNole is No. 5, Raonic 4, Murray 3, Benoit Paire 2 and...Grigor Dimitrov 1.

    *Djokovic 2-1 Dimitrov

    Court Philippe Chatrier is rammed, the evening sunshine is blazing and we have a potential corker on our hands. Dimitrov gets on the board with a service hold to 30 as Djokovic snatches at a forehand and ripples the net.

    Djokovic 2-0 Dimitrov*

    Comfortable break followed by comfortable hold. Djokovic could not have wished for a better start, but there's a long way to go yet. Fasten your seatbelts...


    GTG Tennis Academy: Dimitrov clearly underdog today in many eyes. Thats what we like. Go get them tiger #makechanges #attitude

    *Djokovic 1-0 Dimitrov

    Let's face it, we've all come to see just how good this Dimitrov lad is and whether or not he can upset the world number one. Early evidence suggests not. He falls to 0-40 in game one and that means three break points. The first of those is saved with a deep approach and emphatic volley, but on the second he fires long to hand Djokovic the initiative.

  45. 1809:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    If you fancy listening to commentary of this match you can do exactly that via 5 live sports extra. Russell Fuller is joined behind the microphone by Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs.

  46. 1807: 

    Time for the big one, top seed Novak Djokovic against rising star Grigor Dimitrov. Yes, he's the boyfriend of Maria Sharapova - but he can play a bit of tennis, too. Just have a read of Piers Newbery's piece on the Bulgarian if you don't believe me...

  47. 1759: 

    "I think he's got more confident as he was getting big wins in the past few months, and so he's a tough player now to beat now, definitely. Even though maybe his style of play could be better on the hard court or faster surfaces, he's showing that he can play equally well on clay. He pushed [Rafael] Nadal to a tough three sets in Monaco. He beat me in Madrid.

    "It's going to be a tough one for both of us, definitely. I need to be on top of my game. But here it's best of five. It's going to be very physical and all the hard work that I put into preparing for this tournament, hopefully will play into my advantage and will pay off on the court."

  48. 1758: 

    Next up - DJOKOVIC v DIMITROV. Enough said...


    Infostrada Sports: Hampton ousts Kvitova. For the 1st time since 2004 (RG, WIM and US) there will be 4 American women in Last 16 of a Grand Slam (WS).


    Default Girl: Not a great day at the office for Rafa but he got the job done.

    Kiran Bhunjun: Unlucky Fognini. Stoic about an injury but a great match today!! One to watch for the future i think!! Class told in the end!!

  51. 1752: 

    It wasn't particularly pretty and it certainly wasn't easy, but Rafael Nadal continues his title defence with a straight sets victory over Fabio Fognini and set up a last-16 meeting with Japan's Kei Nishikori in the last 16. The Spaniard laps up the acclaim of a packed house on a sun-drenched Court Philippe Chatrier.

  52. 1748: 

    A big upset on Court Seven as seventh seed and 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova loses 6-1 7-6 (9-7) to world number 54 Jamie Hampton of the United States in 81 minutes. The 23-year-old goes on to face the winner of the match currently on Lenglen, where Sam Stosur is serving for the opening set against Jelena Jankovic.


    "There were two guys in the corner constantly taunting and laughing, and you could really see they didn't come to watch any tennis but just to pose

    "I just snapped, because you could really see they didn't really care, what the score was or even who was playing. They just wanted to look nice and be at the French Open. They had no respect to the players in terms of being quiet or whatever.

    "So at one point I was getting ready to serve at like, I think 30-15 on my serve, and one of the guys just started screaming, calling somebody to the stands.

    "There's no excuse for my reaction I should have talked to the referee first, but the referee told him to be quiet. Then one of the guys kept provoking me, screaming, 'Come on, Youzhny' before I tossed my balls.

    "The referee had them removed. I think basically the problem was that I used the F word, and that was not pretty. But on the other hand, I just snapped. That's it. It happens to everyone."


    James Brown: I don't think I've ever seen Nadal play worse. He's not winning this match, Fognini is losing it.

    Fahad Khan: Before questioning Nadal, go back to Wimbledon 2010 and the 5 setters against Haas and Petzschner. We know who won the tournament.

  55. 1736: 

    We're into the closing stages of Nadal v Fognini as the defending champion secures a second break to move 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 5-1 leads. That means the eagerly-anticipated encounter between Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov is not far off. Over on Court One, John Isner has got a set back against Tommy Haas so they're into a fourth with the veteran German leading 2-1. Stanislas Wawrinka leads Jerzy Janowicz by a set and a break, while Sam Stosur and Jelena Jankovic are up and running on Lenglen, but Petra Kvitova is living on the edge against Jamie Hampton - the American won the first set and it's all square in the second set tie-break.

  56. 1728: 

    Bit by bit the British challenge is dying. Again. Colin Fleming and Belgian team-mate Kirsten Flipkens lose 6-4 7-5 to Filip Polasek of Slovakia and South Africa's Natalie Grandin. Out on Court 17, Jonny Marray and Heather Watson are down a set against Jeremy Chardy and Alize Lim.

  57. 1720: 

    An early break for Nadal at the start of set three. That could be that...


    Navid Mohammed: If the weaker opponents are exploiting Rafa's lack of depth on both the forehand and backhand, what will Novak do?

    Kiran Bhunjun: Nadal vs Fognini match is a real Spain vs Italy classic, a true advert for Tennis!! No stats needed...just sit back and enjoy!!!

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    Chatrier is finally bathed in sunlight and Nadal is enjoying his day a little more than yesterday, despite not exactly convincing. With two hours on the clock for two sets, it's unlikely Djokovic and Dimitrov will get under way before 7pm local time. That's still enough time to produce a winner, but cutting it fine.

  60. 1712: 

    Nadal finds himself faced with a break-back point when serving for the second set... Fognini's bouncing around the baseline, he looks ready to strike back... but Rafa's having none of it and overpowers his 29th-ranked Johnny Depp lookalike of an opponent. The Spaniard leaps into the air and lets out another "Vamos!" He leads 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. I'm still crediting the sunshine.

  61. 1706: 

    That light at the end of the tunnel has arrived for the French as seventh seed Richard Gasquet sweeps past Nikolay Davydenko, 6-4 6-4 6-3. Next up for the 2007 Wimbledon semi-finalist is a meeting with Stanislas Wawrinka or Jerzy Janowicz. Stan has taken the first set of their encounter on Court Two.

  62. 1700: 

    Back on Chatrier, the sunshine appears to be doing the trick for Rafael Nadal as he moves to within a game of a two-set lead at 7-6 (7-5) 5-4. He's about to serve for the second set and will be hoping for a swift conclusion, as are we - Novak Djokovic v Grigor Dimitrov is still to come.

  63. 1657: 

    Some more British interest in the mixed doubles, but it's not a good start for Colin Fleming and his Belgian partner Kirsten Flipkens as they lose the opening set of their first-round match against Filip Polasek and Natalie Grandin. Nor is it for Jonny Marray and Heather Watson, who are down a break to another French pair, Jeremy Chardy and Alize Lim.

  64. 1647: 

    It's not been a great day for the home nation but it looks like there will be some light at the end of the tunnel because Richard Gasquet leads Nikolay Davydenko by two sets to love. Meanwhile, the purple patch continues for Tommy Haas - he's now two sets to the good against John Isner. A shock alert on Court Seven, where seventh seed and 2011 Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova has dropped the first set 6-1 against Jamie Hapton of the USA. On Court Two, Stanislas Wawrinka and Jerzy Janowicz are under way.

  65. 1638: 

    Nadal may be some way off top form, but boy is he working hard to find it. The Spaniard chases down a volley that looks to have beaten him... not only does he make it but he manages to produce a tricky lob... Fognini meets it with an overhead that Rafa does brilliantly to return and the Italian dumps his forehand into the net. Fognini launches his racquet into the sky in disbelief and then sends it bouncing with a dangerous swing of the right foot. The crowd roar their approval as Nadal holds and then Fognini responded by saving break points with a gritty service game of his own. 7-6 (7-5) 1-2.


    World number 41 Mardy Fish: Enough with the 35 year old comments about Tommy Haas. What about the simple fact that the guy is an awesome tennis player... Talk about that."


    Tennis commentator David Law: "Another French Open scheduling masterstroke - the match of the day between #Djokovic and #Dimitrov is going to end up interrupted overnight."

  68. 1617: 

    Mini-breaks are switching direction like the wind on Chatrier until Nadal moves to 6-6 (5-4) with a cushioned volley at the end of an enthralling point that brings the spectators to their feet. Fognini then nets at a critical moment to gift Rafa another set point and this time he converts it as the Italian floats a backhand long. "Vamos!" yells the man from Majorca, skipping back to his seat. That's the first opening set Nadal has won at this year's tournament.

  69. 1612: 

    It's farewell to Roland Garros for Janko Tipsarevic as the eighth seed from Serbia suffers an unexpected defeat by Russian 29th seed Mikhail Youzhny - 6-4 6-4 6-3 on Court Seven.

  70. 1605: 

    Nadal breaks back to 15 and we're heading for a first set tie-break. Bizarre start to this match, although the sun has belatedly decided to rear its head and that could well play into Rafa's hands.

  71. 1601: 

    Suddenly Fognini seems reenergised and a stunning forehand helps him to 15-40... two break points. The first sees Nadal come into the net for a volley that his Italian opponent stretches to meet but can only find the net. It doesn't prove costly, though, because Rafa then goes long with an uncharacteristically poor forehand approach. Fognini to serve for the first set.

    Rafael Nadal
  72. 1556: 

    Having barely hit a clean winner so far, Nadal finally dishes up an unstoppable forehand to put an increasingly error-prone Fognini under pressure in game 10... the Italian gives Rafa a taste of his own medicine to reach 40-15, but then two dreadful groundstrokes take us to deuce. Nadal ups the ante with a fiercely-whipped forehand that Fognini can't control and it's set point... but the defending champion can't convert it.

    A double-fault and a netted forehand bring up a second set point... saved. Into the net for unforced error number 25 means a third set point... off-forehand wide from Nadal. This is not the seven-time champion as we know him. Fognini closes out with a airborne crosscourt backhand and we're at 5-5.


    Jordan Brown: First tennis game I ever saw live, Federer vs Fognini. Roger destroyed him! Expecting the same today from Rafa.

  74. 1543: 

    A flurry of unforced errors - an overhead, a backhand and two forehands - see Fognini hand the break back to Nadal. It's now 4-4 in the first set, the defending champion may just have snatched the momentum.

  75. 1539: 

    Like a fine wine, Tommy Haas appears to be getting better with age. The German 12th seed has snapped up the opening set against John Isner 7-5. Might not mean much against Isner, mind - anyone fancy a five-set epic? The winner of that one will play Janko Tipsarevic or Mikhail Youzhny. The 29th seed Youzhny leads his eight-seeded opponent by two sets to love. Apparently Tipsy has been involved in a verbal altercation with a member of the crowd and umpire Jake Garner needed to get out of his chair to intervene. On Lenglen, seventh seed Richard Gasquet has three set points in the opener against Nikolay Davydenko...

  76. 1531: 

    Game five... umpire slaps Nadal with a time violation... he then falls to 0-40... Fognini puts an inside-out forehand inches wide... then puts a backhand into the net... one more chance... easy overhead. Fognini breaks Nadal and will now serve for a 4-2 lead in the first set. The defending champion dropped the first set in his first and second-round matches - is the same about to happen today?

  77. 1524: 

    Going with serve on Chatrier as Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini are all square at 2-2. What do you make of Rafa's Baywatch shorts this week? And how about the suggestion that Fognini has a touch of the Johnny Depps about him? Tweet us using the hashtag or text in on 81111 (UK).

    Rafael Nadal
    Fabio Fognini

    DI: "I don't think we are going to go to Queen's, we are going to go to Halle because we are seeded there and Queen's is a really strong tournament.

    TH: "We played on the same team in the US at the University of Virginia. We had never played together, but we thought it would work. We won our first three tournaments on the challenger tour so it works quite well."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    Dominic Inglot has just given 20 minutes of very entertaining chat to the British media, covering ground as far and wide as nicknames (Dominator, Dom The Bomb), on-court celebrations that make you look "a pillock", being Paul Bettany's double in the film 'Wimbledon' ("awesome") and much more. We even asked him about tennis, more to follow in the next day or two. Inglot and Treat Huey face a tough test next against Frenchmen Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut in the last 16.

  80. 1513: 

    A couple of big matches around the grounds for us to look out for. Seventh seed Richard Gasquet is under way in his third-round match against Nikolay Davydenko on Lenglen and, in a battle of the 12th and 19th seeds, Tommy Haas and John Isner are locking horns on Court One. Haas is the first 35-year-old since 2007 to reach the third round at Roland Garros and the oldest player in the top 100. We have an upset alert over on Court Seven, where eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic is a set and a break down against 29th seed Mikhail Youzhny.

  81. 1503: 

    "I was lucky to get through that second set. I was a break down so I am happy to pull it through in straight sets. It's not over until the last point is played and I felt like I was playing with a lot of energy out there."


    Infostrada Sports: Rafael Nadal is 23-1 lifetime in singles matches against opponents from Italy, only losing against Andreas Seppi in Rotterdam in 2008.

  83. 1456: 

    The sun isn't shining to Rafael Nadal's liking, but he'll expect to reach the last 16 regardless and confirm a meeting with Japanese history-maker Kei Nishikori. Nadal and Fabio Fognini have met just once before, at the recent Masters event in Rome. Nadal took that match 6-1 6-3.


    Laura Lambert: Interesting point re 1st round retirements (1435) but impossible to police as varying fitness levels + injuries kept under wraps

  85. 1448: 

    Maria Sharapova completes the comeback from a double-break down in the second set to beat Zheng Jie 6-1 7-5 and set up a fourth-round meeting with Sloane Stephens of the United States.


    Infostrada Sports: No French woman in Last 16, just like last year. This had not happened at Roland Garros since the mid-1980s (84-85-86).

  87. 1444: 

    Francesca Schiavone sends 13th seed and home hope Marion Bartoli tumbling, winning 6-2 6-1 to book a meeting with Victorias Azarenka in the last 16. Meanwhile, Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the USA sees off Paula Ormaechea of Argentina 6-4 1-6 6-3 to make round four of the French Open for the first time and only the second time in her Grand Slam career. Impressive stuff from the 28-year-old.


    Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman: Is it me or is Maria louder than ever? Really the noise is quite incredible and I'm at the back of the stands.

  89. 1436: 

    Finally it seems Sharapova has regained her composure and confidence. She holds firm to move 6-5 ahead in the second set and Zheng Jie will now serve to stay in the match.

  90. 1435: 

    Five retirements in the first round of the men's singles have led to concerns that players might be competing despite injuries they know are likely to prove too much to overcome, in order to collect the improved prize money of £15,400 for first-round losers.

    "I think we have to address it," tournament director Gilbert Ysern told the BBC. "It has to be a concern. With this level of prize money we cannot afford to run the risk of any player not fit to play, and showing up at the event.

    "It would be a lack of respect for the public if a player has to pull out after a few games. It's a lack of respect to the other players who could have played instead of them, but mainly to the public."

    Tune into BBC World Service from 1500 BST to hear more, plus 2000 French Open champion Mary Pierce.

  91. 1433: 

    Sharapova breaks back once again. It's now 6-1 5-5. Can she hold serve this time? Don't bank on it...

  92. 1431: 

    On Court Suzanne Lenglen, Francesca Schiavone is a game away from upsetting 13th seed Marion Bartoli. Elsewhere, men's eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic is a break down in the opening set of his meeting with Mikhail Youzhny and 12th seed Maria Kirilenko is under way against Stefanie Voegele, who knocked out Heather Watson.

  93. 1428: 

    Sharapova's serve has completely fallen apart. She gifts the initiative back to Zheng and the Chinese will now serve for the second set.


    World number one Novak Djokovic: Warmed up and ready for my match. Weather seems pretty good today - finally :)

  95. 1421: 

    Second seed Sharapova duly breaks Zheng to level the second set a 4-4. A couple of games from victory now...

  96. 1416: 

    Impressive fighting qualities from Maria Sharapova to hold her nerve and her serve in a marathon game to make it 6-1 3-4 against Zheng Jie. There's still one break to reclaim, and it's still not clear if the defending champ has overcome her blip, but she appears to be back in contention for a straight-sets victory.

  97. 1411: 

    A couple of quirky quotes are emerging from this morning's post-match media conferences... Alize Cornet has described Victoria Azarenka as "a machine, a juggernaut", while Sloane Stephens appears to believe everyone in the world speaks her language: "I was thinking the other day, 'English, everyone knows English'. Even if you pretend you don't know English, you do. You can fake it and everything, but you still understand what I'm saying, even if you're like, 'Mmm, I don't'."

  98. 1356: 

    Back to the action and a spot of bother for Maria Sharapova as she goes down a break at the start of the second set against Zheng Jie. Over on Court Suzanne Lenglen, 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone leads 13th seed Marion Bartoli by a set. Talking of Bob Bryan, he and identical twin brother Mike Bryan book their place in round three of the men's doubles with a 6-5 7-6 (7-2) victory over fellow Americans Jack Sock and Eric Butorac.

  99. 1349: 

    The draw for the boy's singles has just been released and Britain has two representatives - fifth seed Kyle Edmund, who plays Elias Ymer of Sweden, and Luke Bambridge, taking on Japan's Naoki Nakagawa. There are also two Britons on the girl's side - Katie Boulder, who faces top seed Ana Konjuh of Croatia, and seventh seed Katy Dunne, also paired with a Croat in Adrijana Lekaj.

  100. 1344: 

    Earlier in the tournament we saw Sergiy Stakhovsky use his camera phone to take a photo of a ball mark and prove a shot of his was in despite it being called out by the umpire - and we've just seen Bob Bryan doing exactly the same thing. It seems something of a trend is developing at Roland Garros, which is the only Grand Slam that does not currently make use of Hawk Eye technology.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "There remains British interest at Roland Garros! The unheralded Dominic Inglot and Treat Huey of the Philippines have reached the last 16 of the men's doubles for the second year running. Inglot is a 27-year-old Londoner currently at a career-high doubles ranking of 37, and he played Paul Bettany's tennis stand-in in the, er, interesting film Wimbledon. With Jonny Marray and Heather Watson still scheduled to play mixed doubles, British hopes are very much alive in Paris. Honest."

  102. 1334: 

    A 35-minute stroll for Maria Sharapova, that first set against Zheng Jie. The second seed takes it 6-1 and has one foot in the fourth round.

  103. 1331: 

    That match featured a remarkable racquet smash from Benoit Paire, completely obliterating his frame in a moment of madness. The Frenchman was later deducted a point when serving for the set after it was ruled he received coaching from his player box. An angry exchange with the umpire and tournament referee ensued. He went on to win the set but lose the match. Sacre bleu!

    Benoit Paire

    Infostrada Sports: Kei Nishikori defeats Benoit Paire and becomes the first ever player from Asia to reach the last 16 in men's singles at Roland Garros.

  105. 1319: 

    Kei Nishikori becomes the first Japanese man to reach the last 16 of the French Open in 75 years with a 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-1 victory over Benoit Paire of France in round three.

    Emulating the feat of Fumiteru Nakano in 1938, 13th seeded Nishikori will next attempt to match his march to the Australian Open quarter-finals, but he will likely have to get past seven-time champion Rafael Nadal to do so.

    Nadal plays Fabio Fognini on Chatrier after Sharapova and Zheng are done and dusted - Sharapova currently leads 4-0 in set one.

    Kei Nishikori
  106. 1315:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    Be sure to keep your ear across BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra today - updates from Paris on 5 live, commentary of Novak Djokovic v Grigor Dimitrov on sports extra.Also worth tuning into Sportsworld on BBC World Service from 1500-1800 BST, where I'm told 200 French Open champion Mary Pierce will be making a welcome appearance.


    Infostrada Sports: Victoria Azarenka has won all 10 of her Grand Slam singles matches in 2013 and she has also won 16 of her last 17.

  108. 1307: 

    The 26-year-old Sharapova is under way in her third-round match against Zheng Jie on Court Philippe Chatrier, already a break to the good. Victory over the Chinese will book a fourth-round meeting with rising US star Sloane Stephens following her three-set win against Marina Erakovic (Elena Baltacha's conqueror) earlier today. It would also keep her on course for a quart-final against Victoria Azarenka, who came from a set down to overwhelm Alize Cornet in the opening match on Chatrier.

  109. 1258: 

    To accompany our joie de vivre we have a joyeux anniversaire. Four-time French Open champion Justine Henin is 31 today - happy birthday. There may be little sign of the Belgian's heir apparent from a stylistic point of view, but Maria Sharapova finally ended her wait for a Roland Garros title last year and also looks in excellent form this time round. The women's crown has been only successfully defended 11 times and by just six different players. One of those is Henin.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "Early joy at a sunny morning in Paris has been slightly dimmed as the familiar clouds have rolled across, but it's warmer than previous days and the prospects of rain look slim. Or slimmer. Talk at Roland Garros continues to centre on Nadal's complaints about the schedule last night, with opinion divided as to how much of a point he had. The Spaniard can put all that behind him with a more convincing performance against Fabio Fognini this afternoon."

  111. 1245: 

    Middle Saturday at the French Open and a schedule of play that may even have the power to clear the gloomy skies lingering over Roland Garros. Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all gracing the red dirt, one after the next on the very same court. We have an outstanding day of tennis ahead. Joie de vivre indeed...

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