French Open 2013 - day nine as it happened

Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal and men's top seed Novak Djokovic ease into the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.

3 June 2013 Last updated at 20:03

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  1. 1902: 

    Another absorbing day on the clay has come to an end which means we must close down this live text commentary. But wipe away those tears because there are plenty of reasons to return on Tuesday. Serena Williams kicks the day off on Suzanne Lenglen against Svetlana Kuzentsova, while we'll all be strapped in our seats for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's quarter-final match with Roger Federer. There's no need to say anything else other than goodbye. Bye!


    Rich Hook: Another classic example of Gasquet getting gassed-still great performance by Wawrinka but real test for him is making semi-finals and finals.

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    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Maria Sharapova on her victory over Sloane Stephens: "I knew this was going to be a really hard match so I'm delighted to be in the quarter-final. I'm just pleased to be through."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "An incredible match on Lenglen finishes after four hours and 10 minutes with Wawrinka's 92nd winner of the day, a thumping forehand down the line. Gasquet managed 57 winners himself, but has now been beaten five times at Grand Slams from two sets up. Wawrinka has a day to get ready for Nadal. Maybe take it easy tomorrow."


    Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman: Lovely touch as Stan Wawrinka applauds Richard Gasquet off court after the most remarkable of matches. And what is Stan's reward? Rafa.


    Tennis coach Darren Cahill: Stanley was due. Did it the hard way. He's been knocking on the door. Thoroughly entertaining battle with Richard. Wonderful match.

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- *Sharapova 6-4 6-3 Stephens

    And it's all over on Court Philippe Chatrier. The few ticket holders who stayed for the duration rise to their feet to applaud Sharapova, who secures victory when Stephens fails to keep a forehand in the zone. The second seeds celebrates by blowing kisses to all four corners of the arena.

    Sharapova 6-4 5-3 Stephens*

    "This is where it's all happening," says a commentator on our television screens of Gasquet's epic with Wawrinka. Such is the tension on Suzanne Lenglen, I can't disagree - but it's of no help when you're supposed to be typing about Sharapova and Stephens. Nevermind, Sharapova holds to move a game away from victory while Gasquet has crumbled and it's Wawrinka who progress to the quarter-finals, sealing victory with a forehand winner down the line.


    Stephanie Siu: Really rooting for Sloane. Not just because of the whole British-underdog love affair but 'cause I think she has huge potential.

    Kayley Jay: Whoever loses the Gasquet-Wawrinka match will be in agony. It will sting. That's my only promise.

    *Sharapova 6-4 4-3 Stephens

    Apparently it's far more exciting over on Suzanne Lenglen, where Gasquet and Wawrinka are slugging it out in the deciding set, which is why we have no pictures of the tussle between Sharapova and Stephens. I can tell you Stephens has held serve, but I can divulge little else. Gasquet drew level at 6-6 in the fifth, but Wawrinka nudges ahead once again thanks to a delightful drop shot.

    You can get live commentary of the decider on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra with Russell Fuller and British doubles player Dominic Inglot.

    Sharapova 6-4 4-2 Stephens*

    Stephens is struggling on the Sharapova serve, allowing the Russian to canter to 4-2 with a hold to love. Meanwhile, there's a frenzied atmosphere on Suzanne Lenglen as the French patriots chant the name of their darling, Richard Gasquet. The Frenchman needs to hold his serve to stay in the match.

    *Sharapova 6-4 3-2 Stephens

    Both players pummelling the baseline with venomous groundstrokes and Sharapova, as ever, accentuating those blows with piercing screams. The second seed reins in her opponent to take the game to deuce and leaves Stephens dangling from the precipice with a booming forehand into the corner, which a lunging Stephens can barely reach. The Russian squanders one break point, then a second... but collects a third - and breaks when Stephens nets a backhand.

    Sharapova 6-4 2-2 Stephens*

    With Sharapova 40-0 ahead, Stephens goes for broke with a delightful backhand winner down the line which wakes one or two fans from their early evening slumber. That's as good as it gets for the American however as Sharapova secures a trouble free hold to 15.

    *Sharapova 6-4 1-2 Stephens

    Cue the music to the opening scene of Jaws. Der-dum-der-dum... Stephens seems to be in trouble again when a wristy forehand winner into the corner sends the American sprinting in the wrong direction. But stop plucking those cellos as the 17th seed has wriggled free from danger, bravely scotching a first break point with a deep serve and despite toying with danger on a couple of other occasions, Stephens swims free and is back in her seat at the changeover with another game in the bag.

    Sharapova 6-4 1-1 Stephens*

    The last defending champion to be toppled in the fourth round at Roland Garros was Li Na at last year's tournament. It seems unlikely that such a stat will become tradition when Sharapova skips to 40-0 at breakneck speed - but, hang on, Stephens is a fighter and earns a break point, which she meekly squanders by directing a backhand into the barrier. Sharapova's backhand falters, though, second break point Stephens, which she again lets slip from her grasp - but the American takes advantage of a third break point to restore parity.

    *Sharapova 6-4 1-0 Stephens
    Maria Sharapova

    A third of the court now shaded as evening approaches, but Sharapova's lust to accumulate another victory in Paris has not dimmed. Stephens whacks her thigh in frustration as the unrelenting Russian gets the better of her in a baseline duel to net a break point. The American is let off the hook but it's only a temporary reprieve as the Russian, at the third opportunity, breaks.


    Vincent O'Rourke: "Gasquet v Wawrinka is a joy to behold. Two wonderful one-handed backhands. A real treat."

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    Over on Suzanne Lenglen, we are into a fifth set of a richly-entertaining fourth-round contest after Stanislas Wawrinka, two sets down at one point, pulled himself level at 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 6-4 7-5.

    You can get live commentary of all the thrills and spills involved in that decider on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra with Russell Fuller and British doubles player Dominic Inglot.

    GAME AND FIRST SET- Sharapova 6-4 Stephens

    Stephens scrambles and retrieves, defending stoutly, before she ruins her good work by dashing towards the net and plonking an attempted backhand volley into the tape. Sharapova remains cautious of her opponent, though, as the energetic American lunges from tramline to tramline. Sharapova knows she will have to produce sizzling winners to beat Stephens and so she does, two crackerjack forehands easing her to a hold to love.

    *Sharapova 5-4 Stephens

    The Sharapova shrieks have risen to burglar alarm levels, and she can still go a few decibels louder - it's within her shrieking capabilities. The second seed unleashes a fabulous backhand return winner but can do little to prevent Stephens from grabbing the game, forcing the defending champion to serve for the set.

    Sharapova 5-3 Stephens*

    Sharapova, shackles released, is overpowering her 20-year-old rival, pummelling backhands and forehands from the back of the court to comfortably hold to love and consolidate her break.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "As the opening jabs are traded on Chatrier, Gasquet and Wawrinka are landing haymaker after haymaker over on Lenglen and the cheers can be heard all around Roland Garros. Two of the game's best shotmakers have produced over 120 winners between them already, while Wawrinka has already had one almighty strop over a succession of line calls. Meanwhile, the brilliant but flaky Gasquet is trying to finish it in four, rather than face the nightmare of another five-set defeat at a Grand Slam."

    You can listen to live commentary of Stanislas Wawrinka's match against Richard Gasquet on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Gasquet leads 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 4-6 5-5 as we stand.

    *Sharapova 4-3 Stephens

    Those fans who were enthusiastically watching Rafael Nadal's every move have yet to return to Philippe Chatrier. Sharapova cares not one jot about who is watching her though as the Russian accumulates two break points to test the youngster's mettle. Stephens, it seems, has plenty of grit for guts and yelps like a puppy when Sharapova's forehand bounces beyond the baseline for advantage. The Russian grabs another break point and greets Stephens' wayward forehand with stentorian "come on".

    Sharapova 3-3 Stephens*

    With more than 10m fans, Sharapova is the most followed female athlete on Facebook. Who needs Grand Slams when you can lay claim to being Facebook's leading lady? The second seed doesn't seem content with merely ruling the roost in the social network world, however, and bludgeons her way to another hold. "Come on," says the defending champion through gritted teeth, which suggests she knows this match could be a right old ding-dong.

    *Sharapova 2-3 Stephens

    Stephens, as her colourful attire suggests, is not prepared to step aside and let Sharapova bask in the limelight. A backhanded drop shot as delicate as a day old butterfly gives us a glimpse at the variety of weapons the American has at her disposal and Stephens completes a stunning hold with little trouble.

    Sharapova 2-2 Stephens*

    Loud shrieks coming from Sharapova's end of the court, the Russian exerting all her energy to beat her opponent with force from the back of the court. An impressive second serve out to the wings also signals that Sharapova's serve could be on song today too. We could be set for a thriller.

    *Sharapova 1-2 Stephens

    Stephens has proven herself more than adept when it comes to slaying Grand Slam champions. The American knocked out her compatriot, and childhood hero, Serena Williams, in the Australian Open earlier this year. The pair apparently have a frosty relationship with Williams unfollowing Stephens on Twitter, the ultimate revenge, after America's young hope said Williams had done little to aid her career. Anyway, that's enough gossiping, the 17th seed comes through a tricky service game to nudge ahead.

    Sharapova 1-1 Stephens*

    Sharapova starts like the defending champion that she is. A booming ace down the middle earns her a third straight point and the Russian varies play nicely, advancing to the net to dispatch a backhand winner for a hold to love.

    *Sharapova 0-1 Stephens

    Last year Sloane Stephens became the first teenager since Serena Williams in 2001 to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros so she is no stranger to the red dirt of the French capital. The 20-year-old American, wearing a radioactive yellow dress, begins her quest to cause an upset confidently enough, holding to 30, although a double fault hints at nervousness.

  30. 1716: 

    Off trots Rafael Nadal and a sizeable number of the crowd have disappeared from Philippe Chatrier. Hopefully the Parisian patrons have only temporarily left their seats otherwise they might miss some fireworks. Defending champion Maria Sharapova has entered the arena as has her opponent, the confident whippersnapper Sloane Stephens. Aimee here in the live text control room by the way as Mike has earned himself a breather.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "Novak Djokovic has just spoken to the media for the first time since learning that his childhood coach, Jelena Gencic, died on Sunday aged 77. The world number one described her as "a second mother", having spotted his talent when he was just six years old. "She was an incredibly intelligent woman," said Djokovic. "She knew exactly how to recognise the potential of tennis players. That's why she, for me, is the best coach for that young generation that I ever met in my life."

  32. 1710: 

    Nadal will play either Gasquet or Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland next. Wawrinka has taken the third set of their match out on Suzanne Lenglen and to pull back one of the two sets he is adrift.

    There has been a bit of verbal biff out there as well with Stanislas Wawrinka asking for one of the line-judges to be replaced after a series of mistakes. It is not clear if he got his wish but he seems to have got his gander up, forcing a break point and piling on the pressure at 3-2 up in the fourth as well.


    Rafael Nadal after his straight sets victory over Kei Nishikori: "To celebrate my birthday on the centre court of Roland Garros is fantastic. Nishikori is a great player, he's getting better and better every season. Today I played a little better than the previous day so that's important for me."

    Nadal on potential quarter-final opponent Richard Gasquet: "He is a fantastic player. I've known him very well since we were kids. If I play Richard, it's going to be a special feeling."

  34. 1703: 

    Hang on, there is a cake as well. I'm going to call the French Open organisers' bluff though. That four-tiered monster, complete with fireworks, looks a little cardboard. A fake cake in other words.

    Given Rafael Nadal's penchant for plunging his teeth into anything handed to him on court, they were perhaps a little lucky to get away with that one.

    Rafael Nadal and his cake
  35. 1700: 

    And the crowd sing a little verse to celebrate the victor's 27th birthday. Nadal offers a hand to all four corners in appreciation before breaking out a spot of French in his post-match interview. Relations have not always been cordial between the seven-time champion and his French Open public so that is nice to see.

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Nadal 6-4 6-1 6-3 Nishikori

    A high-quality rally, full of joust and parry ends with Rafael Nadal punting in between the tramlines off his backhand wing for 30-15. It had seemed like a temporary hold-up but Nishikori whittles away another two points to bring up 30-40 and two break points. He has a second serve to look at as well. Just wide goes his forehand though with Nadal's eyes on stalks as it arrowed its way towards the back corner of his court.

    From that let-off Nadal makes good his escape and books his way in the last eight with his best performance of the tournament so far.

    *Nadal 6-4 6-1 5-3 Nishikori

    Rafael Nadal attempts to finish with a flourish as he unleashes a fierce forehand at 30-30, but he is a whisker away. Kei Nishikori gets another game on the scoreboard and if he is heading out here he will still climb the rankings with no 2012 points being defending at this event.

    Rafael Nadal
    Nadal 6-4 6-1 5-2 Nishikori*

    That might be Kei Nishikori's final serious chance to overhaul the Rafael Nadal serve. He battles to 30-30, but Nadal just keeps piling into groundstrokes, probing and asking questions to keep the spotlight on the Japanese. He has not quite got the focus to detach his racquet arm from the scoreboard situation though and Nadal closes in to within a game.

    *Nadal 6-4 6-1 4-2 Nishikori

    Kei Nishikori holds his serve, there is little pressure coming from Nadal now. But then there does not need to be with the Japanese showing little sign of breaking when he is staring down the service barrel.

    Nadal 6-4 6-1 4-1 Nishikori*

    Rafael Nadal is having more trouble with that ever-present mini-wedgie than with Kei Nishikori at the moment. The Spaniard pulls his pesky shorts back into shape as he makes his way to his stool after an easy hold. He is within two games of victory now.

    NADAL BREAKS- *Nadal 6-4 6-1 3-1 Nishikori

    Kei Nishikori has a little trouble with his ball toss as the winds steps up from a breeze around Philippe Chatrier and he slips from 15-30 to two break points down. The Japanese radar has gone firmly on the blink and a horribly mis-timed forehand, with legs and arms all out of sync with the racquet, screws long and wide to give away the break. A nosediving Nishikori needs to pull up hard on the controls if he is to get out of this tailspin he is in.

    Nadal 6-4 6-1 2-1 Nishikori*

    Kei Nishikori has a glimpse of 0-30 and the crowd murmur expectantly. They are let down in quite emphatic style. Nishikori fails to make another return in the game, initially trying to squeeze the ball down the backhand wing of his opponent and then trying, and failing, to just get the ball back in court. Nadal marches on.

    Should he come through this one, he will play either Richard Gasquet or Stanislas Wawrinka next. It is looking distinctly like the latter with Gasquet two sets up over the way.

    *Nadal 6-4 6-1 1-1 Nishikori

    Kei Nishikori bunkers down and escapes unscathed as Rafael Nadal loads up a couple of times, but on each occasion slugs his groundstrokes wide of the whitewash. The belief is flowing in Nadal though, even if the winners are a little more intermittent.

    Nadal 6-4 6-1 1-0 Nishikori*

    Rafael Nadal has the wind in his sails now. He collects up the first game of the third set with barely a backward glance.

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    Over on Suzanne Lenglen, Richard Gasquet is whipping up something of a patriotic storm amongst his fellow Frenchmen in the crowd. The seventh seed has taken the second set to move 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 up on Stanislas Wawrinka.

    Richard Gasquet
    GAME AND SECOND SET- *Nadal 6-4 6-1 Nishikori

    The grunts are getting back to the gutteral best as well. Rafael Nadal thumps away a deep forehand for 30-30 and he relished every millisecond it was on his strings. The backhand is still slightly on the wonk, one straying carelessly long to allow Nishikori 40-30.

    From deuce though Nadal conjures another break point and this time the backhand is right on point. A running, double-fisted effort strafes right across the face of Nishikori as he attempts to press the net and touches down inside the tramline to tie up the set in 37 minutes.

    Nadal 6-4 5-1 Nishikori*

    There is a bit more thump and thwack in the Rafael Nadal forehand when you compare it to his first-set efforts. A netcord gives the Spaniard the chance to run around on his favoured wing and slap away a winner for 40-30. Nishikori is finding himself somewhere on the defensive as soon as he offers anything at all half-hearted up to that side of Nadal.

    NADAL BREAKS- *Nadal 6-4 4-1 Nishikori

    Rafael Nadal performs a ram-raid on the Kei Nishikori serve, picking out off the first three points before making his getaway and taking the game to love as Kei Nishikori cuffs a forehand long. Nishikori's hopes in this set are flat-lining. It will be a cliff face to climb from two sets adrift if that is where he is heading.

    Nadal 6-4 3-1 Nishikori*

    There are still mistakes and unforced errors potholed in Rafael Nadal's normally immaculate play. One easy backhand is snared by the tape, prompting Nadal to inspect both the clay beneath his feet and the strings between his frame, but the magic is still glimmering to the surface on occasions. One brilliant winner take the game and consolidates his advantage.

    NADAL BREAKS- *Nadal 6-4 2-1 Nishikori

    Rafael Nadal is starting to get his teeth into the red meat of some forehands now. The Spaniard whips one wide which Nishikori does miraculously well to claw back, but Nadal is up at the net to hit a crounching backhand into the unprotected open court. Two break points and although Nishikori shows commendable courage, sounding the hunting horn and going into attack, he cannot get up and over a backhand volley at the net as Nadal's lob proves just too good for him.

    Nadal 6-4 1-1 Nishikori*

    Kei Nishikori gives Rafael Nadal the full work-around the court on his way to 30-40 and break point, but the Japanese cannot convert as Nadal keeps pinging deep and true to keep him under the cosh. Nishikori by contrast is starting to start lagging a little short with his groundstrokes, Nadal accepts the invitation to get the right side of the baseline tracks and coast his way to the game.

    *Nadal 6-4 0-1 Nishikori

    Nishikori is under pressure straight away in the second set, but keeps his end up, batting away Nadal from deuce to make sure he is the first of the two players to leave their mark on the second-set scoreboard.

    It is getting dicey for Nishikori on every service game though.

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    Elsewhere Stanislas Wawrinka is getting a little treatment in his match against Richard Gasquet. The Swiss needs pretty liberal application of the magic sponge. He trails Gasquet 7-6 (7-5) 3-0 out on Suzanne Lenglen.

    GAME AND FIRST SET- Nadal 6-4 Nishikori*

    A mongrel of a drop-shot from Nishkori grubbers into the net on the opening rally to give Nadal a free point and the Spaniard cracks a backhand at such a sharp angle that it would have taken Nishikori's eye out had he got anywhere near it for 40-15. Two set points. Nishikori defends the first, but pumps long to fold out of the opener. He thinks about challenging for a moment, but saves his energy for the second set instead.

    *Nadal 5-4 Nishikori

    Nishikori sees out another service game to ask Rafael Nadal to serve out himself if he wants to seal the set inside regulation time.

    Nadal 5-3 Nishikori*

    Rafael Nadal flirts with danger again as he gives Kei Nishikori a peek at 15-30, the Nadal serve is helping its owner out a heap though. One into the body of the Japanese cramps up Nishikori, before another spits out wide and gets only chunk of frame laid on it in response. Nadal is out of the woods keeping himself and his break together in this set.

    *Nadal 4-3 Nishikori

    Kei Nishikori's serve is looking vulnerable for a moment as Nadal prowls hungrily at deuce, but the Japanese opens up his body to whack away an off forehand winner to tie up the game. Has he got enough in his locker to take a chomp out of the Spaniard's serve though before it is too late in this first set?

    Nadal 4-2 Nishikori*

    Rafael Nadal rumbles on to 40-0 before spilling the three balls he is holding as he prepares to try and serve out. You might think that would throw his famous pre-serve routine into total chaos but the Spaniard regathers both the errant balls and his composure to come out on top in a crunching exchange of baseline forehands. Nishikori eventually pushed a little too much and fired long.

    NADAL BREAKS- *Nadal 3-2 Nishikori

    There are plenty of panama hats shading the eyes of the Philippe Chatrier patrons and this is something more like what they are used to. Nadal grinds his way to 15-40 and two break points. Still not at his domineering best, but concentrating enough fire on Nishikori to force the mistakes. But Nishikori's double-handed punch at a wicked angle saves the first, before a real poser off the same wing plops down right in the back corner of Nadal's side of the court.

    Nadal nibbles away to force a a third break point from deuce, but he needs a cheeky net cord to throw Nishikori off balance and convert.


    Dominic Inglot, who was Britain's last man standing in Paris, probably remains steady on his feet, but he is undoubtedly a little battered and bruised after he and his doubles partner Treat Huey suffered a 6-3 6-4 defeat by French pair Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut in the third round.

    Nadal 2-2 Nishikori*

    That lassoing forehand of Nadal is still not roping in the winners like it used to. He sends one long to drop to 15-30 before Nishikori forces him deeper and pulverises a forehand cross-court to bring up two break points. Nadal puts away a backhand down the line behind a strong serve to save the first and another crackerjack tee-off out of the quiver saves the second. From deuce, he eventually hammers Nishikori back into his box, but Nadal is not quite clicking as of old.

    *Nadal 1-2 Nishikori

    Rafael Nadal frames a forehand wide of the tramlines to cede the game after his Japanese opponent had raced into a 40-0 lead. Even stephens so far.

    Nadal 1-1 Nishikori*

    Solid serving and ball striking from the baseline from Rafael Nadal to tie up his first service game. That'll do, but we are yet to see Nadal's stratospheric best in this tournament and he could do with giving us a cheeky glimpse before we get to the business end of the draw and a possible semi-final with Novak Djokovic in particular.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "While Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori get under way on Chatrier, the battle of the single-handers is up and running on Lenglen as home hope Richard Gasquet takes on Stanislas Wawrinka. The latter would have seemed an obvious choice for the main court, but the word at Roland Garros is that Gasquet requested Lenglen because he doesn't like Chatrier. For someone who has suffered in the spotlight throughout his career, that doesn't bode well for his chances of going all the way."

    *Nadal 0-1 Nishikori

    Nadal looked like he was still measuring the depth on his groundstrokes in that opening game. A couple of undercooked forehand allow Nishikori to get his feet under table in the match.

    Nishikori is rocking some red, white and blue in his shirt. Maybe a sly attempt to garner some subconscious support from the home crowd?

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    Rafael Nadal has dropped sets against Daniel Brands and Martin Klizan already in this year's tournament and not looked as settled as a record of seven French Open titles would suggest he would be.

    Nishikori to serve first and see if he can cause the Spaniard some further unease.

  67. 1445: 

    It is all change then on both Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen. As Novak Djokovic departs the scene, Rafael Nadal is waiting in the wings.

    His opponent today is Kei Nishikori of Japan. The world number 15 does a fine line in upsets. He beat Roger Federer in the third round of Monte Carlo this year and dumped Novak Djokovic out of the semi-finals in Basel in 2011.

    Over on Lenglen the intriguing clash between Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet is 1-1 in the first.

    All change in the live text chair as well Aimee heads off for a break.


    Stephanie Siu: Pretty impressed with Kohlschreiber's attitude. The score doesn't represent just how relentless and positive he's been.

  69. 1430: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 Kohlschreiber

    Djokovic skips towards the net to swat a volley and collects two match points for his efforts. Oh la la! A beautiful backhand crosscourt winner from Kohlschreiber staves off the Serb but it's only a momentary reprieve as a Djokovic backhand inflicts the killer blow. The top seed punches the air and goes on to wow the crowd with his French during the on-court interview.

    Novak Djokovic
  70. 1425: 

    And there we were preparing to utter the words 'game, set and match' only for Philipp Kohlschreiber to unexpectedly snatch a break back. Djokovic has another break in the bag though and merely need to hold his next serve to bring this match to a conclusion.

  71. 1419: 
    Maria Kirilenko

    Maria Kirilenko progresses to the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the first time in her career thanks to a straightforward 7-5 6-4 victory over world number 66 Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

  72. 1416: 

    Novak Djokovic, with a delicious lob, adds a touch of razzmatazz to what has been an intriguing match played out before a subdued crowd. He then pulls out a backhand crosscourt winner from his box of tricks to break Kohlschreiber to move a game away from the match.

  73. 1411: 

    Look away now if you had high hopes for Briton Dominic Inglot and his doubles partner Treat Huey. The 6ft 5in Brit had told BBC Sport's Piers Newbery that he and Huey have been working on a catchy nickname. Their stage name is still a work in progress apparently, as is their partnership it seems, because France's Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut have won the first set 6-3.

    Russell Fuller, BBC Radio 5 live at Roland Garros

    "If that had been boxing Djokovic would have thrown in the towel after those first three points because he was being outclassed, but he prevails. A double fault gave Djokovic an opportunity and he seized it."

    You can listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  75. 1406: 

    Novak Djokovic punches the air and lets out a manic roar as he breaks Philipp Kohlschreiber in the fifth game of the fourth set. If it were a football match then commentators would surely say that break came against the run of play. A double fault and an ill-judged drop shot proved to be the German's downfall.

  76. 1400: 

    Djokovic has reached 15 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals and even though he is a few grades below his usual A+ standard, the Serb seems on course to continue his unbroken run. He eases to 40-0 with a fabulous crosscourt winner and Kohlschreiber plonks a return into the net to award last year's finalist a hold to love. Fear not though Kohlschreiber fans, as the fourth set remains with serve at 2-2 and signs are that the underdog has plenty of bite left in him.

  77. 1352: 

    Novak Djokovic has not lost to a player ranked as low, or lower, than Kohlschreiber at a Grand Slam since he was defeated by the then world number 27 Jurgen Melzer in the quarter-finals of the French Open three years ago. The opening set was dicey for the world number one, but he has opened a two sets to one advantage without truly dominating.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    South African Kevin Anderson on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Philipp had a few chances in those games but hasn't quite been able to come through. That will add to his frustration. Novak will take some confidence from that set."

    You can listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  79. 1345: 
    GAME AND THIRD SET- Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-4 Kohlschreiber
    Novak Djokovic

    Kohlschreiber sneaks ahead at 0-30, but the German's lead is soon wiped out and Novak Djokovic, on a windy Philippe Chatrier, wrong foots his opponent with a serve out to the wings to win his fourth successive point, clinching the third set 6-4.

  80. 1339: 

    Maria Kirilenko, you sense, is on a clear road to the third Grand Slam quarter-final of her career. The Russian 12th seed, already a set to the good, consolidates her break to grab a 3-12lead against Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Today I've learnt Mattek-Sands enjoys hunting, pistol shooting and archery. Feel free to absorb that information and pass it on as it's the sort of chat which captivates friends.

  81. 1330: 

    Philipp Eberhard Hermann Kohlschreiber, to give you his name in full, will rue squandering so many break points against the world number one. The German once again has Djokovic in a vice-like grip, but is unable to squeeze the life out of the Serb. Djokovic remains a break ahead in the third set, with the top seed serving to go 4-2 up.

  82. 1320: 
    Kyle Edmund

    British tennis fans can now link arms and heartily shout hip-hip-hooray, or whatever is the customary way to celebrate victory on clay these days. Fifth seed Kyle Edmund is through to the third round of the boys' singles after beating Bradley Mousley 6-1 5-7 6-3. The 18-year-old Brit sealed victory by ruthlessly breaking the Australian in the final game of the match.

  83. 1317: 

    And it's first blow to Maria Kirilenko who takes the first set 7-5 against Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Over on Court Eight in the boys' singles, everything is rosy in Kyle Edmund's world as the Briton is leading 5-3 in the third set against Bradley Mousley.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    South African Kevin Anderson on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "It's tough from Philipp's point of view. He had his chances in that set. It was quite even. Novak picked it up a little bit but Philipp made some unforced errors at critical times. He needs to keep playing aggressive tennis and get off to a good start in this third set."

    You can listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  85. 1311: 
    GAME AND SECOND SET- Djokovic 4-6 6-3 Kohlschreiber

    Novak Djokovic looks a shadow of his lunging, acrobatic, fired-up self but unforced errors from Kohlschreiber - who squandered two break back points in the seventh game - allows the world number one to serve out for the second set and restore parity.

  86. 1306: 

    Those fortunate enough to have tickets for the show courts are being treated to a couple of engrossing matches. On Suzanne Lenglen, Bethanie Mattek-Sands was going toe-to-toe, racquet-to-racquet, with 12th seed Maria Kirienko, but the 28-year-old American has just been broken which gives her Russian opponent the chance to serve for the first set.

  87. 1300: 

    Britain's Kyle Edmund is toiling on Court Eight in the second round of the boys' singles. The fifth seed romped through the first set 6-1, but has been pulled back, losing the second set 7-5 to Australian Bradley Mousley. It's on serve at 2-2 in the third set.

  88. 1256: 

    An iffy service game from Djokovic as his opponent once again benefits from a net cord to stave off the Serb's attempt to seal the game. Kohlschreiber proving to be the most fearless gunslinger in town, shooting from the hips on the baseline - but he also displays his softer side with a deft drop shot which earns him a break point. Djokovic averts the danger and fends off a second break point with an overhead smash. A third break point disappears and the world number one limps over the line for an important hold which consolidates his break.

  89. 1246: 

    Don't make Novak Djokovic angry, Mr Kohlschreiber. You won't like it when he's angry. The world number one, bidding to reach his 16th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final, is left skidding on the red dirt after being bamboozled by the German's drop shots. The Serb composes himself and Kohlschreiber, under pressure, wilts by drifting a forehand into the tramlines, gifting the top seed an early break for a 3-1 lead in the second set.

    Philipp Kohlshreiber

    Stephanie Siu: Djokovic has a case of the Rafas. Dropped the first set. Part of the disease is to win in 4 sets though

    988YSR: Kommen auf Kohli!! Great to see one of the 'welterweights' hold his own! Hopefully he can keep it up a la Simon.

    Paul Spence: Novak looks so flat...Hitting the ball too short and not looking to be aggressive. Time for him to step up!

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "A mix of moonballs and flat, heavy drives help Kohlschreiber to the brink of the set but he needs a net cord to fall in his favour to take it as the momentum begins to swing back to Djokovic. The Serb was told of the death of his childhood coach, Jelena Gencic, after his previous match and cancelled all media duties because he was too upset, which might explain his slow start today. And don't be fooled by the burst of sunshine as it's beyond chilly on Chatrier, it's actually cold, and that might be why the stands are so empty."

  92. 1234: 

    Well, well, well, Kohlschreiber's first set performance has ruffled a few Serbian feathers. The German conjured 11 winners during the opening set while world number one Novak Djokovic was out of sorts, making 13 unforced errors. The 16th seed could not muster an ace during that first set but did win 83% of points on his first serve and 57% of points on his second serve. What of Djokovic's service stats? He won 68% of points on his first serve and 56% on his second, that's what the French Open website tells me anyway.

  93. 1228:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    South African Kevin Anderson on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Maybe a little bit of luck was what Philipp needed to clinch that set but overall he has been the better player. This next set is crucially important."

    You can listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  94. 1225: 
    GAME AND FIRST SET- Kohlschreiber 6-4 Djokovic
    Novak Djokovic

    Oof. Kohlschreiber signals his intent by unleashing a venomous forehand winner which grazes the paint. But the German's lobbed volley sails fractionally into the tramlines, gifting Djokovic a break point. Unperturbed, the 16th seed steps in to crunch another forehand winner for deuce. A second break point comes and goes for Djokovic and fortune favours the underdog as a net cord goes his way, helping Kohlschreiber wrap up the first set.

  95. 1219: 

    Mikhail Youzhny has been explaining his brutal dismantling of his racquet stringer's work in his straight-sets defeat to Tommy Haas. The Russian struck his racquet against the courtside chair nine times in one angry outburst as his frustration mounted.

    "You know, in this situation you try to do everything maybe can help you come back to the court. But I try this way; it doesn't help really," he admitted.


    Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman: One German victory in the bag. Kohlschreiber to make it two? Can't see it personally. Watched some of young Zverev. He's exciting as well.

  97. 1213: 

    Who is Philipp Kohlschreiber I hear you ask. Well, the 29-year-old is seeded 16th at Roland Garros, which is his highest seeding at a Grand Slam. Fact. Worryingly for the German, though, is that he has only beaten a player ranked in the top five once - but here comes the good news: that solitary victory was against Novak Djokovic at the French Open four years ago. He couldn't do it again, could he? A comfortable hold for Kohlschreiber allows him to eke a 5-3 advantage in the first set.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    South African Kevin Anderson on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra: "Philipp is a great striker of the ball. He times the ball maybe not quite to Novak's standard but very well. I doubt Novak will be too worried at this point as he has one of the best returns in the world."

    You can listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  99. 1208: 

    Hello there, Philipp Kohlschreiber. The German, ranked 19th in the world, has broken the top seed and even though the fans in a sparse-looking Court Philipp Chatrier seem unconcerned, Djokovic should perhaps be worried as he is trailing 4-2 in the opening set.

  100. 1202: 

    Before we turn our attention to Novak Djokovic's free-for-all with Philipp Kohlschreiber - which is currently with serve at 2-2 in the first set - it would be remiss of me not to inform you that Victoria Azarenka is through to the quarter-finals. The Australian Open champion needed merely 71 minutes to see off Francesca Schiavone 6-3 6-0.

  101. 1157: 

    Youzhny's conqueror was Tommy Haas, a man ranked 112 in the world last year but he has worked his way back into the higher echelons of the men's game and is seeded 12 in Paris. The resurgent German, who set a record for the Open Era in the last round by missing 12 match points in his marathon match with John Isner, will, in a few hours, know whether he faces Novak Djokovic or Philipp Kohlschreiber in the last eight. It goes without saying that Hass will (probably) be keeping up to date with this live text commentary to find out who his next opponent is.

  102. 1150: 
    Mikhail Youzhny

    You've got to feel sorry for Mikhail Youzhny's racquet. If racquets had feelings then the Russian's weapon would be in a dark place right now and in need of some serious TLC, and surgery. Youzhny gave his racquet a good old whack not once, not thrice but a manic nine times and little good it did him as he has tumbled out of the competition in straight sets.

  103. 1146:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "It's a cool, cloudy, breezy day in Paris and the early starters are not hanging around, with Victoria Azarenka already through to the last eight and Tommy Haas heading in the same direction. The German has put Mikhail Youzhny through it to such an extent that the Russian smashed his racquet a possible-record nine times on the back of his chair. Marvellous stuff. Chatrier feels like an oasis of calm in comparison as Djokovic and Kohlschreiber make their entrances. Possibly because it's barely half full."

  104. 1140: 

    For the first week the weather was unpredictable but despite the slate-grey skies and the rain that was dumped on the French capital, everything was as we expected on the red dirt with victories for the sport's established stars. Paris in May was far from humdrum, of course, but as we enter a new month let's hope that it's only the tennis which will be whimsical and quirky.

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