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Summary

  1. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Kei Nishikori in five sets
  2. Frenchman to face Stan Wawrinka in last four
  3. Play was suspended when scoreboard panel fell down
  4. Wawrinka beat Roger Federer 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-4)
  5. Ana Ivanovic and Lucie Safarova into women's semis

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Federer

    So Stan Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Ana Ivanovic and Lucie Safarova - Maria Sharapova's nemesis - are all into the semi-finals. Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Elina Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza are all jumping on the plane home.

    Tomorrow will we see if the likes of Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams need to focus on the last four - or dig out their passports for the flight home.

    Do. Not. Miss!

  2. Post update

    If just eyeing up tomorrow's order of play doesn't excite you, then I urge you to read these two stories ahead of Andy Murray v David Ferrer and Rafa Nadal v Novak Djokovic:

    And if you want to recap on today's big Roland Garros news....

  3. Wednesday's play

    Court Philippe Chatrier (13:00 UK start):

    Women's Singles: 1 S Williams (US) v 17 Errani (ITA)

    Men's singles: 1 Djokovic (SER) v 6 Nadal (SPA)

    Court Suzanne Lenglen (13:00 UK start):

    Women's Singles: 23 Bacsinszky (SWI) v Van Uytvanck (BEL)

    Men's Singles: 3 Murray (GB) v 7 Ferrer (SPA)

  4. Wednesday's order of play

    Feder

    As Roger Federer waves goodbye to Roland Garros for another year, it is almost time for us to say farewell too. But, before we do that, here is what is coming up tomorrow....

  5. Stats of the day

    • Stan Wawrinka earned his first Grand Slam win against fellow Swiss Roger Federer at the fifth attempt
    • Wawrinka reached the semi-final at Roland Garros for the first time
    • Tsonga is the second Frenchman in the Open Era to reach multiple semi-finals at Roland Garros
    • Tsonga recorded back-to-back wins against top five seeds at a Slam for the first time
  6. Federer targets Wimbledon

    Wawrinka 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-4) Federer

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "While Stan Wawrinka has Friday's semi-final to think about, Roger Federer is already planning for the next Slam. Here's some more from his post-match news conference:

    "I'm already thinking what I'm going to do the next few days, because Wimbledon is going to be a big goal for the season. That's where I want to play my best.

    "It's a big goal for me. I want to win it, and I feel like my game is good. It's been solid, it's been positive, and I have just got to keep it up now."

  7. Tsonga into semi-finals

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 3-6 Tsonga

    Tsonga

    When Jo-Wilfried Tsonga strolled out on to Court Philippe Chatrier today, he would have been forgiven for thinking that victory would earn him a semi-final against Roger Federer.

    Now he knows Federer won't be standing across the net. Instead it will be another Swiss player in the shape of Stan Wawrinka, who beat the 17-time Slam winner in a 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-4) success.

    Any pleasure that Tsonga may derive from that fact might evaporate when he watches the tape of Wawrinka's excellent win....

  8. Tsonga into semi-finals

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 3-6 Tsonga

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    Tsonga

    "That is some win for the man from Le Mans, who missed the first three months of the year with an arm injury.

    "Few people expected him to be back contending for Grand Slams this soon, if at all, and while Wawrinka is clearly in terrific form, you'd take a French Open semi-final that doesn't involve Nadal or Djokovic.

    "Big Jo then goes for the now traditional celebratory writing of words in clay, which is the Roland Garros version of climbing into the stands to hug your family at Wimbledon."

  9. Tsonga into semi-finals

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 3-6 Tsonga

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is lapping up the plaudits! And rightly so after digging deep to pull this five-set win - against fifth seed Kei Nishikori - out of the bag.

    The 14th seed Frenchman collapses to the Philippe Chatrier clay in celebration, then climbs back to his feet before stripping off his sweaty shirt and hurling the black t-shirt towards one grateful punter. Wonder if they will wash it....

  10. Game, set and match - Tsonga

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 3-6 Tsonga

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    All over! Home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reaches the last four of the French Open!

    What a way to start a service game for the match. Tsonga hammers down a blink-and-you'll-miss-it first serve which Nishikori does well to stick any string on. His Japanese opponent responds, only for another ace to come thundering towards his eyeline.

    Tsonga needs two points to win. Nishikori goes long. Tsonga needs one point to win. Nishikori goes long again - and that means it is game, set and match!

  11. Tsonga serving for the match

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

    If Tsonga is going to win this match - as expected now - then he is going to have to win it on his own serve. Nishikori storms into a 40-0 lead, allows Tsonga a point, before completing the job. Tsonga looks very relaxed - he knows what he has got to do....

  12. Post update

    *Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 2-5 Tsonga

    Every Tsonga point is greeted with rapture from the Court Philippe Chatrier faithful. Now he is just four points away from reaching the last four on home clay.

    Tsonga is causing some real damage with his probing forehands now. He goes deep to force a scrambling Nishikori into a wide return, that following a huge first serve. Then he guides a volley to the back of the court to hold to love.

  13. Post update

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 2-4 Tsonga*

    Hang on. Kei Nishikori is not going quietly. The Japanese rediscovers his service game, seeing it out to love, to pause the Parisian party. Momentarily at least...

  14. Post update

    *Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 1-4 Tsonga

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "Brilliant stuff from Tsonga and his mojo is well and truly back with him, as is the Paris crowd. The local hero does his best to shut it all out at the changeovers, closing his eyes as though meditating, while Nishikori fidgets and fiddles with drinks, towels, racquets etc.

    "Whoever wins this will get the benefit of two clear days to recover before facing Stan Wawrinka on Friday. They might need it."

  15. Post update

    *Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 1-4 Tsonga

    The Paris crowd have found their voice again - which, unsurprisingly, has coincided with their man finding his rhythm. Tsonga holds his serve, finishing with a blistering ace, to move within two games of the last four. The home fans are singing like they are watching Paris St-Germain at the Parc des Princes now...

  16. Tsonga breaks

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 1-3 Tsonga*

    Kei Nishikori

    "A sportsman's best friend is Mo. Mo-mentum." I can remember hearing a football pundit come out with that cringeworthy line once - but it is actually very true.

    Tsonga looked to be on the ropes a short time ago, but the Frenchman is back on his feet and jabbing with enthusiasm. A poor shot selection from Nishikori gives him a chance at 40-30, then the Japanese man hands over a double fault for deuce.

    That's the opening Tsonga craved. And the 14th seed prises open the door to the match by forcing Nishikori into two successive errors.

  17. The second story in town

    Wawrinka 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-4) Federer

    Stan Wawrinka tweets

    What's the other top story?! If you have been engrossed in the tennis (which I hope you have) then you might have missed that Fifa president Sepp Blatter - another Swiss - is to resign from his role of football's world governing body.

  18. Federer faces up to defeat

    Wawrinka 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-4) Federer

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    Wawrinka and Federer

    "Roger Federer has been facing the media after his defeat by Stan Wawrinka.

    "'We know he can do this and it's nice for him he can string it together now. The wind was tough, and it's even more impressive the way Stan was able to play. He was clutch on the big points and really didn't give me much, so credit to him for playing so well today'."

  19. Post update

    *Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 1-2 Tsonga

    The hulking Tsonga is the kind of man who you wouldn't want raining heavy serves at you. And the 30-year-old finally finds his range, bombing them at Nishikori who scuttles for cover, eventually winning the game to love with a big ace.

  20. Post update

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 1-1 Tsonga*

    Nishikori eases into a 40-15 lead and looks to be coasting towards a comfortable hold. But wait! Tsonga raises the crowd - and his self-confidence - with a well-worked point that ends in him hurtling towards the tape to smash over a volley winner.

    Nishikori -for the first time for at least two sets - looks a little rattled, swiping a cross-court volley wide into the tramlines for deuce.

    Another error with the forehand gives Tsonga advantage, only for the Frenchman's hopes of an early break are quickly extinguished as Nishikori regains composure.

  21. Post update

    *Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 0-1 Tsonga

    Tsonga

    "Tson-gaaa, clap, clap, clap (repeat)." The French crowd are fully supporting their man as he toils with his serve before doing enough to keep out his Japanese opponent.

  22. Post update

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 0-0 Tsonga*

    Brief break on Court Philippe Chatrier - perhaps one, or both, players needed to nip to the gents. I know the feeling.

    Anyway...they are back on the clay. Tsonga opens up the fifth and deciding set, spurred on by the supportive French crowd...

  23. Post update

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 Tsonga*

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "Nishikori has won 14 games to eight since the scoreboard interruption, and the stats suggest he's a heavy favourite now. The Japanese player won his only previous Grand Slam meeting with Tsonga in five sets at the 2012 Australian Open, he's on a five-match winning streak in five-set matches, and a seven-match winning streak against French opposition at the Grand Slams. It's not looking great for Jo."

  24. Game and fourth set - Nishikori

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 Tsonga*

    On we go. You had better put your dinner on hold - we're heading into a fifth set.

    But it is not without plenty of graft from Nishikori, who blows a double set point at 40-15. One goes begging as he slaps a baseline return long. Nishikori then slaps his racquet in frustration. The second? That slips through his grasp too. Maybe a bit of tension creeps in as he goes looking for the winner but finds the net.

    Deja vu on the next point, giving Tsonga advantage. But the 25-year-old Japanese raises his game again, forcing Tsonga wide in successive points then leaving him with no reply to a powerful deep return.

  25. Post update

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

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    Tsonga must win three games in a row to stand any chance of taking this set and, therefore, the match. A routine service game is what he needs.

    The 14th seed starts brightly, racing into a 40-0 lead. Surely this is job done? Oh no. Nishikori battles back, forcing Tsonga into a lazy backhand return that dusts the clay inside the tramlines, then plucks out a pair of forehand winners from the top drawer. Deuce.

    But Tsonga, spurred on by the home fans in the fading Parisian sun, responds with a quick ace and mops up with a volley. Nishikori serves for the set...

  26. Post update

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 5-2 Tsonga*

    Worth pointing out again that Nishikori's revival has been sparked by that enforced break earlier. In case you missed it, three people were injured when a piece of the scoreboard on Court Philippe Chatrier was blown off by the strong Paris winds.

    At that stage, Nishikori was trailing 6-1 5-2 to Tsonga and looked to be heading towards a three-set defeat. Now, after holding his serve, he is one game away from levelling after four sets...

  27. Post update

    *Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 4-2 Tsonga

    The Roland Garros crowd are backing their man with plenty of vocal support - and boy does he need it. Tsonga rallies to hold his serve, batting off plenty of probing questions from the fleet-footed Japanese player.

  28. Post update

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 4-1 Tsonga*

    Ladies and gentlemen, I predict a fifth set. Hardly rocket science, that I know, but Kei Nishikori is oozing confidence now. The 25-year-old, wearing a trendy blue headband, is light on his feet and racing around the clay court to meet everything that Tsonga throws at him. Usually with a stinging forehand which finds the tarpaulin behind Tsonga.

  29. Nishikori breaks

    * Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 3-1 Tsonga

    Kei Nishikori

    An air of concern hangs over Court Philippe Chatrier. That's because the French crowd sense the momentum is turning away from their man towards his Japanese opponent in this third set.

    Another blistering forehand from Nishikori is countered by some dogged Tsonga returning as the pair trade blows for 30-30. Then, at the worst possible moment, Tsonga double faults to give a gift-wrapped present to Nishikori.

    And the Japanese fifth seed grabs it with both hands like a child on Christmas morning, Tsonga having no response to a swift return.

  30. Post update

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 2-1 Tsonga*

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "Tsonga is driven to distraction as another chance to get what could be the decisive break slips by with a loose forehand. The Frenchman looks to his box and curses the swirling wind and clouds of brick-red dust.

    "For a man working his way back from injury, and with a 1-4 record against his opponent, it's been a good effort from Tsonga. The finish line is tantalisingly close though."

  31. Post update

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 2-1 Tsonga*

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    Big chance for Tsonga! Two break points are thrown his way by Nishikori. One...goes. Two...go. Tsonga looks bemused as he lambasts the impact of the swirling wind on a rogue forehand return.

    Tsonga looks to have lost focus, allowing his Japanese opponent to force deuce and then take the game. Somehow - and I'm not sure he knows how - Nishikori survives.

  32. Post update

    *Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 1-1 Tsonga

    Tsonga is not finding his first serve - good job his second is up to scratch. The big Frenchman keeps Nishikori at arm's length with his second tosses, seeing out the game with a hold to love.

  33. Post update

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 1-0 Tsonga*

    Nishikori is finding his groove after that awful start on Court Philippe Chatrier. The Japanese man, aiming to become the first player from his country to reach a French Open semi-final in 82 years, gives Tsonga the eyes with a wonderful forehand winner for the game.

  34. Game and third set - Nishikori

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 6-4 Tsonga

    And I say IF Tsonga wins because it is no longer looking like a formality. Kei Nishikori turns on the style to break Tsonga's serve and claim the third set.

  35. Wawrinka v Tsonga? Or Nishikori?

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 5-4 Tsonga

    If Jo-Wilfried Tsonga does come through his quarter-final then he will be facing Stan Wawrinka in the last four.

  36. Latest scores

    Nishikori 1-6 4-6 5-4 Tsonga

    Piers Newbery watching Nishikori v Tsonga

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "Nishikori is hanging on by his fingernails as Roland Garros reverberates with cheers from Chatrier to Lenglen, Tsonga to Federer.

    "The Frenchman has his chance to get that break that would leave him serving for the match, but Nishikori comes through an epic game to stay on serve at 5-4 in the third.

    "Meanwhile, during the changeover, the cheers from Lenglen fill the air. Drama all over the place this afternoon."

  37. Game, set and match

    Federer 4-6 3-6 6-7 (4-7) Wawrinka

    Kei Nishikori

    Federer staves off the first match point. But not the second! Wawrinka smells blood and moves into the net for the kill, crashing a volley into the left corner as Federer gives up the chase on the opposite side of the clay.

    Stan Wawrinka through to the French Open semi-finals at the expense of his Swiss rival Roger Federer.

  38. Post update

    *Federer 4-6 3-6 6-6 (3-6) Wawrinka

    Federer is NOT happy. Wawrinka is unruffled. He holds serve to lead 5-3 in the tie-break as Federer glares across the net. Three blasts from Wawrinka gives him another winner - and three match points....

  39. Post update

    Federer 4-6 3-6 6-6 (3-4) Wawrinka*

    Federer serves and volleys a winner at the net to level. Wawrinka forehand goes long. Or does it? The umpire gives Wawrinka the point - Federer questions the call. It is given - the first mini-break in the decider.

  40. Post update

    *Federer 4-6 3-6 6-6 (2-3) Wawrinka

    Wawrinka keeps his nerve with a forehand winner followed by a backhand.

  41. Post update

    Federer 4-6 3-6 6-6 (2-1) Wawrinka*

    But Federer holds to level with a smash. Forehand error from Wawrinka. His serve...

  42. Post update

    Federer 4-6 3-6 6-6 (0-1) Wawrinka

    Here we go. Federer sticks a backhand volley into the tape after a long rally.

  43. Post update

    Federer 4-6 3-6 6-6 Wawrinka*

    Tie-break time! Gather breath for about 30 seconds.

    Federer plays a remarkable drop shot at 15-15 as Wawrinka slides towards the ball, sticking out his hand to gather because he can't get his racquet anywhere near. That gives Federer the momentum and he sees the game out with a neat volley.

  44. Post update

    *Federer 4-6 3-6 5-6 Wawrinka

    The Roland Garros crowd are loving this Swiss spectacle - and rightly so. The tension mounts. A long rally ends in Wawrinka edging 30-15 ahead. Wawrinka screams in delight, Federer screams an expletive. Pardon his French....

    But that uncharacteristic release of anger is maybe what Federer needed. He responds with a forehand which Wawrinka can barely touch and gives him half a chance of a break.

    Then Federer sees a backhand ping off the racquet and off the court, before making back-to-back unforced errors as Wawrinka moves within one game of the match. Again...

  45. Post update

    Federer 4-6 3-6 5-5 Wawrinka*

    Roger Federer

    Wawrinka's serve has been excellent - but so too has Federer's. The Swiss number two has rarely pushed his illustrious rival when he is tossing the ball and this game is no different. Easy hold for Federer. However, he is still on the ropes....

  46. Post update

    *Federer 4-6 3-6 4-5 Wawrinka

    Did anyone think Wawrinka would run out of steam? Er, it may have been said. But not so. The 2014 Australian Open champion shows no mercy against his nemesis - forcing Federer into mistake after mistake to win the ninth game of the third set. And that means he is one game away from the match....

  47. Post update

    Federer 4-6 3-6 4-4 Wawrinka*

    Is this a chance for Wawrinka? Federer gifts the first point to his opponent, but roars back with a meaty return and a booming ace that Wawrinka can only stand and watch whizz past. A forehand winner puts Stan back in with a shout, only for him to see Federer claw his way to a much-needed hold.

  48. Post update

    Simon Cambers

    Tennis journalist on BBC Sport online commentary

    "Wawrinka has got everything he needs to win another Grand Slam. He's become a player who rises to the big occasion."

  49. Post update

    *Federer 4-6 3-6 3-4 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka

    Neither man looks like throwing away their serve at the moment. Wawrinka relentlessly peppers the Federer territory with big serves, throwing in some heavy returns, to force his opponent into mistakes with his replies. Job done for Wawrinka. Over to you Roger....

  50. Post update

    Federer 4-6 3-6 3-3 Wawrinka*

    What impact a change of shirt has on Federer I'm not too sure. But it does him no harm in the sixth game, Federer easing to the game with a near-perfect service game which ends when Wawrinka hammers an unconvincing return long.

  51. Post update

    *Federer 4-6 3-6 2-3 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka looks to be fading ever so slightly - unsurprising after the high-energy, all action performance so far. But he has enough energy to see out his serve pretty comfortably.

    Wawrinka has the ice-cool Federer sweating - and it is only partly due to the Paris heat. The world number two strips off his lilac shirt - to a chorus of wolf whistles - for a fresh number.

  52. Post update

    Federer 4-6 3-6 2-2 Wawrinka*

    I hope nobody with seats on Suzanne Lenglen has nipped to the Roland Garros toilet - they will have missed a flurry of games. The games are flying by quickly, with both Swiss men holding serve as the opening four are equally shared after just 13 minutes.

  53. Post update

    Federer 4-6 3-6 1-1 Wawrinka*

    Federer responds with a hold of his own - but it wasn't straightforward. Wawrinka gets to deuce - forcing Federer into another internal panic - before the 17-time Slam winner restores calm to hold.

  54. Post update

    *Federer 4-6 3-6 0-1 Wawrinka

    These two are not messing about on Suzanne Lenglen - a quick breather and they are back to their feet. While our eyes were cast over Tsonga clinching the second set, Wawrinka had already wrapped up the first game of the third set with a hold.

  55. Game and second set - Tsonga

    Nishikori 1-6 3-6 Tsonga

    Tsonga celebrates

    Don't worry about the noise levels on Court Philippe Chatrier - the decibel meter has just combusted. The Parisian crowd are going wild as their man Jo-Wilfried Tsonga moves closer to the last four at Roland Garros for the second time.

  56. Game and second set

    Nishikori 1-6 3-6 Tsonga

    Piers Newbery watching Nishikori v Tsonga

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "It's hardly convincing but Tsonga earns a two-set lead over Nishikori at the second attempt.

    "The Frenchman led 6-1 5-2 when play was halted and promptly dropped serve on the resumption, then played a very nervy service game at his second chance to win the set. A big serve at 30-30 settled the nerves, and a running forehand does the job."

  57. Fifth time lucky for Wawrinka?

    Federer 4-6 3-6 Wawrinka

    Federer v Wawrinka
  58. Post update

    Simon Cambers

    Tennis journalist on BBC Sport online commentary

    "Federer is not getting angry, but instead he looks resigned to his fate. He's not imposing his game on Wawrinka."

  59. Game and second set - Wawrinka

    Federer 4-6 3-6 Wawrinka

    Roger Federer could do with showing some of the fight famously shown by his missus towards Wawrinka at the ATP Tour final. Plus an ice cold bucket to douse Wawrinka - the man is on fire!

    Wawrinka spanks a beauty of a cross-court backhand past Federer to nick another break point and then completes the job at the first attempt.

    Wawrinka whoops in delight - and that's about the only noise inside Suzanne Lenglen. Everyone else is shellshocked....

  60. Post update

    Simon Cambers

    Tennis journalist on BBC Sport online commentary

    "Wawrinka is bullying Federer at the moment. Unless Federer can push him back he's not going to turn this around."

  61. Post update

    *Federer 4-6 3-5 Wawrinka

    Mirka Federer, left, and coach Stefan Edberg, watch Roger Federer

    Wonder what is going through the mind of these two people in the Federer box. Panic probably. Roger's wife Mirka and coach Stefan Edberg cannot do much from the Roland Garros stands - other than hope for some vintage Roger magic - as Wawrinka holds serve to move within one game of the second set.

  62. Post update

    Nishikori 1-6 3-5 Tsonga

    Piers Newbery watching Nishikori v Tsonga

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "After an interruption of half an hour, some spectators return to the seats vacated when a piece of the huge TV screen in the corner of the stadium blew away in the wind and crashed down on them.

    "An ambulance arrived in the tunnel below the stadium, with reports of two injured people being taken away for treatment. Finally, play gets underway way again, and Tsonga immediately drops serve when trying to close out a two-set lead."

  63. Wawrinka breaks

    Federer 4-6 3-4 Wawrinka*

    Roger Federer

    Well what have we here?! A Stan Wawrinka-shaped upset, that's what. The Swiss number eight seed sets up a break point with a stinging forehand winner and snaffles that chance at the first attempt as Federer's forehand volley misses the target. Wawrinka takes control of the second set....

  64. Post update

    *Federer 4-6 3-3 Wawrinka

    Forehand power is the key phrase here. Wawrinka is playing like a pneumatic drill which has been charged up overnight in the garage. Federer can barely stick a racquet on Wawrinka's serve, slipping 40-0 behind, briefly nicking a point back, before the formality of the sixth game is completed.

  65. Play resumes on Chatrier

    Nishikori 1-6 2-5 Tsonga

    After a 20-minute break, the other quarter-final resumes on Philippe Chatrier following that earlier mishap (see 16:16). Home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 14th seed, is serving for the second set against fifth seed Kei Nishikori.

  66. Post update

    Federer 4-6 3-2 Wawrinka*

    "Anything Stan can do, Roger can do (almost) better." It is not quite a Broadway musical, but this match is well worth the admission fee. Federer hammers down a flurry of serves, finishing with a thumping serve, to hold serve to love.

  67. Post update

    *Federer 4-6 2-2 Wawrinka

    No separating these two Swiss stars in the opening stages of the second set. Wawrinka holds serve pretty comfortably - and quickly - to restore parity.

  68. Post update

    Simon Cambers

    Tennis journalist on BBC Sport online commentary

    "Federer has set such high standards over the years that you expect him to make every shot but Wawrinka is outplaying him.

    "When you have a head-to-head record that is so against you then you must start well."

  69. Post update

    Federer 4-6 2-1 Wawrinka*

    Stan Wawrinka

    Not sure how long Wawrinka will be able to keep up this intensity. The 30-year-old has three years on his illustrious compatriot and is using his relative youthfulness - and power - to pin back Federer. He pegs the server back to 40-30, before Federer resumes control to hold.

  70. Post update

    * Federer 4-6 1-1 Wawrinka

    Routine hold for Wawrinka. Federer again has few answers to his opponent's serve and world number nine Wawrinka wraps up the game quick sharp. Not much more to say really...

  71. Post update

    Federer 4-6 1-0 Wawrinka*

    While Nishikori and Tsonga wait for the green light, the action is back under way on Suzanne Lenglen. And thankfully the quality of these two Swiss rivals is showing no signs of slowing down. Wawrinka charges out of the blocks again, forcing Federer into defending another break point. Again, the world number two manages to wriggle out of a tight spot to save.

  72. Post update

    Piers Newbery watching Nishikori v Tsonga

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "The umpire announces that another 10 minutes will be required to secure the area properly and the players head for the locker room, while officials begin the task of seating the displaced spectators.

    "The main concern is that everybody is OK; a secondary issue is this is one of the few matches of the fortnight where Chatrier seems pretty much full.

  73. Play suspended

    Nishikori 1-6 2-5 Tsonga

    A spectator receives medical assistance

    Play has been suspended momentarily on court Philippe Chatrier as safety officials clear up the debris. Television pictures show us that the gusty wind at Roland Garros whipped off a piece of the television screen which fell on the crowd below. Thankfully the person who seemed to take the full force is giving it the thumbs up.

  74. Post update

    Simon Cambers

    Tennis journalist on BBC Sport online commentary

    "Wawrkina deserved the set, he's been the aggressor, he's hitting the big shots and has taken the game to Federer. He's playing very well and looks like he believes he can do it.

    "Wawrinka was always talented but mentally didn't seem to think he belonged with the likes of Federer but he does now. He's a fantastic player."

  75. Game and first set - Wawrinka

    *Federer 4-6 Wawrinka

    Roger Federer

    Wawrinka serves for the set. Can he complete 46 minutes of good work?

    We've already seen Federer go tumbling - now it is time for Wawrinka to eat clay. Stan slips as he watches a Federer backhand slip agonisingly out of his grasp. That means Fed leads 30-15 before Wawrinka starts working that Federer backhand good and proper.

    After a longish rally Federer finally buckles for 30-30, but Wawrinka is left shouting in frustration as he gifts his compatriot a break point. But Federer can't take it.

    Wawrinka digs deep, serves big and produces an impressive save in deuce to take the first set.

  76. Play held up on Chatrier

    Nishikori 1-6 2-5 Tsonga

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    Play is suspended

    "A very worrying moment on Chatrier as a piece of hoarding comes way high in the stands, presumably blown by the wind, and apparently hits spectators.

    "One man is led away by paramedics with his arm in bandages, albeit smiling and waving with the other hand.

    "Play is halted as they try to tape off the area and move spectators elsewhere. Tsonga and Nishikori sit on their chairs and wait."

  77. Post update

    Simon Cambers

    Tennis journalist on BBC Sport online commentary

    "The extra physicality, that extra bit of weight perhaps, is working in Wawrinka's favour. It seems to give him a bit more power."

  78. Post update

    Federer 4-5 Wawrinka*

    Back to the wall time for Federer. Wawrinka earns himself a set point as his sheer power forces Federer into another error. But when the going gets tough, Federer gets going. A forehand volley and another passing winner sees off the danger. For now at least....

  79. Post update

    *Federer 3-5 Wawrinka

    Federer serves to stay in the first set. After an unforced error on the first point, he spanks down an ace to go 15-15. But the pounding returns soon, er, return. Wawrinka edges 30-15 ahead and then forces deuce as Federer roars back...

  80. Post update

    *Federer 3-5 Wawrinka

    Roger Federer

    Let's see if Federer heeds Simon Cambers' advice. Not on the first point. Federer stays back and can't touch a Wawrinka forehand. Wawrinka lets one go with a poor backhand, but steps up a gear to beat Federer - and the increasing Paris wind - with some brute force.

  81. Post update

    Simon Cambers

    Tennis journalist on BBC Sport online commentary

    "While Federer is playing that far behind the baseline he won't have much luck against Wawrinka's serve. He needs to push himself forward."

  82. Post update

    Federer 3-4 Wawrinka*

    Man down! Federer charges forward on the attack to meet a Wawrinka return, losing his footing on the French clay. He recovers though to nip 40-30 ahead, again going on the front foot as he looks to match Wawrinka's early aggression.

    Wawrinka responds with another crunching forehand winner to take another game to deuce - then Federer decides enough is enough. The world number two turns on the old magic to blast down a serve which leaves Wawrinka all limp handed, then pulls an exquisite drop shot right out of the top drawer.

  83. Latest scores

    Nishikori 1-6 1-4 Tsonga

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    Nishikori

    "Things are going so well for the home nation on Chatrier that Tsonga can afford a smile and the crowd a giggle when the Frenchman whacks a smash into the net.

    "The press box is rather more full of glum faces as the large Japanese media presence tries to make sense of the hammering their man is getting.

    "The usually pin-sharp Nishikori has made 20 unforced errors already on a blustery afternoon and is even getting sympathetic applause for his occasional good shot. Unheard of."

  84. Post update

    *Federer 2-4 Wawrinka

    Federer edges ahead in deuce as Wawrinka misses the line with a backhand. First bit of pressure on Stan - can he hold his nerve? A booming ace answers that question. Wawrinka turns deuce on its head as Federer goes long, the pair trade winning smashes, then Wawrinka holds his nerve - and his serve - with a crashing volley. Federer looks to the heavens - he knows that is a missed chance.

  85. Post update

    Federer 2-3 Wawrinka*

    Roger Federer

    Chance for Federer to break back? The world number two races into a 30-0 lead after a couple of loose returns from Wawrinka. And loose is a generous description for the second - it was a shank.

    Uh oh, he's blown it. Wawrinka battles back to 30-30 as Federer wafts a passing return into the cord. Or has he blown it? Federer claims a break point and has another chance. And he blows that too! Deuce...

  86. Post update

    Federer 2-3 Wawrinka*

    This is more like the Roger Federer that we know! The Swiss maestro tests the Wawrinka backhand to the max, adding in a forehand volley winner for good measure, as he serves out to love. That has settled his ticker a little bit. Game over in the blink of an eye.

  87. Post update

    *Federer 1-3 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka

    Not sure what Wawrinka has eaten for his pre-match meal - but I reckon it could be a well-known, high-fibre, wheat-based cereal. He is pumped. The world number nine's serve is causing Federer all sorts of bother - the 17-time Slam winner having little response. Stan blazes into a 40-0 lead, Federer clings on to some hope as Wawrinka's backhand goes awry, before normal service is resumed.

  88. Wawrinka breaks

    Federer 1-2 Wawrinka*

    If Federer wasn't sweating in the Roland Garros sun, then he is now. Wawrinka pummels the Federer serve with a flurry of stinging returns, teeing up three break points. And he only needs one! Federer thinks he has got Wawrinka scrambling. No sir. A wicked cross-court backhand passes Federer, hits the line and leaves Wawrinka basking in the realisation that he has taken first blood.

  89. Post update

    * Federer 1-1 Wawrinka

    Relatively straightforward stuff for Wawrinka, who pounds down the serves at his fellow Swiss. Federer, his cool exterior momentarily flustered, faces three games points, saving one before a heavy return restores parity.

  90. Post update

    Federer 1-0 Wawrinka*

    Cancel your plans for the evening - you do not want to miss this match. Judging by the opening game we could have a tasty one on our hands. Five points are needed to separate the pair, with a long return from Wawrinka blowing up dust past the base line. Federer clenches fist and pumps the breezy Parisian air.

  91. Deuce

    *Federer 0-0 Wawrinka

    Federer, wearing a dashing pair of eye-hurting pink shorts, has the honour of serving first, forcing his compatriot into a limp backhand to nick the first point.

    Stan the Man roars back, going 30-15 ahead before two forehand errors - countered by a poor backhand from Federer - take the opener to deuce....

  92. Post update

    * Federer 0-0 Wawrinka

    Federer and Wawrinka

    The two Swiss players have finished knocking up - now it is down to serious business. A place in the French Open semi-final. Federer to serve first... Game on!

  93. Tale of the tape

    Federer v Wawrinka

    French Open
  94. Game and first set

    Nishikori 1-6 Tsonga

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    Kei Nishikori finally sees the scoreboard ticking in his favour as he holds in the fifth game.

    But that is as good as it gets. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga picks off the next two games to take the first set in just 32 minutes. The French crowd are understandably pleased.

  95. Get involved

    #bbctennis

    Seven of the top eight seeds are safely into the quarter-finals, with 14th-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga the only intruder at the expense of Tomas Berdych.

    Can the Frenchman cause a further surprise and go all the way? The home fans hope so. Realistically Rafa Nadal or Novak Djokovic are the strong favourites, while Andy Murray must fancy his chances.

    But who are you sticking your money on? Tell us who you think will lift the singles' titles and - most importantly - why. Tweet using #bbctennis, or text on 81111.

  96. French focus on Tsonga

    Federer v Wawrinka

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "There might have been a few raised eyebrows as to why Federer v Wawrinka was scheduled on the second show court, with Tsonga v Nishikori taking centre stage, but that is to underestimate the desire for home success here.

    "While Britain had to wait 77 years for Andy Murray to follow in the footsteps on Fred Perry, it is now 32 years since Yannick Noah took the Coupe de Mousquetaires.

    "Tsonga has looked the best bet in recent years and today he hopes to become the second Frenchman in the Open era to reach multiple semi-finals, after Henri Leconte swashbuckled that far in 1986, 1988 and 1992."

  97. Latest scores

    Nishikori 0-4 Tsonga

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    Ooh la la! Look at this for an early scoreline.

    While we wait for Federer and Wawrinka to head out of the locker room and on to Court Suzanne Lenglen, the first men's singles' quarter-final is already under way over on Court Philippe Chatrier.

    Home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - the last hope for the Parisian crowd - has already twice broken the serve of Japan's Kei Nishikori, the fifth seed,and leads 4-0 in the opening stages of the first set.

    A meeting with either Federer or Wawrinka is the reward for the winner.

  98. A double Swiss

    Federer v Wawrinka

    French Open

    But, unfortunately for the Swiss, sport demands a winner. And it would take a brave man to bet against Roger Federer - the world number two, the 17-time Slam slayer, the man who has more silverware than stainless steel factory - reaching his eighth semi-final at Roland Garros.

    Federer has sparkled in Paris - despite the gloom disrupting his fourth-round match against home favourite Gael Monfils - to look a decent punt to reach a record-extending 37th Slam semi-final.

    Both men are having a final pre-match cuppa in the locker room (possibly) and will be strolling out on to court in a few moments (likely).

  99. One tribe goes to war

    Federer v Wawrinka

    Switzerland

    Bonjour mes amis! Welcome to day 10 of the French Open - aka the first quarter-finals day - where Switzerland is guaranteed to have one man in the last four. No wonder this horn-hat wearing Swiss bloke looks pretty smug.

    But who will that man be? Roger Federer? Or Stan Wawrinka?

    Based on its past neutrality, one would suspect that Swiss tennis fans only want one winner. Tennis.

  100. Post update

    Switzerland

    Switzerland is well-known for being a 'neutral' country. The landlocked Central European nation has long maintained its stance of neutrality, refusing to become involved in conflict as a means of protecting its national security from outside interference.

    It is the oldest neutral country in the world, having not fought a foreign war since 1815. Which means the good Swiss folk know all about having to stay centrally positioned in the middle of a heated battle.

    Ideal for a nation which has two of the world's best tennis stars scrapping for a place in the French Open semi-finals...