French Open - day two as it happened

Gael Monfils stuns fifth seed Tomas Berdych in five sets, while Maria Sharapova wins easily late on day one.

27 May 2013 Last updated at 19:08 GMT

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  1. 1941: 

    A sumptuous way to conclude an entertaining day of tennis. Monfils' 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-7(6-3) 6-7 (7-4) 7-5 victory over Berdych means the wildcard is through to the second round at the expense of the fifth seed. The Frenchman's victory also means today's live text commentary will end... now.

  2. 1938: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Monfils beats Berdych

    Monfils opens with an ace, his 26th of the match. He puffs out his cheeks, the crowd predictably cheer. Even louder roars when a Berdych forehand bounces long... the wildcard is two points from the finishing line... The fifth seed nets again. Monfils closes his eyes. He has two match points. The Frenchman serves deep, then whips a forehand into the corner and a scampering Berdych can only direct a backhand long. Game over!

  3. 1934: 

    A manic roar from Monfils as a forehand winner allows him to nudge 30-0 ahead. Berdych wilts, tamely directing a forehand into the tape to gift his opponent two break points and the Frenchman seizes his chance, much to the delight of a frenzied Court Philippe Chatrier. Hold serve, Gael, and the match is yours.

  4. 1930: 

    Gael Monfils and Tomas Berdych have been scrapping for nearly four hours and neither player seems ready to wave the white flag. The Frenchman confidently holds to 15 and his compatriots burst into song.

  5. 1926: 
    Tomas Berdych

    We're heading towards squeaky bum time. Tomas Berdych moves 5-4 up which means Gael Monfils must hold to stay in the game....


    Lucy Johnstone: Brilliant match from both players and it's finally got the crowd at Roland Garros making some noise.

  7. 1922: 

    A straightforward day for Maria Sharapova. The defending champion eases into the second round with a 6-2 6-1 win over Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei, setting up a second-round clash with Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard.

  8. 1918: 

    The pendulum seems to be swinging Tomas Berdych's way as he engineers two break points, but Gael Monfils wins three points on the trot, one a humdinger of an ace, to drag his opponent to deuce. A double fault, Monfils' second of the match, gifts Berdych a third break point - but once again he negates the danger and holds in style, hitting a deep volley which Berdych can't get back across the net. "Allez," yelps Monfils and the crowd respond by jumping to their feet. It's with serve. It's 3-3. It's tense.

  9. 1912: 

    While Berdych and Monfils continue their slug-fest on Philippe Chatrier, Maria Sharapova is skipping along some street called easy. The second seed is 4-1 up in the second set against Su-Wei Hsieh and is two games away from victory.

  10. 1908: 
    Agnieszka Radwanska

    Last year's Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska has been answering questions about her switch from brunette to blonde. "She was brunette for I think two weeks, but she didn't like it at all, so she changed to blonde again," said the fourth seed of her sister, Urszula. "We're both blonde now. But I think I go back to dark hair because everybody's telling me to come back to the dark, so I will do it soon, probably."

  11. 1903: 

    Gael Monfils earns two break points! A thunderous noise ripples around Philippe Chatrier. Tomas Berdych, though, survives - stooping to his shoelaces to flick a volley back towards Monfils and the Frenchman's riposte plonks into the tape. Third break point to Monfils, who has 23 aces to his name so far in this match, but he loses his composure, wildly whacking a forehand long. Berdych mixes up play, dashing towards the net, and danger is averted. It's with serve, 2-1 in Berdych's favour.


    James Hughes: Cracking match between Berdych and Monfils! Huge hitting.

  13. 1856: 
    Maria Sharapova

    Maria Sharapova's first-round match with Su-Wei Hsieh is proving to be as straightforward as many had predicted. The second seed and defending champion wraps up the first set 6-2. Two aces, 12 winners and 100% of points won on the Russian's first serve makes for impressive reading.

  14. 1853: 

    The umpire wraps himself up in his jacket. It must get chilly sitting on that stool for over three hours. Berdych kicks off the fifth set and Gael Monfils gives the crowd hope, delicately placing a drop shot beyond Berdych for 15-15, but that is as good as it gets for Monfils as the Czech pulls through.

  15. 1850:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "Monfils is putting his home crowd through it this evening, two points from pulling off a sizeable shock against Berdych and stretching every sinew in an incredible rally. Berdych forces a fifth though, and even the well refreshed Monfils fan nearby has gone a bit quiet. Or nodded off."

  16. 1848: 

    Oof. The crowd can't quite believe that Tomas Berdych has worked his way back into the match, clinching the tie-break 7-6 (7-4). We're into a decider.

  17. 1844: 

    Italy's Francesca Schiavone has beaten Hungary's Melinda Czink 6-0 7-6 (7-1) and it has also been a good day for Jarkko Nieminen, who defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4 4-6 7-6 (11-9) 4-6 6-2.

  18. 1842: 

    Tomas Berdych looks in control as he earns a mini break in the fourth set tie-break against Gael Monfils, but the Frenchman stays within touching distance at 3-2.


    Former world number one Andy Roddick: Is Gael Monfils the most talented guy to never finish a year in the top ten?

  20. 1828: 

    Gael Monfils is as cool as a cucumber which has been placed in the freezer and wrapped in an ice pack. The Frenchman holds to move to within a game of victory. Fifth seed Tomas Berdych must hold his serve to remain in the competition. Hold tight.

  21. 1827: 

    Defending champion Maria Sharapova, speaking to ITV before her first-round match: "It's a unique title to have. As a tennis player you want to win Grand Slams and when you do that you come back next year and you want to defend your title. Unfortunately, I did have to withdraw from Rome but I got to Paris and rested a few days and started preparations early, which was nice. It wasn't an overnight process for me [playing on clay]. It took me many years to develop my game. It's become a much more pleasurable experience."

  22. 1824: 

    Maria Sharapova's match with Su-Wei Hsieh has been transferred onto Suzanne Lenglen and the second seed is warming up as I type. The Russian could be back in the locker room celebrating a victory before Berdych and Monfils finish their tussle.

  23. 1821: 

    The crowd sense their man, down 15-30 on his own serve, is in trouble so they begin to clap and whistle and it seems to do the trick. Gael Monfils pulls through, nudging 4-3 ahead in the fourth set.


    BBC Sport's Jonathan Overend: If Berdych does manage to drag himself back from 2 sets down against Monfils, it'll be Ernests Gulbis next. Tough start.

  25. 1815: 

    John Isner gave the impression he was sleepwalking into a fourth set but the American woke up in time to complete a straight sets 6-3 6-4 6-4 win over Carlos Berlocq. The American notched 14 aces during his victory and conjured a whopping 52 winners.


    The women's 17th seed, however, has negotiated her way to the second round. Sloane Stephens beat Italy's Karin Knapp 6-2 7-5, setting up a second-round tie with compatriot Vania King.

  27. 1810: 

    Seventeenth seed Juan Monaco must hit the departure lounge earlier than anyone had anticipated. The Argentine collapsed to a 4-6 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 6-4 defeat by Daniel Gimeno-Traver, who is ranked 49 in the world.

    Juan Monaco
  28. 1802: 

    On Court 16, 17th seed Juan Monaco could be about to tumble out of the competition as Spain's Daniel Gumeno-Traver is serving for the match. Paul-Henri Mathieu thumps his chest after securing the fourth set 6-4 to take his tussle with Jarkko Nieminen into a decider, while John Isner, two sets up against Carlos Berlocq, has been broken in the third and trails 4-2.

  29. 1757: 

    A Berdych forehand bounces into the tramlines, his 25th unforced error of the match, which means it's even stevens again in the tie-break. The Czech uses every inch of his 6ft 5in frame to put Monfils on the backfoot and the Frenchman is unable to match the Czech for power. Berdych gathers three set points and a wild Monfils forehand takes it into a fourth set 7-6 (7-3).

  30. 1752: 

    A nerveless Gael Monfils conjures four aces from that potent racquet of his to take the third set into a tie-break. The wildcard could be about to knock the fifth seed out of the competition, although it's Tomas Berdych who ekes a mini break in the tie-break.

  31. 1750: 

    Rafael Nadal after his 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 6-3 victory over Daniel Brands: "Sometimes you feel you are not hitting a bad shot and every time comes back a bomb and a winner from the beginning, sometimes that's frustrating. If you are two sets to love down against a player like Brands, we see the level of him today, you are in more than a problem because he completely decided to hit every ball as hard as he can. He was doing really well with confidence."

  32. 1747: 

    "Fault," screams a linesman as Berdych swings loose with a forehand and from 5-2 down Gael Monfils levels the third set at 5-5. If the Frenchman can win the next two games he'll be in the second round. Easy.

  33. 1742: 

    Gael Monfils coolly collects three break back points, but the Frenchman doesn't flinch, doesn't seem to blink, he just calmly walks into position to face another Berdych serve. The crowd, on the other hand, are cock-a-hoop. Berdych decides to live dangerously, opting for an overhead smash which grazes the tramline... but on the next point he trades power for accuracy and a forehand goes long. This is exciting.

  34. 1737: 
    Gael Monfils

    After two hours of toil, Tomas Berdych can finally see a chink of light at the end of what was a dark tunnel. The Czech, two sets down against Gael Monfils, is a game away from winning the third set.

  35. 1730: 

    Juan Monaco's match with Daniel Gimeno-Traver is into a decider as the Spaniard has battled back from two sets down. On Court Two, lanky American John Isner is two sets to the good against Argentine Carlos Berloq, while over on Court Three Francesca Schiavone has made a promising start. The Italian is 4-0 ahead in the first set against Melinda Czink.

  36. 1724: 

    Tomas Berdych, with his back against the wall, shows there's gravel in his guts and spit in his eye. The Czech fifth seed, two sets down to Gael Monfils, canters to a 3-0 lead in the third set.


    Charlie Shanahan: It's obvious Hawk-eye is not used on clay because if a player sees a mark that is out and Hawk-eye shows it in, anarchy will ensue.

    Paul Spence: Who is this intelligent ,smart, aggressive tennis player masquerading as Gael Monfils?!

  38. 1720: 
    Caroline Wozniacki

    Caroline Wozniacki has been chatting after beating Laura Robson in straight sets. "You know, she's only 19. She's so young," says the Dane of the British teenager. "I know I'm only 22, but still, you know, it's still three years older. I think it means a lot. Obviously playing on the big courts before and playing a lot of tough matches here has definitely helped today."

  39. 1714: 

    It's proving to be a good day for Frenchmen. Gael Monfils has just won the second set 6-4 against Tomas Berdych and the wildcard is set to cause an upset. Richard Gasquet is safely through to the second round after a 6-1 6-4 6-3 victory over Sergiy Stakhovsky.

  40. 1711: 

    Laura Robson on Caroline Wozniacki: "She's always capable of playing really good tournaments, she's always a tough person to play. You have to beat her and she won't give you many unforced errors. I knew it was going to be a tough match and I just made too many mistakes."

  41. 1639: 

    There's plenty happening around the courts and I can tell you that Paul-Henri Mathieu has bounced back from dropping the first set, taking the second 6-4 against Jarkko Nieminen. Ernests Gulbis came out on top of a second set tie-break 7-6 (7-4) with Rogerio Dutra Silva to level at one set all. He is currently 4-1 up in the third set.

  42. 1632: 

    Tomas Berdych ups the ante and goes on the attack, saving two set points - but then nets a simple forehand. Third set point for Monfils... the duo embark on a baseline rally and the Frenchman lazily sends a forehand into the tramlines - but, nevertheless, he has a fourth chance to seal the deal. Once again, though, the wildcard allows the Czech off the hook as Berdych sends a crunching forehand beyond his opponent. But it's fifth time lucky for Monfils as he clinches the set 7-6 (10-8).

  43. 1629: 

    The first set between Tomas Berdych and Gael Monfils must be decided by a tie-break. Surprisingly, fifth seed Berdych had not recorded an ace leading up to the first set decider, while his opponent had notched seven. The Frenchman's serve is on song, he has the crowd in his corner... two set points to Monfils


    Faddi S: The French Open HAS to grow up and adopt 'Hawk-eye'. It's clearly superior to the way they handle marginal calls at the moment!

    Freddie Camps-Harris: Why is the tennis always distracting me from my revision? Roland Garros, Queens then Wimbledon. Hasn't the ITF heard of A-levels?

  45. 1619: 

    There has of yet been no need to describe Richard Gasquet as an enigma because the Frenchman is looking comfortable against Sergiy Stakhovsky. He wrapped up the second set 6-4 to move two sets ahead of his rival.

  46. 1611: 

    The Australian newspaper had reported that John Tomic would "expose a loophole" in his ban by "striding defiantly through the gates of Roland Garros". Bernard Tomic plays Romania's Victor Hanescu on Tuesday and a spokesman for Tomic was quoted in the Australian as saying: "He is not banned from being a member of the general public." But it seems the French tennis federation have foiled Tomic senior's not-so-cunning plan.

  47. 1606: 

    "Our tournament committee decided for the purpose of avoiding any trouble inside Roland Garros that Bernard's father will not be allowed in," said the French tennis federation. "`Bernard [Tomic], his agent and the ATP were informed by us several days ago. Instructions have been given to the ticket sales office and to the gates."

  48. 1603: 

    Bernard Tomic's father, John, is never far from the headlines of late and French Open organisers are adamant they will not let the Australian into Roland Garros, even as a paying spectator. The French tennis federation has said security have been told not to let John Tomic into the complex. (Tomic senior was charged with assaulting his son's hitting partner before the Madrid Open and has been barred from getting credentials to any ATP tournament.)

  49. 1553: 

    Richard Gasquet has made his people happy. The Frenchman secured the first set 6-1 against Sergiy Stakhovsky. A hop, skip and a jump away on Court One, the home fans aren't smiling as Jarkko Nieminen has taken the first set 6-4 against Paul-Henri Mathieu.

  50. 1539: 

    Now is as good a time as any to whizz around the courts to gauge what's what. Eighth seed Angelique Kerber needed a tie-break to secure the first set 7-6 (8-6) against Mona Barthel and Latvian Ernests Gulbis is also a set up against Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva. Over on Court 16, 17th seed Juan Monaco is cruising. The Argentine has won the opening two sets 6-4 6-4 against Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

  51. 1533: 

    Cheeky Sergiy Stakhovsky has perhaps set a precedent. The Ukrainian, unhappy with a line call, grabs his phone and takes a picture in a bid to prove his ball was indeed in. His antics had little effect on the umpire and he trails seventh seed Richard Gasquet 4-1 in the first set.

  52. 1528: 

    Rafael Nadal has left Philippe Chatrier to make way for fifth seed Tomas Berdych and Frenchman Gael Monfils. Cheers from the fans as the duo enter the arena. The crowd is expecting a thriller. We're expecting a thriller. Let's get set.


    Caroline Wozniacki: Thanks everybody for the support out there! Tough first round opponent but happy to be thru to the next round!


    Infostrada Sports: Rafael Nadal wins his 53rd men's singles match at RG. He only trails 2 players (Open era): Federer (55) and Guillermo Vilas (56).


    Hugh Moxon: Big disappointment for Robson in Paris, shame expectations were so high for her.

    robnorris: Why is there so little variation in the women's game at the moment? No drop-shots or volleying - everyone too preoccupied with power.

  56. 1518: 

    "He put me in a very tricky situation," says Rafael Nadal of his opponent Daniel Brands. "I'm very happy to be through." The defending champ admits seven months away from the game while recovering from a knee injury gave him an opportunity "do other things" but admits there "were some low moments and some tough moments" during his recuperation. The Spaniard then goes on to complete his on-court interview in French. "Merci beaucoup", he tells the crowd, as well as a few other words...

    Rafael Nadal

    Whistles of encouragement from the Parisian crowd as Daniel Brands faces two match points. The German can do little to prevent Rafael Nadal from securing a 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 6-3 victory, sending a forehand into the tramlines.

  58. 1509: 
    Laura Robson

    The stats from Laura Robson's first-round loss to Caroline Wozniacki prove that the teenager needs to rid her game of unforced errors. The Brit produced six double faults, 39 unforced errors and won merely 21% of points on her second serve. The Londoner is nothing but gutsy, however, as she produced 25 winners.

  59. 1502: 

    Losing the first set was merely a blip for Rafael Nadal, or so it seems. The Spaniard has won the last two sets, is a break up in the fourth and has just held to love to lead 4-2.

  60. 1457: 

    So, the inconsistent Robson could not overcome the poised and experienced Wozniacki. A rare first-round victory on clay for the Dane who seems to have found her mojo and seems in good spirits ahead of her second-round clash with Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

  61. 1454:  
    Annabel Croft, BBC Radio 5 live at Roland Garros

    "That was very, very impressive from Wozniacki and she will be absolutely delighted. You can really see the relief on her face - there was a hop, skip and a jump as she absolutely smashed a ball into the sky. Caroline will be pretty pleased with herself. Laura leaves the court looking quite forlorn. She will be pretty disappointed. She came in with confidence and thought she would have done better. On the plus side, she can now get on the grass early and potentially enjoy a more dangerous grass-court season. But Laura is about big matches and Wimbledon is what her eye will be on. She will play a couple of lead-up tournaments - Birmingham and Eastbourne - but Wimbledon will be the one where she really wants to hit form."

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Wozniacki 6-3 6-2 Robson*
    Laura Robson

    "FAULT!" screams the line judge as Wozniacki double faults for the first time in the match. It's only a minor blip, however, and the Dane is soon smiling and waving to the crowd. Robson directs a forehand bouncing beyond the baseline and it's game over.

    *Wozniacki 6-3 5-2 Robson

    Robson is earning herself a reputation as a gunslinger who has little concern for her won safety. Facing three break points, the courageous Brit steps in and whacks an overhead volley to rescue one point. The Briton then sends her opponent lunging from tramline to tramline, but with the court at her mercy she fails to get the ball beyond the tape.

    Wozniacki 6-3 4-2 Robson*

    After a shaky start Wozniacki has gained in confidence during this match. Robson posing few problems on the Dane's serve although, having typed that, the Brit produces a wonderful forehand return. Wozniacki then plonks a forehand wide for deuce - and it's break point Robson! And the teenager grabs her chance thanks to another crackerjack of a forehand.

    *Wozniacki 6-3 4-1 Robson

    Wozniacki sending Robson hither and tither and such counter-punching is making the Briton look flat footed. In a blink of an eye the Dane has engineered two break points and Robson nudges a backhand into the tramlines to meekly surrender. Just to keep you updated, Rafael Nadal, who is playing Daniel Brands, is serving for the third set.

    Wozniacki 6-3 3-1 Robson*

    Wozniacki on course for victory, She has caught her prey and is unwilling to release her teenage opponent. Plenty of errors from Robson means a comfortable hold for the Dane.

  67. 1430:  
    Annabel Croft, BBC Radio 5 live at Roland Garros

    "It's not beyond Laura to turn this around but she needs to find another gear. She must tighten up the errors and do something about the strength Wozniacki seems to be finding here."

    *Wozniacki 6-3 2-1 Robson

    Wozniacki has been told to be more aggressive and the Dane seems to be heeding such advice, stepping in to crunch a backhand winner into the corner to level at 30-30. Robson, undeterred, still has the courage to go for the powerful winners, but an attempted forehand winner goes awry, gifting Wozniacki break point. A superb defensive effort from Woznaicki, sending Robson on her heels with a superb defensive lob - and the Dane goes for the killer blow, scampering towards the net to unleash a backhand drive volley.

  69. 1426:  
    Annabel Croft, BBC Radio 5 live at Roland Garros

    "When I see Laura's serve, her left elbow is quite low. She never gets it up, it sinks down. There's not enough racquet head speed or spin on her second serve and she also gets the jitters on it. When she gets it right... Serena Williams came off court recently singing about Laura's serve. But when the pressure is on it's almost always a double-fault. It is about rhythm but however much practice you put in, when you go out on the court you can still get the jitters. You can even see her struggling with her ball toss, quite a few have been aborted and that shows nerves. You can't explain it to anyone that you get the shakes in your right arm. It's a mental thing as much as a physical thing."

    Wozniacki 6-3 1-1 Robson*

    There has been talk in the 5 live commentary box that Wozniacki cuts a more slim line figure these days. Whether the 10th seed is a few pounds lighter or not matters little at the moment as the Dane's serve is doing the damage. Another ace wraps up an easy peasy hold.

    *Wozniacki 6-3 0-1 Robson

    There's a muted atmosphere on Suzanne Lenglen, which is perhaps understandable because a vast majority of the ticket holders have not taken to their seats. Lunch has surely been served and eaten? A serve out wide followed up with a whipping forehand winner proves to be a lethal combination for Robson, but another wayward forehand gives her opponent a sniff at 40-40. The British teenager rescues break point with an all-or-nothing forehand winner into the corner but there's plenty awry with Robson's game. Another double fault, her third of the match, makes for an uncomfortable few minutes before the teenager eventually wriggles free thanks to a forehand winner.

  72. 1415:  
    Annabel Croft, BBC Radio 5 live at Roland Garros

    "Despite the ranking difference and gulf in experience, because of the wins Laura has had and the form of Wozniacki, we expected Laura to win and she did herself. She had lot of work to do and her body language must improve, her shoulders have drooped."

    Wozniacki 6-3 Robson*

    Wozniacki apparently had a quiet night in with Rory McIlroy in the build-up to this game watching Django Unchained and perhaps it did the job as the Dane has released the shackles. She swings the hips, producing an unstoppable forehand winner into the corner and then Robson returns long. First set to the 10th seed.

    *Wozniacki 5-3 Robson

    Robson secures a straightforward hold with an ace down the middle, but the inconsistency of her serve in earlier games seems to have been her undoing in this set. Over on Philippe Chatrier, Rafael Nadal has broken early in the third set to move 2-0 ahead against Daniel Brands.


    Greg Sharko: @RafaelNadal wins 2nd set TB vs #DanielBrands @rolandgarros. Rafa 14-4 in TBs at RG (won last 5 since Isner '11 1R).

    Wozniacki 5-2 Robson*

    The pendulum has swung in Wozniacki's favour and thoughts of an upset now seem fanciful. A comfortable hold to love for Wozniacki eases her to within a game of the set.

  77. 1404:  
    Annabel Croft, BBC Radio 5 live at Roland Garros

    "Laura's serve has always been her Achilles heel, it's major problem and has been right back to two or three years ago. She and her latest coach, Zeljko Krajan, have gone separate ways - he previously split with Dinara Safina after failure to improve her serve. I did think 'I wonder what he can do with Laura's serve' and clearly he wasn't able to sort it out."

    *Wozniacki 4-2 Robson

    It has been well documented that Wozniacki came to Roland Garros having lost in the opening round of her last four tournaments (Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome and Brussels). But Robson is unable to capitalise on the 10th seeds lack of confidence and a double fault ensures the Brit concedes her service game with a whimper.

    Wozniacki 3-2 Robson*

    Robson grits her teeth and immediately breaks back to ensure the first set is back with serve. Wozniacki's beau, Rory McIlroy, is apparently watching but his presence at Roland Garros has done little to boost her fragile confidence.

    *Wozniacki 3-1 Robson

    Robson's wayward groundstrokes had only been fractionally wide and you sensed only a slight tweak of the radar may have help her grab the initiative. But it's the Dane who has the upper hand, breaking Robson.

    Over on Philippe Chatrier, coach Tony Nadal is on his feet! His nephew Rafa Nadal has come back from 3-0 down in the tie-break to secure the second set 7-6 (7-4) against Daniel Brands. A forehand down the line and backhand return winner seal the deal.

    Greg Rusedski, former British number one on Twitter

    "What a champions effort from @RafaelNadal to level match at 1 set all, not playing his best but finding a way to get job done."


    Sean Done on Nadal v Brands: "This would have to be the biggest sporting upset since Buster Douglas knocked out Iron Mike Tyson."

    Wozniacki 2-1 Robson*

    Robson narrowly missed out on being seeded at Roland Garros and of the unseeded players only Peng and Barthel are ranked higher than the teenager. The pair go toe-to-toe, trading blows from the baseline before a sublime forehand return down the line secures Robson two break points. Wozniacki though reels in her opponent and works Robson this way and that, holding thanks to a crosscourt winner.

    By the way, the second set between Rafael Nadal and Daniel Brands will be decided by a tie-break. It's level at 3-3.


    Dan Hand: "Some absolutely brutal tennis being played in the Nadal match.

  85. 1347:  
    Annabel Croft, BBC Radio 5 live at Roland Garros

    "Robson's groundstrokes used to be more wayward and erratic, but now there seems to be tempering of it in the middle part of her game, as we call it. It's a little bit more solid. Wozniacki is struggling to live with Robson's pace at the moment - she's a little bit like Bambi on ice out there, sliding around. She's playing quite a long way behind baseline."

    *Wozniacki 1-1 Robson

    The Briton's power is going to pose Wozniacki problems but sometimes Robson lacks accuracy and the unforced errors from the forehand gifts the former world number one a couple of easy points. The Brit wraps up a hold to 30 though to level. As you were.


    Kevin Fischer: Robson has won 3 of last 4 vs. @WTA Top 10 w/ wins over No.8 Li (2012 USO), No.8 Kvitova (2013 AO), No.4 A.Radwanska (2013 Madrid)

    Wozniacki 1-0 Robson*

    Laura Robson has a history of attacking the big guns at Grand Slams. At last year's US Open Kim Clijsters and Li Na left New York wounded, while at the Australian Open it was former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova who was bruised by the powerful Briton. Caroline Wozniacki has been warned. A nervy start from the Dane, but she negotiates a break point to come through the first game unscathed.

  89. 1336: 

    A final gulp of juice for Laura Robson before she walks towards the baseline to face the Wozniacki serve. We're seconds away...

  90. 1335: 

    Fed Cup captain Judy Murray on Laura Robson: "She'll rise to the challenge. She's a big-match player, she loves the big occasion and every time she's had that opportunity she's come out with something special. Hopefully we can have another top 10 scalp on our hands. She's in a very good place at the moment, she had a great start to the year at the Australian Open and has started to look strong again. She'll be looking to serve well and get the first strike into the ground. I think she can win it."

    Jonathan Overend, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "Wozniacki won't fancy this one little bit. She's going through a horrendous run of bad form, losing four matches in a row on the European clay, and she's well aware of Robson's recent high-profile scalps. Laura's been hitting well in practice and has a great shot of another upset."

    You can listen to live commentary of this match on the BBC Sport website.

  92. 1332: 

    Laura Robson and Caroline Wozniacki are warming up on Suzanne Lenglen. Robson has decided to keep her black tracksuit top on as the sun hides in the clouds. Plenty of empty seats on Lenglen which suggests the ticket holders have opted for a late lunch.

  93. 1330: 

    Piers Newbery mentioned earlier that Daniel Brands's heavy groundstrokes had a "touch of the Lukas Rosol". The German actually beat the Czech in his most recent tournament before Roland Garros, winning 6-4 6-3 in Dusseldorf. But he was knocked out by world number 95 Jan Hajek 6-1 6-0, so it's not as if he has come to Paris in sparkling form.

  94. 1327: 

    Daniel Brands isn't budging. The 25-year-old German should be crumbling under the pressure right about now but nope, he's having none of it. Defending champion Rafael Nadal nudges ahead at 4-3 in the second set but it's still with serve.

    Roland Garros

    Jonathan Overend: Court Suzanne Lenglen from the 5 Live commentary box... Eiffel Tower up to the right!!


    BBC Sport's Piers Newbery: Tsonga wins, Robson v Wozniacki imminent, Nadal still trailing Brands, dilemma over which court to go with...


    Infostrada Sports: For the 1st time in his career Rafael Nadal loses the 1st set of a 1st round match at a Grand Slam tournament. He won all previous 33.

  98. 1321: 

    Nick Kyrgios is the newly crowned king of the tie-breaks (unofficial).The 18-year-old Australian, making his Grand Slam debut, gives veteran Radek Stepanek the boot with a 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (10-8) 7-6 (13-11) victory.

  99. 1318: 

    It was never really in doubt. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga eases through to the next round thanks to a 6-2 6-2 6-3 victory over Aljaz Bedene.

  100. 1312: 

    Nicolas Almagro needs a slight jolt to wake him up as the 11th seed has lost the first set 6-4 to Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer. France's Julien Benneteau is two sets up against Ricardas Berankis, while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 5-3 to the good in the third set, is serving for the match.

  101. 1307: 

    Laura Robson will soon be gambolling towards Suzanne Lenglen as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is closing in on victory. The Frenchman leads 4-2 in the third set and is two games away from beating Aijaz Bedene. Back on Philippe Chatrier, Daniel Brands saves break point and conjures a fabulous forehand winner to level at 1-1 in the second set.

  102. 1303: 
    Feliciano Lopez

    It took him 221 minutes, but Feliciano Lopez eventually negotiates his way to the second round after beating 31st seed Marcel Granollers 7-5 2-6 6-4 4-6 6-4. The Spaniard is sporting a new look, too. He's opted for a shorter harido instead of long, curly sunkissed mane. Not sure what Judy Murray will think of that. I'm not sure what I think of that.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "Gasps all around as Nadal plays an absolute shocker to drop serve, and troops back to his chair disconsolately. Brands is playing out of his skin, a touch of the Lukas Rosol about his heavy, flat groundstrokes, and Nadal drops his 15th set in 54 matches in Paris."

  104. 1252: 
    Daniel Brands

    So there you go. As predicted, Daniel Brands holds his nerve and whacks a forehand winner down the line to secure the first set 6-4 against defending champion Rafael Nadal.

  105. 1248: 

    Things aren't going the way of the King of Clay. He plonks a forehand into the net to give Daniel Brands a break point - and a double fault gifts the German the break. Wow. The crowd rumbles. Rafael Nadal just keeps his gaze on the red dirt. Brands has yet to win a first-round match at Roland Garros, but is serving for the first set.

  106. 1246: 

    Rafael Nadal, of course, has been away from the sport for nearly eight months as he recovered from a knee injury. But it feels as if the defending champion has not been away. He has won six titles since returning in February, saying in April: "I think I'm in the right way. Five finals in a row. If you told me that four months ago, I would be crying with emotion."

  107. 1239: 

    Rafael Nadal has already peppered the court with some crackerjack groundstrokes, although his 25-year-old opponent, Daniel Brands, is going toe-to-toe with the Spaniard. It's with serve at 4-3 in the third seed's favour in the first set.

    Rafael Nadal
  108. 1235: 

    Rafael Nadal, speaking to ITV before his first-round tie: "It's very difficult to think about that [the title] today. Before and during the tournament you have to take it day by day and respect every player because every player here has a good level - you can win and lose from the beginning. I cannot talk about winning the title. Ask me that if I'm there after the semi-finals. It was very important last year for me, to break the record of Bjorn Borg was fantastic and a very emotional moment. After the last year, though, and having eight months out, it's just a dream to play eight finals in a row and win six. I'm very happy and thank very much to everybody who has helped me get here."

  109. 1233: 

    Will Feliciano Lopez ever finish his first-round match? The Spaniard is trying his best and that's all we can ask of him. Lopez and his compatriot, Marcel Granollers, started their ding-dong on Monday and are still slinging it out on the brick. Granollers lost his serve but immediately broke back so it's all-square at 3-3 in the fifth set decider. Speaking of Spaniards, Nicolas Almagro has kicked off against Andreas Haider-Maurer on Court Three.

  110. 1225: 

    Good news for the Roland Garros patriots as home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has broken in the second set to eke a 3-1 advantage. Another Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin is edging closer to victory. He already has two sets in his back pocket and is 5-0 up in the fourth set.

  111. 1220: 

    All eyes on Court 17 where there could be a shock on the cards. Grand Slam debutant Nick Krygios, winner of January's Australian Open junior event, is two sets to the good against 34-year-old Czech Radek Stepanek. The 18-year-old gritted his teeth to come back from 6-0 down in the second set tie-break, clinching the set 7-6 (10-8). Be on upset alert, that's all I'm saying.

  112. 1217: 

    So, here we are then, about to watch Rafael Nadal, whom Bjorn Borg describes as "the greatest clay-court player to ever play". He's only lost once at Roland Garros and has dropped merely 14 sets in the tournament. The 26-year-old could become the first man since tennis became a truly international sport to win one of the four major tournaments eight times. All there's left to say is: Good luck, Daniel.

  113. 1213: 

    Rafael Nadal is back on the court where he has reigned for nearly a decade. How splendid it is to see the Spaniard competing at a Grand Slam once again. The third seed, bidding for a eighth title in Paris, is playing Germany's Daniel Brands and has opted for an attire which screams of summer: red shorts and white t-shirt.

  114. 1209: 

    And that's the end of Julia Goerges. The 24th seed can enjoy Paris at her leisure after being convincingly beaten 7-6 (10-8) 6-0 by Slovakian qualifier Zuzana Kucova. The 30-year-old doesn't have a world ranking on the WTA website, but the French Open has listed her as the world's 1152 best player. Who would have predicted that result?

  115. 1204: 

    Magnifique! Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has the first set in the bag, a 6-2 scoreline against Aljaz Bedene suggests all is well in Tsonga's world. It's all square between Julien Benneteau and Ricardas Berankis at 5-5 in the first set, while Julia Goerges is in trouble over on Court Three. Her opponent Zuzana Kucova has match point...


    James Hunter: Quite possibly the loudest line judge I've ever heard at this Li Na match.

  117. 1158: 

    As if sunshine and wonderful tennis wasn't enough, there's controversy on Philippe Chatrier. "Sharapova can scream all day and I just go 'no' and I lose a point?" argues Medina Garrigues with the umpire after the Spaniard was penalised at break point. The point gave Li Na the game and the sixth seed went on serve out the match for a 6-3 6-4 victory in one hour and 44 minutes.

  118. 1153: 

    The winsome Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is out on Suzanne Lenglen, much to the home faithful's delight. The Frenchman has just broken to lead Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene 4-2 in the first set. Over on Court 17, Australia's great young hope Nick Kyrgios has grabbed the first set from Radek Stepanek. The 18-year-old came out on top of a tie-break 7-6 (7-4) and it's currently with serve at 5-5 in the second set. Tasty.

  119. 1146: 

    Will she? Won't she? Will she? Li Na gives the impression that she is about to nudge to within a game of victory but the Chinese player, one of six former champions in the draw, squanders three game points with double faults and powerful hitting from Medina Garrigues proving to be her downfall. It's back on serve at 4-4 on Philippe Chatrier.

  120. 1133:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "There are stunned faces all around Roland Garros as bare arms and legs are exposed to something called 'the sun'. It won't last beyond today apparently, so a good day to be scheduled in the first round. British interest centres on whether Laura Robson can convince herself that she's still the underdog against Caroline Wozniacki, as the Brit plays far better without the tag of favourite. Wozniacki's rotten run of form means the Dane is seen as the outsider for this one by many observers."

  121. 1126: 

    Li Na was wobbling. She was on the brink of toppling from her perch but the sixth seed collects two break points in the fifth game of the second set and her opponent wilts, tamely directing a backhand into the net. That's three games on the trot for Li Na and she's now serving for a 4-2 lead in the second set.

  122. 1120: 
    Agnieska Radwanska

    Agnieszka Radwanska's time on Suzanne Lenglen was brief but we at least caught a glimpse of her new hairdo. The Pole has decided blondes have more fun, and perhaps more luck at Grand Slams. There was heavy strapping on the fourth seed's left leg, but she wasn't tested during her first-round match.

  123. 1113: 

    Agnieszka Radwanska sticks to the script and eases through to the next round after a comfortable 6-1 6-1 victory over Israel's Shahar Peer. The fourth seed will meet Mallory Burdette in the second round after the American skipped past Donna Vekic 6-3 6-4.

  124. 1110: 

    Hello! Welcome to live text commentary of the second day of the French Open. It's going to be a sizzler. Teenager Laura Robson waves the union flag in the French capital and the 19-year-old has Caroline Wozniacki in her sight. But Robson is not the only star in town. There's a stellar cast list which includes Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Tomas Berdych.

  125. 1105: 

    There are a number of matches already under way at Roland Garros. It's far too exciting a start for a Bank Holiday. On Philippe Chatrier, Li Na has just taken the opening set 6-3 against A. Medina Garrigues while Agnieszka Radwanska is on course for a straightforward passage to the second round. The fourth seed, who has dunked her locks in blonde hair dye, is leading Shahar Peer 6-1 5-1.

  126. 1100: 

    The calm Seine is glittering in the hot sun and the cloudless Parisian sky is a picture-perfect azure blue. The scene is set for British number one Laura Robson to do what she does best: slay former world number ones.

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