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Summary

  1. Andy Murray beats Joao Sousa 6-2 4-6 6-4 6-1
  2. Briton faces Nick Kyrgios in third round
  3. Heather Watson loses 6-2 6-4 to Sloane Stephens

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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That is done for today.

We will have full radio and text coverage of Andy Murray's meeting with Australian young gun Nick Kyrgios on Saturday.

Should be a cracker. See you there.

The French Open is the only Grand Slam where the television cameras can follow the players all the way back into the locker room.

You get some interesting insights. As well as Andy Murray deep in conference with Amelie Mauresmo in the wake of his win, we also get to see Serena Williams giving coach Patrick Mouratoglou a rather frosty reception after she struggled past Anna-Lena Friedsam.

The facilities at Roland Garros look more like the set of the Brittas Empire than the exclusive country club feel you might expect.

Andy Murray and Fabrice Santoro
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Is that an recognised tartan that Fabrice Santoro was rocking?

It looks a little more picnic rug than Black Watch to me.

Match stats you say? Go on then.

There is plenty of Mauresmo and Murray to get their teeth into there.

Murray- Sousa

Aces: 4-2

1st serve%: 57-62

% pts won on 1st serve: 82-66

Winners: 37-29

Unforced errors: 30-36.

Andy Murray celebrates
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Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Roland Garros

"Murray leaves the court and is immediately in seemingly deep and thoughtful conversation with coach Mauresmo in the waiting area.

"Those with designs of winning Grand Slams often enjoy an early test to see exactly where they are, but facing two break points at one set all against an increasingly confident opponent might just be pushing it.

"In the end, credit to Murray for grabbing the momentum back off the Portuguese and resuming the heavy hitting that had given him early control.

"And excitement is already building for Murray v Kyrgios on Saturday, if only between the Aussie and Brit journos in close quarters in the media centre at this stage."

Andy Murray said: "I realised towards the end of the second set he raised his level and I had to tell myself to weather the storm and his level would drop.

"Amelie has helped me a lot. She has a lot of experience, an excellent player and the way she played, she played with variety, something I try do to. She is a very nice person and it is fun to work with her."

Andy Murray makes all the right noises about getting his game together and Sousa giving him a tough workout.

He might be in more serious trouble if he turns in a similar display against Nick Kyrgios in the next round though. The 20-year-old Australian beat Roger Federer on the Madrid clay earlier this month.

Murray does pay a nice tribute to coach Amelie Mauresmo as well.

"She is also a very nice person so it is fun to work with her. That is important," he concludes.

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American doubles specialist Eric Butorac: "Murray will be really happy with that.It wasn't too much tennis for him, he had to deal with adversity. You don't want every match to be a comfortable coast. He dealt with enough adversity and was able to power through that. He will leave the match with a lot of confidence. He controlled the middle of the court and isn't being pushed around."

Fabrice Santoro has got the on-court interviewing gig and has decided to wear a kilt to interview Andy Murray.

The British number one looks perplexed.

"It suits you, yeah" he says, a little uncertainly.

Andy Murray's interviewer wears a kilt
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Murray wins - Murray 6-2 4-6 6-4 6-1 Sousa

Joao Sousa scampers forward at 15-30 down, but drags his forehand volley into the gauze.

It was makeable and his chin is glued to his chest as he trudges back towards the baseline with two match points to defend.

Murray has him on the hook and doesn't let him off...

Andy Murray wins
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BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

American doubles specialist Eric Butorac: "Kyrgios fears no one, although he is not as comfortable on clay, and he has that going for him if he meets Murray in the next round."

Murray 6-2 4-6 6-4 5-1 Sousa

Andy Murray duffs a backhand volley at 40-0, leaping like a helium-heeled salmon but slapping his shot down on his side of the court.

No matter. A brawler of a first serve barges its way through the Sousa service box to take the Scot to within a game of the third round.

Watson out of French Open

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Roland Garros

"Sloane Stephens wraps up a 6-2 6-4 win, which was pretty routine from her point of view. Watson fought back from a break down to level at 4-4 in the second set but, having done the hard work, then dropped serve for the fifth time, to love.

"It's a fourth second-round loss in five years for the Briton, and she now heads to the grass, where she achieved her Grand Slam best of a third round at Wimbledon.

"Making that breakthrough into the second week remains the next step for her."

Game, set and match

Watson out of French Open

Watson and Stephens
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Heather Watson's French Open is over as Sloane Stephens completes a 6-2 6-4 victory over the British number one.

That means out of the five Britons who started out in the main draw, only Andy Murray remains.

*Murray 6-2 4-6 6-4 4-1 Sousa

Joao Sousa gets some breathing space, but he is going to have to find something pretty special in the changeover to take this match into a fifth set.

The Portuguese holds serve.

Murray 6-2 4-6 6-4 4-0 Sousa*

Coach Amelie Mauresmo, trainer Matt Little and physio Mark Bender
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Andy Murray has his foot to the floor, pedal to the metal, ears pinned back and flying goggles on.

Four points chalked off in rapidfire fashion and he is just two games away.

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Watson 2-6 4-5 Stephens*

Bad news for a Brit

Heather Watson's fightback looked to be taking shape. From 4-2 down in the second set, she pulled it back to 4-4 with a break of serve. But then the British number one was broken back straight away and is now a game away from being knocked out.

Vote result

So, the result of the vote is in and here's the headlines:

43.4% of those who voted think Andy Murray will reach the semi-finals, with 19.7% thinking he'll make the final.

It's a tough journey to get to the semis where Nadal or Djokovic potentially await.

17% think Murray will win the title on 7 June.

Murray breaks - *Murray 6-2 4-6 6-4 3-0 Sousa

Crunch!

Andy Murray clambers into a backhand return, sending the ball fizzing across the chops of Joao Sousa for a clean winner.

15-40 and there are a few British-tinged voices now piping up - fresh off the Eurostar - in support of the third seed.

The second break point is the charm - Murray finding the angle to end a patter-cake exchange at the net and bury Murray a double break deep.

Murray 6-2 4-6 6-4 2-0 Sousa*

And a muscular hold follows the break.

Tennis' old one-two punch. Has it floored Joao Sousa?

He has to claw back Andy Murray now. We are back to Queensbury rules rather than the barfight that the Portuguese relished in the third set.

Murray breaks - Murray 6-2 4-6 6-4 1-0 Sousa*

The start of the end?

Andy Murray looks like he has sniffed the stable. The Scot is straining for home and snaps Sousa's serve over his knee to give himself an immediate advantage in the fourth.

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

American doubles specialist Eric Butorac: "Andy is going to be very pleased with how he took the set, he played some beautiful tennis."

Murray wins third set - Murray 6-2 4-6 6-4 Sousa

A vicious ace - crumpling Joao Sousa's racquet and twanging the Portuguese's wrist tendons - completes an scrappy third set for Andy Murray.

Never mind what it looked like though. It is safely stored in Murray's racquet bag and means that Joao Sousa needs to find his best tennis for two whole sets.

He has been good, but has not convinced that he is capable of such consistency just yet.

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Watson 2-6 2-4 Stephens

Heather Watson
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Heather Watson is fighting to get back into her match but is isn't having much joy. She is a break and set down to American Sloane Stephens on court seven, and running out of time.

*Murray 6-2 4-6 5-4 Sousa

Well, that is just lovely.

Joao Sousa strikes a 100% proof backhand down the line to set up game point from deuce. Hardly a whisper off the racquet as the Portuguese found the sickly centre of the sweet spot.

Murray is pulled out of shape in the following rally and he will have to serve out to win this third set.

Game, set and match

Djokovic through to third round

Novak Djokovic
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Novak Djokovic comes through his second-round match and an injury scare to his back with a stylish win.

The world number one beat Luxembourg's Gilles Muller 6-1 6-4 6-4 as he continues his push for a first French Open title.

Murray 6-2 4-6 5-3 Sousa*

The engine is not exactly purring, but Andy Murray is at least making progress - rather than being stuck in reverse as he was for the second half of the second set and the first half of the third.

He backs up with his break with a hold.

If Murray goes on to win this one it will be among his uglier victories. But all that matters is the ticket to the third round.

Murray breaks - *Murray 6-2 4-6 4-3 Sousa

An instinctive flicked backhand volley at the net after Joao Sousa had scooped one up from the dust helps Murray towards break point at 30-40,

Sousa is looking twitchy. He is shuffling a little awkwardly between points. Murray gets really stuck into the vital point, Sousa playing catch-up tennis throughout the rally, before finally he is out of control and can only fend a hurtling forehand long.

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

American doubles specialist Eric Butorac: "That was exactly what Murray needed, to set the tone with a quick hold. Hopefully he can sink his teeth in now."

Murray 6-2 4-6 3-3 Sousa*

Joao Sousa has been nipping around Andy Murray's ankles like a terrier, but the British number one has given his opponent the slip there.

A hold to love. Is that a launchpad to stage the comeback? Time to turn the magnifying glass back on the Sousa serve and see how sturdy it really is.

*Murray 6-2 4-6 2-3 Sousa

Joao Sousa
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Joao Sousa is going anywhere. He's as stubborn as grass stains in Wimbledon whites.

He battles on from deuce to hold serve and looks like he is enjoying the scrap.

Why shouldn't he? All to gain for the 26-year-old world number 44. All to lose for Murray.

Murray 6-2 4-6 2-2 Sousa*

Andy Murray is fire-fighting now.

He dumps a big bucket of ace on a second break point for Sousa after the Portuguese has slapped away a smash at deuce.

Sousa is crawling all over his groundstrokes and errors are pock-marking the Murray game.

Murray pumps three big gleeful jabs down at the clay as he puts away a backhand volley for advantage.

He looks like he would like to do something similar to umpire Pascal Maria as he loses his first serve to a time violation on game point.

Murray claims that there was some movement in the crowd that was putting him off. He puts away the point behind his second serve anyway and howls back to his box in celebration.

Game and first set

Watson 2-6 Stephens

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Roland Garros

Heather Watson
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"It's hard going so far for Heather Watson on Court Seven. After a lengthy study of a mark, umpire Carlos Bernardes decides Sloane Stephens had hit the line with a rasping forehand and the first set is hers.

"Watson was 3-0 down after eight minutes and her 4-0 record against Stephens might be a bit misleading. The American has been through a few major slumps since making her breakthrough with victory over Serena Williams at the Australian Open a couple of years ago. She appears to be finding her form again."

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

American doubles specialist Eric Butorac: "Sousa has done an excellent job of taking control of this match after a first set in which he was greatly outplayed. He is playing with passion and enthusiasm."

Latest scores - Watson 1-5 Stephens

Heather Watson is struggling against Sloane Stephens out on court seven. She has dropped serve three times and trails 5-1 in the opening set. What can she do to get back into the match?

*Murray 6-2 4-6 1-2 Sousa

Joao Sousa rattles through a service holds to love.

The tables have pretty much spun 180 degrees from the start of the match when Murray was racing through service games and then subjecting Joao Sousa to a thorough interrogation every time it was his time to tee off.

Murray 6-2 4-6 1-1 Sousa*

This is turning into a real slog.

Murray is reeled in from 40-0 to deuce by an increasingly buoyant Sousa.

The crowd are throwing their weight behind the Portuguese as well. They huff and puff over a line call against Sousa.

They like a bit of revolution in the French capital and things are getting a little 1789 on Murray's behind at the moment.

He keeps a lid on the uprising with a hold of serve.

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Matt McGladrigan: Pretty poor from Murray in that set. Lost his focus, low first serve % and more errors. Sousa attacking more effectively though.

*Murray 6-2 4-6 0-1 Sousa

Kim Murray and physio Mark Bender
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Brows starting to furrow in Camp Murray.

Their man landed just 36% of his first serves in that second set.

Sousa is ahead on the scoreboard for the first time as he holds in the opening game of the third set.

Suddenly those 20-1 pre-match odds on a Sousa victory don't look like such a silly investment.