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Luke Reddy

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  1. Farewell...

    And at that point we will bow out here at BBC Sport towers.

    Rafael Nadal is through, Petra Kvitova is through, Novak Djokovic is through and all the reports are on our tennis index.

    Our British interests are back in action on Thursday but keep checking back with us for any news lines from Roland Garros.

    Thanks for all your tweets today. Au revoir.

  2. Who's next?

    So we know Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal both comfortably live to fight another day.

    For Novak, it's Gilles Muller or Paolo Lorenzi in round two - progress for the Serb on the cards you'd think.

    For Nadal, who was barely tested by Quentin Halys today, it's Nicolas Almagro in the second round as he has beaten Alexandr Dolgopolov in four sets.

  3. Djokovic reaches round two...

    That's now 23 matches unbeaten for Djokovic remember. Ominous for the field.

  4. Djokovic into round two...

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    Djokovic and Nieminen

    Djokjovic has been on a charm offensive over the last couple of years, doing a good job of adding French to the list of languages he speaks fluently and happily trying it out in front of 15,000 spectators and millions watching on TV. It's clear that his role as champion-in-waiting has had an effect. "I remember last year after the final against Nadal, the applause I got that lasted a minute," he tells the crowd. "I will never forget that."

  5. Djokovic in French...

    Number one seed Novak Djokovic speaks on court: "It was a special moment to play on this court. Last year I got a special ovation from the crowd in the ceremony after the match with Rafa Nadal. I always feel a lot of emotion when I get back on this court. This year I'm playing very well so far and I hope I will get the confidence I have had since the beginning of the year in the French Open.

    "I will tell my French teacher I have been very good in French today."

    Top stuff from Djokovic. That French effort looked harder work than the match for him.

  6. Novak Djokovic wins...

    Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Jarkko Nieminen

    Novak is going to answer questions on court in French. We wait, this should be good...

  7. Novak Djokivc wins

    Djokovic 6-2 7-5 6-2

    And that will be that. The wobble in the second set when he trailed 5-1 apart - Novak is through and simplistically.

    The last game saw him concede two break points but never flustered, he got the job done. We will hear from him shortly.

  8. Post update

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros


    A significant result over on Court Suzanne Lenglen where last year's French Open semi-finalist and Wimbledon finalist has fallen in the first round. Eugenie Bouchard, ranked sixth, is beaten 6-4 6-4 by French hope Kristina Mladenovic, taking the Canadian's desperate run of form to eight defeats in nine matches.

  9. *Djokovic 6-2 7-5 5-2 Nieminen

    Poised at 30-30 we replay a point which Nieminen conceded was good despite a line call. A brief pause, Djokovic is ruthless and scorches one onto the line to bring up match point. How many will he need? More than one, his return is a foot long and we go to deuce.

    He earns a second with a wonderful shot which leaves Nieminen planted, drop shot this time to win it... hits the tape.

    How many more? Let's try a third match point. This time Novak is long. It's one sided but entertaining and Nieminen has shown why he has carved out a career as a pro since 2000. Guts aplenty.

    He takes the game and in spectacular fashion, drilling from the back of the court after a Djokovic smash. It's returned at him but wide. A smile as he makes his way to the chair. Too little too late.

  10. Djokovic 6-2 7-5 5-1 Nieminen*

    In some ways, I think it serves Nieminen right for wearing a pair of Bermunda shorts at Roland Garros...


    Sorry Jarkko, we can't be having them.

  11. Djokovic 6-2 7-5 5-1 Nieminen*

    A lovely sliced serve sets up Djokovic, take your pick Novak, he wrong-foots Nieminen and eases to another service game. We can't have long to go here. Serena Williams is up next, she best start warming up.

  12. Nadal not happy with umpire...

    Rafael Nadal has confirmed a story that appeared in last week's Telegraph saying he had requested not to have Brazilian Carlos Bernardes umpire his matches.

    Rafa Nadal

    The Spaniard fell out with Bernardes at the Rio Open in February, with the player claiming he was not allowed to change his shorts after putting them on the wrong way around without incurring a time violation.

    "It was my request, and the ATP talking about it," said Nadal. "I asked if it's possible, but nothing personal against him, 100%. I respect him as an umpire, I respect him as a person, and I consider him a good person more than that.

    "I would love to have Bernardes on the court again. It will happen, but I think for both of us it is better to have a break. We had some problems. For me he was not enough respectful with me in Rio de Janeiro. That was my feeling when I put my shorts the other way."

  13. Djokovic 6-2 7-5 4-0 Nieminen*

    All aboard the Nieminen showboat.

    Well, I say boat, more like under-inflated dinghy. He tries a shot through his legs as he runs back to retrieve a lob. All hope lost so why not, it goes wide. Gets a clap though.

    Game Djokovic, he serves out to 15 and is moving, clinically, into round two. Just a couple of games needed.

  14. Elsewhere today...

    Caroline Wozniacki

    Caroline Wozniacki has not made it past the last 16 in Paris since 2010 but she safely navigated a first round meeting with Italy's Karin Knapp 6-3 6-0.

    Tenth seed Andrea Petkovic, who has twice reached the third round, beat Shelby Rogers 6-2 6-1.

    Petkovic's fellow German, Julia Georges, sprang a shock when she defeated higher world ranked CoCo Vandeweghe 6-2 5-7 6-1 to earn a second round meeting with Wozniacki.

  15. *Djokovic 6-2 7-5 3-0 Nieminen

    Finding the weaknesses in Djokovic's armoury must be a demoralising thing to attempt.

    Just as Nieminen things he has the read on a drop shot, Novak flips the return agonisingly out of the Fin's reach so he can't rush back to keep the point alive. Then it's a perfect read of a cross-court shot which sees a volley give the Serb a break point.

    We wastes it, wins one back, wastes it again, JACKPOT. A winner up the line, measured expertly, gives Djokovic a double break. All over surely?

  16. Djokovic 6-2 7-5 1-0 Nieminen*

    Here is a lovely image of this ballerina, this fire fly, this tennis angel with a devilish instinct...

    Novak Djokovic

    Who can stop him?

  17. Djokovic 6-2 7-5 1-0 Nieminen*

    At 15-40 down Djokovic has to summon something and he does, tip-toeing his way to the net, he pirouettes to volley into the corner. Still he has work to do, too good. He pulls Nieminen around like a puppet on string and pumps a smash into an empty court.

    We got to deuce on the Djokovic serve. Advantage Djokovic. Game. That's six games in a row and the last four points in a row steals another game.

  18. *Djokovic 6-2 7-5 Nieminen

    Nieminen is falling foul of his poor first serve. Just 51% have landed in. Novak on 79%.

  19. Post update

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    Nieminen sits in his chair nodding presumably sarcastic encouragement to himself, taking big gulps of water and sticking his tongue out like an All Black doing the Haka. That is what 10 minutes of peak Djokovic will do to you. Five games in a row turn the second set on its head and the world number one is back in charge after 83 minutes.

  20. Elsewhere today...


    Seventh seed David Ferrer was quick out of the blocks on day three, dropping just five games on his way to a 6-1 6-3 6-1 first round win over Lukas Lacko.

    Richard Gasquet did not take that much longer to seal a 6-3 6-4 6-0 triumph over Belgian Germain Gigounon.

    There was also a rare win for Marin Cilic.

    The reigning US Open champion missed the Australian Open with shoulder injury that kept him out until March and has struggled for form since. But the ninth seed made a solid start, overcoming Robin Haase of Holland 6-4 6-2 6-4.

  21. Djokovic wins second set

    Djokovic 6-2 7-5 Nieminen

    Bingo card


    Jarkko Nieminen thought he was in this. If it was a night at the bingo he needed just one number for the house. But there stands that fella who always wins. Call him lucky, call him what you want, he makes his own luck perhaps. Djokovic closes out the second set by serving to love. What an animal.

  22. Post update

    *Djokovic 6-2 6-5 Nieminen

    Great feet from Nieminen to setup a smash. He tip-toed backwards like a child heading for the sweet jar to get into position. Perhaps it was hat and the exertions of the seventh point in the game which led to him dolling a backhand into the net.

    Still, he leads 40-30, second serve, brilliant Djokovic, pulled his man all over the court, deuce.

    What fight by Novak. He simply wears his opposite number down, so much so that Nieminen's final backhand in a pivotal game does not even reach the net. That's what winners do, strike when they sense blood.

  23. Post update

    Djokovic 5-5 Nieminen*

    Nieminen has already snapped a string in this match, will his will to win be snapped in the same way after that previous game?

    What a chance he missed to level the match. A backhand into the net gives Djokovic a 40-15 lead, it was tame and didn't even trouble the tape on the net. It's converted too. We've gone 33 minutes in set one, 39 minutes in set two and Djokovic - an eight-time Grand Slam winner - is dictating again.

  24. *Djokovic 6-2 4-5 Nieminen

    Nieminen is throwing up a few variances in all he does and he needs to keep doing so. His second serve in the opening point does not reach 70mph but a backhand down the line gets it done for him, 15-0.

    Back comes Djokovic to 30-30, he has to defend here, back-forth, the error is forced and Nieminen could blow this chance - he finds the net - break point.

    Djokovic, like a niggly dog, won't go away, he returns everything with vigour, begging his enemy to make an error... HE DOES. The in-form tournament favourite breaks back and is back in business. Jarkko Nieminen, what have you done.

  25. Djokovic 6-2 3-5 Nieminen*

    I do love the Djokovic jib as he plays his shots.

    Novak Djokovic

    An ace up the middle took him to 40-30 and that was that, game done. Now then Jarkko, can you serve out the set?

  26. *Djokovic 6-2 2-5 Nieminen

    There can be no doubt Novak Djokovic is in third gear here, maybe even second. He isn't getting this his own way and two Nieminen serves end the game with the Serb unable to return accurately. Gimmee points. Are we heading for a battle here?

  27. Djokovic 6-2 2-4 Nieminen*

    Nieminen's best result here is reaching the round of 16 in 2003 and boy oh boy is he having a go at tearing up a few predictions here to have another stab at French Open glory.

    He comes out on top of a stunning rally and deserves to as some of his explosive returns set the pace. He made it to the net, got lobbed, stretched to volley and ultimately forced Djokovic off target to lead 40-30.

    The chance for a double break goes as Djokovic reaches advantage but Nieminen gives it a whirl again, his aggressive strokes are finding the corners nicely. Still it's not enough as Novak seals the game. This next one is the big one though...


    Join the debate on #bbctennis

    Is Rafael Nadal's nine wins in 10 French Opens the best record in all of sport? Tweet us on #bbctennis.

    Tom Billings: Federer-18 of 19 major finals (2005 Wimbledon-2010 Australian). 23 consecutive major semis, 237 consecutive weeks at no1.

  29. *Djokovic 6-2 1-4 Nieminen


    Now then, you've just broken the tournament favourite, so what do you do?

    Fire a few missiles that's what. A lovely high-bounce serve sets up an easy cross-court finisher for 40-15 and then Djokovic is long. Well, well, 4-1 in the second.

  30. Djokovic 6-2 1-3 Nieminen*

    Nieminen has more success on his serve, hammering over half of his serves down the T, taking Djokovic into the court.

    Can he produce a break opportunity though? A forehand, perfectly weighted, up the line lands on the line to give him a 30-15 lead on the Novak serve. Grunts at both ends and again he goes down the line, whipped with top spin, it's good.

    AND THERE'S THE BREAK. This time a stretched back hand up the line. A little fist pump. You've got to love a fist pump.

  31. The joy of winning

    Silvia Soler

    Unseeded Silvia Soler tweets: "Muy contenta por la victoria en Roland Garros!! Vamooosss!!!"

    Translated: Very happy for the win at Roland Garros !! Vamooosss !!!

    She has beaten France's Pauline Parmentier to reach round two. Lots of scores coming up for you shortly in a round-up.

  32. Djokovic 6-2 1-1 Nieminen*

    A blistering start to set two as both service games are won with just one point lost on Nieminen's serve.

    Nieminen can't damage Djokovic enough and that showed up in the first set where the favourite produced 14 winners to his opponent's five. It's that spark of brilliance that's missing. Nieminen looks like that football team with lots of hard runners but no quality where it matters up front. Djokovic's defence is his body armour but it's barely been needed so far. He's several shots ahead mentally.

  33. Game and first set

    Djokovic 6-2 Nieminen

    Novak Djokovic

    A breeze for Novak. His 22-match winning run looks like it's locked away under password, key and laser in a vault somewhere.

    The last game of set one ends with a mini rally but the Serb moves out of the way when Nieminen puts too much gravy on a return. He misses the plate and needs a napkin to wipe down the mess and his brow.

  34. *Djokovic 5-2 Nieminen

    Ouch. As the ball drops on the service line, Djokovic has time to pick his spot with a smash which will seal this game. BANG, it smacks Nieminen in the leg. That will leave a mark. The Fin, twice a winner on Tour, needs to land a few more marks on the man stood at the other side of the net.

    Djokovic will serve for the set.

  35. Djokovic 4-2 Nieminen*

    Novak Djokovic

    One of the line judges just called "out" so loudly it draws shock from the crowd and Djokovic stares at him with the look of a man who has just had his ear drums punished.

  36. Djokovic 4-2 Nieminen*

    We approach half an hour in this one, the Djokovic ground strokes are out there, the movement - like a ballerina -also. He picks up a firm return smartly as Nieminen chases and though he again gets a ball back, it's long. Just. That's 4-2.

  37. *Djokovic 3-2 Nieminen

    Novak Djokovic
  38. *Djokovic 3-2 Nieminen


    Ah wonderful. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. A net exchange sees Novak Djokovic comfortably make it to a Nieminen drop and send the ball back to the baseline but credit to the underdog who chases, spins and whips a winner. It curls up the line and Djokovic applauds the effort.

    Can it be built upon? Nieminen is 40-30 up. Big serve, returned, back and forth, WINNER. Applause aplenty as he holds.

  39. Post update

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    Djokovic might appear to be a bullet-proof winning machine, but the quest for a French Open title can make him a nervous wreck. He admitted to feeling physically sick at times last year as another bid failed at the final hurdle, while two years ago he refused to answer questions about a certain Rafael Nadal at his pre-tournament news conference. Somehow, the sheer volume of wins he has stacked up appears to have relaxed the Serb this year and it is hard to find anyone who does not have him down as the favourite.

  40. Djokovic 3-1 Nieminen*

    There's nothing like seeing a tennis player produce a power shot like smash with elegance. Such power through the ball but with what looks like such controlled effort.

    Djokovic is able to do that and build a lead of 40-0 but more hustle from Nieminen - world rank 87 - gets him to an unlikely deuce.

    What have we here? Nieminen's 33 years are showing as he does not seem too concerned about his opponent's brilliant form. No joy though, a pushed backhand on the stretch ends the Nieminen fight.

  41. *Djokovic 2-1 Nieminen

    Jarkko Nieminen offers up a killer serve into the body of Novak Djokovic who surrenders as his return only leaves a simple finish for the Fin. That's a game on the board. Good hustle too from Nieminen who was down in that game as Djokovic sauntered around court, stinging balls at his opponent.

    This one looks likely to be more competitive than Nadal's progression. Now I've said that it's probably going to be all down in an hour!


    Join the debate on #bbctennis

    Rafa Nadal

    Is Rafael Nadal's nine wins from 10 French Opens the best record in all of sport? Tweet us on #bbctennis.

    Joel McInally: Nadal's record at Roland Garros is now 67-1. With 9 championships from 10, it's surely the best record in sport.

    Dire Gooner: Who can forget 49-not-out from the Gunners?

    Dire Gunner is referring to Arsenal's unbeaten record.

  43. Djokovic 2-0 Nieminen*

    From a point down, Djokovic slides around this court perfectly to move 40-15 ahead as Niemenen makes costly errors.

    Number one seed Djokovic makes two of his own though as a wasteful volley hits the net and passing backhand is wide. A wobble? Nope. He efficiently forces the issue and closes out his first service game to consolidate a key early advantage.

  44. What the papers say

    *Djokovic 1-0 Nieminen

    Novak Djokovic

    "Djokovic faces his destiny," reads French paper Le Parisien today.

    Djokovic is looking to win Roland Garros and become just the eighth man in history to complete the career Grand Slam after Andre Agassi, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Roger Federer, Rod Laver, Rafael Nadal and Fred Perry.

  45. *Djokovic 1-0 Nieminen

    Nieminen is a 6 foot one inch left hander and he gets things underway with some powerful serving to reach 40-15.

    Here comes a smash opportunity for the game, returned with gusto from Novak who looks typically well balanced early on and he builds on his steal of that point to force deuce.

    Silence on court, they pummel the ball and the noise of each blow echoes. Game point comes and goes for Djokovic, a cheeky drop shot and lob earns another, converted. Djokovic breaks.

  46. Post update

    Djokovic v Nieminen

    Novak Djokovic is on court, orange shirt with black shorts. Jarkko Nieminen is in some seriously funky dress, a pink t-shirt with purple shorts. He also goes old school with a peak cap.

    Here we go...

  47. Ivanovic feeling good...

    Ana Ivanovic

    Number seven seed in the womens' draw Ana Ivanovic tweets: Good training session on court always sets me up for a good day ahead. Happy Tuesday everyone. #RG15 #FeelingGood.

    Ivanovic is already through to round two and plays Japan's Misaki Doi next.

  48. Post update

    Novak up next...

    Coming up next we have Novak Djokovic in action. You thought we were finished? Think again.

    We will bring you more reaction from Nadal and a round-up from elsewhere too.

  49. Post update

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "Smile! Please Rafa, smile!"

    "I'm from Mallorca, Rafa, please sign!"

    "Vamos Rafa, la decima!"

    Everybody huddled in the corner of the court to get an autograph with Nadal appears to be Spanish. The champion does a fine job of signing, smiling and selfieing his way back down the tunnel to the locker room, where he can reflect on a solid start. It was the second set, when he offered up just one unforced error, that really did the damage and that sort of relentless consistency has now brought him 67 wins here.

  50. Elsewhere at Roland Garros...

    Elsewhere today, David Ferrer is through, the seventh seed punished Lukas Lacko 6-1 6-3 6-1.

    David Ferrer

    I will bring you more results shortly.

  51. Post update

    Mary Pierce

    Former Australian and French Open champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "First rounds are always the most difficult. There weren't many rallys. But Rafael looked great. This match will give him confidence. One down, six to go."

  52. Nadal 6-3 6-3 6-4 Halys

    Rafael Nadal speaks on court: "Quentin is the future. He is trying to hit winners from everywhere. That is the way tennis is going now."

    That's about as much as we can bring you from Rafa as the rest of the on court interview is a bit of a sponsor plug.

  53. Post update

    Mary Pierce

    Former Australian and French Open champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Halys can walk off the court with his held high. It was a respectable match. He went for way too much but I would rather see that. He didn't have an easy task in front of him today."

  54. Nadal wins

    Nadal 6-3 6-3 6-4 Halys

    A mild celebration from Nadal, he steps out into court Philippe-Chatrier and claps one hand to the strings of his racket with a smile of course. We will hear from him shortly.

    Rafael Nadal wins
  55. Game, set and match

    Nadal 6-3 6-3 6-4 Halys

    So here we go, service for win number 67 from 68 at Roland Garros. The muscle man Nadal peppers one down at Halys, still not fully developed physically but capable of a sumptuous backhand winner to level at 15-15 nonetheless.

    Nadal sets up two match points though as the other side of the Halys game shows up with a tepid effort into the net and he does the same again, it's over. Rafael Nadal, chasing La Decima of course, is into round two.

  56. Post update

    Mary Pierce

    Former Australian and French Open champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "The crowd is behind Halys now. They would love to see a break of serve."

  57. Nadal 6-3 6-3 5-4 Halys*

    Quentin Halys

    Some lovely disguise from Rafael Nadal. Magicians Paul Daniels and Dynamo would have been thrown off there as he raced to the net, gave little away and flicked across court to move within two points of the finish line.

    Another flurry from Halys though, a forehand winner and ace show he's not ready for the exit yet and how about that, four straight points rattled off wonderfully. Rafael Nadal will have to serve again.

  58. Post update

    Mary Pierce

    Former Australian and French Open champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "He is so strong. His defensive game is as good as his offensive game. That is what makes Rafael so difficult to beat."

  59. Nadal 6-3 6-3 5-3 Halys*

    Rafael Nadal

    Halys sends ball into orbit as he legs it across court to defend, that one will drop out when it returns to Earth's atmosphere. Great fight though by the youngster and it's rewarded as he gets back to 15-30 through more hard graft.

    A big grunt from Nadal as what could be his last serve of the day fires down court. It sets up a forehand. We've seen plenty of those today. Down the line, that's 5-3.


    Join the debate on #bbctennis

    Tiger Woods

    Is Rafael Nadal's nine wins in 10 French Open campaigns the greatest record in sport? Tweet us on #bbctennis.

    AJPS: Tiger Woods made the cut 142 straight times, most remarkable run of form in golf history, oh and of course his "Tiger Slam".

    J.B Holmes: I think we must treasure the brilliance of rafa while he is still going, to be so dominant against such strong opponents.

  61. *Nadal 6-3 6-3 4-3 Halys

    At deuce, perhaps Halys thinks 'what the heck' at this stage and goes for a drop shot. It's good too and Nadal can only find the net.

    We are cantering towards the conclusion we all expected. This is seed 6 against the world number 296 after all. But the fight will go on a bit longer as Halys builds on that lovely drop by taking the game. Back he walks to his chair, a towel to the face, he's worked hard and will take a lot from this.

  62. Nadal 6-3 6-3 4-2 Halys*

    Earlier I said they were white and the rest of Rafael Nadal's outfit was blue. I apologise, my terrible eyesight did not pick up on these baby blue numbers.

    Nadal shoes

    The 28-year-old is dressed like Superman and builds his lead like a superhero too. An easy service game and that's 4-2 in the third set.

  63. Spanish love

    Nadal 6-3 6-3 3-2 Halys

    "He's an example for all the Spanish people and for all the kids in Spain," Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso told BBC Sport of his Spanish compatriot Rafa Nadal.

    Rafa Nadal and Fernando Alonso

    "Not only for the people on the street but also for us, other sportsmen, when we see him fighting the way he does. He's never giving up, he's always believing in his power - it's very inspirational. In Spain, he's the biggest sportsman probably in history."

    Like Nadal, Alonso is not having a great season as he is without a point in the F1 world championship. Maybe watching recent Nadal defeats before races has got in his head.

  64. *Nadal 6-3 6-3 3-2 Halys

    A wonderful pick up from Nadal as his footwork gets him inside the bounce of the ball and he fires one from the baseline, taking it on with the ball barely bounced off the clay. He hit it early, leads 40-15 and closes out for a big break. Tune up the band, turn out the lights, get the fat lady ready...

  65. Post update

    Mary Pierce

    Former Australian and French Open champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    On the BBC poll. "Tough question. I would have to say yes. I know Rafael hasn't done as well on clay in the build-up but once you get here everything changes. Novak and Andy are looking good. It is more open but I still say Rafael is the one to beat."

  66. Nadal 6-3 6-3 2-2 Halys

    Thank you for your votes on the right of this page. Around 70% of you think Nadal will not win the French Open this year.

    Are there a lot of Novak fans out there?

  67. Nadal 6-3 6-3 2-2 Halys*

    Rafael Nadal

    If you're going to hammer one at the body Quentin, you have to get it right.

    He doesn't, his backhand drive with Nadal at the net gives the champion enough wiggle room to volley a straight-forward winner.

    He leads 30-15 and engages in a longer point with Halys, who goes long and long again. Game Nadal.

  68. *Nadal 6-3 6-3 1-2 Halys

    And so comes the commentators curse. I just said Halys service games were "mini battles" so what does he do? Win to love of course.

    He benefits from an umpire overrule and watches on happily as Nadal's return in the fourth point of the game is off target.

  69. Nadal 6-3 6-3 1-1 Halys*

    The Halys service games are mini battles, the Nadal service games processions. Before you can blink Nadal levels at 1-1. Too much power for his opponent's young shoulders to handle.

  70. The freak on clay...

    *Nadal 6-3 6-3 0-1 Halys

    He can blow you away, keep you at distance or simply wear you down at the death. Rafa Nadal, schooled on red clay in Spain during his early tennis years, allowed knowledge of the surface, it's tricks and intricacies, to seep into his brain.

    The result has been a man who looks as comfortable as a fish in water when he turns out at the French.

    Rafa Nadal's record at Roland Garros

    The three-time French Open champion Mats Wilander has told BBC Radio 5 live about a practice session he once had with the Spaniard.

    "I have never experienced anything like it," he says. "I could not believe the amount of spin - top spin, side spin, inside out, hook spin - I never got used to it."

    You can listen to a full show called 'Rafa y La Decima' on BBC Radio 5 live tonight from 20:00 BST.

  71. *Nadal 6-3 6-3 0-1 Halys

    That's the stuff Quentin. A full box of tricks. The 18-year-old now has 12 winners to Nadal's nine. It's the 19 unforced errors which have cost him.

    His latest forehand gets Nadal sprinting and the return can't land on court. Halys leads in set three.

  72. Nadal 6-3 6-3 Halys

    Mary Pierce

    Former Australian and French Open champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Rafael Nadal

    "One thing I really admire about Rafael is that he is very humble and hard-working. It is a wonderful quality and one of the reasons why he is so successful. It is better to be that way than over confident. You should never underestimate your opponent."

  73. Nadal wins second set

    Nadal 6-3 6-3 Halys

    Routine service points put Nadal 40-0 up with three set points. The ball comes back at him, a rally of several shots but nothing too exerting and there's the whipped forehand to seal set two.

  74. *Nadal 6-3 5-3 Halys

    The present he did not want

    Aside from his five defeats on clay this season, why is Rafa Nadal's position as French Open boss under question?

    His slide in form means he enters Roland Garros as sixth seed and does not get the bonus of dodging the top four seeds until the semi-final stage.

    The result, a potential quarter-final meeting with Novak Djokovic - winner in Rome and Monte Carlo recently.

    That match would arrive on Nadal's 29th birthday - 3 June.

    Rafa Nadal

    Alexandr Dolgopolov or Nicolas Almagro await in round two if Nadal sees off Quentin Halys.

  75. *Nadal 6-3 5-3 Halys

    Quentin Halys has a spectacular name and he likes a spectacular effort. At 40-15 up he explodes into a forehand down the line. It's wide and not the first time this raw talent has tried something surreal and got nothing for it.

    From a position of strength he is now vulnerable at deuce and like predatorily champions do, Nadal pounces with a forehand, fired left-handed down the line.

    Good hustle from Halys though, back to deuce and then he takes a point with a smash off the top of the net and into Nadal's territory. Can he build on that fortune yes? Halys closes out from advantage and that will force Nadal to serve out.

  76. Nadal 6-3 5-2 Halys*

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    For two men who have effectively taken ownership of the place for the last decade, Toni Nadal and his nephew Rafa can still looks surprisingly edgy on Court Philippe Chatrier. Toni sits, arms folded, chewing his fingernails, and Rafa darts worried looks in his direction whenever something misfires on court. The nine-time champion was asked recently whether he has ever considered changing coaches. "He is more my uncle than my coach - family is more important than tennis," responded Rafa.

  77. Nadal 6-3 5-2 Halys*

    A rapid service game, blink and you miss it. A powerhouse serve from Nadal gets only a wayward return and he takes the game to love.

    New balls coming up and Halys will serve to stay in the set.

  78. Post update

    *Nadal 6-3 4-2 Halys

    Mary Pierce

    Former Australian and French Open champion

    Halys just looks a bit inexperienced, facing an amazing opponent he is going for a bit too much.

  79. *Nadal 6-3 4-2 Halys

    This could be a key moment as Halys takes serve 30-0 down. He pulls out a big serve but Nadal goes down the line from deep on the court to move within a point of a break and he follows with a two-hand backhand passing winner. There's the break. After less than 30 minutes in this second set Nadal leads 4-2.


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  81. Nadal 6-3 3-2 Halys*

    Rafael Nadal

    Halys needs to keep Nadal working for these games but this one is like a Rhino fighting a squirrel.

    Control for 14-time Grand Slam winner Nadal as he serves to force an error and 40-0. A brief response but at 40-15, this one is done. That's five games with serve in this set.

  82. *Nadal 6-3 2-2 Halys

    A lovely serve-volley from Halys, that was Sampras-esque and for a young man who has never played on this stage before, his mix up of serve-volley and back-court play is nice to see.

    He has a chance to take this second game on serve and takes it. A great delivery leaves Nadal only able to fire well wide.

  83. Vote now

    Rafael Nadal vote
  84. Nadal 6-3 2-1 Halys*

    One of the longest points of the match and we see a fist clenched from Quentin Halys as he shows some wonderful variety to end it with a drop shot. That was wonderful stuff and his home crowd let him know they liked it.

    It earned 15-15, errors from both take us to 30-30, could we see a break?

    Controversy though. Halys pings one at Nadal's feet and gets a long call but the Spaniard concedes the ball was in. Replayed point? No. Nadal is angry as the point is given straight to is opponent who can't close out a break at the first time of asking.

    We go to deuce, another competitive game, but two forehands are on point for Nadal.

  85. Edmund reflects

    Kyle Edmund posts on Instagram: "What a great experience last night! Thanks for the support and all the messages."

    Kyle Edmund

    Edmund was one of three Britons into round two on Monday. His win over Stephane Robert was a first ever at a Grand Slam while Andy Murray and heather Watson also progressed.

  86. *Nadal 6-3 1-1 Halys

    A sleek switch of body position from Quentin Halys allows him to swish a forehand across court and it sparks a mini comeback from 0-30 down to level. Another break here would be tough to swallow and Halys needs an ace to make deuce. He pulled that one out at the right time. Now, what has he got? Power, that's what he's got. Lovely timing in a forehand, like a Rory McIlroy swing, that's advantage Halys.

    Closing a game out on a stage like this must feel like a marathon for this youngster, he aces twice to move to advantage in the game and at last gets it done. Nadal goes wide with a return. Wipe your brow Quentin, you worked for that one.

  87. What the papers say

    Nadal 6-3 1-0 Halys*

    "Rafa is capable of going very far," reads a headline in French paper Quotidien. Perhaps they win an award for the most risk-free headline of the day with that one. It's hardly sensational to say a nine-time winner has a chance of a good run is it?

    Nadal in the French papers

    Did you know? Rafa Nadal began being coached by his uncle Toni at the age of four.

  88. Nadal 6-3 1-0 Halys*

    A straight-forward service game opens up set two as Nadal wins without response from Halys. Nadal is controlling the court, playing at his pace while his opponent scampers right-left-forward-back.

  89. *Nadal 6-3 Halys

    Mary Pierce

    Former Australian and French Open champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Nadal is looking very good to me. At the same time he has an opponent young an inexperienced who is not making it too difficult and perhaps going for too much. But Rafa looks, strong, fit and comfortable."

  90. Nadal takes the first set

    Nadal 6-3 Halys

    A spirited effort from Halys and far from vintage Nadal but the final game of the set underlines the difference between the two. A third break in the set from Nadal and unforced errors are giving him plenty of cushion here. Again Halys tries to get his body over a backhand from the centre of the court but it's net-bound from the get-go. Job done in set one for Nadal.

  91. Nadal 5-3 Halys*

    Rafael Nadal's shorts are not too long, not too short, half way down the thigh he looks stylish. And talking of stylish, what a forehand from the champion down the line. Even the fast-moving legs of 18-year-old Halys can't get there and believe me he tried hard to make it.

    At 40-30, Nadal can open up some daylight, you get the feeling this French crowd want a shock, they applaud any good work by the teenager. Down comes the second serve, returned, rally on in a key point... net. It's Halys who feathers a backhand into the net and that's a costly unforced error. He had a chance to take that game to deuce there.

  92. *Nadal 4-3 Halys

    Mary Pierce

    Former Australian and French Open champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Those two games, we saw Halys taking a little bit off the ball and keep it in play. Rafael made a couple of mistakes. This is a very important game."

  93. *Nadal 4-3 Halys

    Rafa Nadal and Robin Soderling

    This match is master versus novice in every sense of the word and Halys will have to use those fresh, teenage legs to cover every grain of dust on this prestigious court.

    Halys has never won a Tour-level match and never been five sets as a senior. Get them legs pumping Quentin and maybe say the odd prayer.

  94. Listen now

    Rafa Nadal v Quentin Halys

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Rafa Nadal

    You can listen to full commentary of Rafa Nadal v Quentin Halys on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra by clicking on the coverage tab at the top of this page or by using the 5 live sports extra website here.

  95. *Nadal 3-4 Halys

    Mary Pierce

    Former Australian and French Open champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "That is great for Halys. He can take a deep breath now and relax."

  96. *Nadal 3-4 Halys

    Rafael Nadal's athleticism is one of sport's great sights and he leaps like a salmon to flick a smash across court, levelling at 30-30. Again Halys is competitive here though. He is no stranger to Roland Garros and has had success as a junior in Paris. Some swagger is beginning to show up and he forces a Nadal error to tie up the service game.

  97. Nadal 4-2 Halys*

    Quentin Halys looks raw and at 18 understandably so. His build, his dress, the way he carries his shoulders all exude the feeling he faces an insurmountable task here.

    A bit of good fortune may help and arrives as he luckily drives one into the tape of the net with the ball dropping on Nadal's side of the court to level at 15 all.

    A forehand down the line is good for Halys, 15-30, could he break? No. But maybe at 30-40? Nadal on second serve has work to do here and a cross-court hammer fro Halys gets the job done. A break of serve. Let's not get carried away but hello there...

  98. *Nadal 4-1 Halys

    Mary Pierce

    Former Australian and French Open champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "At this point Halys is just thinking too much. It is hard. He is young and inexperienced. He has a great game but he is going for too much right now."

  99. *Nadal 4-1 Halys

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    The quest for a 10th title has captured the imagination in Paris after a few years when it felt as though the locals might quite like a change of scenery on the final Sunday. No player is above getting the brush off from the Roland Garros crowd and Nadal has had his moments, so it felt quite significant when they broke into applause around Chatrier as the Spaniard's stunning record here was announced over the PA. Nadal himself broke off from the knock-up to wave in appreciation. Then got back to thumping forehands.

  100. *Nadal 4-1 Halys

    This could be a quick day's work for Nadal and the nerves have gripped Halys it seems. Three doubles faults in game five do for him.

    Nadal's longest and shortest matches. 293 minutes and 93 minutes.

    Is a new fastest-match record on the cards here for Nadal.

  101. Nadal 3-1 Halys*

    Rafael Nadal prepares to serve

    Rafael Nadal thumps a serve down left-handed and Quentin Halys has no response. Nadal looks composed, chesting tennis balls down as the ballboys serve them to him.

    You get the feeling Halys is going to have to raise Hell to win even the odd point here and he does force a backhand error from the nine-time champion with a lovely cross-court effort but it yields little as a long forehand ends this.

  102. *Nadal 2-1 Halys

    As we told you earlier, Quentin Halys has pedigree, a junior doubles champion here at the French Open and he clearly wants to prove himself. A beauty of a forehand winner down the line gives Nadal no chance and at 40-15, Halys pumps a save at the body forcing Nadal to go long.

    A game on the board against Rafael Nadal, that'll settle a few nerves.

  103. A glittering week...

    Rafael Nadal v Quentin Halys

    It's already been a week of awards and pride for Rafael Nadal.

    Rafa Nadal awarded

    The Mallorca-born star has been awarded the Grand Vermeil, the highest honour the city of Paris can bestow, by mayor Anne Hidalgo.

    "Nadal has marked and continues to mark the history of Paris. The history of Roland Garros cannot be written without Rafael Nadal," said Hidalgo.

  104. Nadal 2-0 Halys*

    Nadal slices a serve across court to force his young opponent into a backhand return which loops long. But what's this, a flurry from Halys as he uses powerful ground strokes to get Nadal scurrying - he loves a scurry. The good work forces the Spaniard into a whipped forehand which goes long and gives the Frenchman a 30-15 advantage.

    A good position for the underdog but he gifts the initiative away and Nadal booms a serve up the middle to setup a winner, 40-30. A groan as he serves again, a few punch shots come back his way but there's another forehand winner and game.

  105. *Nadal 1-0 Halys

    (* denotes next to serve)

    It's as nervous a start as any teenager could wish for.

    From a good court position inside the court he pumps a forehand long, tries to get over a volley which finds the net and that's a break to 15 for Rafael Nadal. He barely had to work and inside two minutes gets his nose in front.

  106. Match under way

    Nadal 0-0 Halys*

    Here we go then, hurdle one for Rafael Nadal begins. Quentin Halys is in a pink shirt with blue stripes and he opens with a solid rally but whips a forehand too long.

  107. A massive giantkilling?

    Rafael Nadal v Quentin Halys

    A defeat to 18-year-old Frenchman Quentin Halys would without doubt be one of the biggest shocks of Rafa Nadal's career.

    Quentin Halys

    Halys has some pedigree - losing in the final of US Open boys' singles last year and winning the boys' doubles at the French in the same year.

    But he is yet to appear at a senior Grand Slam and Nadal has only once lost to a player with a lower ranking - Joachim Johansson (690) in 2006.

  108. Post update

    Rafa Nadal v Quentin Halys

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "At the end of the day you can lie here but you cannot lie on court." Rafael Nadal was as philosophical as ever when asked about his fluctuating form on the eve of the tournament. By most player's standards he's enjoyed a fine clay-court season; by his own standards it's been unremarkable at best. The wide open spaces of Court Philippe Chatrier bring out the best in him though, and 18-year-old Quentin Halys can expect to spend a lot of time scurrying around several metres behind the baseline this afternoon.

  109. A blue day for Nadal

    Rafael Nadal v Quentin Halys

    The king, governor or God of clay is all in blue today. Blue headband, blue t-shirt, blue shorts, blue socks, white trainers.

    He looks the part. The man on the other side of the net has every right to be intimidated. They ping warm-up balls back and forth.


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  111. Listen now

    Rafael Nadal v Quentin Halys

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Rafael Nadal and Quentin Halys are out on court and about to warm up.

    You can listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra by clicking on the coverage tab at the top of this page or by using the 5 live sports extra website here.

  112. Nadal at French

    Rafael Nadal v Quentin Halys

    You are not reading this incorrectly, there is no error.

    Rafa Nadal record

    In 10 years, Rafa Nadal has nine tournament wins at Roland Garros. The trophy may well have a Spanish passport, such is the time it has spent in his country. It is, quite simply, a remarkable sporting record which underlines his dominance in the French capital.

    "Roland Garros is the most special one - because it's clay," says Nadal, 28.

  113. Questions for Rafa...

    Rafael Nadal v Quentin Halys

    He sweeps records aside for fun on this dusty surface but this season on clay has been far for vintage from Rafa Nadal.

    For the first time in a long while there are questions. No tournament wins from Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid or Rome in the run up to the big one - Roland Garros - where Nadal typically holds a divine power over those around him.

    French Open winner from 2014 Rafa Nadal

    His goal is stunning - to become the first man to win the same Grand Slam 10 times. His chances? In doubt.

  114. Welcome

    The king of clay begins...

    Come on, sing with me, you've all seen Jungle Book...

    Jungle book

    Now I'm the king of these swingers, the clay court VIP,

    I've reached the top and had to stop and that's what's bothering me,

    I wanna be a man like Novak and stroll right into town,

    Lost in Madrid I flunked in Rome I'm tired of monkeying around...

    Rafa Nadal