Johanna Konta held her nerve against Lauren Davis to seal her place in the third round, while there were wins for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
D Thiem (4) v A Bublik
S Williams (10) v K Nara
C Garcia (24) v A Blinkova
M Klizan v L Pouille (22)
I leave you with news that Grigor Dimitrov did get over the line against Marin Cilic, beating the out-of-form 11th seed 6-7, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3. A huge win for Dimitrov, who’s through to the third round in gutsy circumstances. That’s all from me today. Thanks for reading. I’ll be back with more coverage tomorrow.
Serving for the match for a second time, Konta double-faults to make it 0-40. This is unravelling at breakneck speed. Three break points for Lauren Davis, who can’t quite believe her luck. Somehow, though, Konta gets back to deuce. She even drop shots to save one of the break points. Then the Plucky Brit nails a winner to earn a fourth match point. This time she coverts. A belting backhand into the left corner opens up space for Konta to come forward and ram a driven forehand volley away for her second ever win at Roland Garros.
Lauren Davis holds. Konta will serve again for it at 5-3.
Lauren Davis saves two match points on Konta’s serve. Then she earns a break point. Konta saves it with a crisp backhand down the line. Then Davis earns another break point. Konta’s wobbling a little. But she forces deuce with a good serve. Davis keeps pressing, though, and manages to get one of those breaks back. Uh oh, Jo.
Benoit Paire is being Benoit Paire. He was two sets up against Pierre Hugues Herbert, but now the Frenchman’s a break down in the fifth. Herbert leads 2-6, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6, 1-0.
Lauren Davis’s game has gone to pot in the decider. She sends a forehand long and Jo Konta breaks again to lead 6-3, 1-6, 4-0.
Jo Konta hammers on the door and eventually it gives way. She breaks to lead 6-3, 1-6, 2-0 against Lauren Davis.
Advantage Dimitrov. He’s broken Cilic in the first game of the fifth set. Can he get over the line against the 11th seed?
They’re going the distance on Simonne-Mathieu. Grigor Dimitrov takes the fourth set on a tie-break and Marin Cilic will have to do it the hard way to see of the Bulgarian.
Bad Konta has returned. Lauren Davis has taken the second set 6-1 to level her match with the British No1, whose level has dropped alarmingly.
Jo Konta has imploded in the second set. She’s 5-0 down! Oh Jo. Oh dear. This isn’t looking good for the British No1. At least she won the first set.
Turns out that Kiki Bertens, who was hotly tipped to go all the way this year, retired from her match against Viktoria Kuzmova with stomach flu. She was down *1-3 and 15-40 at the time. And in other disappointing news Bianca Andreescu has withdrawn from her second-round match against Sofia Kenin, who has a bye into a third-round match against Serena Williams
or Kurumi Nara
Donna Vekic took some punishment in the first set on Court 14, but she appears to be on her way to victory over Rebecca Peterson now. The 23rd seed leads 1-6, 6-1, 3-0. Elsewhere Pablo Carreno Busta has thumped Alex de Minaur 6-3, 6-1, 6-1.
Back comes Lauren Davis, breaking Jo Konta’s serve at the start of the second set. This could turn into a nerve-shredder for the British No1.
Grigor Dimitrov and Marin Cilic are still going at it. Cilic wants to kill it in the fourth set, Dimitrov wants a fifth. It’s 4-4 and Dimitrov is about to serve. It’s too close to call at the moment.
At the third time of asking Jo Konta finds an ace to seal the first set against Lauren Davis. She takes it 6-3 and is a set away from her second ever win at Roland Garros.
Terrible luck for No.4 Kiki Bertens retires five games into the first set to Viktoria Kuzmova. Bertens telling the doctors she’s shaking and has no energy. #RG19
Jo Konta bellows as she watches Lauren Davis net a backhand on break point. Konta has the first break and will serve for the opening set at 5-3.
An email! “There is often talk of bagels in tennis, but they’re not very French, non?” Andrew Benton says. “So I thought, why not introduce the baguette to even things up. If Nadal was 1:0 up he’d be leading by a baguette to a bagel, 2:0 by deux baguettes…..”
Johanna Konta leads 4-3 on Court 1. Look at her go, she’s a natural on clay.
Donna Vekic has taken quite the cuffing from Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson in the first set on Court 14. The 23rd seed only won one game. In other gubbing news, it’s now 6-3, 6-1 to Pablo Carreno Busta on Court 7, where he’s teaching young Alex de Minaur a lesson or two about clay.
Marin Cilic leads 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 against Grigor Dimitrov. They’re playing out quite the humdinger. I repeat: it shouldn’t be a second-round match.
In a very good contest on Simonne-Mathieu, it’s Marin Cilic who forges ahead in the third set, breaking Grigor Dimitrov to lead 7-6, 4-6, 4-3. On Suzanne-Lenglen Benoit Paire is two sets up against Pierre Hugues Herbert. Pablo Carreno Busta continues to school Alex de Minaur. He leads the Australian 6-3, 3-0.
Over to Court 1, then, where Britain’s Johanna Konta faces the USA’s Lauren Davis. Konta is fresh from winning her first ever match at Roland Garros the other day. Davis, the world No111 has heavy strapping on her left knee. It’s 1-1 in the first set.
A straightforward win for the Swiss master, who seals victory with a gorgeous backhand volley. He was never in trouble He plays his 400th grand slam match on Friday, when his opponent will be Norway’s Casper Ruud.
In Court 1 Johanna Konta is underway against Lauren Davis of the USA. Meanwhile Roger Federer’s about to serve for the match on Philippe-Chatrier.
Apropos of nothing, Roger Federer’s first ever French Open match.
Alex de Minaur, the future of Australian tennis, might not have much more of a future at this tournament. He’s struggling against the clay expertise of Pablo Carreno Busta, who’s won the first set 6-3 on Court 7.
Stan Wawrinka was in no mood to hang around. He’s destroyed Cristian Garin, winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-0.
While the actual Federer continues to move smoothly on Chatrier, the player once billed as the new Federer has decided to fight on Simonne-Mathieu. Down a set to Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, languishing at 46th in the world, levels the match at a set apiece.
Federer, dressed like a UPS driver, breaks for a 6-4, 5-3 lead. Then, serving for the second set, he fends off a couple of break points and earns two set points with a clever forehand back behind Oscar Otte. He converts the first and leads 6-4, 6-3.
Stan Wawrinka’s two sets to the good against Cristian Garin. As for Roger Federer, he’s keeping things low-key against Oscar Otte on Chatrier. There’s yet to be a break in the second set.
If the locals were confused about who to support in the match taking place on Suzanne-Lenglen at the moment, perhaps they have a better idea now. France’s Benoit Paire took it 6-2 against his compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Elsewhere Pablo Carreno Busta has an early break against Alex de Minaur, the 21st seed.
Roger Federer knows when to pick his moment. After a nip and tuck first set, he moves in when Oscar Otte’s under proper pressure for the first time. Serving to prolong the opener, Otte soon finds himself facing two set points. He doesn’t know how to deal with it. He nets a forehand and Federer takes it 6-4.
Roger Federer remains untouchable on serve, holding well for 5-4 in the first set. It’s all fairly quiet at the moment.
No sign of a break yet on Chatrier. If Oscar Otte’s feeling nervous about playing Roger Federer he’s hiding it well. They’re still on serve in the first set, with Federer holding for 4-3.
Marin Cilic dominates a first-set tie-break against Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian was only allowed three points. It feels like this should’t be a second-round match. But that’s Dimitrov for you.
While one Swiss gets going on Philippe-Chatrier, another is busy wrapping up the first set on Court 1. Stan Wawrinka is cruising against Cristian Garin.
Marin Cilic served for the opening set against Grigor Dimitrov, who decided it was time to break the Croatian. So on they go.
Stan Wawrinka is up a break against Garin. Pleasing news. Meanwhile Nicolas Mahut leads by a set and a break against Pip Kohlschreiber.
Next on Philippe-Chatrier: Roger Federer and Oscar Otte. It’s Federer’s 399th grand slam match. It would be a surprise if he isn’t playing his 400th on Friday.
And that’s that. There’s warm applause on Chatrier but it’s not for the popular home favourite. It’s for Nishikori, who’s fought back from a set down to see off Tsonga. That’s a good win for Nishikori, who’s had a troubled year. He’ll play Laslo Djere next.
They’re up and running on Court 1, where former champ Stan “Stanley” Wawrinka is up against Chile’s Cristian Garín. Wawrinka is seeded 24th after a long run of fitness problems and it seems his best days are behind him, but we’d all love to see a revival from the owner of that backhand.
Hi there. I return in time to see Kei Nishikori flay a forehand past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, which helps the seventh seed into a commanding position – two sets to one to the good and a break up in the fourth. Elsewhere Petra Martic closed out that first set against Kristina Mladenovic, winning it 6-2.
Right, Jacob Steinberg is back from lunch – he’ll guide you through the afternoon.
Mahut is looking good – he’s taken the first set against Kohlschreiber, 6-3. On Lenglen, Martic still leads Mladenovic by a break, approaching the business end of their first set.
Nishikori is back in the land of the living. He wins a service game, then another missed backhand from Tsonga gifts him the break-back. I’d not be surprised to see a swift resolution here.
On Mathieu, what might just be the match of the day is underway: Marin Cilic, seeded 11, is 1-1 with Griggsy Dimitrov.
I’ve just learnt the term “under-tennised” – used by Eurosport’s commentator to describe Reechar Gasquet. He’s just been beaten by Juan Ignacio Londero. This is his first time in the post-qualifying bit of a slam, and next he plays Moutet, another qualifier. One of them will make the quarters.
This has changed very rapidly – a love-hold for Tsonga, who isn’t having to do that much, so miserably is Nishikori behaving.
Nishikori’s all over the show now and quickly finds himself staring down three break points. Two winners close the gap … but Tsonga brings it home to go 2-0 in the fourth!
Londero is about to serve for it against Gasquet, while Krajinovic now leads Carballes Baena 6-4 64 0-1. Menawhile, Potapova and Vondrousova have just started.
It looks like Tonsga’s gone when he finds himself 15-40, but Nishikori then snatches at two. Tsonga, though, can’t find any consistency – and neither can Nishikori, so we have break points and deuces. Tsonga is doing all he can to avoid following a serve with a backhand, but eventually sneaks it from his first advantage. Suddenly it’s all very scrappy.
Meanwhile, it looks like the Gasquet is blown: Londero leads him 2-1, and has just broken for 4-3 in the fourth.
Mahut, fresh off a huge win against Cecchinato – he came from two sets down – has broken Kohlschreiber early leading 4-2.
Tsonga looks like he’s still steaming from the previous game. He forces things, three wild groundstrokes seeking winners that weren’t there, before a Nishikori forehand finishes things. now He leads 4-6 6-4 6-4.
Back on Chatrizzle, Nishikori, though he lost an amazing rally in the game, has broken Tonsga. He’ll serve for the set now, 5-4 ahead.
The number two seed eases through and will fancy herself to snaffle a first major. Next for her it’s either Martic (31) or Mladenovic, who’ve just started on Lenglen.
Out on court seven, Sevastova will shortly serve for the match against Minella … in fact she already has done. The number 12 seed meets Elise Meterns, the number 20 seed, next. That should be a bazzer.
On Mathieu, Pliskova, Ka has broken Kucova in set two. She leads 5-2 and by one set to love.
Both players are playing pretty well now, at least on serve. You watch Tsonga and think he’s got a decent chance here, then you watch Nishikori and think nah, he doesn’t. 4-4 in the third.
Is this just me?
In commentary, they’re complaining about how few people were in to see Tsonga earlier in the match. But the court’s fuller now; the third set is 3-3 (40-40).
Kucova is celebrating Villa’s promotion to the Premier League.
Around the grounds:
Kucova 2-6 1-2 Pliskova Ka
On Chatrier, we’ve got Nishikori and Tsonga on the cusp of an epic. Nishikori took the first set 6-4, then Tosnga nabbed the second by the same score. In the third, it’s 3-2 Tsonga on serve.
He plays Goffin next – I quite fancy him for that one
Afternoon all. Rafael Nadal “likes Roland Garros in general”. This is the greatest understatement since Snap! declared their interest in rhythm dancing.
Time for me to grab some lunch. I’ll leave you in the capable hands of Daniel Harris.
You know, I reckon this Nadal chap might make something of himself on the clay. He’ll play David Goffin in the third round.
Karolina Pliskova is in dominant form against Kristina Kucova. The second seed has won the first set 6-2.
Crikey, Yannick Maden’s broken Rafa Nadal again. There was even a double-fault from Nadal in that game. It’s 4-4 in the third set and the Spaniard looks irritated.
On court 7 Anastasija Sevastova, the 12th seed, has taken the first set 6-2 against Maria Minella. Karolina Pliskova is a break up against Kristina Kucova.
Rafa Nadal has restored his advantage in the third set. He should be safely back in the locker room soon.
It’s all square on Philippe-Chatrier, where Kei Nishikori has taken the second set off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. That one could go the distance, which would be annoying for the waiting Roger Federer.
Yannick Maden breaks back! The comeback’s on! Take that, Rafa!
Nadal’s broken him now. It didn’t last long. He leads 6-1, 6-2, 3-2.
Four games have passed in the third set and Yannick Maden still hasn’t been broken by Rafa Nadal. This is bordering on competitive.
The sixth seed is through to the third round for the first time. He probably should have it done it in three sets, he probably should have done it quicker in the fourth, but he dunnit in the end, and at the end of the day that’s all that counts, innit.
Rafa Nadal allowed Yannick Maden two games in the second set. Nice of him. He leads 6-1, 6-2.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is rolling back the years on Philippe-Chatrier, where he’s nabbed the first set 6-4 against Kei Nishikori. Meanwhile, please give a big round of applause to Corentin Moutet. The 20-year-old Frenchman blew a 5-1 lead in the fourth set against Guido Pella, who managed to get it back to 5-5. Yet Moutet steadied his nerves, regained the advantage and didn’t blink when he had a third chance to seal his spot in the third round with a 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 win over the 19th seed/
It’s all going wrong for poor Corentin Moutet. He’s served for the match twice, he’s been broken twice, and Guido Pella must reckon he’s going to steal the fourth set on Court 7. Elsewhere Rafa Nadal leads by a set and a break against Yannick Maden, there’s nothing to separate Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Kei Nishikori on Philippe-Chatrier and David Goffin is a set up against Miomir Kecmanovic.
Alexander Zverev managed to get himself into a draining five-setter yesterday. Is the same about to happen to his rival Stefanos Tsitipas? The Greek leads by two sets to one, but he’s down a break in the fourth set. Hugo Dellien is proving a pesky foe. But this is something the Next Gen have to sort out. Quick kills are what it’s all about in the early rounds of a slam. You rarely see Federer, Djokovic and Nadal messing around.
Rafael Nadal has the first set in the bag. 6-1. I hope Yannick Maden’s enjoying the experience of sharing the same court as the Spaniard. It isn’t going to last very long. Elsewhere Corentin Moutet served for the match against Guido Pella. But Pella broke. Moutet leads 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 5-2. Surely not…
Yannick Maden gets on the board! Admittedly Rafael Nadal leads 5-1 in the first set. But Yannick Maden is on the board!
Stefanos Tsitsipas has all the right answers now. The young Greek leads Hugo Dellien 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Nothing to see here dep’t: Rafael Nadal has the double break against Yannick Maden.
It could be an entertaining two or three hours on Philippe-Chatrier now. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s star has faded in recent years, but the former world No5 can still do some damage on his day and he could give Kei Nishikori, the seventh seed, a few problems in front of a partisan crowd. Tsonga beat Nishikori in five sets here in 2015.
Rafa Nadal is looking rampant already. He’s jumping all over Yannick Maden and breaks to lead 2-0 on Suzanne-Lenglen. Here, I wonder how he feels about playing on this court on the same day Roger Federer has a slot on Philippe-Chatrier.
Stefanos Tsitispas clearly wasn’t happy about bungling that first set against Hugo Dellien. The sixth seed won the second 6-0. He should deal with his Bolivian opponent now.
Elise Mertens has beaten Diane Parry 6-1, 6-3. Well done, she’s 16.
She made a meal of the second set but the American gets there in the end. She’s through to the third round, having almost blown it from from a set and 3-0 up.
Out comes Rafael Nadal, ready to face Germany’s Yannick Maden on Suzanne-Lenglen. Nadal beat another Yannick Manfen in the first round. Today’s Yannick is 29 years old and he’s ranked 114th in the world. Good luck, Yannick No2.
Sara Sorribes Tormo is broken to 15 serving for the second set. Oh dear. Sloane Stephens, who should really have had this wrapped up already, now has a chance to win it on a tie-break.
Larsson avoided the bagel, but all she was doing was delaying the inevitable. Muguruza, the former French Open champion, was far too good for her Swedish opponent. It was one of Muguruza’s best performances for a while, a reminder of just how good she can be when she’s in the mood.
Corentin Moutet is having a whale of a time against Guido Pella, the No19 seed. The French outsider leads 6-3, 6-1.
Hang on. Sloane Stephens breaks back. It’s 4-4 in the second set. Oh, the drama!
Hang on. Sloane Stephens had a grip on proceedings on Philippe-Chatrier not so long ago. The seventh seed led Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-1, 3-0. But her Spanish opponent has only gone and won four straight games, leaving her primed to force a decider. That’s some turnaround.
Johanna Larsson has completely run out of ideas against Garbine Muguruza, whose power and accuracy are proving too much for the Swede to handle. A second-set bagel’s on the cards – unless Larsson can summon some belated defiance.
Hugo Dellien converts that set point! Stefanos Tsitsipas is in trouble against the Bolivian, who’s battled back from a break down to win the first set 6-4. No doubt Alexander Zverev will be chuckling to himself.
A seed’s in bother on Court 7, where Guido Pella trails 6-3, 3-0 against Corentin Moutet, the world No110. Pella, seeded 19th, is being bullied by the 20-year-old Frenchman. Elsewhere Stefanos Tsitsipas’s lead has been wiped out by Hugo Dellien, who has a set point against the sixth seed…
And there’s a break for Garbine Muguruza in the first game of the second set. She can spy a place in the third round now. And so can Sloane Stephens, who leads 6-1, 3-0 on Philippe Chatrier.
Garbine Muguruza’s hitting the ball crisply, which is always a good sign. She takes the first set 6-4 off Johanna Larsson.
Sloane Stephens has indeed motored to that first set, taking it 6-1. Sara Sorribes Tormo can start booking her flights. Elsewhere Elise Mertens, the 20th seed, is giving Diane Parry a lesson on Court 14. The Belgian leads 4-1.
The first breakthrough goes Garbine Muguruza’s way. She breaks to lead 3-2 on Suzanne-Lenglen. As for Sloane Stephens, she’s motoring towards the first set against Sara Sorribes Tormo, who’s already been broken twice.
Sloane Stephens, beaten by Simona Halep in last year’s final, is on top early on against Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo. The American leads by a break already and she’s threatening to increase her lead on Philippe-Chatrier. Meanwhile Johanna Larsson, no mug at all, is giving Garbine Muguruza little to work with on Suzanne-Lenglen, where they remain on serve.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, the sixth seed, has made a fast start against Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien. The Greek’s broken in the first game.
Who knows what to expect from Garbine Muguruza these days? The Spaniard won this tournament in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017, but she’s more than capable of chucking in a ridiculous early defeat at a grand slam when she’s in the mood. She’s unstoppable on her day and muck when she’s off. Here she’s up against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson, the world No37. Still on serve.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of day four of the French Open. Roger Federer’s in action later on. Swoon! But Garbine Muguruza, Sloane Stephens and Stefanos Tsitsipas are on now, and that’s not a bad way to start.