French Open has reached the big second week and we have the quarter-finals line-up. In the men’s singles, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic advanced to the quarters. Murray has Nishikori next while Wawrinka will face Cilic. In the other half, Djokovic has Thiem while Nadal faces Carreno. In the women’s singles, 11th seed Wozniacki is up against Ostapenko. Title favourite Kiki Mladenovic will face Bacsinszky. In the other half, Simona Halep faces a tough opponent in Svitolina.
French Open Day 9
9:21 pm: All over for Monfils! He hits it wide and Wawrinka wins the third game as well. The Swiss is into the quarters after his 7-5 7-6 6-2 win
9:14 pm: Monfils not in the same touch as he was in the previous two games. Wawrinka has taken a 5-2 lead and will now be serving for the match
8:45 pm: Second set to Wawrinka. The Swiss wins in tiebreak and Monfils is now two sets down. He needs to win the third to stay in the match
8:30 pm: Monfils holds and takes the game. 6-6 in the second and we need a tiebreak to decide the set set. Wawrinka serving
8:25 pm: This second set is also going down to the wire. Wawrinka leads Monfils 6-5 but can the Frenchman force a tiebreaker?
7:39 pm: First set to Wawrinka. The former champ wins it 7-5 to take an early lead against Monfils
7:30 pm: What a match for Nishikori! He was served a bagel in the first set. He returns the favour. He beats Verdasco 0-6 6-4 6-4 6-0
7:10 pm: Local boy Gael Monfils is taking on 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. Delightful match for the local public in Paris
6:22 pm: After losing the opening set to love, Nishikori turns things around and makes it one set all. Wins the second set 6-4
6:12 pm: Andy Murray is through to the quarterfinals. He wins 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
5:25 pm: Verdasco is off to a flier! He is already 5-0 up. And Murray has taken a two sets lead – 6-3, 6-4
5:14 pm: Murray has a break of serve in the second set and leads 4-3. On the other court, Verdasco vs Nishikori underway and it has a five setter written all over it. The Spaniard breaks Kei early and leads 2-0
4:43 pm: Meanwhile, Andy Murray has won the opening set 6-3 against Khachanov after an ace
4:42 pm: What a turnaround this has been! Svitolina to serve for the match at 6-5 after being 2-5 and 0-30 down a few minutes ago. Svitolina has won 17 of the last 20 points. Make that 18 of 21 with a deft volley at the net. Follows it up with an ace and three match points. Goes for a backhand down the line winner but misses. One match point gone. 40-15. Deep forehand followed by another and Martic sends backhand into bottom part of the net. GAME SET MATCH SVITOLINA! After 2 hours and 5 minutes, brink of exit, the contender for the women’s title stays alive!
4:40 pm: Svitolina in dominant and demolition mode. Thumping massive forehands as the two hour mark comes up. 0-30 now on Martic’s serve. Now the luck goes her way too – gets the net, trickles over and then grazes the sideline. 0-40, three break points. Martic tries to find the sideline but misses narrowly and that’s the break.
4:37 pm: Svitolina with two thumping forehands to lead 30-0. 131 kmph forehand into open court this one. Another lovely forehand winner and it is game point to the Ukranian. Double fault. 40-15. Yet another huge forehand and Svitolina holds serve. 5-5!
4:30 pm: Martic serving for the match and a place in the quarters. Very tense point from both players, just keeping the ball in with backhands back-and-forth. In the end, Martic tries to lob but it goes long. 0-15. Martic with very good depth on her groundstrokes but as the rally progresses, she is going for a bit too much on the angles. Goes wide. 0-30. This time Martic sends the ball deep and moves forward to punch it defiantly. 15-30. Uh-oh. Goes for too much on the forehand and it sails long. 15-40, two break points. Decent drop shot by Martic and Svitolina can’t pick it up. Gutsy to go for a drop shot at break point. 30-40. This time Martic tries to serve and volley but it is into her feet and into the net. BREAK! Svitolina brings it back on serve at 4-5
4:26 pm: Meanwhile, Svitolina serving at 2-5. Upset brewing. Starts by smacking her forehand into the net. 0-15. Lengthy rally moving side-to-side and Svitolina goes for a bit too much on the angle and it is wide. 0-30. Good serve and it results in an error. 15-30. Now Martic sends her backhand long. 30-30. Svitolina doesn’t look mentally there but staying in it for now. Martic sends forehand into the net. 40-30. Very poor serve, Martic thumps it back but goes for too much on the second return. Hold.
1624 hrs IST: Andy Murray now on court for his fourth round contest. His opponent, Russian Karen Khachanov ranked 53 in the world. It is 2-2 in the opening set
1558 hrs IST: Svitolina wins three games in a row to take the second set 6-3. She’s not going out without a fight – once again!
1552 hrs IST: Halep is through to the quarters and she’s hardly made to work for it. Wins it 6-1, 6-1 in exactly an hour. 30 minutes on both sides
1515 hrs IST: On the other court, upset in the offing. Martic wins the opening set 6-4 vs Svitolina. Martic is looking to become the first qualifier to reach the last eight in Paris since 2012. She’s already beaten 12th seed Madison Keys and demolished 17th seed Anastasija Sevastova en route to the fourth round — a stage she also reached in 2012.
1515 hrs IST: Easy peasy for Halep against CSN. Wins the opening set 6-1 in half an hour. Up a break in the second set too. Now CSN putting pressure on Halep’s serve but failing to break right back.
1430 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the French Open here as we enter the second week. Fourth round and the matches get tougher as we go along (or tougher for some?). Some of the good looking matches on offer today: Halep vs Carla Suarez Navarro (CSN), Wawrinka vs Monfils, Garcia vs Cornet (DRAMA!!!!!), Verdasco vs Nishikori, Anderson vs Cilic and for the Indian audience: Bopanna/Dabrowski vs Mirza/Dodig