2010 French Open Daily

Your P.M. once-over of all things Roland Garros

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Rain delays interrupted play Wednesday at Roland Garros.
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What's Happening Thursday

The Tennis Channel's live coverage of the second round begins at 5 a.m. ET and runs through noon. ESPN2 picks it up from 12-6:30 p.m.

You'll have to get up early (or set your DVR) if you want to catch Andy Roddick's second-round match with Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic: The sixth-seeded American is slated for 5 a.m. ET on Lenglen. Other early matches include No. 4 seed Jelena Jankovic against Kaia Kenpi, and 39-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm against Jarmila Groth.

Top men's seeds in action include No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. Horacio Zeballos, No. 3 Novak Djokovic vs. Kei Nishikori and No. 4 Andy Murray vs. Juan Ignacio Chela. On the women's side, it's No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Julia Goerges, No. 5 Elena Dementieva vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues, No. 12 Maria Sharapova vs. Kirsten Flipkens and No. 22 Justine Henin vs. Klara Zakopalova.

Other matches of note include American Mardy Fish vs. No. 14 Ivan Ljubicic, and record-smashing twins Bob and Mike Bryan in the opening round of the men's doubles.

The compete order of play for Day 5 can be found here.

 

What Happened Wednesday

Three days of temperatures in the 80s gave way to windy, soggy conditions with rain interrupting play on two occasions. Still, it didn't stop 36,064 customers from populating the grounds.

• A contentious match between No. 13 seed Gael Monfils and Fabio Fognini was suspended at 5-5 in the fifth due to darkness. They'll complete the second-rounder Thursday on Chatrier following the Jankovic-Kenpi match.

• Defending French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova fought off four match points in the second set before prevailing over Andrea Petkovic in three. Sveta confessed afterward she wasn't sure how she pulled out the win.

• Top-seeded Roger Federer overcame a tricky first set to cruise past Alejandro Falla in a match twice interrupted by rain.

• Other suspended matches featured No. 4 Andy Murray, No. 13 Gael Monfils, No. 17 John Isner and No. 25 Marcos Baghdatis. They'll resume play Thursday.

• Hometown favorite and No. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga cruised in a straight sets and lashed out at French Open organizers afterward for spurning his schedule requests.

• Top seeds No. 5 Robin Soderling, No. 10 Marin Cilic, No. 15 Tomas Berdych, No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 14 Flavia Pennetta, No. 19 Nadia Petrova each progressed in straight sets.

Match of the Day: Kuznetsova demonstrated the heart of a champion Wednesday, keeping her title defense alive with a gutsy come-from-behind escape against Petkovic.

 

Paris Clicks

A top sports physician from the U.K. lends insight to Andy Murray's lingering knee ailment ... Busted Racquet recounts the five most ridiculous moments from Wednesday's Monfils-Fognini match ... The New York Times weighs in on Venus' much-talked-about outfit ... The Telegraph offers the historical retrospective of the Williams sisters' fashion statements ... Rafa's latest dispatch for the Times Online ... Is it splitsville for Serena Williams and rapper-actor Common? ... Gael Monfils talks World Cup soccer and offers up a curious sleeper for next month's finals in South Africa ... Tsonga, Murray and Soderling get down to the Black Eyed Peas, ABBA and the Jackson 5.

 

Photo of the Day

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France's Gael Monfils returns the ball to Italy's Fabio Fognini during Wednesday's second-round match at Roland Garros.
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Go Figure

40-1 ... Career win-loss record of Serena Williams in the second round of major championships entering Tuesday's round-of-64 meeting with unseeded Julia Georges. The lone defeat came in her Grand Slam debut at the 1998 Australian Open.

7 ... Years since a South African woman last made the third round of a Grand Slam before qualifier Chanelle Scheepers advanced Wednesday with a three-set victory over Gisela Dulko.

23 ... Number of questions during Venus Williams' post-match interview on Wednesday.

2 ... Number of questions during Williams' presser that addressed the actual match.

 

Must-See Video

The final points of Monfils-Fognini were played in near darkness on Chatrier.

 

They Said It

"Yeah, we need a roof badly. Tomorrow, if possible."
--Roger Federer, on whether it should be mandatory for the four Grand Slams to have retractable roofs over their respective center courts


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