2010 French Open Daily

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

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Ana Ivanovic was KO'd from the French Open on Thursday.
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What's Happening Friday

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

A pair of tournament favorites play their postponed second-round matches at 5 a.m. ET: Rafael Nadal faces Argentina's Horacio Zeballos on Chatrier, while Serena Williams meets Germany's Julia Georges on Lenglen. Also at 5: the juicy matchup between third-seeded Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori, the 2008 ATP Newcomer of the Year who's just regaining form after a lengthy injury layoff.

Other top men's seeds in action include No. 1 Roger Federer vs. Julian Reister, No. 4 Andy Murray vs. No. 25 Marcos Baghdatis (in a cracker!), No. 7 Fernando Verdasco vs. Florent Serra and No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Thiemo De Bakker. On the women's side, it's No. 2 Venus Williams vs. No. 26 Dominika Cibulkova, No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki vs. No. 31 Alexandra Dulgheru and -- in the women's match of the day -- No. 6 Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. No. 30 Maria Kirilenko.

Other matches of note include No. 15 Aravane Rezai vs. No. 19 Nadia Petrova, No. 12 Maria Sharapova vs. Kirsten Flipkens and the completion of Justine Henin's suspended tie with Klara Zakopalova (Henin leads 6-3, 3-2).

The compete order of play for Day 6 can be found here.

 

What Happened Thursday

Another day of windy, soggy conditions saw multiple rain delays and dozens of postponed matches.

• Sixteen singles matches were postponed, as French Open officials sent Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams home early. Twenty doubles matches were also rescheduled.

• 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic suffered a 6-3, 6-0 defeat to Alisa Kleybanova, just the latest setback in the 22-year-old Serb's prolonged slide down the WTA rankings. Ivanovic, who's slipped from No. 1 to No. 43 since bagging her first and only major, won just one of the last 12 games against Kleybanova.

• It's a premature exit for hometown favorite and No. 13 seed Gael Monfils, who suffered a 2-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 9-7 defeat to Italy's Fabio Fognini. The pair needed just 31 minutes to complete a second-round match that had been suspended for darkness Wednesday at 5-5 in the fifth.

• Sixth-seeded Andy Roddick overcame two rain delays in a four-set victory over Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic. Roddick's serve, compromised by the damp conditions, was broken seven times during the match.

• Japan's Kimiko Date Krumm barely lasted an hour in a 6-0, 6-3 loss to Australian qualifier Jarmila Groth. The ouster came just two days after the 39-year-old became the oldest woman since 1985 to reach the second round at Roland Garros.

• 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. 4 Andy Murray, No. 17 John Isner, No. 4 Jelena Jankovic, No. 5 Elena Dementieva, No. 11 Li Na, No. 17 Francesca Schiavone each moved on into the third round.

Match of the Day: The tense Monfis-Fognini showdown was the fixture of the tourney so far. Said Monfils: "It was a mythic type of match."

 

Paris Clicks

The boeuf between French compatriots Aravane Rezai and Marion Bartoli is playing itself out in public ... 18-year-old Simona Halep hoped breast reduction surgery might improve her Grand Slam chances; so far, not so good ... ESPN's Outside The Lines discusses Venus Williams' wardrobe controversy ... The Wall Street Journal on the revenge of the veterans in women's tennis, with just one teenager in the Top 25 ... One blogger was less than thrilled with the Shahar Peer profile aired by the Tennis Channel during Wednesday's rain delays.

 

Photo of the Day

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A snail slides along the rail overlooking Court Philippe Chatrier during an extended rain delay Thursday at Roland Garros.
Cyrille Cadet/AFP/Getty Images

 

Go Figure

38 ... Number of aces boomed by American John Isner in Thursday's second-round victory over Marco Chiudinelli.

60-16 ... Career singles record of Ivanovic before winning the 2008 French Open and moving to No. 1 in the rankings.

44-33 ... Singles record of Ivanovic since that first and only Grand Slam title.

46 ... Number of consecutive appearances at major tournaments by Elena Dementieva, who faces Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak on Friday. The streak leads all active players.

 

Must-See Video

This year's French Open marks the first-ever live 3D broadcast of a Grand Slam. Here's a peek behind the curtain.

 

They Said It

"I'm OK going in knowing it's gonna be possibly crappy tennis. I just want to be the less crappy one."
--Andy Roddick, on the unfavorable weather conditions for Thursday's second-round victory over Blaz Kavcic


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