French Open 2016, Day 7 as it happened: Djokovic marches on, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retires; Serena Williams, David Ferrer win

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French Open 2016, Day 7 as it happened: Djokovic marches on, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retires; Serena Williams, David Ferrer win
  • 01:43 (IST)

  • 01:41 (IST)

    Novak Djokovic cruises into round of 16!

    Djokovic, who can become just the eighth man to win all four Grand Slam tournaments should be emerge triumphant next weekend, beat Britain's Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 just before the light became too poor to play in.

    The Serb, winner of the last three Grand Slam tournaments, has seen his chances of adding the French title considerably improved by the shock injury withdrawal of nine-time champion Rafael Nadal.

    "It was important to finish this evening," was Djokovic's relieved comment on his late show before thanking the umpire for keeping the action going despite the gloom.

  • 23:00 (IST)

    Leander Paes-Martina Hingis move into Mixed Doubles quarters after beating 4th seeds Mergea/Shvedova 2-6, 7-5, 10-6.

  • 22:53 (IST)

    What a point!

  • 22:53 (IST)

    Venus Williams, 36 years old next month, is back in the 4th round at French Open for 1st time since 2010.

    She defeated Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 7-6(5), 1-6, 6-0.

  • 22:29 (IST)

    6th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retires due to an injury. 

    He was in tears while leaving the court.

  • 21:55 (IST)

    11th-seeded David Ferrer came out on top from an all-Spanish match with Feliciano Lopez, winning 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-1.

    He'll next face either seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych or Pablo Cuevas.

  • 21:28 (IST)

  • 21:25 (IST)

    Serena Williams wins 6-4, 7-6(10) on her 5th match point.

    It was a messy tie-break after a 2-hour rain delay but Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic hung in for as long as she could.

  • 21:11 (IST)

    Play has resumed after the rains!

  • 20:41 (IST)

    Schedule Update:

    Djokovic-Bedene will move to Suzanne-Lenglen after Venus v Cornet ends

    Goffin-Almagro will play third on Court 2.

  • 20:25 (IST)

    The former Wimbledon champion with some happy scenes!

  • 20:21 (IST)

    Some good news!

  • 18:39 (IST)

    All the results so far:

    Men's Third Round:

    Marcel Granollers (ESP) bt Rafael Nadal (ESP #4) w/o

    Dominic Thiem (AUT #13) bt Alexander Zverev (GER) 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

    Women's Third Round:

    Timea Bacsinszky (SUI #8) bt Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 6-4, 6-2

    Elina Svitolina (UKR #18) bt Ana Ivanovic (SRB #14) 6-4, 6-4

    Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) bt Karin Knapp (ITA) 6-1, 6-1

    Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP #12) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK #22) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

  • 18:26 (IST)

    Play suspended on Phillipe-Chatrier just before the second set tie-break between Serena and Mladenovic.

  • 18:25 (IST)

    Play has been suspended on Lenglen, Court 1, 6, and 17 due to weather.

  • 18:20 (IST)

    It's beginning to rain in Paris but play continues at Roland Garros.

    Serena Williams is leading by a set against Mladenovic. 6-4, 5-5

    Venus Williams' match against Alize Cornet just started on Suzanne-Lenglen. 1-1.

    David Ferrer leads the all-spanish battle with Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-6, 1-1. 

  • 17:39 (IST)

  • 17:37 (IST)

    22-year-old Dominic Thiem (#13) downs 19-year-old Alexander Zverev 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

    The Austrian plays Marcel Granollers in the round of 16. 

  • 17:37 (IST)

    22-year-old Dominic Thiem (#13) downs 19-year-old Alexander Zverev 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

    The Austrian plays Marcel Granollers in the round of 16. 

  • 17:01 (IST)

    Thiem takes a two-sets-to-one lead after playing for almost two hours. Has really stepped up on the crucial points. 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3.

  • 16:44 (IST)

  • 16:43 (IST)

    In the third set, Thiem saved two break points and then broke Zverev with some powerful hitting. 2-1.

    The one-hander has been on song for the Austrian. Zverev frustrated at his service being broken and flung his racquet in anger.

  • 16:40 (IST)

    Top seed Serena Williams is now in action on Court Philippe Chatrier. She's playing the 26th seed, Kristina Mladenovic. 

  • 16:17 (IST)

    After a close first set, Thiem has an easier time closing out the second, 6-3. It's a set apiece in this third round!

  • 16:16 (IST)

    #8 Timea Bacsinszky notches her third consecutive straight sets win, reaching the Round of 16 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Parmentier.

  • 16:04 (IST)

    Upset! #18 Elina Svitolina avenges last year's quarter-final loss to reach the Round of 16 with a 6-4 6-4 win over #14 Ana Ivanovic.

  • 15:54 (IST)

    Alexander Zverev takes a 61-minute first set 7-4 in the tie-break against Dominic Thiem after saving 6 break points to hold for 6-5.

  • 15:39 (IST)

    Three matches going on right now!

    On Court Philippe-Chatrier, Swiss Timea Bacsinszky, seeded 8, is playing Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier

    Clash of the NextGen rising stars - Dominic Thiem and Alex Zverev is on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

    And finally, on Court 1 we have Ana Ivanovic (#14) playing Elina Svitolina (#18). 

  • 15:28 (IST)

    Rafael Nadal dropped a bombshell by withdrawing from the French Open yesterday, but here's why we shouldn't write him off. 

  • 15:28 (IST)

    Rafael Nadal's French Open dream is over, but resurrection is his best trick - Firstpost

    On 3 June, Nadal turns 30 and while it's easy to assume that this was probably his last shot at a Grand Slam title, the Spaniard has made a habit of proving his detractors wrong.

    http://www.firstpost.com

  • 15:21 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to Day 7 of the French Open! Our live coverage will bring you regular updates and scores from across the grounds of Roland Garros. 

Preview: Top seed Novak Djokovic resumes his quest for tennis glory at Roland Garros on Saturday with the job on the hand made all the easier by the bombshell withdrawal of Rafael Nadal.

The two had been due to meet in the semi-finals in what would have been a huge test for Djokovic, who is out to become just the eighth man to have won all four Grand Slam titles, the last being Nadal in 2010.

But that mouth-watering prospect was wrecked on Friday when the Spaniard, a nine-time former champion in Paris, suddenly appeared in the main press centre to announce that he was withdrawing from the tournament due to a wrist injury.

That means that the man he had been due to play in Saturday's third round, fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers, is already into the last 16 without hitting a ball.

Djokovic meanwhile is last up on the Philippe Chatrier centre court against Britain's Aljaz Bedene, a regular hitting partner for the Serb.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia at Roland Garros. Getty

Novak Djokovic of Serbia at Roland Garros. Getty

"He's very talented, very quick motion for a first serve," said the world number one of his Slovenian-born opponent.

"So, yeah, I'm expecting a tough one, because now it's third round and slowly we are getting into second week of the tournament.

"Not easy matches anymore. I know he doesn't have anything to lose. We might play on centre court, one of the two big ones, and I'm sure he will give it his all."

France's main hope for a first home winner since Yannick Noah in 1983, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, goes up against erratic Latvian Ernests Gulbis, while David Ferrer, a finalist in Paris two years ago, has a date with fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.

Two rising stars of the game, Alexander Zverev of Germany and Dominic Thiem of Austria will face off first up on the Suzanne Lenglen court.

In the women's tournament, both the Williams sisters will be in action ahead of a potential semi-final showdown.

Top seed and defending champion Serena, who is seeking to record a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title, takes on former junior champion Kristina Mladenovic of France, while Venus faces another Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.

Cornet made headlines in the last round when her vanquished opponent Tatjana Maria of Germany angrily accused her of faking injury to gain time to recover from a severe bout of cramps.

Closing the action on Lenglen will be the fast-improving American Madison Keys taking on Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.

(With inputs from AFP)


Published Date: May 29, 2016 01:46 am | Updated Date: May 29, 2016 01:47 am


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