French Open, day 4: Dimitrov, Zverev survive five-set tests

Zverev defeated Dusan Lajovic 2-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2; Dimitrov registered a 6-7, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 win over Jared Donaldson; Smooth sailing for Djokovic, Halep and Wozniacki

World No.1 Simona Halep was the runner-up at the French Open in 2014 and 2017.   -  AFP

That brings an end to today's action at the French Open. 

Thiem's second-round match suspended because of bad light

Dominic Thiem was leading two sets to one but play was pushed to the next day because of bad light. Score: Dominic Thiem leads StefanosTsitsipas 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

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Daria Kasatkina through to Rd 3:

In the last women's match of the day, Russia's Daria Kasatkina defeated last year's French Open quarterfinalist Kirsten Flipkens 6-3, 6-3

Yuki-Divij win

In the men's doubles, the Indian pair of Yuki Bhambri and Divij Sharan defeated Indo-French pair of Purav Raja and Fabrice Martin 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

12:25 am: Stefanos Tsitsipas comes back strongly. Wins the second set 6-2.

11:30 pm:  Dominic Thiem wins the first set against Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2.

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Wozniacki routs Garcia Perez

Wozniacki conceded just one game in the entire match as she thrashed a heavily-bandaged Garcia Perez 6-1, 6-0 to enter the third round.

10:45 pm: Wozniacki is on fire. She concedes just one game and wraps up the first set in ease. 

10:20 pm: Wozniacki vs Garcia begins

Dimitrov wins

It was yet another five-setter at the Roland Garros as Grigor Dimitrov registered a 6-7, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 win over Jared Donaldson to progress to the third round. He will face Fernando Verdasco for a place in the pre-quarters.

10:00: Nishikori grinds his way out of trouble and books his spot in the third round by defeating Benoit Paire 6-3, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Zverev grinds out tough win

Alexander Zverev overcame a tough challenge from Serbia's Dusan Lajovic to prevail 2-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. 

09:30 pm: Zverev two games away from victory; in a one-sided fifth set, he leads 4-0.

09:18 pm: Moutet becomes the first French player to lose on Day Four after three went through earlier.

Lucas Pouille and Gael Monfils are still to play.

Goffin triumphs 7-5, 6-0, 6-1.

09:12 pm: The big guns are fighting back. Zverev is also level after four sets against Lajovic; his 6-1 demolition takes the match to the fifth set.

19th seed Nishikori takes it to a fifth too, taking the fourth set 6-2.

09:10 pm: Gilles Simon is level with 12th seed Sam Querrey, taking the second set 7-6.

08:56 pm: Goffin goes 3-0 in the third set, he's three games away from book his spot in the third round.

08:53 pm: Nishikori goes a break up in the fourth set; he is currently serving to gain a 3-0 lead.

08:49 pm: Goffin goes two sets up against Corentin Moutet, taking the second set 6-0.

08:44 pm: Uphill task now for Nishikori, the 19th seed, as he does down 6-4 in the third set.

08:40 pm: The Williams sisters complete a resolute comeback, downing 14th seed Shuko Aoyama and Miyu Kato 5-6, 6-4, 6-1.

08:38 pm: Zverev two sets down now, against Dusan Lajovic from Serbia. Loses 6-4. Zverev has one set to his name out of three.

08:20 pm: On Court Philippe-Chatrier, Benoît Paire and Kei Nishikori are a set all. But the Frenchman is up a break in the third.

Zverev-Lajović is at 3-3 in the third after the German breaks back, but Dimitrov has lost the third set to Donaldson.

08:10 pm: Zverev goes down a break in the third set. He did the same in the first two. Nerves? The big stage? The German world No.3 lost in the first round of Roland Garros last year and has never gone beyond the fourth round of a Grand Slam.

David Goffin comes back from 2-5 down to take the first set 7-5 against 19-year-old Corentin Moutet.

08:00 pm: The Williams sisters make it one set all against Aoyama and Kato.

07:50 pm: It’s one set all as Alexander Zverev takes the second set 7-5 against Dušan Lajović.

07:40 pm: Kei Nishikori wins the first set 6-3 against Benoît Paire.

And Dimitrov makes it one set all after taking the second 6-4 against Jared Donaldson.

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07:25 pm: Zverev breaks Lajović to go back on serve in the second set.

American 19-year-old Caroline Dolehide, the last teenager in the women’s draw, loses to compatriot Madison Keys. On the men’s side, though, there are still four players left below the age of 20 – Denis Shapovalov, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud and France’s Corentin Moutet (who’s up a break in the first set against eighth seed David Goffin).

07:15 pm: Zverev down a break in the second set now. Dimitrov up a break in the second set.

In women’s doubles, Serena and Venus Williams lose the first set to the Japanese pair of Shuko Aoyama and Miyu Kato in the round of 64.

07:00 pm: Second seed Alexander Zverev and fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov have both lost their first set. The furthest either has gone at the French Open is the third round, but the 21-year-old German had a good clay court season going into Roland Garros.

06:45 pm: Just another day at the job for Novak Djokovic. A 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Jaume Munar in the second round may just be what he needed. Djokovic is 11-7 and without a title for the year.

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Trouble for Zverev. He’s down two breaks in the opening set.

06:35 pm:  It’s all over for Berdych. After clawing back a two-set deficit, the Czech former world No.4 goes down to Chardy 6-7, 6-7, 6-1, 7-5, 2-6.

It’s a good day for the French contingent, though. Three wins in three matches – all three carrying over from Tuesday.

06:30 pm: Berdych is broken in the fifth set! Chardy leads 5-2. Berdych serves to stay in the match.

Second seed Alexander Zverev, too, is broken – by Dušan Lajović in the opening game of their second round match. A long way to go there, though.

06:00 pm: Make that two Frenchmen! Julien Benneteau wins his first round match against Leonardo Mayer in four sets.

Pablo Carreño Busta is through to the third round, where he will take on Marco Cecchinato.

Back to Suzanne-Lenglen, and Djokovic has won the second set 6-4.

And on Philippe-Chatrier, Berdych has levelled the match at two sets all against Chardy. The former world No.4 had looked poised for a first round exit when play was suspended on Tuesday evening.

05:40 pm: The first French player in the men’s draw is through for Wednesday: Pierre-Hugues Herbert, with a four-set win over Peter Polansky in their first round match. Two more are on court and another five will play later today. Two from the women’s draw will also be playing, but only one will go through – Alizé Cornet and Pauline Parmentier will be facing each other.

05:13 pm: The Djokovic-Munar first set goes to a tiebreak, which the former world No.1 easily wins 7-1.

On Court Philippe-Chatrier, Tomáš Berdych wins five straight games and the third set against Frenchman Jérémy Chardy. The match had been suspended last evening with the Chardy up 7-6, 7-6, 1-1.

05:00 pm: Djokovic is broken while serving for the first set! It’s back on serve.

04:40 pm: Marco Trungelliti’s 1,000km road trip into the second round of the French Open has come to an end, losing in straight sets to Marco Cecchinato of Italy.

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04:30 pm: No.10 seed Pablo Carreño Busta – the second highest seed among the Spaniards after you know who – is having to sweat it out. He’s won the first two sets against Federico Delbonis in tiebreaks.

04:20 pm: Simona Halep is through to the second round with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 win! A brief scare for the Romanian world No.1.

On Court Suzanne-Lenglen, Novak Djokovic walks on for his match against Spain’s Jaume Munar, who’s appearing in the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

 

04:00 pm: Svitolina wins her second round match 6-3, 6-4 after exchanging breaks with Kužmová in the second set. Next up for the Ukrainian 4th seed is Mihaela Buzărnescu.

Japan’s 20-year-old Naomi Osaka is also through to the third round with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Zarina Diyas.

Halep takes a 3-0 lead in the deciding set.

03:50 pm: Halep fights back to take the second set 6-1, then breaks Riske’s serve to go up in the third.

Meanwhile, Kvitova is through to the third round with a 6-0, 6-4 win, while 26th seed Barbora Strýcová is also through with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Ekaterina Makarova.

03:30pm: Halep loses the first set to the American world No.83 Alison Riske, while Kvitova bagels Lara Arruabarrena in the first set of their match.

On Court Suzanne-Lenglen, No.4 Elina Svitolina is up a set and a break against Viktória Kužmová.

2:30pm: Welcome to Sportstar’s live blog of day four of the 2018 French Open at Stade Roland Garros in Paris.

World No.1 Simona Halep finally begins her French Open campaign with the first match on Court Philippe-Chatrier after rain on Tuesday forced a reschedule.

Caroline Wozniaki, Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova will be playing their round of 64 matches later in the day, while among the men, 2016 champion Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin and Kei Nishikori will all be taking to the courts.

Also making an appearance will be the unknown-till-Monday Marco Trungelliti, who drove 10 hours with his brother, mother and grandmother from Barcelona to Paris after an unlikely series of withdrawals opened up a spot for him. The 28-year-old Argentine then proceeded to beat Bernard Tomic in four sets.

Order of play on the main show courts (prefix numbers denote seeding; all matches second round except Halep v Riske):

Court Philippe-Chatrier (0900 GMT)

1-Simona Halep (Romania) v Alison Riske (USA)

19-Kei Nishikori (Japan) v Benoit Paire (France)

2-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) v Georgina Garcia Perez (Spain)

15-Lucas Pouille (France) v Cameron Norrie (Britain)

 

Court Suzanne-Lenglen (0900 GMT)

4-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) v Viktoria Kuzmova (Slovakia)

20-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) v Jaume Munar (Spain)

8-David Goffin (Belgium) v Corentin Moutet (France)

32-Alize Cornet (France) v Pauline Parmentier (France)

 

Court One (0900 (0900 GMT))

8-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) v Lara Arruabarrena (Spain)

2-Alexander Zverev (Germany) v Dusan Lajovic (Serbia)

32-Gael Monfils (France) v Martin Klizan (Slovakia)

14-Daria Kasatkina (Russia) v Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium)