2012 French Open: day 5 recap part 1

Back from my third day at Roland Garros. My first day was all about old and future stars, my second day was all about women’s tennis, and today was all about French players and Sam Querrey.

First, on Court 9: Paul-Henri Mathieu at practice with Fabio Fognini

Paul-Henri Mathieu

Paul-Henri Mathieu

Fognini saved 2 match points two match points to beat No. 28 seed Viktor Troicki in three hours and 30 minutes, in a match that started on Wednesday but was carried over due to rain.

Fabio Fognini

Fabio Fognini

And PHM? Well, he outbattled John Isner in 5 hours and 41 minutes to reach the third round.

Paul-Henri Mathieu

On Court 11, Arnaud Clément preparing for what would be his last match at Roland Garros:

Runner up at the 2001 Australian Open (loss to Andre Agassi), Clément’s best result at Roland Garros is a 4th round in 2003, but his most memorable match is probably his loss to Fabrice Santoro in 2004, in 6 hours and 33 minutes.

Arnaud Clement

Clément, who was playing his 15th French Open lost to David Goffin of Belgium.

Arnaud Clement

Arnaud Clement

Next on Court 9, last year’s champion, Li Na:

More pics of Li Na‘s practice session to follow.

Other French players I’ve seen on the courts today:

Julien Benneteau

Julien Benneteau

Julien Benneteau

and Stéphanie Foretz Gacon:

Stéphanie Foretz Gacon

Stéphanie Foretz Gacon

In part 2 of today’s recap: Pavlyuchenkova, Llodra, Goerges, Haas and more.

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