Only one semi-surprise today: Tomas Berdych’ victory over 4th seed Andy Murray.

– Schiavone, Wozniacki, Dementieva and Petrova are through to quarters. Henin finished off her match against Sharapova, she will meet Sam Stosur in round 4.

– Federer, Soderling, Berdych defeated their opponent in straight sets. It was even more easier for Youzhny: Tsonga retired after the loss of the first set due to injury.

More on today’s matches.

Quote of the day: Maria Sharapova “I gave the French fans what they wanted, a Justine win. Merry Christmas!”

Tomorrow’s matches:
Serena Williams (1) – Shahar Peer ISR (18)
Justine Henin (22) – Samantha Stosur (7)
Jelena Jankovic (4) – Daniela Hantuchova (23)
Jarmila Groth – Yaroslava Shvedova
Teimuraz Gabashvili – Jurgen Melzer (22)
Robby Ginepri – Novak Djokovic (3)
Fernando Verdasco (7) – Nicolas Almagro (19)
Thomaz Bellucci (24) – Rafael Nadal ESP (2)

Join us tomorrow on Tennis Buzz for our French Open live coverage.

Berthillon ice cream cone

Berthillon is a French manufacturer and retailer of luxury ice cream and sorbet. Their “glaces” (ice creams) are considered to be the best in Paris.
Berthillon has been around since 1954. They use all natural ingredients; no preservatives or additives in their products! They’re located at 29-31 Rue Saint Louis en l’ile, in Paris 4e.
I’ve never been there myself, but if you don’t mind queuing 30min just to buy an ice cream, go there and taste it. Check out their website for flavors, sorbets, and specialties of the house.

Elena Dementieva is the first to qualify for the quarterfinals after her victory over qualifier Chanelle Scheepers 6-1 6-3. Her next opponent: the winner of the match Nadia Petrova-Venus Williams.
Other player qualified for the quarterfinals: Francesca Schiavone, winner over Maria Kirilenko 6-4 6-4.

14.45: break for Venus in the second set 2-0. First set: 6-4 Petrova

14.48: big battle on the Suzannne Lenglen court between Caroline Wozniacki and Flavia Pennetta 7-6 1-0 for the Dane.

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The Jardin du Luxembourg is Paris’ largest public park, and favorite place to sun, stroll, picnic and play. It is the garden of the palais du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Palace), built by Marie de Medicis, mother of king Louis XIII in the 17th century. Luxembourg Palace has served many roles over the years. It has been a royal property, a museum, a prison, and served as headquarters of the Luftwaffe (german Air Force) during WWII. Today it is home to the Sénat (upper house of the French parliament).

Une soirée dans les Jardins du Luxembourg / An evening in the Luxembourg Garden

At the center of the park is an octogonal pond, known as the Grand bassin. Here, children can rent and sail model boats. The garden contains over a hundred statues, monuments and fountains, scattered throughout the grounds.
Tennis courts are also located in the garden’s central-west sector. Opening hours are the same as the park’s and vary depending on the time of year.

Some big names crashed out today at Roland Garros:

– Number 6 seed Andy Roddick was ousted in straight sets by qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili. I ‘ve seen Gabashvili play twice: once in a Futures tournament in Lille a couple years ago and last Saturday in Roland Garros, when he was playing an exhibition set against Gianni Mina during Benny Berthet Day. I must say he is a solid player but I wasn’t really impressed by his game.

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Third round: Rafael Nadal vs Lleyton Hewitt
Head to head: 5-4
2009 Roland Garros Clay Nadal 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
2008 Beijing Olympics, Hard Nadal 6-1, 6-2
2007 Roland Garros Clay Nadal 6-3, 6-1, 7-6(5)
2007 ATP Masters Series Hamburg Clay Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
2006 Queen’s Club Grass Hewitt 3-6, 6-3 RET
2006 Roland Garros Clay Nadal 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
2005 Australian Open Hard Hewitt 7-5, 3-6, 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-2
2004 ATP Masters Series Toronto, Hard Hewitt 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
2004 Australian Open Hard Hewitt 7-6(2), 7-6(5), 6-2

Rafa and Lleyton met at the same stage of the tournament last year. Rafa is once again the big favorite, as he became the first player in history to win all 3 clay court Masters titles in a single year and the first player to win 3 consecutive Masters events.
But as always, Nadal won’t overlook his opponent: “We know Hewitt. He’s a very dangerous guy and he plays at a very high level. He’s going to do his best to win, of course.”
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt will give everything on the court: “He cleaned me up last few times. He’s obviously very dominant, especially on this surface. I’m gonna have to go out there and execute what I want to do, and do it bloody well.”

You can follow here live this match between two former number ones.

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