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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FWOTD #6: Velib

FWOTD #6: VELIB

0000000000000 Velibs

Velib’ (velo liberté , bicycle freedom) is a self service “bike hire” system available 24/7. Multi pick up and drop off location allows you to pick up your bike from one service point and drop off to another.
The system was launched in Paris in July 2007. 20 000 bicycles and 1450 automated rental stations have been introduced to the city with
Riding a velib is quite uncomfortable (the bikes are really heavy) but it’s really cheap and convenient. If you stay in Paris you should try it!
One tip: take some time to choose your Vélib, many times the bikes are in bad shape (flat tyres, broken sits…)

FWOTD #5: jambon-beurre

Sandwich jambon-beurre

I know this website is supposed to be dedicated to tennis, but it’s kinda impossible to talk about France without talking about food, right?
So today’s french word of the day is “jambon-beurre”. Le jambon-beurre (also called “parisien”) is the typical french sandwich. Simple but delicious: just ham, butter and baguette .
French people eat 830 millions jambon-beurre each year, that’s 2.2 millions a day. Bon appétit!

A rainy day at Roland Garros.

Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Flavia Pennetta are all through to third round with straight sets win. Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and Madrid winner Aravane Rezaï suffer but qualify in 3 sets against respectively Andrea Petkovic and Angélique Kerber.

On the men’s side, no problem for last year’s finalist Robin Soderling who dismantled Taylor Dent 6-0 6-1 6-1.
A good day at the office too for Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Maric Cilic who ease through third round as well.

Frenchman of the day: Gael Monfils
Monfils lead two sets to love in his match against Fabio Fognini but the italian player came back from the brink to level the match at 2 sets all.
Monfils saved 3 match points at 4-5 in the fifth but the match was suspended by night at 5-5.

Gael Monfils

Stat of the day: 4
The number of singles matches suspended by night: Fognini-Monfils, Murray-Chela, Granollers-Baghdatis and Isner-Chiudinelli.