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.

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.

May 2009:

Nadal's shadow

From 2005 to the start of Roland Garros 2009, Rafael Nadal won 150 matches for only 5 losses on clay. He has never lost a match at Roland Garros where he’s playing for a fifth consecutive title, which has never been done before.

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From Nadal‘s shocking defeat against Soderling to Safina‘s collapse in final, FO 09 was full of surprises and upsets. Here’s a quick recap of last year’s Roland Garros in 9 photos.

Rafael Nadal:

Rafael Nadal - French Open 2009

“Defeats never make you grow, but you also realise how difficult what I achieved up until today was, and this is something you need sometimes. You need a defeat to give the value to your victories.”

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