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.

5ème set store - Paris

5ème set store - Paris

May, 20th:

Produced by Wieden + Kennedy, Nike Football presents their “Write The Future” commercial.

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“NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) today unveils an action-packed film that brings together some of the world’s greatest players to inspire football lovers and sports fans around the world. The epic three-minute “Write the Future” film takes people on a journey that dramatically captures that one moment when headlines are written from a single pass, or one strike can bring a nation eternal happiness, while bringing others to their knees.

Some of the world’s best players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Fabio Cannavaro, Franck Ribery, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott, Patrice Evra, Gerard Pique, Ronaldinho, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Thiago Silva, are featured. Special guest cameos are made by tennis legend Roger Federer and basketball superstar Kobe Bryant. Homer Simpson completes the star-studded cast of appearances. The film will be shown on TV for the first time on May 22nd during the European Club Final.

Directed by renowned Hollywood director and producer Alejandro G. Iñarritu (21 Grams, Babel), this epic football journey unfolds through a match of goal line clearances, game-winning tackles and lightning footwork that literally send a ripple effect across the world.”

Enjoy!

Thanks to Warwick, former coach of Marcos Baghdatis and Amélie Mauresmo, who answered our questions. Please note this interview happened three weeks ago (before Kim Clijsters’ withdrawal). If you want to know more about Warwick, please visit our About page.

Q: Let’s talk first about world number one Serena Williams: although she won the French once, her game is not really suited for clay.
Warwick: You never can under estimate Serena. Winning the Australian Open against an in form Henin showed she still has what it takes to fight for a Grand Slam title. However, after coming off a knee injury she acquired in January, the next few matches will determine her survival at the French.

Q: How good are her chances to win in Paris?
A: If she gets a lot of matches in Rome and is physically feeling good, she should at least make the final.

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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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