French Open: Recap all the action from day six at Roland Garros
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19:56: Let’s sign this off with some day six talking points!
Will anyone ever stop trying to preempt Roger Federer’s demise? He just keeps knocking them out of the park.
Also covered, Rafael Nadal’s greatness, Garbine Muguruza’s quiet quality, and Karolina Pliskova’s huge gaffe.
Talking Points: Too many desperate to write off Roger Federer, and Karolina Pliskova missed huge opportunity.https://t.co/iCNpCnXQU9
— Tennis365 (@T365Official) May 31, 2019
19:30: Here is the report as Rafael Nadal drops a rare set at Roland Garros but still has too much for David Goffin.
19:12: Here is some Roger Federer reaction after his win today – his 400th at a Grand Slam.
“Doing anything in Roland is very special, because I played a lot here. It was my first Grand Slam where I was in the main draw.”
18:33 Not to be denied, Nadal gets his 89th win at the French Open fighting past an inspired David Goffin. Nice to see the Belgian put in a strong display after his injury setbacks.
17:35 David Goffin is making a COMEBACK! He’s just took the third set 6-4 against the great Rafael Nadal. Wow didn’t see that one coming. The Spaniard dropping his first set at this year’s French Open.
17:33 Keep checking out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as our latest stories, posts and polls come through.
17:02 Seeing as many of you have probably just finished a long Friday at work, we’ll update with the main stories from today at the French Open. Petra Martic played the match of her life to dispose of second seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. And there were wins for Roger Federer, Garbiñe Muguruza, Benoit Paire and Kei Nishikori.
17:00 Another score to bring you up to date with is that Japan’s Kei Nishikori has held off Serbia’s Laslo Djere winning a marathon fifth set 8-6. Wow.
16:43: Just to bring you up to date with some other scores. 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens is 5-1 up against Slovakia’s Polona Hercog. Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic is two breaks of serve down against Croatia’s Donna Vekic as she trails 3-0 in the first set.
16:42 Nadal breaks Goffin and he’s two sets to love up.
16:40 Nadal 5-3 in front. Goffin serving to stay in this second set.
16:31 Nadal moves 4-2 up consolidating the break of serve. Goffin is fighting though in this second set.
16:08 A magnificent tie-break from Roger Federer and he sees off Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (10-8) to seal his place in the fourth-round and will play the winner of French veteran Nicolas Mahut or Argentine Leonardo Mayer.
15:58 Nadal utterly obliterating Goffin as he takes the second set 6-1 on Philippe-Chatrier. The French crowd, as much as they love Nadal, desperately urging Goffin on. They want a contest.
15:55 After being 15-30 down, David Goffin plays a fine drop shot before sealing the game to finally put himself on the scoreboard.
15:52: The “human highlighter” moves 5-0 up on Court Philippe-Chatrier. No stopping Nadal when he’s in this kind of mood.
15:35 An early break for the King of Clay as he takes a 2-0 lead over Goffin.
15:34 Federer moving supremely well on the clay as he saves break point to make it 4-games all in the third set.
15:30 Over on Court Philippe-Chatrier, Rafael Nadal takes on Belgium’s David Goffin after victory for Garbiñe Muguruza against Elina Svitolina comfortably winning 6-3, 6-3.
15:28 Having won the second set 6-1 with some ease, Federer is facing some resistance in the third as he’s locked at 3-3 against his young Norwegian opponent.
14:46 The longevity of Roger Federer couldn’t be better summarised by this tweet. 400 Grand Slam matches for the Swiss legend. Not sure if anyone will ever match that achievement.
14:28: Some scores to update you with. Earlier, Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova sealed her place in the fourth-round of the women’s seeing off Belgium’s Elise Mertens. And Martin Klizan of Slovakia won 9-7 in the fifth set against French hope Lucas Pouille.
14:26 Meanwhile over on Court Suzanne-Lenglen, Swiss maestro Roger Federer slams home a huge smash to take the first set 6-3 against Norway’s Casper Rudd. And on Court 1 Japan’s Kei Nishikori takes the third set to lead two sets to one against Serbia’s Laslo Djere.
14:23 On Court Philippe-Chatrier Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza wins the first set 6-3 against the ninth seed Elina Svitolina.
13:09 Elise Mertens leads 9-8 against Anastasija Sevastova in the final set over on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.
11:58: Who remembers when Gustavo Kuerten arrived from nowhere to dominate Roland Garros? We do, and it’s enough to get him a place in our Legends series…
FEATURE: We kick off our rundown of seven true legends of Roland Garros with the infinitely lovable Gustavo Kuerten, a man who came from nowhere to absolutely dominate the toughest Grand Slam in tennis.https://t.co/Pm8PADAsvU
— Tennis365 (@T365Official) May 31, 2019
11:37: BREAKING: Karolina Pliskova has been eliminated from the French Open after a 6-3, 6-3 defeat to Petra Martic. Details to Follow.
11:21: Is Novak Djokovic watching Rafael Nadal’s matches at the French Open ahead of a possible final clash? You bet your bottom dollar he is!
“I am watching him, especially when you play your matches on different days. I followed closely.”
11:06: Who’s ready for another T365 exclusive?! Our own James Spencer has been talking to the creator of Touchtennis to get the lowdown on the exciting new format of the game. A must read.
— Tennis365 (@T365Official) May 31, 2019
10:54: Naomi Osaka has been talking candidly about how big an influence big sister Mari has had on her career.
“When I was practising with my dad, I don’t think I would have made it if my sister wasn’t there.”
You can read the full quotes and link to the full interview here.
10:51: At six games all, Mertens and Sevastova are going to a tie-break.
10:46: Game and the first set, Petra Martic takes the first set 6-3. Meanwhile on Court Suzanne-Lenglen, Belgium’s Elise Mertens and Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova are locked at five games all.
10:43: Martic holds serve to take an impressive 5-3 lead. Who would have predicted this. A shock brewing on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
10:36: At 40-0 it looks like Pliskova will stroll away with the game but Martic battles back to 40-all with a fantastic drop shot. A wayward missed forehand wide brings up break point…And it’s a break of serve. 4-3 Martic leads.
10:28: Czech former world number one Karolina Pliskova leads 3-2 against Croatia’s Petra Martic. So far playing some powerful stuff. Looking ominous.
10:16: Is the women’s game the strongest it has ever been? One WTA star certainly thinks so.
“It doesn’t matter if you are playing the person ranked 80th in the world or 20th – they are equally dangerous.”
Get the full quotes right here in Tennis Today.
10:14: The players are out on court for the early matches. There is some business to finish from round two first up and then we are straight into round three, with both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in action today.
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