French Open day three: An Andy Murray throwback, Venus Williams takes a swipe at the media
Top seed Ashleigh Barty survived a tight encounter with Bernarda Pera to reach the second round of the French Open but revealed concerns over a left hip problem.
Rafael Nadal had to save two set points against young Australian Alexei Popyrin but maintained his record of not having lost a set on the Parisian clay since 2019, while Novak Djokovic defeated Tennys Sandgren 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 under the lights.
The biggest upset saw seventh seed Andrey Rublev beaten in five sets by Jan-Lennard Struff, and Carla Suarez Navarro narrowly failed to pull off a fairytale return to tennis following successful cancer treatment, losing 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-4 to Sloane Stephens.
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French Open throwback
Good god. Not a great look let’s be honest.
— Leon Smith (@LeonSmith) June 1, 2021
.@Struffitennis hits 25 aces and earns his 1st #GrandSlam Top 10 win over  Rublev 6-3, 7-6(6), 4-6, 3-6, 6-4 @rolandgarros. #Struff has won 7 straight 5-setters and it was his 9th career Top 10 victory (9-25).
Next: 1st tour H2H vs @facubagnis (d. WC-Bonzi 7-5, 6-3, 6-4).
— ATP Media Info (@ATPMediaInfo) June 1, 2021
Men: Andrey Rublev (7), Felix Auger-Aliassime (20), Ugo Humbert (29)
Who’s up next?
Serena Williams headlines the fourth day of action as the second round gets under way at Roland Garros.
The seventh seed takes on Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu while third seed Aryna Sabalenka meets fellow Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Having won his first match on the Parisian clay on Monday, men’s second seed Daniil Medvedev aims for a second against Tommy Paul while Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev are also in action.
Dominic Thiem on Emma Raducanu’s US Open win: ‘It’s one of the greatest achievements in women’s sport’
“Perhaps it is the greatest breakthrough of all time,” says Dominic Thiem.
‘Unfair that Novak Djokovic is always the bad guy and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the good guys’
“I hope he is treated a little more fairly,” says Boris Becker.
Venus Williams explains backstory behind photo with Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at Met Gala
Just Venus, Serena and Maria enjoying a laugh in the bathroom at the Met Gala.
‘I think it’s gradually sinking in a bit more,’ says Emma Raducanu after ‘whirlwind experience’
The teenager took part in a round of breakfast TV and radio interviews.
‘People are talking about tennis again,’ revels Boris Becker after ‘Dame Emma Raducanu’s’ heroics
Boris Becker waxes lyrical about Emma Raducanu.
Tennis to introduce ‘Stefanos Tsitsipas bathroom break rule’ following Greek’s lengthy loo visits?
Stricter rules on the cards following furore over Stefanos Tsitsipas’ loo breaks.
LTA chief insists Emma Raducanu will not lose focus after stunning rise to the top
Lloyd has called for the newly-crowned US Open champion to be given “breathing space”.
Emma Raducanu delighted to return back in the UK and reunite with her father
Raducanu was pictured outside her house after travelling back from New York.
Shock defeat for Andy Murray as he is beaten in Rennes
The Russian is ranked 42 places below Murray.
John McEnroe speaks for the first time about comments over Emma Raducanu’s Wimbledon exit
John McEnroe has insisted he has no regrets over his Emma Raducanu comments.