French Open day seven: Underarm serves, behind-the-back volleys, no more dirty clay for Cameron Norrie
Roger Federer scrapped until nearly 1am in an empty stadium to defeat Dominik Koepfer and reach the fourth round of the French Open.
The eighth seed joined Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who had much easier days in beating Ricardas Berankis and Cameron Norrie, respectively – the latter’s defeat ending British singles hopes for the tournament.
Another leading seed fell in the women’s event in the shape of Elina Svitolina but defending champion Iga Swiatek and fourth seed Sofia Kenin both won, as did 17-year-old Coco Gauff.
Picture of the day
Shot of the day
Underarm serves, behind-the-back volleys… 🤩
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 5, 2021
Norrie’s all white
Norrie has lots of reasons to remember the clay-court swing fondly but there is one reason why the British No 2 is happy to leave the red stuff behind.
“I’m looking forward to at least going to practise and there’s not clay all over my bag and there’s clay everywhere,” he said. “I’ll be looking forward to getting on the grass and being in the whites and being clean.”
Halep back on court
Saturday brought a positive update from a player much missed at Roland Garros – Simona Halep. The Romanian has been out of action since tearing a calf muscle last month and has three weeks to try to get ready to defend her title at Wimbledon.
Women: Elina Svitolina (5), Jennifer Brady (13), Elise Mertens (14), Karolina Muchova (18), Jessica Pegula (28), Kontaveit (30)
Who’s up next?
Serena Williams continues her bid for a 24th grand slam singles title with a fourth-round clash against young Kazakh Elena Rybakina on Sunday.
Daniil Medvedev faces a big test of his new-found affinity for the red stuff against clay-court specialist Cristian Garin while Stefanos Tsitsipas meets reliable Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.
Victoria Azarenka opens proceedings on Court Philippe Chatrier against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, with Alexander Zverev and Kei Nishikori given night-time duties.
Stanislas Wawrinka news: On this day in 2014, the Swiss roar at the Australian Open
The Swiss won a five-set epic to deny Djokovic a piece of history.
Follow the 2022 Australian Open with our live scores and results centre here
Catch the action from Melbourne Park.
Emma Raducanu verdict: Rankings rise and what comes next for US Open champion
In the end, Emma Raducanu suffered a…
Serena Williams and star names aim to make their mark in US women’s soccer
Serena Williams is among a galaxy of star names that have invested in newly launched women’s soccer team Angel City.
Andy Murray verdict – Post-match comments cast big doubts over his future
Murray didn’t find the answers against Japan’s Taro Daniel in the second round of the Australian Open.
Nick Kyrgios news: ‘It’s umpire’s job to control crowd,’ says Aussie after lively clash against Daniil Medvedev
Nick Kyrgios’ reaction after his heated clash against Daniil Medvedev.
Daniil Medvedev news: Russian slams ‘low IQ’ fans after Australian Open win over Nick Kyrgios
Medvedev claimed a four-set win in a raucous atmosphere on Rod Laver Arena.
Emma Raducanu news: Plenty of positives from defeat as British No 1 reveals cuts were ‘pretty deep’
The US Open champion was affected by a deep blister during a defeat by Danka Kovinic.
Taro Daniel news: ‘I had goosebumps,’ says Japanese star after stunning win over Andy Murray
Taro Daniel has praised Andy Murray’s mental strength.
Andy Murray news: ‘Not good enough,’ says former world No 1 after ‘tough loss’ at Australian Open
Andy Murray knocked out of the Australian Open.