Naomi Osaka survived a scare to reach round two, but it was a mixed day for Britain, with Kyle Edmund through and Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie crashing out
That’s all from me today. There were wins for Alexander Zverev, Naomi Osaka and Juan Martin del Potro, but it was a mixed day for Britain, with Kyle Edmund edging through but Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans crashing out. I’ll be back with live coverage tomorrow. Roger Federer will be playing. Thanks for reading. Bye.
Fernando Verdasco’s final shot finds the line and Dan Evan’s claycourt season is over. Another Brit bites the dust.
Dan Evans is soldering on, but he’s running out of steam. Fernando Verdasco is very close to getting this done now.
Dan Evans, down a break in set four, has the trainer on. He seems to have a calf injury.
Simona Halep, the defending champion, has followed Naomi Osaka on to Philippe-Chatrier. Halep’s up against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic. Meanwhile Eugenie Bouchard is out, beaten 6-2, 6-2 by Lesia Tsurenko.
Another big-hitting youngster made it through to the second round. Aryna Sabalenka, seeded 11th, will be feeling pleased with herself after seeing off the pesky Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets.
Madison Keys is cruising against Evgeniya Rodina, taking the first set 6-1 against the Russian. The 14th seed is looking good. As for Fernando Verdasco, he’s finally got the third set under his belt. He leads 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 against Dan Evans.
What a strange scoreline. The world No1, who arrived in Paris nursing a hand injury, stunk the place out in the first set and looked toast in the second set. Yet Schmiedlova fluffed two opportunities to serve it out, letting Osaka back in, and the Japanese motored away with the match in the third set.
The break lasts all of two seconds. Dan Evans gets back into the third set straight away. We’ll check back on these two when the match is over.
Fernando Verdasco’s power starts to tell midway through the third set on Court 7, the Spaniard’s bludgeoning enough to overwhelm Dan Evans. He leads 6-3, 6-7, 4-2.
Naomi Osaka has the early break in the third set. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Anna Karolina Schmiedlova fall away after failing to seal the win in the second set.
Flash in the pan Eugenie Bouchard is in bother against Lesia Tsurenko. The 2014 Wimbledon finalist lost the first set 6-2 against the 27th seed.
Looks like that conversation with her towel did Naomi Osaka a world of good. Having fought back from the brink twice, she dominates the second-set tie-break against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova to drag this into a third set. Schmiedlova might end up with some heavy regrets here.
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova wallops a backhand long on break point. She’s fluffed two chances to serve out victory and Naomi Osaka has a lifeline after forcing a tie-break. Schmiedlova looks miffed.
It’s been a see-sawing second set. Naomi Osaka was 3-0 up, but she couldn’t hold on to her lead. Schmiedlova came back, broke for 5-4, got broken for 5-5, and broke again for 6-5. Now she’s struggling to close it out. Osaka, who’s been struggling with her emotions today, is doing all her to force a tie-break.
Dan Evans has the second-set tie-break against Fernando Verdasco. Which means we can go across to Philippe-Chatrier, where Naomi Osaka is battling to avoid defeat to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.
I do wish I was watching Naomi Osaka instead of Dan Evans. It sounds pretty dramatic on Philippe-Chatrier.
Don’t know how this one will turn out, but I still don’t know how Osaka goes from weeping, whether walking off a court or into a towel, only to immediately find a higher level. Just played her most disciplined, composed game after having her face buried in a towel on the change.
Every time Naomi Osaka looks to be restoring control things go wrong again. Oh dear. She’s broken again by Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, leaving her down 6-0, 6-5, and might struggle to pull off another last-gasp escape.
Fernando Verdasco has forced a second-set tie-break against the increasingly dangerous Dan Evans. Meanwhile Aryna Sabalenka has taken the first set 7-5 against Dominika Cibulkova, one of the most awkward unseeded players around.
Ah, nerves. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova serves for the match, Naomi Osaka breaks to 15. It’s 5-5 in the second set and the world No1 isn’t done yet.
We could be saying a swift farewell to Naomi Osaka soon. They’ve only just passed the hour-mark on Philippe-Chatrier and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova is about to serve for the match after breaking to lead the world No1 6-0, 5-4.
Then again, you always have a chance against Fernando Verdasco, and Dan Evans keeps that in mind as he battles back to 4-4 in the second set. Meanwhile Naomi Osaka has been reeled in by Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, just when it seemed she was on top at 3-0 in the second set on Philippe-Chatrier. And Karen Khachanov, the 10th seed, is through to round two after a good win over Cedrik-Marcel Stebe.
The sound of Fernando Verdasco roaring in celebration tells you he’s just found the spot with one of those trademark forehands. And he’s done it at just the right time, breaking to lead 6-3, 4-3 on Court 7. Dan Evans is up against it now.
Some matches are still running, with Lucas Pouille going up two sets against Simone Bolelli. It seems the organisers are going to press on for as long as possible.
Players are waiting on court to see if the rain’s going to pass. It’s quite strong, though.
Umbrellas are going up around Roland Garros. Uh oh.
Big Ivo keeps on going.
.@ivokarlovic (40) fires 35 aces in a 76(4) 75 67(7) 75 victory over Lopez to become oldest player to win a #GrandSlam singles match since Ken Rosewall (44) in 1978 @AustralianOpen. #Karlovic is also oldest to win a match @rolandgarros since Torben Ulrich (44) in 1973.
Ostapenko was a semi-finalist at Wimbledon last year. Since then she’s suffered a string of early exits from the majors. I remember a coach saying her French Open win was a one-off in 2017; something she achieved simply because her powerful game was so unknown at the time. I wonder if we’re seeing that now.
I’m continually fascinated by Jelena Ostapenko. Won the French Open two years ago, but that increasingly looks like a major outlier.
Loses in the first round to Azarenka today. Could be outside the world’s top 50 with an early Wimbledon exit.
Naomi Osaka’s sorting herself out in the second set, breaking for a 2-0 lead. There’s a long way to go but this is more like it from the world No1.
An upset’s on the cards on Philippe-Chatrier. Sure, Naomi Osaka doesn’t have a great record on clay, while a hand injury has disrupted her preparations, but you’d be lying if you said you expected the world No1 to lose her first set of the tournament 6-0 to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. Here we are, though. That’s what happened.
Naomi Osaka hasn’t got going at all. The world No1’s dropped her serve again and finds herself trailing 0-3 against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.
Fernando Verdasco nabs the first set 6-3 against Dan Evans, who did have chances on Court 7. You sense there’ll be a few twists and turns before this one’s done.
Naomi Osaka, the world No1 and holder of the last two majors, is in action on Philippe-Chatrier. But she’s not made a great start against Anna-Karolina Schmiedlova, who’s broken her to love in the first game.
But back comes Verdasco, breaking for 5-3 in the first set. He knows how to move on clay.
Dan Evans is back in it against Fernando Verdasco. They’re back on serve on Court 7. Elsewhere France’s Lucas Pouille has taken the first set against Italy’s Simone Bolelli.
An inauspicious exit for the former champion, Jelena Ostapenko. She’s been beaten 6-4, 7-6 by Victoria Azarenka, a player who’s always popular with the crowds. Ostapenko, down at 39 in the rankings, won’t have enjoyed losing that one.
Karen Khachanov, the powerful young Russian, has romped away with the first set on Court 1. The 10th seed only allowed Germany’s Cedrik-Marcel Stebe one game.
The young German earns three match points when Millman, head in his hands, drags a forehand wide. This has run away from the Australian very quickly. He’s hardly had time to react to this turn of events and before he knows it he’s heading back to the locker room, beaten after sending a forehand long. It took more than four hours to settle but it ended in a blur for Millman. As for Zverev he’s relieved to make it through to the second round – but he hasn’t made it through unscathed. He needs fast kills in the early rounds, not five-set epics.
Serving at 40-0, John Millman contrives to throw the game away! Alexander Zverev hits back with five straight points and breaks to lead 5-3 in the fifth set. He’ll serve for it.
Dan Evans has made a poor start against the unpredictable Fernando Verdasco. The Spanish lefty has the early break.
Thanks Niall. And as I return the coverage on ITV switches to the early stages of Dan Evans’s match against Fernando Verdasco. Oh! Luckily Eurosport have stayed with Alexander Zverev, who’s making life unnecessarily difficult for himself against John Millman.
With the wind swirling around the court, Zverev meets a lob with an acrobatic volley to earn a break point. He nets his attempted pass, though, and Millman holds with a clever cross-court winner. Still on serve at 3-3, and it’s time to hand back to Jacob…
Worth noting that Zverev, despite his lofty ranking and huge potential, has a pretty dismal grand slam record. Just the one quarter-final, and that was here last year. He came through three five-set matches to get there, but ran into a well-rested Dominic Thiem.
Two sets all, and two games all now, as a couple more unforced errors from Zverev allow Millman to hold. The Australian feels like the slight favourite; Zverev just can’t find any consistency at all. And with that, ITV cut to an interview with Kyle Edmund.
The women’s No 17 seed, Estonia’s Anna Kontaveit, is out at the first hurdle – she’s been beaten 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 by Karolina Muchova. Next up on Court 7: Dan Evans v Fernando Verdasco.
Zverev absolutely took his racket to pieces after losing that tie-break. The temperature’s rising out there – Millman just gave it the big fist-pump after a cross-court winner. Still on serve in the decider. Caroline Garcia, France’s best hope of a home women’s champion, has seen off Mona Barthel, winning 6-2, 6-4.
A quick trip round the courts: Roberto Bautista Agut has beaten Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, while on Court 6, Big-Serving Ivo Karlovic is two sets up on Feliciano Lopéz. Surely they could have put some grass down for that one.
Millman wins the fourth set! Zverev pulls two quick points back, but the Australian reads his drop shot to bring up three set points. Zverev saves the first, then Millman nets an easy forehand. Pressure on Millman now – but he takes the set as Zverev plops a weak shot into the net!
Another Zverev double fault gives Millman an early edge, and he dominates on serve to go 4-1 up – before a clean winner makes it 5-1 as they switch ends! Meanwhile, Azarenka has pinched the first set from Jelena Ostapenko, 6-4.
Nothing’s quite working for Zverev out there, and he chucks his racket to the ground after failing to take a chance on Millman’s serve. Into a tie-break now, one that the German will be desperate to win.
Thanks Jacob. Zverev let that break slip through his fingers, allowing Millman to break back, then follow up with a hold. Serving to stay in the set, Zverev double-faults twice in a row to surrender a set point, but digs his way out of trouble. 5-5 in the fourth there.
Time for me to grab some lunch. I’ll leave you in the capable hands of Niall McVeigh.
Caroline Garcia, the 24th seed and a former semi-finalist here, is in control on Suzanne-Lenglen. She’s taken the first set 6-2 against Germany’s Mona Barthel. Speaking of Germans Alexander Zverev leads by a break in the fourth set on Philippe-Chatrier. Victory is within sight.
There’s an enjoyable match-up on Court Simonne-Mathieu, where it’s former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko against former Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka. Would you believe they’re both unseeded? Ostapenko won this in 2017!
Good news for fans of rising stars: Bianca Andreescu, the 18-year-old Canadian, has squeaked through her tough encounter with Marie Bouzkova, beating the stubborn Czech 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in a match that took two days to settle.
Two days, three sets and a whole lot of service breaks but 18-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu beats Bouzkova to win her first-ever match at Roland Garros 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Also her first match since the Miami Open
They’re going to a fourth on Philippe-Chatrier. John Millman holds his nerve and his serve to take the third set 6-2, leaving Alexander Zverez looking rather flustered. Zverev leads 7-6, 6-3, 2-6, but he needs to get his act together sharpish.
John Millman isn’t going quietly. He’s two sets down, but he’s broken Alexander Zverev in the third set. This one could run a while.
Fabio Fognini has beaten Andreas Seppi in four sets, and in a way he’s managed to beat himself. There was a danger the ninth seed would collapse and lose in five after dropping the third set to his fellow Italian. Instead he held it together and used his claycourt talent to win 6-3, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3. Meanwhile Bianca Andreescu has snatched a crucial break against Marie Bouzkava deep in the third set on Court 14, while Annett Kontaveit has won the first set 6-3 against Karolina Muchova on Court 7.
It would be nice to see more fans on Phillipe-Chatrier. Alexander Zverev and John Millman are playing out an entertaining match in front of a lot of empty seats.
It remains tight on Court 14, where Bouzkova and Andreescu are still on serve in the third set. Andreescu, the 22nd seed, is one of the most exciting young talents around, but she’s being pushed to the limit by her Czech opponent.
Plain sailing in the end for the 8th seed, though he found himself in some choppy waters early on.
Swedish youngster Mikael Ymer has beaten Blaz Rola 6-0, 6-3, 7-6. As you were.
John Millman has been slugging away on a rather sparsely populated Phillipe-Chatrier, but Alexander Zverev has just played a stupendous game to break for a 7-6, 5-3 lead. The fifth seed serves for a two-set lead and closes it out with an ace. He should be heading into the second round.
I might have spoken too soon about the all-Italian contest between Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi, who’s hit back by winning the third set against the ninth seed. It’s still Fognini’s to lose, but you never know with him. And you can be sure Seppi won’t stop fighting.
On Court 14 the Canadian whizzkid Bianca Andreescu has resumed her engaging bout with the Czech Republic’s Marie Bouzkova. They split the first two sets before bad light stopped play last night.
Juan Martin del Potro has restored order on Suzanne-Lenglen. After an early wobble he leads 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 against Nicolas Jarry.
The British No1 has done a win! What an unfamiliar feeling. It’s been a while. But he’ll be delighted to get this one under his belt. He’s dealt with this awkward challenge excellently, emerging with the right attitude to deal with Chardy with extreme haste. A quick hold settled any nerves and then he clambered all over Chardy’s serve, making it to 15-40 with some rasping shots and sealing a big win when the 32-year-old Frenchman netted a forehand. Next up for Edmund is Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas.
Kyle Edmund holds to 15 and leads 6-5 in the fifth set. Jeremy Chardy will serve to stay in the match.
The British No2 bites the dust. It’s a shocking result for Norrie, who has been soundly beaten by the world No232.
The match resumes with Kyle Edmund serving. This might not take long.
Down on Court 1, Kyle Edmund and Jeremy Chardy are about to resume their epic tussle, which was postponed at 5-5 in the fifth last night. Edmund, the British No1, has had a rotten run on clay, his favourite surface, but it would be massive he if pulls this one out the bag. He’ll have to keep the locals quiet, though.
Cameron Norrie’s French Open will be over soon. He’s been broken again and trails Elliot Benchetrit 6-3, 6-0, 5-2. Elsewhere Taylor Fritz has walloped Bernard Tomic in straight sets.
Alexander Zverev finally has the first set in the bag. The fifth seed wins the tie-break 7-4 on Phillipe-Chatrier to quell the Millman uprising. Meanwhile Fabio Fognini and Taylor Fritz are both racing to victory in their matches. Fogning leads 6-3, 6-0 against Andrea Seppi, while Fritz is up 6-1, 6-4, 4-0 against perennial disappointment Bernard Tomic. And Daria Kasatkina has beaten Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-3.
Del Potro levels against Jarry 3-6, 6-2.
Juan Martin del Potro is looking steadier on his feet now. The eighth seed has levelled it up on Suzanne-Lenglen after taking the second set 6-2. Nicolas Jarry could be made to regret his early impertinence.
Cameron Norrie is all over the place, dropping his serve straight away at the start of set three. Elliot Benchetrit should have this done in time for lunch.
Told you John Millman likes a scrap. The Australian was down an early break to Alexander Zverev, but he’s pulled the German into a slugfest deep in the opener on Phillipe-Chatrier. Zverev served for the first set, but it’s 5-5 now and possibly heading for a tie-break.
Oh Cameron! This isn’t going to plan at all. The British hopeful is having a torrid time on Court 7, where Elliot Benchetrit of France leads 6-3, 6-0.
Fabio Fognini, who’s been tipped to make an impression here this year, is in command of an all-Italian affair on Court Simonne-Mathieu. The ninth seed has taken the first set 6-3 against Andreas Seppi. Meanwhile Juan Martin del Potro is righting wrongs on Suzanne-Lenglen – he’s a set down to Nicolas Jarry but a break up in the second.
Ouch! Cameron Norrie’s having a shocker. He’s dropped his serve again. Elliot Benchetrit leads 6-3, 3-0.
Cameron Norrie isn’t having a great deal of fun on Court 7. Elliot Benchetrit has picked up where he left off from the first set, breaking early to lead by a set and a break. The French qualifier is playing brilliantly. Norrie isn’t.
Tomic just put his racquet away and doesn’t seem to want to play in the rain. He just learnt that he doesn’t get to make the rules.
An upset’s on the cards on Suzanne-Lenglen, where Nicolas Jarry has snatched the first set 6-3 against Juan Martin del Potro. The eighth seed is in trouble. He gave Novak Djokovic an almighty fright in Rome earlier this month, but his thunderous game is rumbling yet.
Down on Court 1, Daria Kasatkina has taken the first set 6-2 against Italy’s Jasmine Paolini. Meanwhile it seems the rain is starting to ease. Umbrellas are being put away.
Cameron Norrie saves a set point with a drop short return of serve. I’m not sure he meant that, but it’s enough to unsettle Elliot Benchetrit, who wastes a second chance with an errant forehand. Deuce. Yet Benchetrit regains his focus, earns a third chance and takes it when Norrie nets a forehand. The first set is Benchetrit’s, 6-3, and Norrie has some work to do against the world No232.
Benchetrit sees off some pressure from Norrie, pinging a backhand from left to right to hold for 5-2 on Court 7, where the locals are enjoying their morning. Elsewhere Alexander Zverev has taken control of the first set against John Millman on Phillipe-Chatrier. Nothing to see there, but plenty to see on Suzanne-Lenglen, where Juan Martin del Potro is serving to stay in the first set of his match against Nicolas Jarry.
There is talk of rain in Paris. Play might be suspended soon.
Bernard Tomic isn’t making much of an impression against the USA’s Taylor Fritz, who has taken the first set 6-1 on Court 14. Zzzz.
Default? The two sweetest words in the English language. They certainly were as far as Cameron Norrie was concerned when he heard Nick Kyrgios had pulled out of their first-round match the other day. Kyrgios’s no-show allowed Norrie a clear run into round two – but the Brit is struggling early on against France’s Elliot Benchetrit, who broke in the fourth game of the first set.
Over to Philippe-Chatrier, where possible future world No1 Alexander Zverev is in action against Australia’s John Millman, who beat Roger Federer in New York last year. Zverev isn’t having the best of seasons, you know, and this could be an awkward test for the fifth seed. Millman likes a scrap. They’re still on serve in the early stages. On Suzanne-Lenglen, however, the eighth seed is in a spot of bother – Juan Martin del Potro is down an early break to Chile’s Nicolas Jarry.
Hello and welcome to day three of the French Open. I got stuck on the tube on the way to the office and then my computer wouldn’t start. I found a new computer, though. My entry for preamble of the year ends here.