French Open 2022: Nadal in action, Djokovic and Gauff win – live!

Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning match point against Aljaz Bedene.

Djokovic, by the way, is into the fourth round in Paris for the 13th year in a row – in fact, he’s got to the quarter-finals here every year since 2009. Best of luck, Diego Schwartzman.

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Van de Zandschulp backs up his break with a gritty hold of serve, before Nadal restores order, skidding into the net for a volleyed winner that puts him 5-4 up, and one game away from the last 16.

The finish line is in sight for Nadal, backed by a formidable 89% first-serve success rate – but Van de Zandschulp unexpectedly earns a break point with a cross-court winner, and breaks as Nadal sends a backhand wide! It’s the Dutchman’s first break of the match.

Elsewhere, Azarenka and Teichmann are locked at 4-4 in the second set, and it’s the same scoreline in the third between Auger-Aliassime and Krajinovic.

Nadal, constantly competing with Djokovic on an almost telepathic level, has broken Van de Zandschulp early in the third set to keep pace. He goes one better in the third game, wrapping up a double break with a frankly ridiculous cross-court winner.

Djokovic beats Bedene 6-3, 6-3, 6-2!

Djokovic and Bedene exchange holds of serve before the world No 1 pounces to pick up two match points on his opponents’ serve. He misses on the first, but it’s all over on the next point as Bedene slaps a forehand into the net!

Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning match point against Aljaz Bedene. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

“John Isner is 37 now,” notes Ysobel Howard. “Oldest player at Roland-Garros?” In the men’s draw, there is still one older player – Gilles Simon, also 37 but born five months earlier. This also means that I am older than every player left in the men’s draw, which is a sobering thought.

Djokovic breaks again! Bedene surrenders his serve, unforced errors offering Djokovic three break points which he happily accepts. He breezes through his service game, and just like that, he’s 4-1 up and two games from victory.

Meanwhile, Rafa Nadal wraps up the second set against Van de Zandschulp while his likely last-16 opponent, Auger-Aliassime, is taken to a tie-break by Krajinovic – but like the first set, he wins it to lead 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2).

There are some masters of the clay-court game still in the mix at Roland Garros, but John Isner isn’t one of them. That said, big John is holding his own out on Court 7; he lost the first set to Spanish qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles, but is about to level up at 1-1.

Spotted in the crowd today: not one, not two legendary football managers. Arsène Wenger is watching on Chatrier, alongside Marcel Desailly and Clarence Seedorf …

Wenger
Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

While Zinedine Zidane and his wife, Veronique, are watching Rafa over on Suzanne-Lenglen. And who’s that on the left? It’s only Owen Wilson!

Owen Wilson and Zidane
Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Unexpected struggles for Djokovic at the start of the third set, a couple of loose shots allowing Bedene his first break point of the match. The defending champ quickly moves up a gear, the first serve cranked up to get him out of trouble.

Any worries for Djokovic’s likely quarter-final opponent, Rafa Nadal? No, not really – he backs up the first set with an early break, and leads Van De Zandschulp 6-3, 3-1.

Elsewhere, Victoria Azarenka has turned things round to win the first set 6-4 against Jil Teichmann. With Belinda Bencic going out earlier, Azarenka is now the top seed in the lower half of the draw.

Victoria Azarenka powers a forehand to Jil Teichmann.
Victoria Azarenka powers a forehand to Jil Teichmann. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Djokovic leads 6-3, 6-3! The sun’s out in Paris and Novak Djokovic is turning out a textbook display of power. He won the first set 6-3 in 37 minutes, and has repeated the trick in the second set.

Thanks, Tom. Azarenka has reeled in Teichmann in their first set, which is back on serve at 4-4.

Meanwhile, Felix Auger-Aliassime is serving for a two-set lead over Filip Krajinovic. The Canadian is in solid form and ranked No 9 in the world, so why is he 100-1 to win the tournament? Well, probably because his potential path to glory reads Nadal-Djokovic-Alcaraz-Tsitsipas …

Felix Auger-Aliassime fires down a serve.
Felix Auger-Aliassime fires down a serve. Photograph: Martin Divíšek/EPA

Anyway, Niall’s back from his late lunch so I’ll return you to his more than capable hands. Bye!

Nadal wins first set against Van de Zandschulp 6-3. The No 5 seed doesn’t hang about, romping through three quick rallies to 40-0 and converting the first of his set points with an ace.

Rafael Nadal serves to Botic Van De Zandschulp.
Rafael Nadal serves to Botic Van De Zandschulp. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

And Bedene cheers himself up with an impressive service hold to love. He’s still a break down against Djokovic though, 2-3 in the second set.

Rafa Nadal has taken control against Botic van de Zandschulp now, leading 5-3 after breaking the Dutchman again in the sixth game. Elsewhere Azarenka has broken back against Teichmann, and is back on serve at 2-3 in the first set.

Djokovic breaks again. The unforced error count is making a difference, Bedene’s eighth and ninth handing Djokovic a 15-30 lead, the second of which – an overhit smash – followed a rally that saw Djokovic manoeuvred all round the court. Bedene recovers to lead 40-30 but is outpointed all round the baseline by the Serb to peg it back to deuce. Bedene then does well to draw an error from Djokovic but an unanswerable return from the top seed gets us back to deuce. A sliced backhand into the net then hands Djokovic a break point, which he converts when Bedene nets a low forehand. Djokovic leads 6-3, 2-1.

Back on Philippe Chatrier, Djokovic has dropped only one point on his first serve and only two on his second as he romps through another service game against Bedene. It’s 1-1 in the second set.

Let’s have a scoot around the courts shall we? Nadal is 3-2 up against Van de Zandschulp and on serve again. And Victoria Azarenka, the 15th seed, is 0-3 down against the No 23 seed Jil Teichmann of Switzerland.

Djokovic wins first set against Bedene, 6-3. Fierce serving and hitting gives Bedene, serving to save the set at 2-5, a comfortable hold. That’s a fine response after being overwhelmed in the previous couple of games. Djokovic, serving for the first set, begins with a rare error on his backhand. He recovers to 40-15, a backhand winner to the back of the court setting up two set points. He takes the first of them when Bedene nets after being pushed further to the back of the court.

Bedene’s problem is he can’t lay a glove on Djokovic’s serve. The No 1 seed’s service games are lasting barely a couple of minutes, and he romps through another to lead 5-2.

Djokovic breaks. Bedene eases to 40-0 on his serve before his first double-fault induces nerves that prompt another weak serve, upon which Djokovic capitalises. He moves on to break point, and this time he converts it for a 4-2 lead in the first set. And Nadal has swiftly atoned for his poor first service game by breaking Van de Zandschulp to 15. 1-1.

Novak Djokovic flings a forehand in the direction of Aljaz Bedene.
Novak Djokovic flings a forehand in the direction of Aljaz Bedene. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Rafa Nadal, injury-plagued lord of Paris, is also under way, against Botic Van De Zandschulp of the Netherlands – and his serve is broken in the very first game! And Felix Auger-Aliassime has won the first set against Filip Krajinovic, taking the tiebreak 7-3. And in the time it took me to write that, Djokovic has romped through his third service game with ease.

Bedene is competing hard here, and this is a fine hold. Djokovic settles an absorbing rally with an inch-perfect lob of Bedene at the net. The Slovenian’s unforced error then puts him 0-30 down before Djokovic earns himself three break points with an angled backhand winner to the corner. Fiercely accurate serves from Bedene save two of them and the third is saved after Djokovic miscues from the back of the court and hits long. But Bedene is moved all round the court on the following point and eventually succumbs, yielding another break point, which is also saved with the most delicious and audacious of spinning dropshot volleys. Even Djoko smiles in recognition. He then closes it out with a brutal ace. Djokovic is in a match here. 2-2.

Brit news: and it’s not heartening – in the women’s doubles Heather Watson and Samantha Murray Sharan have lost their first set against Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine and Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-2.

Djokovic meanwhile rattles through his service game in the blink of an eye to lead 2-1.

Another seed falls in the women’s draw, Angelique Kerber, seeded 21, going out in straight sets to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 4-6, 6-7. Djokovic meanwhile takes Bedene to deuce on the Slovenian’s first service game with a rasping forehand winner from the back of the court. Bedene then sends a backhand wide to hand the Serb a break point, which Bedene saves with a canny drop shot. He wins the next point too with a cute drop-volley that kisses the line and goes on to claim a morale-boosting first hold. 1-1.

Thanks Niall. There’s a big crowd in on Chatrier to watch Djokovic, whose first serves are a little awry but they don’t derail him from a comfortable hold to 15, Bedene testing him in a couple of booming baseline rallies but no more. 1-0, first set.

Novak Djokovic is warming up, about to begin his match with Aljaz Bedene on Chatrier. Time to hand over to Tom Davies, who will guide you through the opening stages.

Gauff beats Kanepi 6-3, 6-4!

Coco Gauff holds to love, completing a comfortable victory on Court Suzanne-Lenglen. She’ll likely play Elise Mertens in the last 16; the Belgian is a set and break up in her third-round match.

So, what else is happening? Well, Felix Auger-Aliassime is on Court 14, up against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic – it’s 3-3 in the opening set.

On Lenglen, Kanepi had fought back in the second set – but an unforced error at the net hands Gauff another break; she leads 6-3, 4-3.

Fernandez conducts her on-court interview in French – she says reaching the second week is “a dream”, and is happy to come through that battle with Bencic. She’s now planning some downtime with her family – to make up for putting them through a rollercoaster today.

Leylah Fernandez celebrates her win.
Leylah Fernandez celebrates her win. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Fernandez beats Bencic 7-5, 3-6, 7-5!

Bencic misses the chance to apply pressure, missing two gettable returns. 30-0 Fernandez – and three match points as she fires an ace into the corner. On the first, a low slice catches Bencic out – and that’s that. That was an excellent game, full of twists and turns – and Laylah Fernandez has won it.

Just as Bencic looks to have regained the psychological edge, Fernandez comes out swinging. She dominates the Bencic serve and breaks again – now, another chance to serve for the match …

Not so fast – Fernandez feels the nerves, her first serve wobbling, and Bencic has a break point. She gets behind the second serve, and her opponent nets a running forehand. We’re back at 5-5!

Fernandez holds serve, helped by a couple of Bencic errors – and she’s now one game away from victory. Bencic digs deep, some nicely constructed points and a closing ace to hold – but her opponent will serve for the match …

Martina Trevisan has seen off the challenge of Daria Saville, the world No 59 winning 6-3, 6-4. She will face Kerber or Sasnovich in the fourth round.

Martina Trevisan moves on to the last 16.
Martina Trevisan moves on to the last 16. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Coco Gauff is motoring towards victory, picking up an early break in the second after taking the first set 6-3. Elsewhere, Aliaksandra Sasnovich has taken the first set against Angelique Kerber, while Elise Mertens has done the same against Varvara Gracheva on Court 7.

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