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French Open 2022: Swiatek through, Medvedev and Tsitsipas in action on day seven – live!

Rublev beats Garin 6-4 3-6 6-2 7-6 (13-11)!

We have a winner on Court 14 as Rublev finally triumphs in the tie-break.

Rublev and Garin’s match is now past the three-hour mark and in a tie-break. Nothing to separate those two, it is 11 apiece in the decider.

Kecmanović is not going to go away here. The Croatian forces a break point but the men’s world number raises his level to come up with two big serves, not to mention a wonderful backhand to win the game. On serve at 1-1 in the third.

Zheng has raced into an early 2-0 lead against Cornet, while 20th seed Kasatkina is 4-1 up against Rogers.

Kecmanović is still striking it well out there. He gets over the disappointment of losing the second set by winning a 23-shot rally and closes out the service game with a decisive move into the net.

Remember when I said Kecmanović was playing well? It turns out Medvedev noticed. The Russian pounced on the only service game in second set that his opponent did not win to love and is now 6-4 6-4 up.

We have also got women’s singles matches to keep an eye on. Over on Chatrier home favourite Alizé Cornet is taking on Qinwen Zheng, meanwhile on Court Seven Shelby Rogers is up against Daria Kasatkina.

Rublev and Garin match on Court 14 has gone deep into the fourth set after Rublev won the third 6-2. We could be headed for a tie-break there with Rublev leading 6-5 but the set currently on serve.

Thank you John and hello all. As I log the focus switches over to Daniil Medvedev’s third round match against Miomir Kecmanović, with the Russian leading 6-2 4-3 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. The second set is currently on serve, but the 22-year-old Croatian is fighting hard here and just won his latest service game to love.

Right, I shall pass over to Tom Bassam to cover the latest, with Medvedev in action, and plenty more to follow.

Swiatek beats Kovinic 6-3 7-5

Swiatek races to 40-0 on her service, setting up three match points, the first saved at the net by Kovininc. No such chance on her second. Swiatek claims that 31st successive win.

Swiatek, at 5-4 down in the second set, seems to recover her step, and then serves out to level. This is a test, and she is being made to work for her 31st successive win. A drop shot from Kovinic catches her out but we go to 30-30, and Swiatek swats a winner home, then seizes the break.

Daniil Medvedev is now on court, and he’s 4-2 up on Miomir Kecmanovic in the third set, though the main focus must go on Swiatek, who has just been broken to love in the second set, and it’s 4-4 with Kovinic. There’s a wobble happening here.

Swiatek, at 4-1 up, is taken to break point from Kovinic, and then gives it up easily. It’s 4-2, and the Montenegrin has a way into this. Rublev meanwhile blasted Garin to take the third set 6-2, and now leads 2-1 on sets. It’s 2-0 on sets that McDonald is trailing Sinner, the second having gone to a tie-break.

Swiatek, while not quite at her dominant best, is now a break up on Kovinic, and 2-1 and a set up. Meanwhile, in the third set, Rublev has broken Garin and leads 4-2.

Going with serve in that third set between Rublev and Garin in the third set, while the only other singles match being played on this sleepy Saturday lunchtime sees America’s Mackenzie Mcdonald and Jannik Sinner of Italy level at 5-5 in the second set, Sinner having won the first set 6-3.

Swiatek gets the job done, taking the first set from Kovinic at 6-3, though it took over 45 minutes.

Philippe-Chartrier is far quieter than Suzanne Lenglen, where so many fans were supporting Jeanjean, though Swiatek is not having it all her own way, with Kovinic stopping her usual dominance. It’s 4-3 in the first set. In the men’s singles, Andrev Rublev, the seventh seed, is 1-1 on sets with Chile’s Cristian Garin, 6-2 6-3, 1-1 in the third.

Begu beats Jean 6-1 6-4

Allo Allo! Jeanjean gets to 0-30 on the Begu serve. Tumultuous noise greets that glimmer of hope, only for Begu to get to 15-30 with a smash. Then Jeanjean overhits a baseline shot to set up 30-30. Then, a drop shot allows her to crash a winner home to land match point. A short rally ends in Jeanjean overhitting down the line. The French, er, resistance, comes to an end, and showed up a little too late to stop Begu.

Swiatek meanwhile blasted her service game home, to lead 3-1, with Kovininc holding her serve.

Begu does not allow herself to be put off by the partisanship around her, some fine returning taking her to break- and match-point, only for Jeanjean to revive herself. It goes to deuce, to loud roars. Even louder roars when Begu goes long to offer up a game point. Then Jeanjean claims it first time out. Begu, after a sit down, will have to hold her nerve on serve. It’s 5-4 now.

Iga Swiatek, whose two matches so far have come in under a collective two hours, is not finding it quite so easy against Kovinic, who eventually gets broken to go 2-0 down in the first set but is putting up severe resistance. It took a while, almost as long it took to win a set in those opening matches. Kovinic needs to sort her first serve, but there’s a way into this game, as dominant as the Pole is.

Jeanjean serves out to take it to 5-2 in the second set. Begu is forced to serve, and to the approval of the French commentators, “le break” happens – and to love – and Jeanjean has signs of life. “Allez les bleus”, sing the fans, too.

Jeanjean keeps choking on break points on Begu’s serve, but she is playing for her life now, thwacking a winner down the line to claim another. Begu hits her own winner to level it up. The home crowd are partisan, loud for this time of day, though there’s a groan when a trademark drop shot hands Begu the advantage. Then Jeanjean nets and at 5-1 up in the second set, the Romanian is one game away from winning the match.

Begu is now 4-1 up, and Jeanjean is heading out, the glory of her second-round win over Pliskova washed away. The player who missed six years with a knee injury had made a glorious comeback but now she’s struggling. She nearly gets it back to 4-2, but there is agony as she misses a big winner on a break point.

The early news is not good for the home contingent, with Leolia Jeanjean already staring down the barrel of defeat from Irina-Camelia Begu, she lost the first set 6-1, and is a break and 2-1 down to the Romanian right now.

Tumaini Carayol profiles Carlos Alcaraz, the latest hottest new thing, and maybe the one to take down the aforementioned old guard. He destroyed Sebastian Korda yesterday.

His vast hand skills and shotmaking talents are strung together by his supreme athleticism and defence, qualities that have produced innumerable incredible points that have further underlined his talents. Since his triumph in Madrid, the hype surrounding Alcaraz has gone into overdrive, and he arrived in Paris tipped by some bookmakers as the tournament favourite.

The two biggest guns got their stuff done yesterday and we may soon see them do battle, though rather earlier than usual.

Preamble

Bonjour, tout le monde. Back to Roland Garros we go, and the stands may well be swelled by Liverpool and Real Madrid fans picking up returns ahead of the big one later tonight. Those paying attention on Thursday will recognise most of the cast, with Iga Swiatek, the no 1 seed, in devastating form so far. Can Danka Kovinic of Montengero halt the Pole’s charge? Léolia Jeanjean became France’s darling when beating Pliskova in the second round, and now she faces Irina-Camelia Begu, whose main moment of note so far has been to launch a racquet that made a small child cry. Qinwen Zheng, the Chinese player, delivered one of the shocks of the tournament in beating Simona Halep, even allowing for Halep’s panic attacks, and Zheng will take on Nice’s Alizé Cornet.

To the men’s singles for today, and the headliners are Gilles Simon, the oldest homme in the tournament, who takes on Marin Cilic, and Daniil Medvedev, the Russian still a struggler on clay, who faces the young Serb, Miomir Kecmanovic. Mikael Ymer, the Swede, who beat plucky Brit Dan Evans, will take on Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Greek another who doesn’t quite look comfortable on the surface.

All that and much more throughout the day.

Get ready for some weekend action! 🇵🇱 No.1 @iga_swiatek kicks things off at Chatrier on a Saturday filled with French fire🔥

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