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French Open findings - day 3

Roland Garros was hit by rain
by Alexandra Willis
Tuesday 28 May 2013

Wimbledon.com's thoughts on the pick of the action from day three at Roland Garros...

Wet weather
As Maria Kirilenko so elucidly tweeted, "Is it Wimbledon already?!?!" Her touch of humour was in response to the rain which lashed down around the Roland Garros grounds for extended parts of the day on Tuesday, though the organisers made the most of the two periods of dry weather. With hail during the build-up, and players pictured practising in winter gear, it's certainly the most unseasonal French Open we've had in a while. 

The entertainer
If female tennis players ever get criticised for lacking character, just take a look at Marion Bartoli, who surely has enough character and intrigue for the top 50 put together. The Frenchwoman, who as one tweeter noted looked like she'd spent the entire rain delay standing outside in the pouring rain when she re-emerged on court, pulled off a  7-6(8), 4-6, 7-5 win over Olga Govortsova that was exhausting enough to watch, let alone play. 

"Everybody in my box was sending me really nice positive vibes to keep my head above water," the 28-year-old said, "because it was very difficult to stay alive in that match." But stay alive she did.

Big win
Jelena Jankovic. There is no one who battles Jelena Jankovic quite like Jelena Jankovic. And so when the Serb found herself trailing 0-5 in the second set against Daniela Hantuchova, she knew that she only really had herself to blame. Grinding her way back, and making the most of the opportune rain delay, Jankovic finished off the win 6-4, 7-6(7), showing that she's certainly still got the will to win when she needs to. 

Stanislas Wawrinka also survived a bit of a scuffle against Thiemo De Bakker, winning in four sets, while Tommy Haas was unfettered by youth, beating Guillaume Rufin, 12 years his junior, in three. This time last year, Haas was a qualifier ranked No.112. This year, he's the world No.13.

In memory
Jack Sock, perhaps best-known for winning the US Open mixed doubles alongside Melanie Oudin two years ago out of nowhere, joined John Isner in the second round with an impressive win over experienced clay-courter Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The 20-year-old dedicated the win, his French Open debut, to two friends who had recently died in separate car accidents, wearing their initials on his shoes and saying that he was "thinking of them out there."

Most anticipated press conference of the day
Bernard Tomic. The Australian youngster retired trailing Victor Hanescu by two sets. He released a statement about his father as follows: "He's still working with me. He's still my coach. He's still my dad, and I love him a lot. Nothing's changed. The injury to my leg is the only thing I'm worrying about."

Cruising through
There were piece-of-cake wins for... Sam Stosur, Novak Djokovic,  Tommy Haas, Kristina Mladenovic, Fernando Verdasco, Nikolay Davydenko, Dmitry Tursunov, Dominika Cibulkova, Grigor Dimitrov (thanks to a retirement), Yen Hsun Lu (another retirement), the Bryan brothers.

Sent-home seeds
Just Alexandr Dolgopolov (22)

Player I hadn't heard of
Federico Delbonis. The Argentine defeated Julian Reister in four sets. Same story for Lucas Pouille, who was also a winner on day three, beating Alex Kuznetsov.

Congratulations
David Nalbandian is not in Paris. Why? He's just become a father.

Delayed overnight
Benoit Paire leads Marcos Baghdatis 3-6 7-6 4*-3, Lukas Kubot leads Maxime Teixeira 6-4 5-7 3*-1, Horacio Zeballos leads Vasek Pospisil 7-6 6-4 6-7 1*-4 

Coming up on Wednesday

Philippe Chatrier
Elena Vesnina v Victoria Azarenka
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Jarkko Nieminen
Gael Monfils v Ernests Gulbis (match of the day)
Serena Williams v Caroline Garcia

Suzanne Lenglen
Petra Kvitova v Aravane Rezai
Benoit Paire v Marcos Baghdatis (to finish)
Milos Raonic v Michael Llodra
Somdev Devvarman v Roger Federer
Mathilde Johansson v Ana Ivanovic

Court 1
Agnieszka Radwanska v Mallory Burdette
Nicolas Mahut v Janko Tipsarevic
Julien Benneteau v Tobias Kamke
Yulia Putintseva v Sara Errani (upset alert?)

Others
Zuzana Kucova v Virginie Razzano (Court 2) - two inspirational stories
Stefanie Voegele v Heather Watson (Court 6) - last Brit standing
Monica Puig v Madison Keys (Court 6)
Nick Kyrgios v Marin Cilic (Court 7)
 

Name of the day
Dinah Pfizenmaier. How to pronounce...

What did we miss? Let us know in the comments below...

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