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French Open findings - days 4 and 5

It was a very wet day in Paris
by Alexandra Willis at Roland Garros
Thursday 30 May 2013

Wimbledon.com's thoughts on the pick of the action from days four and five at Roland Garros...

Rain and more rain
It continues to be a very wet French Open, with play interrupted multiple times on Thursday, affecting 35 of 61 matches scheduled, and a little on Wednesday also, leaving the Parisian court coverers the busiest they have been for some time. Fear not though, the forecast is due to improve from Friday.

The upset
Bethanie Mattek-Sands proved that hard work does pay, upsetting 2011 champion Li Na in a way that those who have been following her were not entirely surprised by. The American had trailed 0-4 in the first set, only to put her all into her long black socks and come back to win the match 5-7, 6-3, 6-2. Mattek-Sands used to be known more for her flamboyant outfits and attitude than her tennis. How that has changed.

The day before, Bojana Jovanovski sent home 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki. 19th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was also ousted by Petra Cetkovska. And 23rd seed Klara Zakopalova was beaten by the resurgent former French Open semi-finalist Kaia Kanepi. 27th seed Yaroslava Shvedova was also knocked out, by Paula Ormaechea.

Cruising on up
Victoria Azarenka, Roger Fedeer, Novak Djokovic, Sam Stosur, Maria Sharapova, Benoit Paire, Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Sara Errani, David Ferrer, Angelique Kerber, Nicolas Almagro, Peng Shuai, Sorana Cirstea, Marin Cilic, Sam Querrey, Maria Kirilenko, Sabine Lisicki, Jelena Jankovic, Zheng Jie, Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens.

Delayed overnight
The umpteenth bout of rain delayed several matches overnight, with varying degrees of good humour. Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard were suspended with Sharapova a set and 4-2 up, Stanislas Wawrinka lead Horacio Zeballos by two sets and 3-3 in the third, Kaia Kanepi and Stefanie Voegele were on their way to a first set tie-break, Ash Barty and Maria Kirilenko and Denis Istomin and Nikolay Davydenko were all in the early stages of their matches.

No Rosol v Rafa take II
There will be no Rafael Nadal revenge mission against Lukas Rosol, at least not here in Paris. Rosol was beaten in four sets by Fabio Fognini.

Did you know?
Grigor Dimitrov, widely regarded as one of the men's players with the most potential to be the next big thing, is into the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time. He will next face Novak Djokovic in a repeat of their meeting in Madrid.

There was another seed upset, former semi-finalist Dominika Cibulkova, who was ousted by Marina Erakovic. The New Zealander is the first female from her island to reach the third round of a Grand Slam.

American style
While the British lamented not having a single singles player in the second round of a Grand Slam, the Americans were celebrating their rather prodigious depth. 14 players reached the second round, the most since 15 did the same in 2003.

As for the French
They too have some depth to celebrate, Gael Monfils winning again, as did Alize Cornet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Julien Benneteau (in five-set marathon style).

How to survive a rain delay?
It's always an interesting one when players offer an insight into what they do when they're not on-court, and rain delays present the perfect opportunity. As Andy Murray's copious tweeting over the past few days has demonstrated, tennis players get just as bored as the rest of us when they don't have anything to occupy them. Video games, YouTube pillaging, iPhone and iPad immersion are the popular ways of passing the time, but self-photography and videography is also a method of choice. Novak Djokovic snapped himself and Marian Vajda dressing up in water polo gear, Fabio Fognini took an ice bath, and Taylor Townsend made some Vines. Roger

Federer facts
The defending Wimbledon champion and his short hair spent his day off going up the Eiffel Tower for the first time.

British hopes
Although without singles players, there are at least two doubles players still standing - Jamie Murray and Australian partner John Peers won their first round match upsetting a seeded duo, and Dominic Inglot and Treat Huey took down Tobias Kamke and Florian Mayer. Heather Watson, who marked her return from glandular fever with a battling, albeit unsuccessful, performance against Stefanie Voegele, is also played women's doubles and mixed doubles.

Farewell to
Venus and Serena Williams in the doubles, the sister act taking the decision to withdraw to allow Venus to rest her back.

Coming up on Friday

Philippe Chatrier
Marion Bartoli v Maria Duque-Marino, Maria Sharapova v Eugenie Bouchard (to finish), Julien Benneteau v Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Jeremy Chardy, Virginie Razzano v Ana Ivanovic

Suzanne Lenglen
Rafael Nadal v Martin Klizan, Serena Williams v Sorana Cirstea, Gael Monfils v Tommy Robredo, Agnieszka Radwanska v Dinah Pzifenmaier

Court 1
Michal Przysieny v Richard Gasquet, David Ferrer v Feliciano Lopez, Sabine Lisicki v Sara Errani, Varvara Lepchenko v Angelique Kerber

Court 2
Tommy Haas v Jack Sock, Francesca Schiavone v Kirsten Flipkens, Gilles Simon v Sam Querrey, Bojana Jovanovski v Svetlana Kuznetsova

Ryan Harrison v John Isner (Court 7), Robin Haase v Jerzy Janowicz (Court 16)

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

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