Qualifying begins: 26 June
The Draw: 30 June
Pre-event Press Conferences: 1 & 2 July
Order of Play: 2 July
Championships begin: 3 July
COME BACK FOR LIVE SCORES & LIVE BLOG FROM 26 JUNE
It’s taken 10 sets, more than seven hours of tennis and three days, but Andy Murray’s French Open hopes are still on track.
Although his game completely deserted him mid-match against a chocolate-munching Grand Slam debutant whose name sounds like (Bjorn) Borg, he recovered to win his second straight five-set match.
Compared to the trials and tribulations of Murray, the rest of the day was relatively straightforward, with defending champion Stan Wawrinka, second seed Agnieszka Radwanska, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, No.6 seed Simona Halep, last year’s Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza and former US Open finalist Kei Nishikori all winning in straight sets.
Here are the highlights of day four at Roland Garros, where the sun came out and the noise levels went up a few levels because it was Kids Day:
Match of the Day
The day belonged to Mathias Bourgue, a 22-year-old French wildcard who had never even played a Tour level match or top-50 player before Roland Garros, but ended up sending the crowd on the Court Philippe Chatrier into a frenzy as he pushed the world No.2 to five sets with a blistering backhand and a killer drop shot.
“It was completely incredible,” the 164th-ranked Bourgue said losing his match against Murray, 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
“Was the first time for me in this kind of court, that big, against a huge player. It was really an emotional moment for me, and I will never forget it,” he added.
Murray looked to be on the way to an easy win as he led by a set and 2-0 when the wheels well and truly came off. Shanking balls and unable to find the court, an unusually flat Murray lost a whopping eight games in a row to Bourgue, including 16 points in succession.
Sensing a huge upset, spectators rushed to the main court as Bourgue also won the third set with fearless tennis.
“Just after the first set, I said to myself, OK, he's not playing that fast, so just try to play like him a little bit,” Bourgue said. “Serve more first ball. I played very good.”
But in the end Murray’s experience prevailed and he scrambled through to a meeting with big-serving Ivo Karlovic.
“I lost my way on the court today for quite a while,” Murray told reporters after the match.
“It was a pretty stressful couple of days,” he added. “Coming back the next day and playing, it's not easy. And a fifth set I played against Radek was tense,” referring to his first-round match against the veteran Czech Radek Stepanek.
For someone who told an Australian newspaper a few days ago he doesn’t love tennis, Nick Kyrgios was all smiles as he wasted no time reaching the third round in a brisk 70 minutes, dropping six games against Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands.
Kyrgios’ next match may be a tad more challenging as he faces the experienced Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
Disappointment for Britain’s Heather Watson and Kyle Edmund, who both lost.
Watson won only four games against an in-form Svetlana Kuznetsova, a former Roland Garros winner from Russia. But Watson will leave Paris on a positive note, having virtually secured a spot on the British team for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with a round won.
Edmund was unable to overcome 36 winners, including 18 aces, from American No.1 John Isner, who won 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Stat of the day
Karlovic needed four-and-a-half hours to beat Jordan Thompson of Australia, winning 12-10 in the fifth set. At 37 years of age, that makes the Croat the oldest man to reach the third round of a Grand Slam tournament since 39-year-old Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.
“It's the only time when being old is OK,” Karlovic said in a press conference after striking 41 aces.
Quote of the day
Back to Borg, or Bourgue, who asked for a Mars bar and a Coke in his fifth set against Murray.
He got the Coke but had to settle for a Twix.
“Gilles Simon told me if you feel tired, take one Coke and one Mars bar, so that's what I wanted to do,” he said. “I got the Twix, but it was OK.”