Day five of the French Open tennis has thrown up some mouth watering clashes early on in the tournament.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are facing serious looking tests as they look to navigate their way to round three, while top seed Novak Djokovic also in action.
Defending women's champion Iga Swiatek also features while Cameron Norrie flies the flag for Britain in the singles.
Tokyo 2020
'Image not the best' - Nadal criticises Djokovic for 'strange' racket smash tantrum
YESTERDAY AT 09:19

Birthday boy, Nadal still to come

The night match on Court Philippe Chatrier sees Rafael Nadal face an old foe in the shape of Frenchman, Richard Gasquet. Join us again from 20:00 BST for live updates of that showdown.

GAME, SET AND MATCH! – FEDERER 6-2 2-6 7-6 6-2 CILIC

It’s all over! Federer once again gets the better of Cilic as he breaks once more to march into round four. It was a close contest at times but the Swiss came out on top when it really mattered and took the honours on his second match point after two hours and 35 minutes.

FEDERER 6-2 2-6 7-6 5-2 CILIC

The Swiss is one game from victory. He bewitches with a short slice winner and continues to serve brilliantly. It’s a rapid love hold and Chila has surely got a sinking feeling now.

FEDERER 6-2 2-6 7-6 4-2 CILIC

Marin finds the first serve at an important point. A double break there and it would have been curtains. Not that it ever looked likely. He eases through for the loss of one point but needs to do much more on the return game if he’s to turn the tide now.

FEDERER 6-2 2-6 7-6 4-1 CILIC

The 20-time major winner consolidates with a game to 15 and that scoreboard will look very nice right now as he walks to his chair.

BREAK! - FEDERER 6-2 2-6 7-6 3-1 CILIC

Federer gets the breakthrough! Cilic fights hard to level from 0-30 but then rues his luck as a net cord allows Federer to take charge and volley a winner to earn break point. From there, the Swiss is a spectator as Cilic double faults at the worst possible moment to hand the initiative to the No.8 seed.

FEDERER 6-2 2-6 7-6 2-1 CILIC

That’s not bad either. Federer has been just as efficient on his serve and chalks up another perfect game. All square with few rallies to capture the imagination in the early stages of this set.

FEDERER 6-2 2-6 7-6 1-1 CILIC

Marin was firing on all cylinders before the tie break and seems to be hitting the right notes after it. He powers to a love hold with more supreme serving but will be ruing the blip in the TB when FedEx pounced.

FEDERER 6-2 2-6 7-6 1-0 CILIC

Federer anxiously looks to his right as a sizzling backhand return just misses the baseline at deuce. Cilic had battled back from 40-15 down but couldn’t earn the BP and ultimately dragged another backhand wide to allow his opponent to kick off Set 4 on the front foot.

SET! - FEDERER 6-2 2-6 7-6 CILIC

The Swiss Maestro corks down an ace to finish in style and claim the tie break by a 7-4 scoreline.

TB LATEST

Federer leads 4-2 at the change of ends. The serving masterclass ends when Cilic double faults to give Fed a 3-1 lead. The Swiss scorches down an ace in response before FedEx claims a service winner.

FEDERER 6-2 2-6 6-6 CILIC

Love hold? Of course. Into a tie break we go. Something will have to give now!

FEDERER 6-2 2-6 5-6 CILIC

Guess what? Another love hold? Yep, you guessed it! This time Cilic works a bit harder for it, taking one point with a quite sensational stun volley at the net to bamboozle his opponent and earn a roar of delight from the crowd.

FEDERER 6-2 2-6 5-5 CILIC

Federer refuses to be upstaged and clocks up his second straight love hold. That’s four in a row in total between them. Are we heading for a tie break or will one of these experienced gents strike late in the day to steal the set?

FEDERER 6-2 2-6 4-5 CILIC

It’s another masterclass in big serving as Cilic roars to another love hold. That’s pretty impressive given the stakes at this stage. Federer will now serve to stay in the set.

FEDERER 6-2 2-6 4-4 CILIC

Federer halts the Croatian’s charge with a rapid love hold. Whoever blinks will probably lose the set now. How’s your nerve?

FEDERER 6-2 2-6 3-4 CILIC

Marin continues to ride the crest of his current wave and surges through a solid hold to nudge the board in his favour at a key point in the set.

GAME, SET AND MATCH! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 6-4 CUEVAS

The world number one serves it out with an ace to seal victory after an entertaining two hours and six minutes on court. Cuevas was a joy to watch at times but Nole was another level and is very serious contender for the title here this year.

BREAK! - FEDERER 6-2 2-6 3-3 CILIC

That’s a wonderful return game from Cilic. He produces a super drop shot and troubles Fed with his deep returns to get back on serve and reach parity.

DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 5-4 CUEVAS

Pablo keeps Djokovic honest by easing through a hold to 15. The Serb will now look to serve out the match.

FEDERER 6-2 2-6 3-2 CILIC

That is a HUGE hold. Federer misses a real sitter at triple break point and is left wondering what might have been. Cilic ends up saving four BPs in total before big serving helps him over the line from deuce to stay in contention.

DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 5-3 CUEVAS

That’s another important step for Novak. He rattles down a ninth ace and eases to a hold for the loss of one point.

FEDERER 6-2 2-6 3-1 CILIC

The 39-year-old rock star of tennis consolidates to love.

DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 4-2 CUEVAS

That’s more like it. After being pushed to the limits in his previous tow service games, this one was rather routine. A hold to 30 edges Djoker a tad closer to that finish line.

BREAK! - FEDERER 6-2 2-6 2-1 CILIC

First blood to Fed in this all-important third set. The Swiss skies a backhand into orbit on the first of two break points but then gets it so right on the next one, unloading off that wing to leave Cilic rooted to the spot.

DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 3-2 CUEVAS

Pablo has been feeding off that energy from the crowd in the past few games and he seems more interested again. He finishes with an ace as he races to a love. Djokovic must be wondering how he let his rock-solid grip on this match soften, but he needs to re-focus and finish the job now.

FEDERER 6-2 2-6 1-1 CILIC

An ace down the middle T moves Fed level after Cilic had asked a question of his nerve at deuce. No danger this time. Finely poised.

DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 3-1 CUEVAS

Nole is fuming and his loss of focus has made this a real fight when it seemed like being more of a procession. He’s not impressed by a group of fans who are showing their support for his opponent and lets out his rage. It contributes to a really topsy-turvy 13-minute game with an ace, a DF and having to scramble to fend off two more BPs.

FEDERER 6-2 2-6 0-1 CILIC

The world number 47 suffers a mid-game wobble as 40-15 leads to a cagey face-off at deuce following a fourth double fault of the contest. Chila sticks to the game-plan of attacking the FedEx backhand and manages to keep the Swiss at arm’s length to earn the scoreboard advantage in Set 3.

SET! - FEDERER 6-2 2-6 CILIC

All square! Federer fizzes a forehand just long on double set point and Cilic deservedly takes Set 2.

FEDERER 6-2 2-5 CILIC

Federer tries to apply the pressure and outlasts Cilic despite a series of attacks pinpointed to his backhand once again. Chila stands tall at 40-30 though and is one game away from levelling the match.

DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 2-1 CUEVAS

There’s a big cheer from the crowd as Cuevas gets himself on the scoreboard with a solid service game to 15. They want him to bring the showman part of his game back to the court. It’s no surprise because it made for such great viewing in the opening set.

FEDERER 6-2 2-4 CILIC

The Maestro stays in touch with a simple enough hold to 15. That fiery conclusion to Game 5 has added spice to this already intriguing encounter now.

DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 2-0 CUEVAS

The Djokovic dip arrives at 40-30 and he’s made to work extremely hard in a lengthy game. Cuevas desperately wants the break but can’t convert his two chances. Djoker again finds a way and eventually consolidates. It’s been plain-sailing for so long, but the roar at the end shows just how pleased he is to get over the line.

FEDERER 6-2 1-4 CILIC

Drama! Federer has a huge discussion with the umpire about moving to his towel when Cilic is ready to serve. The Swiss is rattled after seeing double break point evaporate into deuce. The delay is quite some time and when they return to action the 2009 champion is clearly pumped when he guesses right on a forehand and flashes an instinctive shot into the empty court. He still can’t snare the break back though and Cilic rallies hard to somehow edge to safety.

BREAK! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 1-0 CUEVAS

The crowd try to raise Cuevas’s spirits but he looks disconsolate. He double faults and leaks errors as the Serb seems to read everything his opponent is about to try before he knows himself! It’s another early break and only Djoker can stop himself from finishing this quickly now.

FEDERER 6-2 1-3 CILIC

That could be one Cilic ends up ruing. He has two shots at a double break but can’t convert. Federer hits back and nicks it from deuce to get on the board and stay in contention in the set.

SET! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 CUEVAS

The road to round three is clearing of obstacles for the top seed. He shrugs off a double fault to easily serve out to 15 for a two-set advantage. Cuevas has contributed some nice play throughout but he just can’t live with Nole’s machine-like genius.

FEDERER 6-2 0-3 CILIC

The Croatian rallies from 15-30 and gets his reward for bombarding that Federer backhand by consolidating.

DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-2 CUEVAS

Pablo finds some of that flair to edge a hold to 30 and force Djokovic to try and serve out Set 2.

BREAK! - FEDERER 6-2 0-2 CILIC

That’s fabulous from Cilic. Some solid returns earn him another break opportunity and this time he finally makes it count as Federer fails to retrieve a brutal crosscourt howitzer off the world number 47’s forehand.

DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-1 CUEVAS

The world number one is one fire here. He saunters through another completely dominant service game, chipping in another ace. He’ll be delighted with his form if he can keep this ridiculous level up for another set.

FEDERER 6-2 0-1 CILIC

What an epic opener to Set 2! Cilic goes through the wringer and feels the full range of emotions as a 40-0 lead disappears and he faces another BP following two double faults. He saves it with a sizzling crosscourt forehand winner but is made to hang on as Federer refuses to grant him the game. Eventually, the Croatian does drag himself through to get on the board.

BREAK! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 4-1 CUEVAS

Yes, the magic has faded a bit and Djoker’s relentless brilliance is taking more of the spotlight. He breaks to love and is well within sight of that two-set lead.

DJOKOVIC 6-3 3-1 CUEVAS

Ruthless efficiency once again from the Serbinator. He motors to a simple hold for the loss of one point to maintain his advantage in Set 2.

DJOKOVIC 6-3 2-1 CUEVAS

Pablo gets on the board, following suit with a hold to 15 and an ace to seal it. He’s playing a big role in the quality of this match but the reality is that Novak is firmly in charge.

SET! - FEDERER 6-2 CILIC

Wow, that was fast. That set is gone in 60 seconds for Cilic as Federer rattles through a love hold to take the opener in 30 minutes.

FEDERER 5-2 CILIC

A pair of aces help Marin to a rare old hold. He poses the serve-out question to the 2009 champion.

DJOKOVIC 6-3 2-0 CUEVAS

This game is more straight-forward. Novak backs up the break with a hold to 15, finishing it off with another ace.

BREAK! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 1-0 CUEVAS

That is magnificent. Another true spectacle of a game sees Cuevas take charge at the net for a 40-30 lead from 15-30 down. Novak refuses to let him off the hook and snatches a break point with a wonderful drop shot. The Serb looks set to lose the ensuing point but makes up some incredible ground to make Cuevas play one more shot and the Uruguayan gifts him the game with an error.

FEDERER 5-1 CILIC

That’s five games in a row for the 20-time major champion. Cilic has a chance to snare a break back when he gets low to drill a superb backhand up the line. Federer’s response is clutch, nailing two big first serves and a third ace of the match to get out of dodge.

BREAK! - FEDERER 4-1 CILIC

It’s going pear-shaped for Marin. He tires to outsmart Federer at the net but that’s never easy to achieve. The No.8 seed sweeps a low slice beyond the Croatian and goes on to claim the double break. It’s like he’s never been off the big stage!

FEDERER 3-1 CILIC

The Swiss Maestro is pressed to deuce once more but is playing the big points the better of the two at the moment and goes on to consolidate.

SET! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 CUEVAS

That’s a super recovery. Djokovic looks up against it at triple break back point down but he sizzles through five points in a row, including a pair of aces, to claim a very watch-able first set.

BREAK! - DJOKOVIC 5-3 CUEVAS

There’s that A-list return game from the Serb. The elasticity and ability to reach shots others would wave goodbye to once again puts him in a strong position. A delicious deep slice conjures up double break point, but Cuevas responds with wonderful clutch play, including an athletic, angled volley to make deuce. However, he follows up with a tame error and Nole comes out on top in an epic rally with a scorching forehand winner. He’ll now serve for the set.

BREAK! - FEDERER 2-1 CILIC

After battling to hold serve, Federer springs forward and ruthlessly makes his first break point count.

FEDERER 1-1 CILIC

That was a chance for Chila. He powers back from 40-0 down with some big forehands and earns the first break point of the match from deuce. Federer survives it and is then allowed to wriggle free as the Croatian charges in to finish off a forehand but slaps it tamely into the net.

DJOKOVIC 4-3 CUEVAS

The world number one knuckles down for the business end of the set with an emphatic love hold.

FEDERER 0-1 CILIC

That’s a clinical love hold from Cilic to kick things off. Federer didn’t get much of a look-in there.

DJOKOVIC 3-3 CUEVAS

Pablo does have real flair and a swashbuckling style. He shrugs off the wonderful defences of Djokovic to remain on form and level matters. He’s started very well here.

DJOKOVIC 3-2 CUEVAS

Normal service resumed? The 18-time Grand Slam champion shows just why he’s likened to a human wall by some super resistance before striking to snare the point after a 21-shot rally. The top seed nails a fierce backhand up the line and glides through a very impressive hold.

BREAK! - DJOKOVIC 2-2 CUEVAS

Beware the wounded bull. Djokovic dusts himself down, settles into his return game and duly breaks back on the second of three opportunities. That wasn’t great from the Uruguayan. It was very leaky and was summed up by a crosscourt backhand that flew way long to concede the game.

BREAK! - DJOKOVIC 1-2 CUEVAS

There’s a dose of South American flamboyance right there. Cuevas nonchalantly pulls off a no-look winner before outfoxing Novak with a sweet, diagonal pick-up at the net. The Serb feels the early heat and coughs up double break point. A clutch serve swats away one before an energy-sapping baseline exchange ends with the top seed crashing an attempt down the line into the net.

DJOKOVIC 1-1 CUEVAS

A bullet forehand up Djoker’s right flank seals a very tidy hold to 15 for Cuevas. He’s overcooked a few shots to the baseline but has a nice clay-court game and will enjoy pitting his skills against the best player on the planet.

DJOKOVIC 1-0 CUEVAS

Routine work for the top seed. Cuevas fires long twice, Nole chucks in a delightful drop shot and then thunders down an ace to make the perfect start.

Don't miss Federer from 3pm BST

Next up on Chatrier we’ve got the 2009 champion and GOAT contender Roger Federer. The number eight seed meets a familiar old foe in the shape of former world number three, Marin Cilic. The players are due on court from 15.00 BST.

DID YOU KNOW?

Cuevas has reached round three at RG on four previous occasions. He has never gone beyond that stage and will have to pull off an almighty shock here to have a chance of achieving it.

Time for Djokovic

World number one, Novak Djokovic will be gracing Court Suzanne-Lenglen shortly. The 2016 winner is up against Pablo Cuevas. The Uruguayan sits at No.92 in the ATP rankings.

Highlights: Djokovic breezes past Sandgren into second round at Roland Garros

Still to come...

It's a real shame seeing 2019 champion and world number one, Ash Barty bow out due to injury. Lets' hope she makes a quick return. In the meantime, we've still got some exciting tennis ahead of us today. Novak Djokovic is due on Court Suzanne Lenglen (1.30pm BST at the earliest) while Roger Federer is scheduled to feature on Chatrier from 3pm BST.

BARTY RETIRES! – GAME, SET AND MATCH! - BARTY 1-6 2-2 LINETTE.

The Pole nails an ace down the middle T to level at 2-2 – and that will be that. Barty shakes hands at the net and opts to retire through that troublesome hip injury. Linette was superb and stayed focused despite the obvious issues going on at the other end of the court. The top seed bows out and Linette matches her best run at RG by making round three like she did back in 2017. The Pole faces Ons Jabeur next.

BARTY 1-6 2-1 LINETTE

Barty’s extra speed on serve is getting her more cheap points and boy does she need them. She grimaces through another hold but drops just the one point as Linette’s return game dips.

BARTY 1-6 1-1 LINETTE

A disguised forehand winner, an ace and a couple of screams of delight keep Linette on track. She had to be patient during the MTO but it looks like she’s managed to maintain composure and focus.

BARTY 1-6 1-0 LINETTE

There’s already a big difference right there. The 2019 champion gets more pop on her forehand and her serve. It sees her through to a hold to 15. If she can keep that up, she can make a match of this, but it’s a big if given the nature of the injury.

Barty is back

The Aussie returns to court after a medical time-out with the trainer. She looks ready to continue.

SET! - BARTY 1-6 LINETTE

It’s just past midday in Paris and Linette has helped herself to a tasty lunchtime breadstick. Barty looks forlorn. Her usual feisty, never-say-die attitude has been replaced by a look of resignation. Usually this would be making waves as a potential shock, but everyone knows about Barty's injury and there's almost an air of inevitability about it now.

BREAK! – BARTY 1-5 LINETTE

This is a mismatch at present. Would a medical time-out help at all? Barty hasn’t done anything to suggest she will and slices a tame backhand into the net to gift the double break to the Pole.

BARTY 1-4 LINETTE

Lots of fist pumping from Magda. The game-plan is working a treat so far. She consolidates with a love hold and is making sure her mind is centred solely upon what she is doing herself.

BREAK! – BARTY 1-3 LINETTE

This is an excellent start from Linette. She’s helped along by another Barty DF but is dictating a lot of the rallies and moving her around court. The Aussie is struggling when turning to her right and coughs up the break all too easily.

BARTY 1-2 LINETTE

Barty is being watched like a hawk. How is her movement being hampered? What level can she reach? Will it be enough? Linette focuses on her own game and marauds to a love hold. She looks up for taking advantage here.

BARTY 1-1 LINETTE

That’s a mixed bag from Barty. The world number one wobbles with a couple of double faults but ends up staving off three separate break opportunities with some clutch tennis.

BARTY 0-1 LINETTE

That’s do nicely for the Pole. She rallies to fend off an immediate break point and gains the initiative from deuce when Barty drills a forehand down Linette’s right flank just wide. An eye-catching rally concludes the game with Magda executing a brilliant drop-shot.

The lowdown

This is the first ever meeting between the two players. World number 45, Linette is aiming for a shock that would see her match her best run at RG when she made round 3 in 2017. She has not reached round 4 at any of the majors.

Highlights: Barty battles through against Pera in Paris

Good morning!

Welcome to our updates from Day 5 of the 2021 French Open. First up on Court Philippe-Chatrier we’ve got the world number one Ash Barty. The Aussie, who lifted the Roland Garros trophy back in 2019, faces Poland’s Magda Linette.

Order of Play (Singles and British players) - from 10am UK time

Court Philippe Chatrier

  • Ashleigh Barty [1] v Magda Linette
  • Karolina Pliskova [9] v Sloane Stephens
  • (Not before 1500 UK time) Marin Cilic v Roger Federer [8]
  • (Not before 2000 UK time) Rafael Nadal [3] v Richard Gasquet

Court Suzanne Lenglen

  • Ann Li v Elina Svitolina [5]
  • Mikael Ymer v Gael Monfils [14]
  • (Not before 1330 UK time) Novak Djokovic [1] v Pablo Cuevas
  • Anett Kontaveit [30] v Kristina Mladenovic

Court Simonne Mathieu

  • Matteo Berrettini [9] v Federico Coria
  • Jannik Sinner [18] v Gianluca Mager
  • Fiona Ferro v Jennifer Brady [13]
  • Rebecca Peterson v Iga Swiatek [8]

Court 14

  • Sofia Kenin [4] v Hailey Baptiste
  • Diego Schwartzman [10] v Aljaz Bedene
  • Zarina Diyas v Elise Mertens [14]
  • Nikoloz Basilashvili [28] v Carlos Alcaraz

Court 7

  • Astra Sharma v Ons Jabeur [25]
  • Philipp Kohlschreiber v Aslan Karatsev [24]
  • Coco Gauff [24] v Qiang Wang
  • Facundo Bagnis v Jan-Lennard Struff

Court 6

  • Varvara Lepchenko v Karolina Muchova [18]
  • Taylor Fritz [30] v Dominik Koepfer
  • Alex De Minaur [21] v Marco Cecchinato
  • Dan Added/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah

Court 10

  • Rajiv Ram/Joe Salisbury [3] v Salvatore Caruso/Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
  • Varvara Gracheva/James Duckworth v Camila Giorgi/Ricardas Berankis

Court 11

  • Tereza Martincova v Jessica Pegula [28]
  • Ekaterina Alexandrova [32] v Barbora Krejcikova
  • Cameron Norrie v Lloyd Harris
  • Storm Sanders/Alja Tomljanovic v Ekaterina Alexandrova/Yana Sizikova

Court 12

  • Marta Kostyuk v Saisai Zheng
  • Yoshihito Nishioka v Lorenzo Musetti
  • Marta Kortyuk/Aliaksandra Sasnovich v Monica Niculescu/Jelena Ostapenko [12]

Court 13

  • Soonwoo Kwon v Andreas Seppi
  • Maria Sakkari [17] v Jasmine Paolini
  • Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares [7] v Oliver Marach/Aisam-ul-hag Qureshi
  • Jeremy Chardy/Fabrice Martin [13] v Simone Bolelli/Maximo Gonzalez
- - -
Watch all the action from the 2021 French Open live on Eurosport, eurosport.co.uk and the Eurosport app with 13-time champion Rafael Nadal eyeing a remarkable 14th title at his favourite event and 2020 Roland Garros sensation Iga Swiatek aiming to replicate her stunning triumph in Paris.
ATP Washington, DC
Djokovic can still complete the Grand Slam, says Nadal
01/08/2021 AT 19:50
Tokyo 2020
'Dominant' - Emotional Zverev claims emphatic singles gold
01/08/2021 AT 09:43