French Open - Day five preview: Nadal and Murray back

Wed, 30 May 08:37:00 2012

Rafa Nadal, chasing a record seventh French Open title, will be looking to preserve his perfect record against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin when the two meet in the second round at Roland Garros on Thursday.

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Nadal, who has lost only once on the Paris clay since his debut in 2005, will eclipse the record of six titles he shares with Bjorn Borg if he triumphs again this year but the second-seeded Spaniard is adamant he is not obsessed with the landmark.

"We are in the second round. That's the thing. I have enough work to do thinking about the next round, and not think about if Bjorn will be here or if I'm gonna play the final," Nadal, who is scheduled second on Court Suzanne Lenglen, told reporters.

Nadal has beaten Istomin in both of their previous meetings.

Russian second seed Maria Sharapova continues her quest for a maiden title at the French Open, the only grand slam missing from her collection, against Japanese Ayumi Morita on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Briton Andy Murray, seeded fourth, will open proceedings on centre court against the experienced Finn Jarkko Nieminen.

Also in action is Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, with the fourth seed starting the day on Court Suzanne Lenglen against Pole Urszula Radwanska.

Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano, who knocked out pre-tournament favourite Serena Williams in the first round, will be on Court One against unheralded Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus.

Fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France will be on Court Suzanne Lenglen to finish his match against German Cedric Marcel Stebe after it held over due to rain. The duo will resume the third set at 1-1 having split the first two sets.

Murray ready for Nieminen


Court Philippe Chatrier:

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v. Andy Murray (GBR)[4]

Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) v. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[9]

Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) v. John Isner (USA)[10]

Ayumi Morita (JPN) v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[2]

Court Suzanne Lenglen:

Urszula Radwanska (POL) v. Petra Kvitova (CZE)[4]

Denis Istomin (UZB) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]

Na Li (CHN)[7] v. Stephanie Foretz Gacon (FRA)

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v. Richard Gasquet (FRA)[17]

Court 1:

David Ferrer (ESP)[6] v. Benoit Paire (FRA)

Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[14] v. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)

Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) v. Julien Benneteau (FRA)[29]

Virginie Razzano (FRA) v. Arantxa Rus (NED)

Court 2

Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[16] v. Klara Zakopalova (CZE)

Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) v. Nicolas Almagro (ESP)[12]

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)[8] v. Jeremy Chardy (FRA)

Heather Watson (GBR) v. Julia Goerges (GER)[25]

Court 3

Jesse Levine (USA) v. Milos Raonic (CAN)[19]

Varvara Lepchenko (USA) v. Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[19]

Marcel Granollers (ESP)[20] v. Malek Jaziri (TUN)

Shuai Peng (CHN)[28] v. Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)

Court 5

Robin Haase (NED) v. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)[27]

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v. Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ)

Court 6

Juan Monaco (ARG)[13] v. Lukas Rosol (CZE)

Kaia Kanepi (EST)[23] v. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)

Christina McHale (USA) v. Lauren Davis (USA)

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v. Tommy Haas (GER)

Court 7

Bernard Tomic (AUS)[25] v. Santiago Giraldo (COL)

Nina Bratchikova (RUS) v. Claire Feuerstein (FRA)

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)[24] v. Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) v. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)

Court 17

Melinda Czink (HUN) v. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)[22]

Florian Mayer (GER)[32] v. Eduardo Schwank (ARG)

Play starts at 10:00 UK time


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  1. @alchemist, thank you very much, that's very kind­ of you. i will try that site too. @M, i've just got­ back home and Murray does look like he's in some­ pain, i hope he can continue because it would be a­ shame if he did not have the chance to get into the­ second week and try for the title. Whether people on­ here thinks he can win or not, it's sad to see a­ player have to pull out of a grandslam because of an­ injury.

    From , on Thu 31 May 12:24
  2. Murray is injured and looks like withdrawing at this­ stage. What a rotten shame for Andy. No doubt the­ TROLLS will be happy. Sad little people.

    From M, on Thu 31 May 10:37
  3. Mica Mica I always enjoy your kind hearted post's,­ what a breath of fresh air.If you have no luck with­ firstrow sports you could also try haha sports. I am­ not sure if they are one of the same but it worked for­ me. I wish i was watching Keothavong i do think she is­ a babe :)

    From alchemist, on Thu 31 May 10:29
  4. Ndal-Verdasco, what a final it will be!

    From thebladeofblade, on Thu 31 May 9:53
  5. Rafa and Andy will win in straight sets! I think­ Tsonga and Troicki will eventually win their suspended­ matches, it would be nice to see one or both of them be­ upset because in the men´s game there aren´t enough­ surprises and also their opponents are quite young and­ exciting to watch. I hope David and Nico win too!

    From sarah37729, on Thu 31 May 8:27
  6. @Dee G, its a great site, i love that i can choose­ which match to watch but the pop ups are a bit­ annoying. Good morning everyone (well it's morning­ in the UK) hope Murray and Rafa fans enjoy their­ matches today.

    From , on Thu 31 May 8:24
  7. I watch firstrowsports all the time..great site and­ FREE

    From Dee G, on Wed 30 May 12:13
  8. @Barbara, i could hug you. ITV are just now showing the­ match after watching the British player lose. I'll­ watch all the matches on that website. At least i can­ get to see all Fex-ex (Federer's) and Rafa's­ matches. At least the commentators do not talk through­ the whole match like they do on the BBC and ITV. Thank­ you again

    From , on Tue 29 May 15:14
  9. Come on Rafa we believe in you...make us proud as­ usual...Vamosssss!!!!

    From Barbara, on Tue 29 May 15:04
  10. @Barbara, thank you. They are showing British player­ Keothavong's match right now on ITV, I'm not­ excited about this match at all. I hope they are­ broadcasting Rafa's match in the next few minutes.­ I would love to see Rafa and Murray's matches­ today.

    From , on Tue 29 May 14:29
  11. I'm shore Nole have something hiden for the­ final.....

    From Sasa, on Tue 29 May 14:11
  12. Mare Nostrum - I don't quite agree Nadal was a­ shadow of himself last year this time. Yes, he suffered­ some setbacks from Djokovic defeats and was maybe­ fearing the same would happen in Paris final. We all­ know it never came to that. I still think Nadal was­ playing very well last year even against Djokovic in­ those finals but Djokovic brought something special­ which was inconceivable. What I am wondering most is­ actually not Nadal's current form but rather that­ hidden inconceivability in Djokovic - whether it is to­ be shown in the final or if it was just a one year­ blimp of magic never to be repeated. We can say that­ Djokovic has been grounded in his last two matches with­ Nadal but yet still there is lingering that expectation­ of big things where it matters most - in the GS final.­ Djokovic is under tremendous pressure.

    From Richard, on Tue 29 May 14:09
  13. @ Mica try firstrow sports, you can watch any match of­ your choice and its completly free.

    From Barbara, on Tue 29 May 14:00
  14. Bolelli, Istomin, Mayer, Raonic, Almagro, Ferrer,­ Djokovic. Is that a way? Just my guess...

    From Richard, on Tue 29 May 13:50
  15. @ Mica Mica Rafa last year isn't the Rafa of this­ year. Last year he came to Roland Garros on incredible­ low-he played without flair or belief. For that reason­ I rate his last year's RG title highly as he won a­ Slam by being a shadow of himself and that's just­ how good he is on clay that really is his home. This­ year I expect Rafa to breeze through his early round­ matches and any challenge he meets he'll deal with­ effectively. We'll find out about later stages of­ the tournament although frankly I don't see who­ could stop him on his way to finals as if Nadal is free­ of injury I believe even on a exeptionaly bad day­ he'd beat both Murray and Ferrer. (no disregard to­ David or Andy-it's just all about this invincible­ like ''aura'' Nadal has on Roland­ Garros)

    From Mare Nostrum, on Tue 29 May 10:55
  16. Well Heather Watson is doing great right now.

    From , on Tue 29 May 10:51
  17. At Sasa number 12 i think Murray is not in great shape­ right now and he hasnt been impressive in the last few­ matches before RG so i dont see him getting very far.

    From Sara, on Tue 29 May 10:49
  18. Rafa's first round match against John Isner was not­ an easy one last year.

    From , on Tue 29 May 10:43
  19. The fact you thumb me down tells me you have that­ feeling too....

    From Sasa, on Tue 29 May 10:42
  20. When Rafa won his most dominant RG in 2008, his hardest­ game was in the first round against Bellucci. I­ don't expect him to demolish Bolleli, but a­ straight sets win would be good. I expect one long set­ and 2 easier ones.

    From Andrei, on Tue 29 May 10:10
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