French Open men - 1st Round - Men

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
SwedenR Söderling666--
FranceL Recouderc023--

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  1. - - Soderling will next face the challenge of either Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti, or the big serving American Taylor Dent in the second round. Click here to view the men's draw in full

  2. 6-3 - SODERLING WINS THROUGH! The Swede bludgeons a forehand down the line, before a big serve and a deft drop shot see the end of Recouderc's valiant resistance in this third and final set!

  3. 5-3 - Recouderc shows his resilience and resolve once more, and the Frenchman again deserves immense credit for forcing Soderling to serve out for his victory!

  4. 5-2 - Soderling races through his service game with consummate ease to hold to 15 and move to within a game of clinching victory! Recouderc throws his arms up in frustration, but his challenge is surely over.

  5. 4-2 - Recouderc wins his second game to force Soderling to continue to serve for his games at the moment, and credit must go to the Frenchman, who is being totally outclassed, but continues to fight hard.

  6. 4-1 - Soderling shows that his rhythm has not been tampered with as a result of Recouderc getting on the board, and the Swede holds his serve to love as he re-establishes his three-game lead!

  7. 3-1 - Recouderc gets on the board in this third set, and another huge roar goes up from the home fans as their man makes an impact, albeit a very small one! Soderling looks undeterred, and will look to extend his lead once more.

  8. 3-0 - Soderling consolidates his break of serve with two crunching forehands cross court to beat Recouderc's defences, and the Frenchman is struggling to make any headway on the Swede's serve.

  9. 2-0 - BREAK SODERLING! The Swede stamps his authority on the third set, just as he did in the first and second, and Recouderc is left shaking his head in frustration after slipping 2-0 down once more.

  10. 1-0 - Soderling gets into his rhythm immediately at the start of this third set, and Recouderc can do nothing to prevent the Swede holding to love with real ease.

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  12. 6-2 - SET SODERLING! The Swede breaks Recouderc to clinch the second set with the utmost efficiency, and the Frenchman is pretty despondent as he takes to his chair two sets down. Soderling is keen to wrap this up quickly in the heat!

  13. - - Recouderc receives some treatment for his right hand, and it looks to be a wound which needs additional covering from the physio. The Frenchman will be fine to continue.

  14. 5-2 - It is all too easy for Soderling, who canters into a 5-2 lead with a service hold to 15, and Recouderc cannot produce anything to stifle the aggression and dominance of his opponent. The Swede is cruising once more.

  15. 4-2 - Recouderc is forced to work very hard for his second hold, but the Frenchman keeps his composure to do so with a precise serve outwide to close the game out! Recouderc is growing in confidence, but you sense that Soderling is easing up slightly with the break secured.

  16. 4-1 - Soderling gets straight back on track after conceding his first game to Recouderc, and the Swede shows good intent by serving two aces and holding with consummate ease to lead 4-1.

  17. 3-1 - He's done it! There is a huge roar of approval from the crowd on the Philippe Chatrier court as Recouderc holds his serve and gets on the board for the first time in this match! Two powerful forehands and three first serves see the Frenchman thwart Soderling's advances.

  18. 3-0 - Soderling consolidates his early break in the second set with a clinical hold to 15, and Recouderc can do nothing to stem the flow of the Swede's momentum. The home crowd are subdued, and their man is not able to make any impact thus far.

  19. 2-0 - BREAK SODERLING! Recouderc cannot settle on serve, and Soderling treats his opponent's delivery with disdain as he crushes two forehand winners down the line and clinches an early break in this second set!

  20. 1-0 - Recouderc deserves an awful lot of credit for fighting his way to 0-30 and putting his opponent under the cosh, but Soderling responds with real determination and drive to close out the game and hold after deuce with some nerveless serving.

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  22. 6-0 - SET SODERLING! The Swede is unwavering in his intensity and aggresion as he surges to the net to nail a sweetly struck volley to clinch the opening set in emphatic fashion! It's a bagel, and Recouderc is really struggling to sustain a rally here - Soderling is cruising!

  23. 5-0 - Soderling moves to within a game of the opening set as he slams a forehand down the line to hold to 15, and Recouderc is struggling to be at all competitive in this match. The home crowd are urging on their man, who will serve to prevent a bagel!

  24. 4-0 - BREAK SODERLING! Recouderc is wilting fast as the Swede continues to play with ruthless intent and in the most clinical fashion. Soderling is calm, composed, and incredibly efficient as he races to 4-0 with a double break!

  25. 3-0 - Recouderc wins his second point of the match with a forehand down the line, but Soderling bludgeons two forehands of his own cross court as he consolidates his break with a solid hold.

  26. 2-0 - BREAK SODERLING! The Swede is utterly ruthless as he hammers two huge forehands down the line to beat Recouderc's defences, and he stamps his authority on the encounter with ease to establish a 2-0 lead with a break!

  27. 1-0 - Soderling holds to 15 with consummate ease, and Recouderc can only muster one attacking stroke in the entire game as the Swede serves to the body of his opponent and finds his rhythm superbly.

  28. 0-0 - Soderling wins the toss and elects without hesitation to serve first in this opening set!

  29. - - While Soderling is ranked at number seven in the world, Recouderc is down at a lowly 179 - this could be over quickly unless the Frenchman can lift his game considerably!

  30. - - The court is soaked with sunshine as temperatures continue to hover around the 20 degree mark in Paris! The players are warming up, and we are set for a fine match.

  31. - - This pair have met each other just once previously, with Soderling prevailing 6-2 6-4 in Tampere, Finland on the clay back in 2003! The Frenchman will be looking to redress the balance at his home event.

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  33. - - The second match on the Philippe Chatrier court sees fifth seed Robin Soderling take on Laurent Recouderc of France - the home crowd will surely get into this one!

Laurent Recouderc

Nationality FRA
Date of Birth 10/07/1986

Robin Söderling

Nationality SWE
Date of Birth 14/08/1984
Height 1.93 m
Weight 87 kg

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