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|Nationality||Player||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5|
- - NADAL WINS 6-2 7-5 6-2! He’s done it! The defending champion reaches the fourth round with a straight sets victory. Is he on his way to a ninth title?
- - BREAK! Nadal 6-2 7-5 5-2 Mayer. Suddenly, Nadal is alive. He hurtles around the court, thrashing piledriver after piledriver at his opponent. The Argentine can’t live with this increased tempo and concedes another break. Game over.
- - Nadal 6-2 7-5 4-2 Mayer. Good stuff from Rafa who shoots into a commanding 40-0 lead before sealing the game with a sweeping cross-court winner.
- - BREAK! Nadal 6-2 7-5 3-2 Mayer. Nadal earns a break point in deuce with a backhand pass and sees his opponent fire wide in the next point. Can the eight-time champion see out victory without any more hiccups?
- - Nadal 6-2 7-5 2-2 Mayer. The world number one is struggling for intensity. The Chatrier crowd need inspiring and fast – an eeiry silence has taken hold of the showpiece arena. This set has been more about errors than winners. Still, Nadal holds.
- - Nadal 6-2 7-5 1-2 Mayer. Three winners and an unforced Nadal error secure a solid Mayer hold.
- - BREAK! Nadal 6-2 7-5 1-1 Mayer. A couple of Nadal errors and we’re all square in the third. Sloppy start to the set.
- - BREAK! Nadal 6-2 7-5 1-0 Mayer. Nadal breaks at the dawn of the third set. Is that the decisive breakthrough?
- - NADAL GOES TWO SETS UP! The world number one leads 6-2 7-5 against Mayer.
- - BREAK! Nadal 6-2 6-5 Mayer. The ball loops over Mayer’s head, the Argentine turns in haste and mutters a prayer for the ball to land outside the legal zone, before crashing onto the baseline. Break secured.
- - Nadal 6-2 5-5 Mayer. Mayer is starting to read the Nadal serve with surprising regularity. He can’t force his way into this service game though and the defending champion holds.
- - Nadal 6-2 4-5 Mayer. Mayer pounces upon a loose Nadal return, crashes it into the court and continues jogging back to his chair. He edges into a second set lead.
- - BREAK! Nadal 6-2 4-4 Mayer. Mayer opens up a 0-30 lead for the third Nadal service game in a row. He cheaply surrenders the next point, but tucks a backhand down the line for two break points. Chance number one: netted. Chance number two: return sails long. He quickly earns another opportunity… A Nadal shot cannons off the top of the net which leaves Mayer with a big decision… Leave or swing? Somehow, Mayer does both – inadvertently letting the ball bounce in the tramlines by swiping thin air.
- - Nadal 6-2 4-3 Mayer. Nadal briefly transforms into a scarecrow on Philippe Chatrier – hoisting up his arms in bewilderment and standing deadly still in response to missing a sitter. Mayer escapes a deuce scare to hold.
- - Nadal 6-2 4-2 Mayer. Hang on – take two. The Argentine motors into a 0-30 lead. Is this his moment? Perhaps. Nadal draws level with a net shot that almost kills his opponent (slight embellishment) and a backhand winner. But the world number 65 proceeds to earn a couple of break points – the second with a Wawrinka-esque backhand. Unfortunately for the neutral, he is unable to creep over the line. Nadal survives.
- - Nadal 6-2 3-2 Mayer. Woooaaappp. Cheeky, almost naughty, drop shot from Mayer is the peak of a decent hold to love.
- - Nadal 6-2 3-1 Mayer. Hang on. A splendid backhand winner and forced Nadal error hands the underdog a shot of breaking back at 0-30. Can he draw level? Nope, the Spaniard reels off four points on the spin – including a ridiculous inswinging forehand down the line – and cements the break.
- - BREAK! Nadal 6-2 2-1 Mayer. Unforced error x2, double fault and one of the wildest forehands to ever grace Roland Garros hand Nadal a break to love. You’ll have to do better than that, Mr Mayer.
- - Nadal 6-2 1-1 Mayer. Mayer shows tremendous spirit to weather a Nadal assault, but an unforced error renders his efforts futile. It stays on serve in the second set.
- - Nadal 6-2 0-1 Mayer. Nadal gobbles up a short ball and sends another forehand down the line which Mayer is powerless to prevent crashing into the hoarding behind him. On this occasion it’s immaterial as the Argentine creeps over the line.
- - NADAL WINS FIRST 6-2! The world number one struts across the baseline, trialling each ball in his hand before picking his favourite and lining up his opening serve. This is his arena and Mayer is doing little to change that. Nadal is too good right now. Set number one is his.
- - Nadal 5-2 Mayer. An ace down the centre and a fierce forehand winner help quell the Nadal threat. For now. The Spaniard will serve for it after a short sit down.
- - Nadal 5-1 Mayer. Comfortable hold from Nadal which featured two masterful forehands down the line. It’s rather easy for the lefty right now.
- - BREAK! Nadal 4-1 Mayer. “Urrr… Neugh…” cries Nadal as he winds up a belting forehand which flies into the corner for 15-30. Nadal then grabs the next point before pouncing upon a short Mayer ball and dispatching with aplomb. Another break secured.
- - Nadal 3-1 Mayer. The Spaniard refuses to dwell on a double fault as he crashes a trademark short-swing cross-court winner to level at 15-15. It sparks a series of ruthless points from Nadal who holds with ease.
- - BREAK! Nadal 2-1 Mayer. A mischievous breeze is causing a few problems in the early stages. Three unforced errors on the trot hand the world number one a couple of break points. What an angle! Nadal flicks the ball over the net from a ridiculously tight position. Glorious shot.
- - Nadal 1-1 Mayer. The omnipresent Roland Garros champion draws level. A quick once-over with the towel and he’s ready for his opponent’s service game.
- - Nadal 0-1 Mayer. The Argentine races through the opening game. Then he realises his laces were undone. Woops.
13:45 - So what do we know about Mayer? He’s pretty nifty on clay, having reached the third round at Roland Garros on four occasions, and is a keen doubles player – so expect a few journeys to the net. He's also pretty tasty from the back of the court. The underdog – who is wearing the some garish kit that David Ferrer wore moments earlier – will get us cracking on Philippe Chatrier.
13:40 - Can the 27-year-old Argentine realistically harbour hopes of eliminating the king of clay? Nadal has struggled to hit his dominant heights on the red dirt in 2014, but the Spaniard will surely have too much for Mayer today.
13:30 - Hello and welcome to the third instalment of Rafa Nadal’s quest for a ninth French Open title. Blocking his path on this glorious Saturday afternoon is world number 65 Leonardo Mayer.
|Date of Birth||03/06/1986|
|Date of Birth||15/05/1987|