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French Open day eight: Nadal, Djokovic, Fernandez and Gauff in action – live! | French Open 2022


Fernandez reads Anismova, ready to bunt a forehand down the line for three break-back points when the ball drops mid-court. She only needs one, and we’re back on serve in two. Fernandez 6-3 4-5 Anisimova

Back on Chatrier, Fernandez has just held, meaning Anisimova must serve for a decider at 3-6 5-3.

Coming up next on Lenglen: Djokovic [1] v Schwartzman [15]. Don’t mind if we do!

Ah man, Trevisan is so happy and bubbly – it’s lovely to see. Mats wonders why she smiled on match point, and she says it helps her at moments of tension. It’s not easy to do, but she practises a lot. She loves the high bounce and speed of the court – Paris is her second home – and she’s just enjoying the moment. She now needs to rest, as she’s very tired.

Martine Trevisan beats Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6(10) 7-5!

That’s an amazing win for her, securing her second successive quarter-final at Roland Garros, and she meets Fernandez or Anisimova next!

Trevisan’s forehand has been the most significant shot in this match and it gets her 15-0 … but then Sasnovich plants one of her own onto the sideline for a clean winner, then we end up at 30-all. Trevisan defends well, Sasnovich goes long on the backhand, and that’s match point!

Anisimova is much the better player now, consolidating easily for 3-6 4-1, while Trevisan breaks Sasnovich and will now serve for the match at 7-6(10) 6-5!

Anisimova works Fernandez from side to side, earning the right to spank a forehand winner, and she now leads 3-1 in set two; Trevisan and Sasnovich are 5-5.

Trevisan breaks back to love, now trailing 4-5 in set two; on Chatrier we’re also on serve in set two, Fernandez leading Anisimova 6-3 1-2.

We’re on serve on Lenglen, Sasnovich leading set two 4-3 then nabbing herself a cheap 0-30. She breaks to love, having won eight of the last nine points, and will now serve for a decider at 5-3! This set has been much quicker than its predecessor.

Fernandez races to 40-0, tightens and serves a really tame double, then suddenly it’s deuce when Anisimova nails a return! Anisimova then saves another set point before Fernandez eventually closes out to take the set 6-3, but she’ll know that on the other side of the net, her opponent is growing. On Lenglen, meanwhile, Sasnovich has broken back so Trevisan is now serving at 7-6(10) 2-3.

It’s still Trevisan making the running – she breaks for 7-6(10) 2-1 – while on Chatrier, Anisimova has found herself, breaking then holding for 5-3. Fernandez will now serve for the set a second time.

Sasnovich battles through a hold to 30 but Trevisan quickly does likewise to love; Fernandez, though, is playing better than both and is now serving for the set against Anisimova at 5-1.

Fernandez now leads Anisimova 4-0, playing with the confidence she’d have got from winning a thriller against Bencic on Friday. She’s only 19, and looks set for some serious success – maybe starting here, who knows?

Sasnovich goes long, and Trevisan takes a 73-minute first set 7-6(10)! She looked the better player throughout it and was the one pushing the pace, so to have lost it would’ve hurt.

Trevisan dictates with her forehand, and a mishit from Sasnovich goes wide! Nines it is, and I’ve not a clue what’s going to happen next. Meantime, on Chatrier, Fernandez leads Anisimova 2-0.

No one wants to win this set! Sasnovich sends down a double, not her first at a crucial moment, and this time Trevisan fails to convert by going long on the backhand! She will be raging if she loses this, and when she goes long with a forehand that looks likely! Sasnovich takes a moment to slow things dow, before serving at 9-8…

She goes for a monster but it’s long and Sasnovich climbs right into her second effort, spanking a backhand winner cross-court. But a forehand into the net gives Trevisan another go at 7-6 and a decent returns gets her into the point … only for a forehand error to give it away. 7-7…

…it’s on her serve too…

It’s Trevisan who gets the first mini-break but again, Sasnovich yanks her back and levels at 3-3 … only for Trevisan to earn herself set point at 6-5….

Trevisan isn’t going to die wondering, upping the venom on her forehand to clobber a winner down the line for 0-15, then batters another for 0-30. But then another goes wide and Sasnovich finds a winner of her own for 30-all; can she close out? Er, no. A colossal double cedes break-back point, which Sasnovich saves, but she then nets a backhand when Trevisan raises another, and we’ll now decide the set on a breaker. Meanwhile, on Chatrier, Anisimova and Fernandez are out.

Now it’s Sasnovich threatening. At 30-40 she shanks a forehand, then Trevisan goes long on the backhand … and this time, Sasnovich, twice a break down in this set, punishes a backhand winner cross-court that breaks the sideline! After a sit-down, she’ll serve to go in front at 6-5!

Sasnovich sends down the first double of the match to give Trevisan 5-4 and 30-all – suddenly, she’s two points away from the set. So Sasnovich turns up the power on the forehand for 40-30, then Trevisan nets a return, and round we go again. Trevisan 5-5 Sasnovich

The winner of this plays Anisimova or Fernandez in the last eight. Both of them are good, but if either of these had been offered that before the start of the competition, they’d’ve took it. Trevisan rushes through another love hold and still looks the better player.

Sasnovich survives four break points in her latest hold, and Trevisan is getting irate. She’s been in front all the way through this set but hasn’t made it count, and will be extremely naused should she lose it.

Sasnovich gets her first hold of the match for 3-3, but Trevisan’s forehand is starting to fire and she secures one of her own for 4-3.

Looking at the women’s draw, I’m looking forward to seeing how Sloane Stephens does later. She’s such a beautiful mover and when she’s playing with confidence she’s great to watch. I’d be surprised if she won here, but it’s women’s tennis, which is to say anything is possible.

Trevisan breaks again; can her swinging lefty serve consolidate? Er, not by the looks of things, Sasnovich racing to 0-40 … and breaking back to 15. It is, apparently, pretty parky in Paris.

Sasnovich, though, has been even more impressive, winning a thriller against Raducanu before seeing off Kerber in two. She breaks right back, and is starting to look at home out there. Trevisan 2-1 Sasnovich

Trevisan has had a great run to this point and is yet to drop a set. Especially impressive was her win over Linette, but Gavrilova, who she beat 3 and 4 on Friday, is also no mug – and we learn from our commentators that she previously took four years off the game when struggling with anorexia. It’s great to see her here, and she leads 2-0.

Trevisan and Sasnovich, both of them unseeded, are away on Lenglen – Chatrier doesn’t start until 12pm local time, 11am BST.

Order of play

Chatrier

Fernandez [17] v Anisimova [27]

Mertens [31] v Gauff [18]

Auger-Aliassime [9] v Nadal [5]

Khachanov [21] v Alcaraz [6]

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Lenglen

Trevisan v Sasnovich

Djokovic [1] v Schwartzman [15]

Zverev [3] v Zapata Miralles

Teichmann [23] v Stephens

Preamble

Salut! After a typical first week of a major – some shocks, some escapes and some absolute bangers – we start our second with a frankly ludicrous menu of behaviour. Standing out are Djokovic v Schwartzman and Auger-Aliassime v Nadal, but Mertens v Gauff snf Fernandez v Anisimiova are also very serious, likewise Teichmann v Stephens. On y va!



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