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13:12 - Next up for fifth seed David Ferrer will be the winner between Rafael Nadal and Dusan Lajovic.
13:12 - GAME, SET & MATCH! FERRER 6-3 6-3 6-7(5) 6-1 ANDERSON. Ferrer quickly races out to three match points but he sends a forehand long of the line to waste the first. Still he makes no mistake with the second, battering down another forehand winner. That's a pretty emphatic way to respond to dropping a set!
13:09 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 6-7(5) 5-1 ANDERSON. The South African squanders a first game point with a inside-out forehand wide across court. He then attempts exactly the same shot on the next point but this time he lands it before going on to hold and at least force Ferrer to serve for the match.
13:01 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 6-7(5) 5-0 ANDERSON. Ferrer batters down a heavy serve, that Anderson can only return into the net, to bring up a couple of game points to consolidate the double break. He fails to take advantage of the first as his forehand drifts wide down the line. But the Spaniard does hold at the second attempt and Anderson will have to serve to avoid the bagel set, and to keep the match alive, after the change of ends.
12:59 - BREAK! FERRER 6-3 6-3 6-7(5) 4-0 ANDERSON. Ferrer is on an absolute mission now to wrap this match up as he races through another break with consecuive forehand winners followed by a backhand winner flicked down the line. Anderson has barely been in this fourth set so far.
12:54 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 6-7(5) 3-0 ANDERSON. Ferrer finds himself two break back points down but is let off the hook after consecutive backhand errors from Anderson. The Spaniard then goes on to hold and consolidate his break with a blistering forehand that simply beats Anderson for pace, despite the South African not being too far away from the ball.
12:51 - BREAK! FERRER 6-3 6-3 6-7(5) 2-0 ANDERSON. A brutal, dipping backhand down the line from Ferrer earns him three break points early in this fourth set. He only needs the one though, a forehand error from Anderson giving the game away. Ferrer looks to be on the march in this set.
12:47 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 6-7(5) 1-0 ANDERSON. Ferrer quickly puts the disappointment of that third set behind pretty quickly, racing through an opening fourth-set hold to 15, sealing the game with another blistering winner.
12:42 - SET! FERRER 6-3 6-3 6-7(5) ANDERSON. Anderson squanders the first set point with a forehand error and then slaps down a fault on his first serve. But he manages to recover his nerve with a great second set and gets Ferrer on the run to snatch the set when the Spaniard puts an off-balance forehand into the net. A fourth set it is.
12:40 - TIE-BREAK! FERRER 6-3 6-3 6-6 (4-6) ANDERSON. Ferrer comes up with a stunningly angled forehand winner across court despite being fully on the run, after going a mini-break down. But it's only a temporary respite for the Spaniard as Anderson unleashes a forehand winner of his own on the next point to bring up two set points.
12:37 - TIE-BREAK! FERRER 6-3 6-3 6-6 (3-3) ANDERSON. Things are still all square in this third set at the change of ends as Anderson slaps down a forehand error to allow Ferrer to level up. It's still on serve so far in this breaker with neither player able to string together more than a couple of points.
12:34 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 6-6 ANDERSON. Tiebreak it is! Ferrer flies a forehand long on his first game point, but seals it up with a slick dropshot followed by a reflex volley past his opponent. A final shootout beckons to decide the third set.
12:31 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 5-6 ANDERSON. A thumping forehand to begin the game gives Ferrer hope of a last-moment ambush, but normalcy is quickly resumed as Anderson punches down a few big first serves and seals another hold. Ferrer will serve for a tiebreak soon.
12:26 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 5-5 ANDERSON. Ferrer quickly flies to a game point lead, only for Anderson to float a sweet backhand lob over the Spaniard’s head. The Spaniard recovers, however, another rare dropshot providing him with an easy backhand to put away the hold as a tiebreak looms.
12:21 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 4-5 ANDERSON. A poor double fault sends Ferrer angrily muttering in Spanish, as does a short backhand that sets up an easy putaway for Anderson. The South African takes advantage of his opponent’s fury and swiftly holds serve with a strong forehand winner.
12:18 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 4-4 ANDERSON. Another game, another nervy 30-30 point as a double fault from Ferrer condemns him to the limbo of being two points away from both holding serve and losing it. Anderson sets up an easy backhand, but can’t put it away and Ferrer also eventually escapes.
12:15 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 3-4 ANDERSON. Ferrer looks well on his way to securing another break – at 30-30 he works Anderson from pillar to post, sets up and easy forehand and…misses! Anderson escapes but the margins are very tight.
12:10 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 3-3 ANDERSON. Ferrer isn’t quite out of the woods as he finds himself down two further break points, but he roars back with two big serves to scupper the danger. Anderson is back to dominating with errors and winners alike, and eventually an error on game point seals the Spanish hold.
12:03 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 2-3 ANDERSON. BREAK! Predictably, it doesn’t take Ferrer long to find himself up two break points again. On the very first one, he changes it all up with a rare dropshot which is enough to catch Anderson by complete surprise and snatch the break back immediately.
12:01 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 1-3 ANDERSON. BREAK! Well, that was unexpected. Out of nowhere, Anderson unleashes on a brutal return to find himself up double break point. Ferrer plays it safe, and eventually Anderson works him off court enough to pound a backhand cross-court into the open space and steal an unlikely break.
11:56 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 1-2 ANDERSON. Ferrer is looming again at 15-30, and Anderson helps him along with an untimely double fault. The first break point is, for a change, saved with a big serve. The second is similarly unsurprisingly saved with a big serve and forehand. Two more big serves keep Anderson barely holding on.
11:51 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 1-1 ANDERSON. Last chance saloon for Anderson, and he isn’t helping himself. He finds himself at 30-30 in Ferrer’s first game of the set and responds by dumping a backhand into the net and flying a return well long. Parity is quickly restored.
11:48 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 0-1 ANDERSON. Anderson moves to a game point, but Ferrer isn’t ready to concede it yet. The Spaniard thrice finds himself at deuce and three times he misses desperately routine balls. Finally, a return lands long and Anderson captures his first hold of the set while Ferrer, who hit more unforced errors in that game than his two in set 2, is surely kicking himself.
11:39 - FERRER 6-3 6-3 ANDERSON. SET! There we go. A couple of big serves take Ferrer to 30-0, and a long point ends with uncharacteristic style as he dispatches a high backhand volley for a cute winner and three set points. At his second attempt, he pounds a series of forehands straight down the line, and marches back to his chair with two sets safely in his pocket.
11:37 - FERRER 6-3 5-3 ANDERSON. Once again, the South African will be wondering why he couldn’t do this a game before. He holds with a barrage of big serve, though you can’t begrudge the Spaniard for already being focused on serving it all out.
11:31 - FERRER 6-3 5-2 ANDERSON. It’s all getting away from Anderson now. A series of errors fly from his racquet to random points in the stadium, and Ferrer happily struts to his chair with the break consolidated to love.
11:28 - FERRER 6-3 4-2 ANDERSON. BREAK! After the opening lull of held serves, Ferrer seems ready to pounce. He scrambles his way to 0-30 then plucks down a great, deep return to bring up his first break points of the set. The first is scuppered by an unreturned serve and we’re soon back at deuce, but Ferrer isn’t finished. Soon enough he wears the challenger down, and the Spaniard is flying up a set and break.
11:21 - FERRER 6-3 3-2 ANDERSON. Ferrer strolls back into the lead with another easy hold of his own, punctuated with a thumping big unreturned serve to seal it up.
11:18 - FERRER 6-3 2-2 ANDERSON. Pigs are flying as another easy hold is tucked away. This time, Anderson connects with an ace at 30-0 surrounded by a load of unreturned serves. The early stalemate continues.
11:15 - FERRER 6-3 2-1 ANDERSON. A third straight hold flies Ferrer's way in little time, his wide serves from both sides forcing errors from the South African. He keeps his nose narrowly in the lead in this second set.
11:11 - FERRER 6-3 1-1 ANDERSON. Anderson too catches a much easier hold to begin the second set as a Ferrer forehand flies long after a barrage of big serves.
11:09 - FERRER 6-3 1-0 ANDERSON. Ooh, it has all gotten a bit messy in the first game of this new set as the pair trade wild errors. At 30-30, however, Ferrer slams down an ace and a forehand winner into the open court offers him a much easier start to set two.
11:04 - FERRER 6-3 ANDERSON. SET! Ferrer rides his momentum and sprints to set point, to which Anderson once again rises with an ace followed by another big serve to set up an easy forehand winner. But Ferrer works his way to a third which, ironically, is won thanks to a double fault from the lanky South African. Finally, Ferrer takes the first set.
10:59 - FERRER 5-3 ANDERSON. Finally, an easy hold! It only took eight games. A few big serves from Ferrer and a few poor returns quickly bring him to 40-0. He uses this rare moment to stylishly slide into the net and capture another hold with a nice volley.
10:56 - FERRER 4-3 ANDERSON. It’s fair to say that these two are taking their time. Ferrer isn’t one to rest on his laurels, and he’s already stomping around behind the baseline and pounding forehands in search of a second break. Two break points fly his way, but Anderson curls a nicely-angled forehand followed by a typically majestic serve to save both. Another deuce game is upon us, and it isn’t until more thunderous serves and forehands from the racquet of Anderson that the game is concluded.
10:47 - FERRER 4-2 ANDERSON. Anderson is on the prowl again, but down 15-30 on his serve, Ferrer connects with a screaming backhand passing shot. A forehand winner smashes him up game point, but the game soon descends into the stalemate of multiple deuces. Soon enough, Ferrer moves the South African and the game is his.
10:40 - FERRER 3-2 ANDERSON. Anderson will be wondering where this all was a few games ago as he smashes down a couple of first serves that set up far easier shots to tee off on. Two errors obstruct an easy love hold, but one final big serve and forehand winner combination seals the big man’s first hold.
10:37 - FERRER 3-1 ANDERSON. Ferrer continues to target Anderson’s backhand, and Anderson’s backhand continues to fly anywhere and everywhere. This time, an inside-out backhand return sears past Ferrer for a return winner and another break point. On break point he pummels Ferrer into submission, sets up an easy forehand and…dumps it into the net. Ferrer needs no further invitation. He calmly dispatches a forehand on the next point, and another Anderson error gives the Spaniard his first hold.
10:30 - FERRER 2-1 ANDERSON. BREAK! At last, we see the endlessly tall Anderson throw down two massive serves after falling down 0-30. However another backhand error is his undoing as a break point and three consecutive breaks loom. A great first serve return and some typical scrambling from Ferrer, and he marches to his chair towel in mouth and his break restored.
10:27 - FERRER 1-1 ANDERSON. BREAK! Patience? What patience? Anderson snaps three incredibly low-percentage winners arrow-straight down the line to immediately find himself up a break back point. Another aggressive point follows, causing Ferrer to net his forehand passing shot as the South African comes rumbling in. Parity restored.
10:24 - FERRER 1-0 ANDERSON. BREAK! Well, that took long. Ferrer’s early attempts to move the giant around falter, as Anderson smashes a flashy forehand straight down the line. The Spaniard responds by setting his sights on his opponent’s weaker backhand, dropping the ball just short enough to tempt him into a wild error. Eventually two fly from his racquet, and the first break is Ferrer’s.
10:16 - Hello! Welcome coverage of day 9 at Roland Garros! Our first feature match of the day sees the dogged and determined David Ferrer face off against South Africa's Kevin Anderson. The players are warming up and play is soon to begin.
|Date of Birth||18/05/1986|
|Date of Birth||02/04/1982|