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French Open 2022: Raducanu beaten by Sasnovich, Gauff in action on day four – live!

Baez, eh? More than enough reason to publish this, especially given yesterday was Bob’s 81st.

Baez has broken Zverev first up.

More than 11 months after Olga Sharypova first came forward with accusations of abuse by her ex-boyfriend Alexander Zverev, the ATP has announced an investigation into one of the incidents. pic.twitter.com/s2zdz3QdiL

— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) October 4, 2021

Ana Anisimova, the 27th seed, leads Donna Vekic 6-4 1-1; Zapata Miralles v Fritz is 3-6 6-2 3-2; and Gojo trails Krajinovic (5)6-7 1-4.

Sakkari swipes a forehand wide down the line, handing Muchova her eighth set point! All that work – and truss, there’s been absolutely loads of it – gone in a second, because Muchova has just walloped that same shot into the corner, to take the first set 7-6(5)! That’s a great effort from Muchova, who didn’t get discouraged when it looked like she’d be overtaken, and this is another super match.

On Chatrier, Zverev and Baez will soon be under way, while in that breaker, we’re back on serve at 4-4. This will come down to a point here or there by the looks of things

It’s Sakkari playing with all the aggression and conviction now, taking the mini-break quickly … but then ceding it for 2-2. Muchova, though, knows how this is going, forced to fight for every point, and when she glides a slice into the net, Sakkari again has the advantage at 3-2.

Sakkari saves two set points, much to Muchova’s disgust, then another with a brutal serve, and a belted long forehand gives us a breaker. Muchova will be wondering what she has to do here, but Sakkari is so good and so tough. A breaker it is.

Coco Gauff has breezed through the first set against Van Uytvacnk to the tune of 6-1; Van Uytvacnk is more of a grass-courter really, seeing off Muguruza at Wimbledon a few years ago with an absolutely devastating display. Sakkari, meanwhile, is playing nicely now, and will shortly serve for a first-set breaker against Muchova, who’s played more or less as well as she can and still hasn’t clinched the set.

The Bolivian, who played so well against Thiem, has gone; Khachanov meets Norrie or Kubler next, the former having just taken the second set.

She plays Sasnovich next – that should be a lot of fun – and I’m excited to see how Jacquemot develops.

Kerber knows just a little too much for Jacquemot, now leading 5-2 in the breaker, but don’t ignore how hard she’s had to work for it; Sakkari has broken Muchova back, and is now serving at 4-5.

On Mathieu, Gauff and Van Uytvanck are away, while Sakkari has improved a little against Muchova … only to cede two set points serving at 2-5. She saves the first, then unleashes a fearsome forehand down the line to obliterate the second, eventually hanging on through deuce for 3-5. Back on Lenglen, Kerber and Jacquemot swap holds and are now 1-1 in the breaker.

Jacquemot, who was 6-1 2-0 40-15 down unfurls a colossal forehand to earn break point, but then dumps one. No matter, she earns another … but this time, after hauling Kerber to the net, sticks a backhand into it. She is going to be a serious player – she already is – but can’t secure the break, meaning she’ll shortly serve to stay in the match at 1-6 5-6.

Now let’s have a closer look at Muchova v Sakkari, where the former is dominating, leading 4-1, but excuse me while I interrupt myself for Andrew Muzza, he hath spaken.

I follow golf very closely and have no idea how many ranking points the winner of the @TheMasters gets.
Me and my friends love football and non of us know or care how many ranking points a team gets for winning the @FIFAWorldCup

— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) May 25, 2022

But I could tell you exactly who won the World Cup and the Masters. I’d hazard a guess that most people watching on centre court @Wimbledon in a few weeks time wouldn’t know or care about how many ranking points a player gets for winning a 3rd round match🤷‍♂️

— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) May 25, 2022

But I guarantee they will remember who wins. @Wimbledon will never be an exhibition and will never feel like an exhibition. The end.

— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) May 25, 2022

Oh, and Jacquemot holds for 5-5 – through deuce but nevertheless.

Back in the men’s event, Khachanov has taken the third-set breaker off Dellien 7-1, and now leads by 2-1; Fritz now leads Zapata Miralles 6-3 0-1; and Kubler has broken Norrie back in set two.

Jacquemot is playing really nicely, but she can’t get anything on the Kerber serve, so at 1-6 4-5 is now serving to stay in the match. I’d love for her to prolong this, aside from the fact that I’ve got Kerber ins my acca, because this is a really good match and you can see how much she’s loving the contest – and the joy of knowing that, at 19, you can hang with such a champ.

Muchova has started beautifully, leading Sakari 3-0 without losing a point on serve, while Kerber and Jacquemot are locked at 4-4 in set two, Kerber having sprinted to the first 6-1. I’m sure there’s a Jacamo line to be inserted here, but I’m far too mature so to do.

Karolina Muchova swipes a return.

Isner meets Fritz or Zapata Miralles next; Fritz leads 4-3 on serve.

And with that, I’m leaving Norrie v Kubler as Muchova v Sakkari has just started.

Norrie has broken Kubler first up in set two, and looks really at ease with himself. When he was playing on Monday, I asked Calvin Betton, our resident coach, if people expected him to get this good, as my suspicion was they did not, so I asked and also wondered how he’s done it, and this is what he said: “Most people thought top 50, but definitely not top 10. He moves well, absolutely loves competing, serves pretty good. He’s got two unique ground strokes. His FH is this slow loopy thing that he usually goes cross-court on that means you’re always hitting a high BH with no pace off it, and his BH is like a weird drive under-spin thing. No one else plays like that really. So it’s hard to get a handle on it.”

Cameron Norrie plays a backhand against Jason Kubler.

Jacquemot is now getting treatment for what looks like a blister/foot interface situation; she’ll be fine, I think. Dellien, who rousted Thiem in round one, is now giving Khachanov plenty; the Russian is serving for a third-set breaker after one and two were shared.

Easy as you like for Felix, who meets Gojo or Krajinovic next; they’ve just started, and it’s 1-1 in set one.

I’m watching Kerber 6-1 2-2 Jacquemot now, and as you can see, Kerber’s break has been retrieved. Jacquemot, who beat Heather Watson in round one, is only 19 and won the girls’ championship here in 2020. She’s playing pretty well, apparently. Oh, and on Court 6, Norrie has taken the first set off Kubler 6-3 and looks very smart out there.

Next on Lenglen: Muchova v Sakkari [4]. This should be decent.

Raducanu played alright there, but failing to take those break points at 2-1 cost her in the end. Norrie, though, leads Kubler 5-1 now.

Raducanu gets to 30-all, but then dumps a forehand into the net…

Yeah, Sasnovich breaks again, and at 3-6 6-1 5-1 will now serve for the match.

Sasnovich holds easily for 4-1 and suddenly, this feels very over. It’s not, though, because closing out is hard.

A tremendous forehand earns Sasnovich a break point – remember she saved five in her previous service game – and that’s what I meant when I said during it that it felt like the match was there. Shonuff, Raducanu frames a forehand, and Sasnovich now leads 3-1 in the decider!

With that match done, I’ve moved to Norrie v Kubler; Kubler has broken back, so trails 1-2 on serve.

She meets Teichmann [23] next.

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