Kyle Edmund loses French Open five-setter to Kevin Anderson

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French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 28 May-11 June
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British number two Kyle Edmund’s French Open campaign came to an end in the third round with a defeat by big-serving Kevin Anderson in five sets.

The South African fought back to win 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 6-1 6-4 in a near four-hour match.

Edmund, 22, had hoped to match his best Grand Slam run by reaching the last 16, but Anderson’s greater experience told.

“Kyle is a great player and it came down to one or two points,” Anderson, 31, said.

“I’m pleased to be through.”

Anderson, who was a top 10 player before being hampered by a series of injuries, will now meet 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic in the fourth round.

More to follow.

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Cornet upsets Radwanska to reach fourth round

Alize Cornet

French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 28 May- 11 June
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Ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska was stunned 6-2 6-1 by Alize Cornet in the third round of the French Open.

The French world number 43 won three consecutive games as she won the first set in just 38 minutes.

Polish world number 10 Radwanska won only the first game of the second set Cornet powered to victory, sending 15 winners down to Radwanska’s six.

It is the second time in nine matches that Cornet has beat 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Radwanska.

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Andy Murray v Juan Martin del Potro: French Open set for biggest clash so far

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French Open third round: Murray v Del Potro
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: Saturday, 3 June
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Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro will resume their rivalry in the most anticipated match of the French Open so far on Saturday.

The pair will meet in the third round on Philippe Chatrier Court at about 12:00 BST.

Murray, the world number one, beat the Argentine to win Olympic gold last August, but lost their Davis Cup match the following month.

British number two Kyle Edmund plays South Africa’s Kevin Anderson at 10:00.

The 22-year-old from Yorkshire is through to the third round of a Grand Slam for only the second time, having reached round four at last year’s US Open.

Murray will hope to take another step back towards top form when he plays Del Potro for the 10th time, having won six of their previous encounters.

“I definitely feel like I’m capable of winning that match,” said the Scot.

Murray & Del Potro fighting for fitness

After two epic contests in 2016, Murray and Del Potro will both head into Saturday’s match with uncertainly surrounding their form and fitness.

The 30-year-old Scot has struggled with injury and illness this year and, although now suffering only with a mild cough, his relative lack of matches has left him searching for consistency.

He was heard complaining about his own movement as he fought his way past Martin Klizan on Thursday, but drew encouragement from the performance.

Two four-set matches this week have at least seen him run 5,248m over the course of six hours.

“Physically I pulled up well and felt good, so I will gain a lot of confidence from that,” he said after his second-round match.

“And also, I hit a lot of balls out there today.”

Jamie Delgado, Ivan Lendl and Jamie Murray

Del Potro, 28, skipped the Australian Open at the start of the year to protect a fragile body that has seen the latter years of his career repeatedly interrupted by injuries.

As a result, he is ranked 30th and so meets the top players earlier in tournaments – he has already lost three times to Novak Djokovic and once to Roger Federer in 2017.

He made it through the second round in Paris when opponent Nicolas Almagro retired with an injury, but the Argentine was himself dealing with a groin problem, later saying: “I felt some pain. I didn’t move well.”

Looking ahead to Saturday, the 2009 US Open champion added: “Andy is one of the favourites to win this tournament.

“And now I know his game a lot, but I need to be in good shape and physically be stronger to hold a long match if we play a long match, long rallies.”

Positivity key for Murray success

Murray lost his composure at times during his second-round match and repeatedly looked to those in his player box for more obvious support.

Coaches Ivan Lendl and Jamie Delgado, along with Davis Cup captain Leon Smith and members of Murray’s support team and family, will again be in the box on Saturday.

“I think a lot of the time when I’m playing and especially when I’m frustrated or down, I don’t always project a lot of positivity on the court,” said Murray.

“Sometimes I think also for my team it’s difficult to know exactly how I’m feeling or what it is that I need when I’m on the court.

“So I think my job is really to try to be more positive while I’m out there.”

Anderson serve to test Edmund

Edmund might hold the edge in terms of ranking over Anderson at 47 in the world to 56, but the South African has far more experience.

Nine years older, at 31, the 6ft 8in Anderson will play in the third round of a Grand Slam for the 17th time.

He also has a huge weapon in his serve, hitting 34 aces to Edmund’s four across the first two rounds.

“He’s obviously got a big game, big guy,” said Edmund.

“In hot conditions the ball is really pinging around, so Saturday I’ve just got to be on it. One match at a time.

“He’s got a great serve and good groundstrokes. He was out a bit with injury, but before that he was consistent at the top of the game and getting good results.”

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Novak Djokovic survives scare to reach French Open fourth round

Diego Schwartzman and Novak Djokovic

French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 28 May- 11 June
Coverage: Listen to live radio commentary and follow text coverage of selected matches on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic survived a third-round scare at the French Open to beat unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman in five sets.

The Serb came back from two sets to one down to win 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1.

Djokovic, 30, finished strongly despite making 55 unforced errors and arguing with umpire Carlos Ramos over a conduct warning.

The second seed goes on to face France’s Lucas Pouille or Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

The presence of new coach Andre Agassi has yet to inspire the 12-time Grand Slam champion to rediscover the form that made him a seemingly untouchable world number one this time last year.

An erratic performance saw Djokovic hit 21 errors in relinquishing a 4-1 lead in the first set.

A late break in the second appeared to have settled the world number two, but Schwartzman – playing his first ever third-round match at a Grand Slam – was his equal throughout the third.

The 5ft 7in Argentine then broke serve for a 5-3 lead and remarkably recovered from 0-40 to serve out the set.

With the crowd now excited by the prospect of an upset, Djokovic finally took a firm grip on the match by quickening the pace and shortening the rallies.

It was not plain sailing, however, and despite racing into a 4-0 lead in the fourth set, Djokovic became embroiled in a row with umpire Ramos after receiving two warnings in a game – one of slow play, the second for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Clearly annoyed, the champion retained his focus on the job in hand and reeled off 12 of the last 14 games as dark clouds above threatened to delay his progress.

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Rafael Nadal races into French Open fourth round with one-sided win

Rafael Nadal

French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 28 May- 11 June
Coverage: Listen to live radio commentary and follow text coverage of selected matches on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online.

Nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal produced a brilliant display to beat Nikoloz Bashashvili 6-0 6-1 6-0.

The fourth seed needed only 90 minutes to see off the Georgian and secure his place in the fourth round in Paris.

Nadal, 31 on Saturday, has now won 98 of 100 matches he has played in best-of-five clay-court matches.

The Spaniard is bidding to become the first player in the Open era – and only the second in history – to win 10 titles at any Grand Slam event.

Margaret Court is the only player to have won 10 or more titles at one Grand Slam event, winning the Australian Open on 11 occasions between 1960 and 1973.

Reigning champion Novak Djokovic faces Argentine Diego Schwartzmann later.

Nadal won the first set in 23 minutes and won the next five games before world number 63 Basilashvili finally got on the scoreboard.

The Spaniard wrapped up the set by winning the next game and clinched victory with a storm threatening to interrupt play.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion will face compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut in the next round.

Nadal has a 75-2 win-loss record at Roland Garros with his only defeats coming against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals.

My best match in a while – Nadal

“It is always important to be through, that’s the most important thing,” said Nadal. “But obviously when you have positive feelings it is even more important.

“Basilashvili had been playing well. He won against Gilles Simon in the first round who is a tough opponent and also Viktor Troicki.

“I’m happy because I had never played against him and I knew it would be tough.

“He hits the ball so quick but I believe I played my best match in a while.”

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Margaret Court: Tennis legend accuses 'US gay lobby' of conspiracy

Margaret Court

Tennis great Margaret Court believes there is a “conspiracy” from the “US gay lobby” to strip her name from one of the Australian Open stadiums.

The 74-year-old has been criticised for her beliefs on same-sex marriage, with 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova calling for the Margaret Court Arena to be renamed.

“They have a lot of money behind them,” Court told 3AW radio.

Court won 24 Grand Slam titles, 11 in the Open era, which began in 1968.

Regarding calls for the stadium in her honour to be renamed, she said: “I think I’ve won more Grand Slams than any man or woman and if it is [renamed], I don’t believe I deserve it.

“They could probably get 100,000 petitions in 24 hours because that’s how they work. There’s a lot of money behind it, and it’s coming from America.”

And asked about a possible conspiracy, she added: “Yes, I believe there is… I think the [gay] lobby, yeah.”

Tennis Australia and the operator of the Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne and Olympic Parks, have distanced themselves from Court’s views on gay marriage. There are currently no plans to rename the venue.

The recent furore started following Court’s open letter to The West Australian, when she declared she would not fly on Qantas “where possible” in protest at its support of same-sex marriage. She then told a Christian radio station “tennis is full of lesbians”.

Navratilova responded: “It is now clear exactly who Court is: an amazing tennis player, and a racist and a homophobe.

“Her vitriol is not just an opinion. She is actively trying to keep LGBT people from getting equal rights (note to Court: we are human beings, too).”

In 1970, during Apartheid in South Africa, Court said: “South Africa has the racial situation rather better organised than anyone else, certainly much better than the United States.”

Court denied allegations of racism, stating that she had played tennis with compatriot and seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Evonne Goolagong Cawley in South Africa.

“Evonne and I went in there and played for the black people,” she is quoted as saying in The West Australian.