French Open 2022: Emma Raducanu v Aliaksandra Sasnovich on day four – live! | French Open 2022


Auger-Aliassime bagels – or beigels – Ugo Carabelli 6-0; Isner takes the first set off Barrere 6-4; Azarenka leads Petkovic 5-1; and Raducanu consolidates her break, through deuce again, for 4-2. I keep saying it, but her ability to squeak through the tight ones is a joke.

Two terrific backhands from Raducanu, the second a clean winner that breaks the sideline, earns her break point, and after two more thunderous backhands, she uncorks a forehand winner! She is so good when it gets tight! Sasnovich 2-3 Raducanu

“Where are the spectators?” wonders Chris Hardwick. They’ll be with us during the course of the day, but it’s also the case that Parisians aren’t as compelled by their major as Londoners are.

Sasnovich forces a break point, but Raducanu finds a decent first serve to force the long return, then saves a second with a change-up backhand down the line. We then go backwards and forward from deuce to advantage, before Raducanu secures her hold for 2-2. Elsewhere, Auger-Aliassime now leads Ugo Carabelli 4-0, Isner leads Barrere 5-3 and Azarenka is a break up on Petkovic.

Auger-Aliassime breaks immediately, while Sasnovich holds emphatically. The more I think about it, the more absolutely rabid it is that Raducanu won the US Open, not because she isn’t good – she is – or didn’t deserve to – she did – but even so. To just turn up at 19 and breeze through, when there are so many brilliant players around, remains unfathomable the best part of a year later. It’s up there with Bozzer Becker winning Wimbledon in 1985 – though he also won Queen’s and retained his title – and Rob Cross winning the world darts in 2018 – as one of the all-time great achievements I’ve ever seen, in any sport.

Raducanu didn’t play especially well in her first-round match, but she hung in there when it got tough – she’s got serious mentality. Should she win today, Sasnovich would the highest-ranked opponent she’s beaten this year, and she looks “pumped” – is there a a more tennis word than that? – in holding to 15. Auger-Aliassime, meanwhile – who needed to come from two sets down to beat Varillas, a qualifier, on Monday – holds his first service game via deuce.

Who’d like to hear a funny story? I just got a call from the office of the school attended by my eight-year-old; her contact lens has come out and she’s forgotten to take her glasses. My wife is away with the car, and I’ve not got time to run them over before the tennis, so I stick them in a cab. Great parenting, Daniel. Then the school call again: thanks a lot, but you’ve sent an empty case. so please excuse me for a moment while I return to Ali, the same driver – of course. Sasnovich 1-1 Raducanu

I might’ve changed my mind: Korda v Gasquet might be the match of the day. But in the meantime, Sasnovich and Raducanu are warming up – I’ll start by watching them and, I think, Auger-Aliassime v Ugo Carabelli.

Order of play: show courts

Chatrier

Kerber [21] v Jacquemot

Zverev [3] v Baez

Bencic [14] Andreescu

Moutet v Nadal [5]

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Lenglen

Sasnovich v Raducanu [12]

Muchova v Sakkari [4]

Djokovic [1] v Molcan

Korda [27] v Gasquet

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Mathieu

Isner [23] v Barrere

Gauff [18] v Van Uytvanck

Ramos-Vinolas v Alcaraz [6]

Osorio v Parry

Preamble

Morning! I love this time of year, an absolute fest of ridiculous sport during the working day. And we’ve got absolutely loads of it for

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us right here – the match of the day looks like Carlos Alcaraz v Albert Ramos-Vinolas, but don’t sleep on Coco Gauff v Alison Uytvanck, Karolina Muchova v Maria Sakkari, Sebastian Korda v Richard Gasquet or Belinda Bencic v Bianca Andreescu – and in addition to that, we’ve got Emma Raducanu, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Angelique Kerber. Frankly, it’s ridiculous.

On y va!

Play: 11am local, 10am BST



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