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DAY 5: Roddick takes on Kavcic for a place in third round

Text by Emmanuel VERSACE

Latest update : 2010-05-27

The fifth day of the French Open begins Thursday in Paris with Rafael Nadal and Justine Henin, holders of eight French Open singles crowns between them, bidding to move into the third round and Andy Roddick (pictured) up against Blaz Kavcic.

The fifth day of action begins today (Thursday) in Paris after rain curtailed much of Wednesday’s play. Fresh from his victory over 18-year-old Gianni Mina, Rafael Nadal will take on Argentine Horacio Zeballos. Andy Roddick faces a tough game against Slovenian Blaz Kavcic after his arduous victory over the Finn Jarko Nieminen.

Seventh seed Fernando Verdasco, of Spain, will face home hope Florent Serra on centre court. Another 'Frenchie', Nicolas Mahut, will do his best to put up a strong performance against Austrian Jurgen Melzer. An all-Spanish game will take place on Court 2 as Juan Carlos Ferrero, winner of the 2003 tournament, takes on compatriot Pere Riba. Novak Djokovic, seed no. 3, will face newcomer Kei Nishikori, of Japan.

On the ladies’ side, Serbian Jelena Jankovic takes on Estonian Kaia Kanepi on the Philippe Chatrier court ahead of Justine Henin’s clash against Czech Klara Zakopalova. Former top seed Maria Shaparova will face Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens while her compatriot Elena Dementieva is set to play against the Spaniard Anabel Medina. Serena Williams will try to follow her sister's win against Arantxa Parra by beating Germany’s Julia Goerges. Finally, an all-French game between Marion Bartoli and Olivia Sanchez guarantees a French lady a place in the third round.

Date created : 2010-05-27

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