• French Open, Day Seven

Murray's marvellous 22 on serve

ESPN staff
June 2, 2012
Some strange goings on early in Francesca Schiavone's match © PA Photos

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Second coming
Fair enough, it was early on a hot day - and maybe she was a little bit nervous - but somehow umpire Eva Asderaki called the wrong score after two points of Francesca Schiavone v Varvara Lepchenko. Then, after two points of the second game, one of the line judges' chairs broke. Much anticipation followed for the second point of the third game, after which… nothing happened.

There Schi goes
Schiavone has taken a liking to the French Open in recent years, winning in 2010 and reaching the final 12 months later, but this year she could not get further than the third round as Varvara Lepchenko caused one of the biggest shocks so far.

Fab Ferrer
While David Ferrer is a fine clay-court player, his French Open record is perhaps not as good as you'd expect: just one semi-final appearance. However, against Mikhail Youzhny, he looked like an unstoppable mix of Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg and Clark Kent: Youzhny won just six points as he was whitewashed in the first set. When he finally got on the board during the second set, he wrote "sorry" in the clay. Should've stayed in bed, buddy.

Serving up a treat
If Murray wanted to prove to anyone that his back-injury woes were firmly behind him, then he did so in some style: in the second set, he notched 22 consecutive points on serve, and won a game with four aces, which is a pretty efficient way of doing things. In the commentary box, ace-master Greg Rusedski shed a tear. Maybe.

Maria, you gotta see her
We don't want to take the drama out of the tournament - but is there anyone out there who doesn't expect Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova to take home the respective singles titles? Nadal is the King of Clay, we all know this, and Sharapova is rapidly emerging as the Queen: she has now dropped just five games after three matches, having taken care of Shuai Peng. How can the other contenders solve a problem like Maria?

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