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2207: That’s the match for Nole. Easy as you like. Fine point to end it. 6-3, 6-3 the victory and Radek Stepanek or Juan Monaco await next. That completes the men’s action here at Foro Italico. It’s been quite a day. Thanks for your company, see you tomorrow … or sooner if you decide to stay with us for the Serena match that will follow this one.
2158: Slower progress in the second set but Djokovic has broken in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead.
2132: First set to Djokovic. He was broken serving for the set at 5-2 but other than that untroubled. Nole breaks againt to win the set 6-3 in just 34 minutes.
2109: You can tell Djokovic has been frustrated waiting all day and most of the evening long to get on court. He is raced into a 3-0 lead with two breaks of serve and looks in absolutely lethal mood. But then so did Murray early on!
2101: A comfortable win in the end for Tsonga, 6-3, 6-2. Djokovic vs Tomic has just started.
2024: Over on Supertennis Arena, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has won the first set 6-3 against Viktor Troicki. Next up Centrale (if we can get our breath back) is Novak Djokovic against Bernard Tomic.
2022: Two stunning returns from Nalbandian force 15-40, but Murray is alive to the danger as he rediscovers his serve. And he takes his first match point as Nalbandian fires into the net. 6-1 4-6 7-5 Murray in two hours 37 minutes. Happy birthday Andy!
2014: Is that the luck Murray needed? From 0-40, Nalbandian saved two break points but on the third a net cord from Murray trickled over the net to win the game. The Brit will serve for the match at 6-5.
2009: It’s 5-5 but for the first time in the match Murray was rubbing his lower back after a point. A worry with the French Open less than two weeks away.
2004: Tense, exciting tennis on Centrale. Plenty of rallies but Nalbandian is having the better of the longer ones. Murray will serve to stay in the match at 4-5.
1944: Murray breaks back immediately to love. 3-2 Nalbandian and this could be a thrilling finish.
1940: Andy Murray is in big trouble here. A double fault on break point and suddenly David Nalbandian has a 3-1 lead. Murray’s game has dipped and Nalbandian has raised his. The Argentine is having the better of the rallies at the moment. Gilles Simon has grabbed the second set 7-5 and with it the match against Donald Young. And we’re about to get underway – Viktor Troicki v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
1916: Well, well. Nalbandian has fought hard all set and he has stolen it. Murray serving at 4-5 saved two set points in a lengthy game of nearly ten minutes. But his forehand into the net on the third handed Nalbandian the set.
1849: Murray did wrap up the set but life is tougher for the birthday boy in the second. Nalbandian is making less mistakes and we’re with serve at 3-2. Meanwhile simple for Gilles Simon so far as he takes the first set 6-2 against the American Donald Young.
1825: What a game, lasting more than 15 minutes on the Nalbandian serve. Murray eventually break and is serving for the set at 5-1.
1807: Murray’s looked good so far but Nalbandian has been below par. The Brit makes it 4-0 with another break but back comes Nalbandian to reduce the arrears.
1753: Flying start for Murray who breaks Nalbandian to lead 2-0. No signs of that back injury at the moment.
1744: JCF (that’s Juan Carlos Ferrero) is through to the third round. 7-5, 6-3 over Gael Monfils. Roger Federer next for him, it would seem.
1727: Defeat for Starace in a three setter to Kubot to provide the Centrale crowd with more disappointment. Next up there it’s Britain’s Andy Murray, on his 25th birthday, looking for a fifth straight win against David Nalbandian.
1701: First set to Juan Carlos Ferrero on Pietrangeli 7-5. He’s up against Gael Monfils who is sporting an ultra short haircut. We are into a decider on Centrale with Kubot a break up against the home wildcard Starace. Del Potro wrapped up victory over Llodra 6-4 in the final set.
1539: Qualifer Sam Querry has come through a difficult match beating Jarko Nieminen 6-4 in the final set. Nicolas Almagro next for the American. Kubot has taken the first set 6-3 against Starace on Centrale while a second round place looks in Del Potro’s sights as he has a 4-1 final set advantage over Llodra.
1532: It’s going to be a decider on Supertennis. Michael Llodra has snatched the second set 6-3 against Juan Martin Del Potro.
1432: There’s been some tough games out on court today and the one taking place on Supertennis Arena right now is certainly no exception. Del Potro, his shirt soaked in sweat, broke Llodra at 5-5 and just about held serve to win the first set. Next on Centrale, home wild card Potito Starace against Lukasz Kubot. That’s a first rounder.
1406: Even stevens so far between Del Potro and Llodra, 3-3 in the first. Sam Querry has taken the first set on a ‘breaker 7-4 against Jarkko Nieminen and has the early break in the second too.
1338: Juan Martin Del Potro is about to get underway against Michal Llodra on Supertennis Arena. The Argentine has won all three meetings between the pair so will consider himself big favourite.
1319: Ferrer is safely through. No comeback for Verdasco in the second set. Despite a relatively closely fought contest, the sixth seed is through to the third round winning the tiebreak 7-3.
1255: Gasquet is through but Melzer made it a bit tougher for him in the second set. 8-6 the Frenchman took the tiebreaker and he will now play Italian Paolo Lorenzi in the second round.
1210: It’s perhaps no real surprise that the higher ranked opponent in David Ferrer has taken the first set 6-3 against Fernando Verdasco, his countryman. Incredibly the pair have met 14 times with a 7-7 head to head so this one may not be over just yet.
1140: Good morning, buongiorno, and welcome to the men’s action at Foro Italico. This really is an action-packed day with the second round getting underway. We have action on the courts already with Richard Gasquet racing to a 5-0 first set lead against Austrian Jurgen Melzer. To pick a Northern England term, he’s cooking on Gas there. An intriguing all Spanish match between David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco is proving just that so far. Verdasco got the early break but Ferrer is now back level at 2-2. Remember you can Tweet me @ianbakersport if you have any comments on any of the action. And please open another window if you want to follow the women’s action as well.