Zverev has won 73% of points on his first serve, and 83% on his second.
Zverev holds to love, with no momentum shift in sight for Djere. He takes the first set 6-2.
Here is Fognini punching his racquet a little earlier:
Fognini, apparently, punched the strings of his racquet and needed a medical timeout, with claret everywhere, in his ongoing match against Delbonis.
Now, Zverev is serving for the set.
Boom! Djere pounces on a rare short ball from his opponent and crushes a forehand winner to the corner. It’s 5-2. Far too early to suggest that’s a momentum-shifter of a shot, but it will feed the Serbian’s confidence a little.
Deuce on Djere’s serve. Zverev engineers a delicate drop shot from the baseline, and Djere can’t get there fast enough to dig it out. Break and set point. Zverev goes for glory with a brave forehand down the line, but it’s just wide, and back to deuce.
Zverev goes 5-1 up. Djere capitulated in that game to a certain extent with a couple of sloppy errors. He immediately finds a very good winner to begin his service game, however.
With his flowing locks of fair hair, bandana and copious gold jewellery (including a medallion), there is a distinctly 1970s vibe to Zverev’s look. Nothing wrong with that, either. Meanwhile, Djere gathers himself to hold serve to love, which is a foothold in the match, and it’s 4-1.
Zverev closes out another comfortable hold with a cleanly-hit ace. It’s 4-0.
Zverev breaks again! He’s 3-0 up and playing some accomplished stuff against Djere, the Hungarian who is ranked 55.
Meanwhile, Delbonis is two sets to the good against Fognini: 6-4, 6-1, while Nishikori leads Laaksonen 6-5 in the first on Court Simonne Mathieu.
Rain stops play on the other courts as it hammers down on the recently closed roof of Philippe-Chatrier.
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Zverev forces deuce on Djere’s serve, crafting a rally beautifully from the back of the court, varying the pace and direction of his shots, before ending it with a cross-court forehand pass that loops away from Djere – who can only shake his head and wonder how he is going to live with this quality of hitting from the other side of the net …
Zverev moves 2-0 up by holding his first service game. Then there’s a lovely forehand winner, angled down the line, as a reminder to Djere that merely holding serve isn’t going to be entirely straightforward against a player of Zverev’s calibre.
Thanks David. All happening: Zverev breaks Djere at the first time of asking. Meanwhile, the retractable roof above Philippe-Chatrier is being closed to keep the rain out, which has obviously now rolled over Paris, having been soaking the south of England for most of the morning. These players are famously tough, though, and are carrying on regardless as the roof closes above them with not a towel in sight.
I’ll hand you back to Luke McLaughlin to bring hot news of the lengthy first game in the Zverev-Djere clash.
Big applause now on Philippe-Chatrier as Alexander Zverev, the sixth seed, starts out against Serbia’s Laslo Djere. It’s their first meeting at Roland Garros.
Zverev was a quarter-finalist here in both 2018 and 2019 while going out in the fourth round last year.
The German made the final of the 2020 US Open but lost a five-set thriller to Dominic Thiem after being two sets up.
Nishikori has three break points in the fifth game but can’t take any of them.
Laaksonen survives that but Nishikori holds serve and then breaks to love in the seventh to go 4-3 ahead.
A couple of stats to tell the story of the Azarenka v Keys game.
Keys hit nearly three times as many winners (17 to Azarenka’s 6) but made a whopping 33 unforced errors in the 16 games they played. Azarenka’s count was 12.
Out to Court Simonne-Mathieu now where Japan’s Kei Nishikori is doing battle with Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen. It’s early days, with former US Open finalist Nishikori holding in the fourth game to make it 2-2 in the first set.
Out on Court 14, Norway’s Casper Ruud continues to have his problems against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. The Spaniard won the first set on a tie-break before 15th seed Ruud hit back to take the second 6-2. But Davidovic Fokina is now 3-0 up in the third.
Azarenka beats Keys! 6-2, 6-2!
Azarenka mistakenly thinks she’s served an ace at 30-30 but it’s called out. The second serve is long and the double fault gives Keys a break point but she hits a poor groundstroke halfway up the net, audibly giving herself a ticking off.
Azarenka misses a first match point by going wide with a forehand and Keys hits a superb winner to save a second.
But it’s third time lucky as another Keys error and an accurate serve down the middle from Azarenka seals a comfortable and deserved 6-2 6-2 victory.
Azarenka, aided by a little luck at 30-15, holds serve to go 5-2 up. No margin for error now from Keys.
Over on Court Suzanne-Lenglen, Federico Delbonis leads Fabio Fognini, the 27th seed, 5-4 in the opener and will be serving to win the set.
Azarenka doesn’t wilt and survives some heavy Keys groundstrokes to reel off the next three points and take it to 30. The 15th seed leads 4-2 and is now just two games away from victory.
Keys holds to reduce the deficit to 3-2 and now she’s 30-15 up on the Azarenka serve in the next. A change in momentum here perhaps.
Keys gets a game back by winning the fourth but is still a break down at 1-3 in the second set against Azarenka.
Thanks Luke. I’ll try and be the no-frills doubles partner that hogs the net and blocks a few back.
Azarenka goes 3-0 up in the second, having won eight games in a row. Keys is not at the races.
In the men’s singles, meanwhile: Alejandro Davidovich Fokina won his first set against Casper Ruud on a tie-breaker, but Ruud has just gone 4-1 up in the second set. And Federico Delbonis is 3-1 up on Fabio Fognini in their first set.
Now, it’s time for me to hand over to David Tindall, and I’ll be back soon for the afternoon’s action …
Over on Philippe-Chatrier, Azarenka has broken Keys in the second and leads 2-0 after winning the first set 6-2.
On Court 7, Zidansek and Siniakova are into a third and final set. Siniakova dominated the first set, 6-0, before Zidansek took the second set on a tie-breaker.
Pavlyuchenkova beats Sabalenka! 6-4, 2-6, 6-0!
All over. Pavlyuchenkova reaches the last 16 for the second time in her career – the last time she did so was 10 years ago. Sabalenka, in the second set, started to hit the ball in fearsome style and took it comfortably, 6-2. Pavlyuchenkova took a medical timeout – I am not sure what the problem was – and all the momentum that the world No 4 had built up seemed to disappear. However, Pavlyuchenkova played an excellent match, was far more consistent than her opponent, who produced a litany of unforced errors and is knocked out. At least Sabalenka will be able to say she took her shots on, and went down all guns blazing, even if blazing in accurately for the most part.
Sabalenka edges to 30-30 with Pavlyuchenkova serving for the match. Can she strike back and find something in this third set?
Break point for Pavlyuchenkova – and Sabalenka loses her composure again and crashes a big forehand very wide. It’s 5-0 in the deciding set, and surely, it’s all over.
Now 4-0, as Pavlyuchenkova holds, and moves a step closer to the last 16.
Sabalenka double-faults to kick off this service game, which she has to win to retain a slender chance of recovery.
Deep trouble for Sabalenka, who now falls 3-0 behind in the third and final set. The precision of Pavlyuchenkova has been eye-catching in these past three games. Can Sabalenka, the world No 4, harness her power effectively once again as she did in that second set?
Super stuff from Pavlyuchenkova, working her opponent around the court and fashioning the chance for a winner, and she has a chance to move 2-0 up in this decisive set … which she does! Much as in the first set, frustration is creeping in for Sabalenka.