Murray, Federer and Djokovic come through stern tests at the French. Surprised?Djokovic saves 4 match points against Tsonga with the French crowd at full partisan strength. Neil Harman writes in The Times today, 'What reserves of character this Serb possesses. The more he is questioned, the more dynamic his answers.'
Federer comes back from 2 sets down to beat Juan Martin Del Potro. Ed Smith in the same newspaper comments, 'The manner of the victory - its resolve and resilience - suggests that Federer may still be adding new gears to his game. Winning ugly has always seemed a bit beneath him. It seems ridiculous, given all he has achieved and the 16 grand-slam titles already under his belt, but gritty wins such as this suggest that Federer may still be adding to his CV.'
Finally, Matthew Syed on Andy Murray: 'The Scot, who was competing against Richard Gasquet, found himself roundly jeered, and that was just when walking out to begin knocking up. Many commentators condemned the behaviour of the crowd, but Murray, for his part, welcomed it. 'That is the most fun I've had on court for a long time,' he said, 'I didn't shy away from the fact that the crowd wanted me to lose. It was like a football crowd and I like football.'
Djokovic plays his best tennis when the biggest questions are asked.
Federer goes into the gutter to grind out a win.
Murray carves out a sense of fun with his taste for aggression and confrontation.
Come the hour, come the men.