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2018 ROLAND GARROS Round 1 lost to Jeremy Chard...

French Open ROLAND GARROS Round 1 Wednesday, May 30, 2018 ---- What a difference a day makes --- Yes, it's a song title. And we were reminded of the Esther Philips hit from 1975 during the match on centre court between Jeremy Chardy and Tomas Berdych. It started on day three when Chardy won the first two sets. The match was stopped in the gloaming with the score at 1-1 in the third set. When they came back to the fray on day four, Chardy had four points to break Berdych's serve. He could not convert and the 17th seed held to take a 2-1 lead. We knew what was coming. Chardy lost his own serve to trail 3-1, Berdych held 4-1, Chardy lost his serve again and Berdych had the third set 6-1. He could have had the fourth when he served for it at 5-4 up but he fluffed that chance. Not to be outdone, Chardy promptly handed Berdych back the advantage by losing his own serve. On the second time of asking we were at two sets apiece after three hours and 43 minutes. But the home crowds were kept happy when Chardy surged away to take the decider 6-2. It was his first win over the Czech in six attempts. (Pierre René-Worms/RFI)
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