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Stéphane Robert - Grigor Dimitrov
French Open men - 28 May 2017

French Open – Follow the Tennis match between Stéphane Robert and Grigor Dimitrov live with Eurosport. The match starts at 17:00 on 28 May 2017. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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15:20

DIMITROV BEATS ROBERT 6-2 6-3 6-4!

A shake of the head as Dimitrov slips to 0-30, but he finds some beastly serves to reel off three points in a row. Match point… and taken with a big serve out wide, which Robert sends spiralling outside of the tramlines! The Bulgarian is through in straight sets. Aside from that third set wobble, he was imperious today.

15:13 

DIMITROV 6-2 6-3 5-4 ROBERT.

Dimitrov is one game away from ending his run of first round exits...

15:06

BREAK AND TWO HOLDS! DIMITROV 6-2 6-3 4-3 ROBERT.

What are you doing, Grigor? He can be afforded a lapse in concentration, but he’s in danger of getting sucked into a third set battle…

14:55 

DIMITROV 6-2 6-3 4-0 ROBERT.

Dimitrov saves three break points from 0-40 to move into an unanswered four-game lead. Not much else to report – considering he’s normally useless on clay, the Bulgarian is looking sensational this afternoon. His one-handed backhand is looking especially fiery.

14:45

BREAK AND HOLD! DIMITROV 6-2 6-3 2-0.

This one is only going in one direction…

14:42

SECOND SET DIMITROV! DIMITROV 6-2 6-3 ROBERT.

The Bulgarian belatedly earns a two-set advantage. Will Robert offer any resistance in the third?

14:36 

DIMITROV 6-2 5-3 ROBERT.

The margin is down to two games. We don't want to jinx Dimitrov, who will serve for the set with new balls, but here's his possible route to Roland Garros glory...

(Yes, we know he has a 0.0001% chance of winning, but we haven't embedded a tweet in a while, so shush please...)

14:31

BREAK BACK! DIMITROV 6-2 5-2 ROBERT.

…or a four-set thriller!

Sloppy play from Dimitrov gifts his opponent a stay of execution in the second set.

14:27

DOUBLE BREAK! DIMITROV 6-2 5-1 ROBERT.

Stephane Robert: the end*

(*he'll probably win a five-set thriller now I've written that...)

14:23 

DIMITROV 6-2 4-1 ROBERT.

Break consolidated. ‘Nuff said.

14:20

WHOOPS! DIMITROV 6-2 3-1 ROBERT.

Robert leaps into the air to meet a simple put-away and… OH WOW. He’s only biffed it into the net at break point.

14:18 

DIMITROV 6-2 2-1 ROBERT.

Now then. Robert gets a couple of break point sniffs at 15-40… but blows them both. Dimitrov needs a couple of attempts in deuce, but eventually gets over the line. On serve in the second.

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during practice on Court Central two days ahead of the start of 2017 French Open at Roland Garros stadium on May 26, 2017 in Paris, France
14:05

DIMITROV WINS FIRST SET 6-2.

The Bulgarian is MOTORING! His best at Roland Garros is the third round – if he can reach the quarter-finals, Rafael Nadal will probably await…

13:57 

DIMITROV 4-2 ROBERT.

Robert just about staying in the opening set, wooing the crowd with some fine shot-making. He can draw hope from this shocking stat…

13:51

BREAK! DIMITROV 3-1 ROBERT.

After a nervy start, Dimitrov is into his groove. The 11th seed has had a revolting clay-court season up until this point, but he’s flying here.

13:44 

DIMITROV 2-1 ROBERT.

Flowing fast on Chatrier. Dimitrov races into a 2-1 lead, courtesy of a booming ace down the middle.

13:38 

DIMITROV 1-0 ROBERT.

Up-and-running on Philippe Chatrier as Grigor Dimitrov faces off against home favourite (we presume, ‘cos he’s French, but he may not be liked) Stephane Robert. The Bulgarian holds after a mammoth duel in deuce.