Yep, Kasatkina is a player, and she puts Bencic’s serve under pressure with a booming backhand down the line that earns break point … which she then converts thanks to a double. Kasatkina 2-1 Bencic
It’s only 1-1, but Zverev looks really comfy out there. Thing is, we know he’s a reliable eliminator of inferior opponents, problem is he rarely beats those ranked higher.
I’m also watching Bencic v Kasatkina. Bencic, the number 10 seed, had a decent win against Podoroska in round one, but Kasatkina is a player and has reached the last eight if this competition before. She does really well to survive a break point in her first service game; it’s now 1-1.
Zverev had a tricky opening encounter, forced to come from two sets down to beat Oscar Otte. But he did so in grand style, taking the three that he won 2, 2 and 0; I didn’t see that match, but it looks a lot like he took time to settle, then imposed himself as you’d expect.
Sascha Zverev, then. Will he ever win a major? Er, if I’m going to answer my own question I’d say that the answer is no because there’ll always be someone better, but his win at the Madrid Open, featuring wins over Thiem and Nadal, hinted at a better tomorrow. I’d be surprised if he sorted things this time, but as long as he keeps improving there’s always a chance.
Tan v Vondoursova 
Khachanov  v Nishikori
Williams S  v Buzarnescu
Paul v Medvedev  (evening session)
Zverev  v Safiullin
Hercog v Garcia
Tsitsipas  v Martinez
Sasnovich v Sabalenka 
Kasatkina v Bencic 
Laaksonen v Bautista Agut 
Azarenka  v Tauson
Couacaud v Carreno Busta 
Morning! And welcome to another sizzling day of Roland-Garros goodness. Sticking out a mile, we’ve got Karen Khachanov  v Kei Nishikori – they’re up second on Chatrier – but there’s plenty more besides. Sasnovich v Sabalenka  looks a belter, and we’ve also got Vondrousova, Serena, Zverev and Tsitsipas – among others. On y va!
Play: 11am local, 10am BST (and 12pm local, 11am BST for Chatrier)
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