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Friday 27 May 2016 12:13 PM BST
French Open 2016 Day 5: Williams sisters on song as Djokovic and Nadal reach milestones
Wimbledon.com rounds up the action from day five at Roland Garros. READ MORE

The fortunes of Serena Williams and older sister Venus at Roland Garros have varied dramatically in recent years, but on Thursday there was room for both women to share the limelight as they cruised into the third round with equally impressive performances.

Rafael Nadal barely broke a sweat, Novak Djokovic was made to work harder than he would have liked, Aljaz Bedene flew the flag for Britain and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga thrilled the French crowd as he came from two sets down to beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus. Garbine Muguruza and Timea Bacsinsky, a semi-finalist last year, all advanced.

Here are your highlights from day five at Roland Garros:

Performance of the day

This one surely has to go to Venus Williams, who played one of her best clay-court matches in years on the Court Suzanne Lenglen. Williams, who at 35 is the oldest woman in the main draw, struck 22 winners in a 6-2, 6-1 win over American youngster Louisa Chirico to reach the third round for the first time since 2010.

Defending champion Serena Williams, who also won the title in 2002 and 2013, hammered Brazilian Teliana Pereira by the same score.

Milestones of the day

Another day, another record broken for Nadal and Djokovic. 

Nine-time champion Nadal looked back to his best as he crushed Facundo Bagnis of Argentina, 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 on the way to his 200th grand slam win.

“I’m playing a little bit better than last year,” said the ever modest Spaniard, who has dropped a mere nine games in his first two matches.

World No.1 Djokovic, who is aiming to fill the French Open-sized hole on his resume, hasn’t yet hit his usual stride here at Roland Garros, but he still eased past Belgian Steve Darcis 7-5, 6-3, 6-4, becoming only the third player after Serena Williams and Roger Federer in the Open era to post 50 wins at each of the four Grand Slams.

“I'm pleased to get the job done in three sets, but there were things that I definitely didn't like in my game today,” Djokovic said. “Too many unforced errors from the first or second shot in the rally.”  

Moment of the day

What is it with British players and five-set matches?

After Andy Murray twice went the distance in the opening rounds, Aljaz Bedene followed suit by battling past Pablo Carreno Busta in five sets to book a spot in the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career.

It has been an emotional year for Bedene, who a few days ago admitted his so far unsuccessful attempts to become eligible to play for Great Britain had affected him on the court.

“I've been fighting with myself a lot in the last few months,” said Bedene, the first Briton other than Murray to reach the third round at Roland Garros since Tim Henman made the semis in 2004. “When the last ball goes wide or long, you just know you won. You just release everything what's been inside.”

Unusually, Bedene’s serve has been on fire in Paris, where he’s third in the ace count behind Ivo Karlovic and John Isner with 36. He’ll need it because his next opponent is Djokovic.   

Future stars

Although the older generation is still very much grabbing the headlines, there is a whole new young generation waiting to stage a coup.

Take 19-year-old Alexander Zverev and 22-year-old Dominic Thiem, who will do battle for a place in the fourth round in a match-up that many experts believe is a taste of the future.

German Zverev boasts a win over former US Open champion Marin Cilic and is ranked No.41. The 15th-ranked Thiem of Austria has already claimed the scalps of Nadal and Federer and holds a 2-0 lead in their head-to-head meetings. Borna Coric, another youngster tipped for the top, beat Bernard Tomic in four sets.

Upset of the day

Defending doubles champions Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands were knocked out in the first round by Holland’s Kiki Bertens and Sweden’s Johanna Larsson, 6-4, 6-3.

And it was bad luck for Wimbledon marathon man Nicolas Mahut, who retired in the second round against Spain’s Marcel Granollers with a knee injury as he trailed 6-3, 6-2, 1-0.

Mahut, who played the longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon in 2010, remains active in the doubles tournament, where he has a shot at reaching the No.1 ranking.

Quote of the day

“Tennis is 90% mental.”

Former French Open semi-finalist Eugenie Bouchard, after losing in the second round to Bacsinszky of Switzerland, 6-4, 6-4.