The fifth day of the French Open saw most heavyweights charge ahead but there was the rare end to a great story as well. A look at how things unfolded on Friday. (AFP images)
Roger Federer was pushed to a four-set match but he managed to overcome Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic however had no problems in extending his Grand Slam win streak to 24 matches as he beat Nicolas Devilder of France 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.
Djokovic has won the last three Grand Slam titles, and he needs four more victories at Roland Garros to become the third player to hold all four major titles at the same time.
Sixth seed Samantha Stosur reached the last 16 of the French Open by defeating an erratic Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-3, 6-3.
Petrova (left), a former world number three, had a 5-2 record against Stosur going into the match but she could not make it count this time.
Maria Sharpova was not as forgiving. In fact, she was just ruthless against Ayumi Morita of Japan with a 6-1, 6-1 win to show for it.
Fifth seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga registered a comprehensive win against Italy's Fabio Fognini. (7-5, 6-4, 6-4 )
The shocker of the day came when Ana Ivanovic crashed out, falling to Sara Errani of Italy 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Errani had only 18 unforced errors against 40 from her opponent, 37 of which were in the final two sets.
Former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova made a mockery of the seedings by outclassing third seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-1, 6-2 in the third round.