An exciting time for French contingent

Updated: May 31, 2009, 2:06 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

PARIS -- What took place at Roland Garros on Saturday afternoon, as two childhood friends and sons of France won their matches on the show courts that anchor each end of the grounds, represented delayed gratification in many ways.

Gael Monfils thumped his chest and crossed himself, his eyes round and fierce, after defeating Austria's Jurgen Melzer in four sets. Less than an hour later, waves of appreciative applause washed over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after he cracked an ace to finish ...

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