With all the upsets on the women’s side of the 2012 French Open, most of the compelling quarterfinals and semifinal and final matchups later this week belong to the men. Samantha Stosur, Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova are the only former Grand Slam champions remaining in the women’s quarterfinals.
Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are familiar names that have advanced this late in a major tournament, as both have finals appearances in a Grand Slam. Murray was a seeking spot in his sixth straight Grand Slam semifinal and 10th overall. This Tsonga’s seventh appearance in a Grand Slam quarter, but his first in France.
Three times previously he advanced to the semifinals. Tsonga stunned Federer last year at Wimbledon, handing him his first loss ever, after winning the first two sets. He then lost to Djokovic in the semifinals, pushing the Djoker to No. 1.
The bottom half of the women’s draw features two matches with the players meeting for the first time. Yaroslava Shvedova and Kaia Kanepi were huge underdogs against Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova.