French Open 2013 TV Schedule: When and Where to Catch Tuesday's Top Action

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVMay 28, 2013

ROME, ITALY - MAY 17:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia shows his emotion  against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in their quarter final round match during day six of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2013 at the Foro Italico Tennis Centre on May 17, 2013 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The action from the 2013 French Open at Roland Garros is just getting started, but we're still set for some must-see matches on Tuesday as the field continues to shrink. 

Although only two days are in the books, we've already seen favorites like Rafael Nadal tested and seen well-known players such as Tomas Berdych and Venus Williams bounced from the Grand Slam event.

As the tournament carries on, we're sure to see some spectacular matches at Roland Garros and Tuesday will be no exception.

Let's take a look at the schedule and everything you need to know for Tuesday's action at the French Open. 


Tuesday's TV Schedule

5 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET – ESPN2

Notable matches: (1) Novak Djokovic vs. David Goffin, (12) Tommy Haas vs. Guillaume Rufin


10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET – Tennis Channel 

Notable matches: (3) Victoria Azarenka vs. Elena Vesnina, (8) Janko Tipsarevic vs. Nicolas Mahut, (7) Petra Kvitova vs. Aravane Rezai

Tuesday's full schedule can be found here.


Players to Watch

Novak Djokovic

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was in the midst of a historic run before Nadal bested him in the 2012 French Open championship. Don't count against him to make it that far, if not further, this time around.

But it'll be interesting to see how the Joker starts off this tournament, after he was upset in the quarterfinals during last week's Rome Masters by Berdych. 

Djokovic's No. 1 rank speaks for itself and it's hard to argue against it, but he's not exactly coming into Roland Garros on a hot streak. Still, that doesn't change the fact that Djokovic topped Nadal at the Monte Carlo in April, marking the first time the Serbian topped the Spaniard on clay. 

Recent history indicates that Djokovic not only could get bounced early in Paris, but he could also take Nadal's crown and become just the second player since 2005 other than Nadal to win the French Open. 

Needless to say, it'll be a must-watch every time the Joker struts out onto the clay courts. 


Victoria Azarenka

World No. 3 Victoria Azarenka is desperately looking for her third Grand Slam victory and her first at the French Open, where she hasn't advanced past the quarterfinals. 

To do so, she'll need to quickly erase memories from the Rome Masters earlier this month, where she was taken down in the championship match by Serena Williams in straight sets.

The 23-year-old has certainly had her ups and downs in her short career, but she's hoping to keep a promising 2013 campaign rolling after taking her second Australian Open crown back in January.

Azarenka has quickly become one of the next big stars in women's tennis, but much of that stardom could be wiped away with a poor performance and early exit at Roland Garros. 

She very well might have to face a familiar recent opponent in Williams to notch her second Grand Slam title of the year. 


Janko Tipsarevic 

The Serbia native was once heralded as one of the up-and-coming tennis stars, but he's struggled mightily in 2013 and must be careful to avoid an early-round upset against a worthy opponent.

In his last tune-up before Roland Garros last week at the ATP Power Horse Cup in Dusseldorf, Tipsarevic was upset by Guido Pella, the world's 101st-ranked player. 

His first-round matchup with Nicolas Mahut on Tuesday should be a doozy, but it has added significance given Tipsarevic's struggles. Mahut hasn't experienced much success in recent years, but he has experience in providing epic performances like he did against John Isner at the 2010 Wimbledon, according to ESPN

Mahut brings a lot to the table against Tipsarevic, who hasn't seemed to be able to handle when his opponent does so this season.

Tipsarevic-Mahut has all of the makings for one of the best first-round spectacles of the tournament.


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