The 2013 French Open is taking shape as we enter the third round of action in both the men's and women's brackets. While the matches have offered some thrills, there are fans wondering one very important thing.
Where can they watch the action, specifically if a TV is unavailable to them?
Friday, May 31 will provide us with countless matches of note, as multiple local players take center stage. That includes Richard Gasquet and Marion Bartoli, who look to win in their home country of France.
So when can you watch and what should you be watching for?
Time: Friday, May 31 at 5 a.m. EDT
Live Stream: WatchESPN
TV: ESPN 2
Second Round: (7) Richard Gasquet, France versus Michal Przysiezny, Poland at 5 a.m. ET
At 5 a.m. ET, Richard Gasquet will take to Court 1 to battle Michal Przysiezny of Poland. Gasquet, the seventh seed that hails from France, will be looking to put on a show for his home crowd and advance to the third round.
The winner of this match would face either Nikolay Davydenko or Denis Istomin.
Gasquet certainly has the home-court advantage, per se, but he has been an underachiever at Roland Garros. Gasquet has lost in the fourth round in consecutive years, never making it past that plateau in his career.
At 26, there's reason to believe that this could be the year Gasquet breaks through.
Gasquet has won two tournaments this year, including the local Open Sud De France. While he's tailed off in recent events, there's reason to believe he can make a relatively deep run in this tournament after making consecutive fourth-round appearances.
His ability to crack the quarterfinals is debatable, but against Przysiezny, a loss would be nothing short of a stunning upset.
Second Round: (13) Marion Bartoli, France versus Mariana Duque Marino, Colombia at 5 a.m. ET
Marion Bartoli is a local favorite, as the 28-year-old reached the semifinals of the French Open in 2011. Two years later, Bartoli will look to build on that success with her two-handed forehand and thus win the title in front of her home crowd.
After falling out of the 2012 French Open in the second round, however, there's reason to believe that she's in danger of facing a similar fate in 2013.
Bartoli will play Mariana Duque Marino, who is a 23-year-old from Colombia. Marino hasn't experienced a significant amount of success, but she is young and on the rise, which serves as a factor in every major tournament.
The question is, can Bartoli bounce back from a lackluster year to win for her home crowd?
Bartoli has struggled in 2013, going 11-11 and facing first-round exits in three of her past four tournaments. A win in the second round at the French Open could be what she needs to rediscover her form.
A loss could be devastating.
Third Round: (4) David Ferrer, Spain versus Feliciano Lopez, Spain at TBD
David Ferrer is, arguably, the best tennis player in the world that is not named Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray or Rafael Nadal. The 31-year-old has made it to the quarterfinals in five straight Grand Slam events, reaching the semifinals on three of those occasions.
That includes the 2012 French Open, where he lost to—of course—Nadal.
Thus far in 2013, Ferrer has won two tournaments and made three other finals appearances. He's also lost in the first or second round of two other tournaments.
Ferrer is often the face for consistency, but at the French Open, that could be put to the test.
Ferrer faces fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. While Lopez has not experienced the greatest success at Roland Garros, he's quite familiar with Ferrer, as they were doubles partners at the London Olympics.
This should be one of the better matches of the tournament if both men come to play.
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