French Open Schedule 2013: Day 6 Matchups, Predictions and Analysis

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French Open Schedule 2013: Day 6 Matchups, Predictions and Analysis
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Rain once again poured down before Thursday's action from Paris could be completed, but the outlook for Friday at Roland Garros is promising. 

According to Weather.com, Mother Nature isn't planning on dropping any more rain on the French Open for a while. 

This was the scene on Thursday, but Friday should be much more dry (Photo courtesy of Roland Garros' Instagram account)

If the meteorologists turn out to be correct, Day 6 will be jam-packed with action. Not only will players such as Maria Sharapova and Stanislas Wawrinka be finishing up their postponed matches, but there are a slew of superstars—Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams—also in action.

Let's take a look at everything you need to know so you don't miss a single serve.  

 

WhereStade Roland Garros in Paris

When: Friday, May 31

Watch: ESPN2 and Tennis Channel

Live StreamESPN3.com

 

Schedule of Play for Day 6's Top Courts

Note: An entire look at the complete men's and women's schedule of play can be found here at RolandGarros.com

 

Court Philippe Chatrier

Note: Play of first match starts at 5 a.m. ET

Tournament Round Player 1 vs. Player 2
Women's Singles Second Marion Bartoli vs. Mariana Duque-Marino
Women's Singles Second Maria Sharapova (up 6-2, 2-4) vs. Eugenie Bouchard
Men's Singles Third Julien Benneteau vs. Roger Federer
Men's Singles Third Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Jeremy Chardy
Women's Singles Third Virginie Razzano vs. Ana Ivanovic

 

Court Suzanne Lenglen

Note: Play of first match starts at 5 a.m. ET

Tournament Round Player 1 vs. Player 2
Men's Singles Second Rafael Nadal vs. Martin Klizan
Women's Singles Third Serena Williams vs. Sorana Cirstea
Men's Singles Third Gael Monfils vs. Tommy Robredo
Women's Singles Third Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Dinah Pfizenmaier


Court 1

Note: Play of first match starts at 5 a.m. ET

Tournament Round Player 1 vs. Player 2
Men's Singles Second Michal Przysiezny vs. Richard Gasquet
Men's Singles Third Feliciano Lopez vs. David Ferrer
Women's Singles Third Sabine Lisicki vs. Sara Errani
Women's Singles Third Varvara Lepchenko vs. Angelique Kerber


Predictions for Wednesday's Top Players

Serena Williams vs. Sorana Cirstea

It would appear as though Serena is using her massive upset in the first round here last year as motivation, because through two matches, she has looked unstoppable. 

In beating poor Anna Tatishvili and Caroline Garcia, the World No. 1 has lost just four games in four breezy sets. 

Sorana Cirstea shouldn't offer much more resistance. 

The 23-year-old Romanian is ranked 30th in the world and coming off a dominant second-round win over Johanna Larsson, but she has done very little on the clay this season and was crushed in straight sets in her only other career matchup with Williams, albeit on the hard court. 

Prediction: Williams wins, 6-2, 6-1

 

Julien Benneteau vs. Roger Federer

At the very least, the veteran Julien Benneteau serves as an intriguing opponent for Fed-Ex.

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If you remember, the Frenchman beat Federer at Rotterdam earlier this year (although that was on the indoor hard court, so it's far less relevant), and at the 2008 French Open, Federer won in straight sets but was pushed. 

Nevertheless, while Benneteau's best major is usually the French Open, he has struggled immensely this year on clay and was pushed to nine difficult sets in his first two wins at Roland Garros

Federer, on the other hand, has rolled through his opening two matches, dropping just 11 games and one break in six sets. 

Prediction: Federer wins, 6-2, 6-1, 6-2

 

Rafael Nadal vs. Martin Klizan

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The world was downright shocked when Rafael Nadal, the always-and-forever favorite at Roland Garros, dropped a set in his opening match against Daniel Brands. 

But don't expect that to be a sign of things to come. 

Martin Klizan, the world No. 35, advanced when American Michael Russell retired in the third round, but he is just 3-5 on clay this season and shouldn't be able to give the King of Clay as much trouble as Brands, who was actually playing quite well leading up to Roland Garros

Rafa with the statement. 

Prediction: Nadal wins, 6-1, 6-1, 6-0

 

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