French Open 2013 Schedule: Complete Breakdown of Sunday's 4th-Round Matches

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJune 1, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 31:  Serena Williams of United States of America plays forehand during her Women's Singles match against Sorana Cirstea of Romania on day six of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 31, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The round of 16 is finally underway at Roland Garros, and the French Open field is becoming more exclusive with excellent matchups each day. 

Sunday won't include Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, but we're still in for a treat with a Roger Federer sighting, as well as Serena Williams facing off against Roberta Vinci. Don't count out Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, either, as he always plays well on clay. 

Let's take a look at everything you need to know for Sunday, including the biggest matchups and where you can watch the action.


French Open Schedule: Sunday, June 2 (All Times ET)

Tennis Channel: 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

NBC: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

For Sunday's full schedule and list of matchups, click here.


Biggest Matchups to Watch

No. 2 Roger Federer vs. No. 15 Gilles Simon (Noon ET)

Swiss star Roger Federer is almost always the crowd favorite, but that may not be the case when he faces France's Gilles Simon on Sunday.

Simon will be playing in front of his home country with the chance to advance further than he ever has at Roland Garros, but he'll have to face one of the best tennis players of all time in order to do so. 

We hope Federer isn't enjoying himself too much in Paris, but he did share an impressive sight with us that he found during his time in the city. 

Federer has been on fire so far in this tournament, winning each of his first three matches in straight sets. He looked solid at the recent Rome Masters on clay as well, and seems to be bringing that momentum to Roland Garros.

Don't expect Federer to struggle with the Frenchman on Sunday. He has his sights set on a semifinal showdown against Nadal. 


No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Viktor Troicki (9 a.m. ET)

It's surprising to see the world No. 6 Tsonga facing an unranked player in the round of 16, but Serbian Viktor Troicki is no joke. His performance at Roland Garros so far has proved that.

Troicki took down No. 10 Marin Cilic in the third round, wasting no time in doing so by winning in straight sets. After already notching a top-10 victory in the event, he won't be nervous against Tsonga.

But the 28-year-old Frenchman had a career-best appearance at Roland Garros in 2012 when he made it to the quarterfinals. A win on Sunday would equal that and give him a chance to face off against Federer in the next round.

It will be exciting to see how Troicki comes out against a world-class player in front of his native country. 


No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 15 Roberta Vinci (7 a.m. ET)

One of the most shocking facts of Serena Williams' career is that she has only won at Roland Garros once, and it was more than a decade ago in 2002. 

In fact, Williams made history for the wrong reason last year at the French Open. It was the first time in her career that she had lost in the opening round of a Grand Slam major.

But things look much different for Williams so far in 2013. She's coming in on a mission to pile up championships as she approaches the twilight of her career. 

It won't be easy to get past Vinci. The 30-year-old Italian has ground out two three-set victories in the second and third rounds, proving her durability and chances of going the distance—even against Williams.