The 2014 French Open is officially underway, and there will be plenty of action to watch during Day 3 at Roland Garros on Tuesday.
The first round featured some interesting matches, but arguably the biggest story from the first two days was No. 10-ranked Kei Nishikori going down to Martin Klizan in straight sets. A number of players had to wait on Tuesday with matches suspended due to rain, and according to the Roland Garros Twitter account, a few games had to be postponed and will be played on Day 3 instead.
With a number of games being played on Tuesday, let's take a look at the TV and live stream information for Day 3 of the French Open, followed by a breakdown of a couple of the top tennis players to watch.
Where: Paris, France
Date: Tuesday, May 27
Time: Approximately 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET
TV: 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET on ESPN2, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET on Tennis Channel
Top Players To Watch
David Ferrer was able to go the farthest he's ever gone in any Grand Slam event last year at Roland Garros, falling to Rafael Nadal in the final. While he may have lost in straight sets, Ferrer should feed off of his success from last year's tournament and get off to a strong start in this year's tournament.
The current No. 5 player in the world will be taking on Igor Sijsling, a 26-year-old from the Netherlands. The two have met in three previous meetings, with Ferrer winning all but one set during those matches. Ferrer will also be playing on clay, which is the surface he's historically played best on. During his career, Ferrer has gone 275-109 on clay with 11 total titles, more than any other surface.
If Ferrer is able to get through Sijsling and advance to the quarterfinals, he'll be taking on Nadal once again. The two have developed quite an exciting rivalry, as Ferrer has come away with two wins in their last three meetings. Before the tournament, Nadal didn't seem too focused on who he could face in the quarterfinals, according to Matt Wilansky and Greg Garber of ESPN.com, saying:
I don't know. Rome, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Barcelona is past now. We are here in Roland Garros, and the only thing that matters now is have a good practice when I will be able to finish with the press. I will practice today, will practice tomorrow, good practice on Sunday, and try to be ready for the competition, no?
Another matchup between Ferrer and Nadal would definitely be exciting, but Ferrer can't lose focus before then, or he could be exiting this year's French Open earlier than expected.
At 27 years old, Andy Murray has already won or gone to the finals of three of the four Grand Slam events. He's never been to the finals of the French Open, however, making it as far as the semifinals back in 2011.
Murray has yet to win a title this season, but he's gone 21-9 and made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, where he lost to Roger Federer in four sets. He'll be going against Andrey Golubev in the first round on Tuesday, but the 26-year-old from Russia believes he has a good chance to win.
The two have met just once before, with Murray winning 6-1, 6-1 back in 2008. However, Golubev likes his chances on the clay court, according to Kevin Mitchell from The Guardian, saying:
We’ve never met on clay. It’s a good challenge for me. Of course it’s not easy to play top guys on any surface. However, when we go on court, everyone has 50:50. Then he has to show he is better than me, and of course I will try my best.
Clay courts have historically not been kind to Murray. He has 28 career titles, but none have come on clay, while he's won just 61.7 percent of his matches on clay, which is the lowest of any surface he's played on.
Still, Murray is going to be the clear favorite heading into this match, but Golubev seems determined to make him work for a win, and anything can happen at Roland Garros.