The 2014 French Open is in full swing, and Day 3 at Roland Garros will provide viewers with some very compelling matchups.
Lleyton Hewitt, Caroline Wozniacki, Andy Murray and plenty of other big names will begin their roads to the French Open title on Tuesday. While favored in their matchups, nothing is set in stone until the match is played.
Here's everything you need to know for Day 3 of the 2014 French Open.
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A full schedule of Tuesday's matches can be found here, courtesy of RolandGarros.com.
Andy Murray vs. Andrey Golubev
Andrey Golubev, 26, feels as if he has a chance against Andy Murray, the former Wimbledon champ and one of the better players in the men's field. This is what he had to say, according to Kevin Mitchell of The Guardian:
"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."
Murray shouldn't struggle all that much, despite Golubev's confidence. Murray missed last year's French Open with a back injury, so that resulted in a seventh seed in this year's tournament. A lower seed should help Murray by throwing inferior competition his way.
Andy Murray's projected route through the French Open. pic.twitter.com/5QNcK3tHa6— BBC Tennis (@bbctennis) May 23, 2014
That's not really a knockout for Golubev, who is a good player in his own right. But the former Wimbledon champ is obviously the better overall competitor.
While Golubev is correct in saying that each player has an equal chance at winning the match, the skills don't equal out. Murray is the better player, and Murray will win.
Li Na vs. Kristina Mladenovic
Li Na has had success in Grand Slams before. She is the defending champion at the Australian Open, and she is a former champion at Roland Garros as well. Kristina Mladenovic is looking to prevent Na from winning yet another major tournament.
Na likely has the advantage in conditioning, as coach Carlos Rodriguez pushes her hard in every practice. This is what she had to say about his workouts, according to Paul Newman of The Independent:
He's pushed me harder than anyone. I remember after our first winter training session I felt like I was dying. I said to Carlos: 'Do you know how old I am? I feel like this programme is for someone who is 13 years old, not 30.'
But the most important work he has done is with my mind. He has made me stronger. Before I used to play well at times, but badly at others. Now I try to keep at the same level from the beginning to the end.
Na's conditioning and discipline give her an advantage over nearly anyone in the stacked women's field. Given the depth of the women's side, predicting a winner is certainly difficult. That said, Na should be considered one of the favorites.
Staying aggressive on the baseline is important for Na, as it will lead to quick points. Playing conservatively will allow Mladenovic the opportunity to steal points early. As an unranked opponent, though, Mladenovic is no match for Na.