Roland Garros 2014: Highlighting Tuesday's Most Intriguing French Open Matches

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMay 26, 2014

After a bevy of compelling matches at Roland Garros on Monday, we're in for more of the same during Tuesday's continuation of first-round action.

The star power on display at the 2014 French Open is plentiful, and more of tennis' top names are set to take the court in hopes of hoisting the coveted Coupe des Mousquetaires or Coupe Suzanne Lenglen.

Let's take a look forward at Tuesday's most intriguing matches at Roland Garros.


(11) Ana Ivanovic vs. Caroline Garcia

Ana Ivanovic has been resurgent recently.

After winning the French Open in 2008, she seemingly drifted into obscuritynot only falling outside the top 10, but the top 60.

Her confidence was dissipating, leading to many upsetting finishes such as her second-round exit at Wimbledon last year.

This year, she's led a dramatic comeback, starting with a title at the ASB Classic in Auckland. A trip to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open followed by another title at the Monterrey Open quickly got her momentum going.

The New York Times tweeted Ivanovic's recipe for success, and it's not what you'd think:

Chris Evert of ESPN described Ivanovic's recent form to's Melissa Isaacson:

I'm so impressed with how she's playing. I've been watching her the last few weeks and she seems to be getting her serve together and winning points with it. Her backhand is improved, [along with] her confidence. She's a big hitter, and when I look at the top four now—Serena, Li Na, [Agnieszka] Radwanska and [Simona] Halep—Ana could be top four if she continues her run.

With that said, Ivanovic comes into Roland Garros facing a difficult test.

Caroline Garcia is not only playing in her home country, but she has been looking extremely sharp this year as well.

She's been very consistent in both singles and doubles play, earning a singles title in Bogota and doubles win in Colombia.

Expect plenty of fireworks and a highly contested match when these two meet on Tuesday.


(12) Richard Gasquet vs. Bernard Tomic

This isn't exactly a matchup expected to make headlines due to the vast amount of higher-ranking players taking the court on Tuesday. However, this is one matchup to keep a close eye on.

Christopher Clarey of The New York Times is certainly intrigued by the matchup:

Richard Gasquet knows the importance of playing in his country's most prestigious tournament. He's doing so at a price, though.

He's been nursing a back injury which forced him out of the Davis Cup and Monte-Carlo Masters this year. Gasquet hasn't played since.

In the days leading up to the French Open, it was still uncertain whether he would be able to participate. As it turns out, he will.

Gasquet announced his return to Kamakshi Tandon of

Richard Gasquet will play the French Open, saying that if it were any other tournament, 'I would have withdrawn. It's a very important tournament, I want to play. The back is better, I'm not 100 percent. I'll try to improve every day.'

Bernard Tomic has shown flashes of brilliance at the age of 21. However, he has been ailing as well.

Tomic underwent hip surgery earlier this year and has yet to win a match since.

Each of these players is nowhere near top form right now. If both were healthy, it could be safe to say Gasquet would emerge the victor. In their current physical states, this match is completely up in the air.


(5) David Ferrer vs. Igor Sijsling

David Ferrer, the French Open runner-up from one year ago, must do one thing on Tuesday: win with conviction.

After Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic won in convincing fashion on Monday, it's up to Ferrer to keep the pace.

Starting strong and gaining early momentum is crucial in marathon tournaments such as this. Building a head of steam and generating confidence will go a long way once Ferrer inevitably faces the surging Nadal in the quarterfinals.

After all, that's the scenario that Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times sees coming:

Ferrer has all of the tools to start quickly. He's been playing well this year, having earned a title at Buenos Aires—his third straight—and reaching the semifinals in Monte Carlo after defeating Nadal in the quarters.

The No. 5 seed will have a great chance to get off on the right foot, as he's slated to face world No. 55 Igor Sijsling in Round 1.

Sijsling holds a 7-16 record this year, with his best finish coming in Rotterdam, where he was defeated by Marin Cilic in the semifinals.

If Ferrer can win in straight sets on Tuesday, it will be Nadal and Djokovic suddenly feeling the pressure.


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