2014 French Open

French Open 2014: Day 4 Schedule, Matchups Predictions for Roland Garros Bracket

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 26:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot during his men's singles match against Joao Sousa of Portugal on day two of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 26, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IMay 27, 2014

Following a mostly routine Day 1 of the French Open, Monday and Tuesday brought two shocking upsets in the first round. With both Australian Open winners in No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka and No. 2 Li Na now ousted from the tournament, Day 4 promises to be another one of intriguing matchups.

Both No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 7 Maria Sharapova are on the bill on the women's side. Meanwhile, No. 2 Novak Djokovic will continue his search for a career Grand Slam, and No. 4 Roger Federer looks to prove he is still at the top of his game.

Here is a look at the full television schedule and some of the notable matches on the slate for Day 4 on both the women's and men's sides.

Day 4 Schedule and Viewing Information
DateTime (ET)RoundWatch
May 285 a.m. to 10 a.m.2ndESPN2
May 2810 a.m. to 7 p.m.2ndTennis Channel
ESPN.com/TennisChannel.com

 Check Roland Garros.com for full men's and women's brackets.

2014 French Open—Day 4 Schedule
Women's Bracket
Player 1Player 2CourtPredicted Winner
Anna Schmiedlovavs.No. 29 Venus WilliamsCourt ChatrierV. Williams
Tsvetana Pironkovavs.No. 7 Maria SharapovaCourt ChatrierSharapova
No. 1 Serena Williamsvs.Garbine MuguruzaCourt LenglenS. Williams
No. 20 Alize Cornetvs.Taylor TownsendCourt LenglenTownsend
No. 31 Daniela Hantuchovavs.Claire FeuersteinCourt 1Hantuchova
No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanskavs.Karolina PliskovaCourt 1Radwanska
Men's Bracket
Player 1Player 2CourtPredicted Winner
Jeremy Chardyvs.No. 2 Novak DjokovicCourt ChatrierDjokovic
No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsongavs.Jurgen MelzerCourt ChatrierTsonga
Alejandro Gonzalezvs.No. 29 Gilles SimonCourt LenglenGonzalez
Diego Sebastian Schwartzmanvs.No. 4 Roger FedererCourt LenglenFederer
Benoit Pairevs.No. 27 Roberto Bautista AgutCourt 1Bautista Agut
No. 6 Tomas Berdychvs.Aleksandr NedovyesovCourt 1Berdych
RolandGarros.com

 For the full schedule, visit RolandGarros.com.

 

Top Matchups on Day 4

No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Garbine Muguruza

Darko Vojinovic/Associated Press

While it might not necessarily be the most closely contested matchup on tap, everyone is following Serena Williams in her quest to repeat at the French Open.

Williams comes into the contest on a hot streak not only at Roland Garros but on clay in general. The 32-year-old is 53-2 on the surface since 2012, according to Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press (via USNews.com). She spoke about her recent rise on clay, via Fendrich:

"I don't know what clicked or didn't click," she said. "I have the capability of playing on clay, so I don't know why I wasn't more consistent on clay before. ... But, hey, I guess better late than never, right?"

Not only is Williams surging, but she's also facing another competitor against whom she's had success. Garbine Muguruza has faced Williams just once but was downed by the superstar, 6-2, 6-0, in the 2013 Aussie Open.

Though that is clearly a small sample size, Williams has dominated nearly every opponent in the early going during Grand Slams. Expect Williams to come out much sharper against Muguruza and strike fear in the rest of the field once again moving forward.

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

 

No. 2 Novak Djokovic vs. Jeremy Chardy

ROME, ITALY - MAY 18:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates at match point as he defeated Rafael Nadal of Spain in the final during day eight of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia tennis 2014 on May 18, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Imag
Julian Finney/Getty Images

If Djokovic wants to continue his run toward history, he'll need to get through a familiar opponent on Wednesday.

The Djoker had an interesting first match against Joao Sousa, complete with a rain delay and a memorable moment with a ball boy.

During that match, Nole struggled slightly near the close, allowing four games to slip through his grasp. But after winning in straight sets, Christopher Clarey of The New York Times notes there should be no reason for concern:

The World No. 2 will now face off against Jeremy Chardy, a player he has battled eight times since 2009. Chardy has made several sets close but has never won a match or even a single set against the Serbian.

In fact, the most dominant performance for Djokovic over Chardy came on a clay surface back in 2010, with a 6-1, 6-1 win over the French player.

During his career, the Djoker has won a total of six Grand Slams. The elusive French Open still remains the lone major tournament for the Serbian to capture, but getting past Chardy should be an easy rout during what might be a historic Grand Slam.

Prediction: Djokovic wins, 6-2, 6-3, 6-0

 

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