As the men's and women's brackets continue to rage on in Roland Garros, both sides have seen a fair share of upsets and unforgettable moments.
Whether it was Stanislas Wawrinka and Li Na being ousted in the first round or the Williams sisters getting trounced by young players, the 2014 French Open has been filled with intrigue. As Novak Djokovic takes the stage yet again, he is still in search of a career Grand Slam to notch his place in history.
On the women's side, Maria Sharapova will return to action in hopes of continuing her run to a fifth Grand Slam and second French Open. While some of the big names are already eliminated, Sharapova appears to be the new favorite in Roland Garros.
With the action continuing throughout the day, here's a look at the full television and live stream schedule plus a preview for Day 6 in Paris.
TV: ESPN2, Tennis Channel
|Coverage (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|5 a.m. - 10 a.m.||ESPN2||WatchESPN|
|10 a.m. - 7 p.m.||Tennis Channel||Tennis Channel Plus|
*Click here to view complete order of play for Day 6 via RolandGarros.com.
What to Watch For
Maria Sharapova Looks to Prove She's New Favorite
Following the shocking dismissal of Serena Williams in the second round, tennis fans were clamoring for who might be the new presumed favorite to win the title.
On the same day, Sharapova stepped up and dominated her second-round match. That match put her at the top of the list as the door is now wide open for her to find success, as Eleanor Crooks of the Daily Mail points out:
Maria Sharapova assumed the mantle of French Open favourite and moved into the third round with victory over Tsvetana Pironkova. ... Serena Williams' shock exit earlier on Wednesday has opened the door for Sharapova, who had been due to face a player she has not beaten for 10 years in the quarter-finals.
The Russian last won the title in 2012 and lost in the final against Williams last season. Given her track record recently on clay and in Roland Garros, there's certainly reason to believe she can navigate her way through the field yet again.
Rather than worrying about a player like Williams faltering, Sharapova spoke about her plan moving forward, per the Roland Garros account:
On Friday, Sharapova faces an unranked opponent in Paula Ormaechea of Argentina. After seeing Williams falter against an inferior opponent, don't expect the 27-year-old to take anything for granted.
Djokovic Continues Clay Campaign
While Sharapova is attempting to continue her run on Court Philippe Chatrier, Djokovic will do the same on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
The Serbian superstar faces No. 25 Marin Cilic, a player who nearly took him down earlier this season. Djokovic, who rallied after losing the first set in Indian Wells, spoke about the difficult match, per the ATP website:
I was composed and mentally calm, regardless of the scoreline, I just accepted the fact that he came out of the blocks better than I did. He was very aggressive, not missing at all, serving incredibly fast and accurate. I couldn't do much really. I was forced to back up.
I believed that I could come back. The second set was a whole new story. I reset myself and told myself it was the start of the match. I forgot about the first set and the second and third went really well. It was the intensity I want to have and I hope to keep it up.
Who is the favorite on the men's side?
After winning in the Rome Masters over the "King of the Clay" Rafael Nadal, the Djoker comes in with a world of confidence in Roland Garros. Though he's never won a French Open during his career, the Serbian is actually seen as the co-favorite with the eight-time winner.
Djokovic may be looking to join history this year with a career slam, but a hiccup against Cilic could ruin everything. Look for the Serbian to try to get on top early and squash any hopes for the No. 25 player early with his power.
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