We've seen upsets. Major upsets. We're talking both of the Australian Open winners being upset here along with the best female player in the game.
The French Open has already been madness. Do you really want to miss any of it? Do you want to risk seeing another top player bow out?
Of course not, and with a full viewing schedule below, you won't have to. But just in case you weren't sure which matches might be most worth your while on Friday, we'll take a look at a few marquee matchups, too.
When: May 25 through June 8
Where: Roland Garros, Paris, France
Watch: ESPN2, NBC, Tennis Channel
|Fri, May 30||10 a.m. - 7 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Sat, May 31||5 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|12 - 3 p.m.||NBC|
|Sun, June 1||5 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|1 - 4 p.m.||NBC|
|Mon, June 2||5 - 10 a.m.||ESPN2|
|10 a.m. - 7 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Tue, June 3||8 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|1 - 7 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Wed, June 4||8 a.m. - 1 p.m.||ESPN2|
|1 - 7 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Thur, June 5||9 a.m. - 2 p.m.||ESPN2|
|11 a.m. - 2 p.m.||NBC|
|Fri, June 6||7 - 11 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|11 a.m. - 2 p.m.||NBC|
|Sat, June 7||9 a.m. - 1 p.m.||NBC|
|Sun, June 8||9 a.m. - 1 p.m.||NBC|
Friday's Matches to Watch
No. 9 Dominika Cibulkova vs. No. 19 Samantha Stosur
With players like Serena Williams, Li Na and Caroline Wozniacki already out of the French Open, the women's game is wide open, meaning players like Dominika Cibulkova and Samantha Stosur are more than capable of winning this tournament.
This match will be of particular intrigue given that the winner will likely face Maria Sharapova in the fourth round, who has probably become the favorite to win in France now that her primary foil, Williams, has been eliminated.
Stosur should feel confident she can earn a matchup with Sharapova. She's 4-0 all-time against Cibulkova, including a win at the 2012 French Open. Stosur talked about the matchup with Linda Pearce of The Sydney Morning Herald:
I'm going to be confident going into that match, and I know what's worked in the past and what I will have to do. But I know when I've never beaten somebody you certainly go out there wanting to win. If you have lost, what, four matches or whatever, maybe it's time to try something different. So I will certainly have to be aware of what she's going to come out and try and do and really be smart at the start.
Cibulkova is coming off an Australian Open where she reached the final, remember, so she won't be intimidated by Stosur. This should be one heck of a match.
No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. No. 22 Jerzy Janowicz
With Novak Djokovic likely awaiting the winner—though he doesn't have a cake walk against Marin Cilic—Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Jerzy Janowicz will likely only play one more match if they advance from the third round. But what a fun matchup this should be.
Tsonga, a Frenchman, will be the crowd favorite, but the young Janowicz won the only matchup between these two, a 2013 match on the clay in Rome. Janowicz hasn't had an ideal 2014 season, but he's still one of the more exciting young players in the game. It wasn't so long ago that Tsonga was considered a burgeoning talent, but he could never quite fully put it together and reach elite status.
This should be a very good, very competitive, very even match. A date with Djokovic won't be much of a reward for surviving the third round, but it will also be better than going home.
No. 17 Tommy Robredo vs. No. 10 John Isner
John Isner, the United States' best hope at the French Open, will come into this match with a major advantage—his powerful serve.
From Greg Garber of ESPN:
The first serve, sometimes crackling along close to 140 mph, is tough to see, much less return. The second? It's a kicker out wide that bounces so high you have to jump nearly a foot in the air to get over the top of it.
One dazzling skill has John Isner, the proud former Georgia Bulldog, ranked as the No. 10 seed here at Roland Garros: his serve. He averages 14 aces per match, second only to Ivo Karlovic among ATP World Tour players and, even on clay, it remains formidable. He says he has seen his second serve kick as high as 10 feet.
In his first match, Isner rocked 23 aces. In the second round, he smoked 35 aces. His serve is something to see.
Well, if you can see it, that is.
Isner won the only matchup between these two and faces a player in Robredo who is a modest 17-11 on the season, so he'll be expected to win. He has a habit of making his matches unnecessarily interesting and long, however, so this one could end up being very fun.