French Open 2014: Day 7 Schedule, Matchups Predictions for Roland Garros Bracket

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIMay 30, 2014

Spain's Rafael Nadal clenches his fist after defeating Austria's Dominic Thiem during the second round match of  the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Thursday, May 29, 2014. Nadal won 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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As action at Roland Garros rolls into the seventh day, the line between contenders and pretenders is about to be drawn.

On Saturday, a plethora of third-round matches will serve up another steady flow of action on the red clay. Advancing to the fourth round is a bit of an accomplishment. Who's ready for the next challenge?

Here's a look at the schedule, matchups and predictions for Day 7 in France. Just below the table is a breakdown of three of the day's most high-profile matches.

French Open Day 7 - Schedule, Round 3 Matchups and Predictions
Court Philippe ChatrierPlay Begins at 11 a.m.
No. 5 Petra Kvitova vs. No. 27 Svetlana KuznetsovaKvitova
No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. Leonardo MayerNadal
No. 28 Andrea Petkovic vs. Kristina MladenovicMladenovic
No. 12 Richard Gasquet vs.No. 24 Fernando VerdascoGasquet
Court Suzanne LenglenPlay Begins at 11 a.m.
No. 15 Sloane Stephens vs. No. 22 Ekaterina MakarovaStephens
No. 23 Lucie Safarova vs.No. 11 Ana IvanovicIvanovic
No. 23 Gael Monfils vs. No. 14 Fabio FogniniFognini
No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber vs.No. 7 Andy MurrayMurray
Court 1Play Begins at 11 a.m.
No. 32 Andreas Seppi vs. No. 5 David FerrerFerrer
No. 6 Jelena Jankovic vs. No. 26 Sorana CirsteaJankovic
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez vs. Donald YoungYoung
Court 2Play Begins at 11 a.m.
Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor vs. No. 4 Simona HalepHalep
Ivo Karlovic vs. No. 19 Kevin AndersonKarlovic
Julia Glushko vs. No. 10 Sara ErraniErrani
Court 7Play Begins at 11 a.m.
Jack Sock vs. Dusan LajovicSock
Marcel Granollers vs. Martin KlizanContinuation from suspended match on Friday. 6-7(5) 6-2 7-6(4)
Schedule per, predictions per Brian Mazique


Rafael Nadal vs. Leonardo Mayer

The King of Clay has barely broken a sweat so far through two rounds. He's had consecutive straight-sets wins, and he's facing the unseeded Mayer on Saturday.

In two previous matches, Mayer hasn't been able to win a set against Nadal. There's no reason to think his fortunes will change.

Mayer during second-round play
Mayer during second-round playClive Brunskill/Getty Images

Nadal has looked strong and ran his French Open record to an unbelievable 61-1 after beating Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 in the second round.

Perhaps Rafa is guarding against overconfidence, but it sounds like he played in a different match than the one everyone watched.

Per Jerome Pugmire of the Associated Press/the National Post, Nadal said this:

“It was a dangerous match, dangerous opponent today. I am happy with the way I resisted. When I had to play long points I did well. When I had to attack and move him, I think I did well.”

Whatever you say Rafa. If every other opponent is this "dangerous," Nadal is liable to win his ninth French Open title without losing a set.


Andy Murray vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29:  Andy Murray of Great Britain returns a shot during his men's singles match against Marinko Matosevic of Australia on day five of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Coming in as a seven-seed after an injury-plagued start to his 2014 season, Murray looks like he's prepared to rejoin the ranks of the elite in men's tennis.

He dropped one set in his first-round match against Andrey Gobulev but looked dominant against Marinko Matosevic in a straight-sets second-round triumph.

Murray will have a fairly stiff test early in the tournament due to his relatively-lower seed.

The two men have split two matches (first was a round robin meeting) with Kohlschreiber winning the most recent meeting. Granted, it was back in 2010, but it was a clay-court affair, and Kohlschrieber won it very easily, 6-2, 6-1.

Kohlschreiber during his 2010 win over Murray
Kohlschreiber during his 2010 win over MurrayJulian Finney/Getty Images

That may have no bearing on Saturday's meeting, but don't be surprised to see Kohlschreiber give Murray a tough time.

Karim Zidan of Steve G Tennis says he also sees a tough match ahead for Murray:

"While Murray is capable of overcoming the tough battle, he will need to play a clean match-up and remain focused for what could be a long, grueling battle."


Sloane Stephens vs. Ekaterina Makarova

May 29, 2014; Paris, Paris, France; Sloane Stephens (USA) in action during her match against Polona Hercog (SLO) on day five at the 2014 French Open at Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

With Serena Williams ousted early, Stephens is the lone American hope on the women's side and one of just three from the United States overall.

She faces Ekaterina Makarova, an opponent she beat in their only prior meeting—two years ago at the French Open.

The left-handed Makarova can be a tricky opponent, but Stephens seemed to have no problems with the southpaw in their first meeting.

Stephens is the third-straight American who Makarova will have faced in the tournament. She has already knocked off Coco Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers. On Saturday, she'll be looking for the American triple play.


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