We're only coming into Day 7 of the 2014 French Open, and there's already been a tremendous amount of highs and lows for many of the world's top players.
After upsetting losses by Stan Wawrinka and Serena Williams, and triumphant victories from Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, this prestigious tournament has captivated onlookers around the world.
There's plenty of tennis yet to be played, and Saturday promises to bring about some highly anticipated action, as more top-seeded players continue on their journeys to hoist the coveted Coupe des Mousquetaires or Coupe Suzanne Lenglen.
With a vast amount of excitement taking place throughout the day here's a look at the full television schedule and live stream information with an outlook for Day 7 in Paris, France.
French Open Day 7 Schedule
|Coverage (ET)||TV Info||Live Stream|
|5 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Tennis Channel||Tennis Channel Plus|
|12 p.m. - 3 p.m.||NBC||NBC Live Extra|
French Open Day 7 Outlook
Who Can Keep Up with Maria Sharapova?
On Friday, Sharapova absolutely dominated.
The No. 7 seed defeated Paula Ormaechea in decisive fashion; 6-0, 6-0. That's right, she posted double bagel.
According to a tweet from ESPN Stats & Info, this is the second time she's accomplished the feat:
Maria Sharapova defeated Paula Ormaechea for her 2nd career double bagel (6-0, 6-0 win) at French Open.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 30, 2014
Sharapova has yet to drop a set at Roland Garros, and her masterful performance on Friday only added to the notion that she may be becoming the tournament's most fearsome contender.
After her 51-minute drubbing of Ormaechea, Sharapova said, per Dan Imhoff of RolandGarros.com, during a press conference regarding her next opponent:
I believe this is one of [Samantha Stosur's] favorite surfaces to play on and a lot of her successes come on clay. Despite my record against her and my victory a few weeks ago, this is a new match. I'm sure she will be ready for the match against me, and so will I. I look forward to that challenge. She has a great serve, she uses the court extremely well, moves well on it. It's a good matchup.
Aside from Stosur, who can keep up with Sharapova after Serena Williams and Na Li were ousted early from the tournament?
On Saturday, we may begin to get an answer, as many of the women's top contenders are set to take the court.
No. 5 Petra Kvitova, No. 11 Ana Ivanovic and No. 4 Simona Halep, among others, are all in action on Saturday. None of these contenders have dropped a set yet at Roland Garros and strong performances on Saturday will go a long way.
Gaining momentum and confidence is crucial for all of these athletes at this point in the tournament. Sharapova has plenty of both right now, and if one of these players is to contend with her, matching that high level of confidence is a priority.
Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times tweeted a comment from a very confident Sharapova:
"There's no reason why I shouldn't be the favorite of this tournament." -Maria Sharapova. #RG14— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 30, 2014
We should get a strong indication of which player is likely to give Sharapova a run for her money upon the conclusion of Saturday's matches.
Rafael Nadal Chases the Title—and Novak Djokovic
Nadal has been known as the "King of Clay" for good reason. He absolutely excels on the surface. However, it's been Djokovic who's looked far more impressive of late.
Djokovic came through in a big way on Friday, defeating Marin Cilic; 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4. While Cilic proved to be a formidable opponent—and visibly frustrated Djokovic at times—it was the No. 2 seed who emerged victorious.
ESPN Stats & Info tweeted Djokovic's impressive career numbers against Cilic:
Novak Djokovic & Roger Federer both advance at French Open. Djokovic improves to 9-0 vs Marin Cilic in his career.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 30, 2014
Despite numerous comeback attempts from Cilic, Djokovic remained resilient—an impressive trait to have in such a marathon of a tournament.
After his victory, Djokovic was asked if he feels he is the only competitor to keep up with Nadal on clay during an interview with RolandGarros.com:
I'm flattered to hear that. Obviously it's nice to hear that. But I don't think I'm the only one. There are players who are definitely able to compete with Rafa on this surface, especially this year. He has lost to Almagro, to Ferrer, two big tournaments.
Definitely this is the tournament that he likes the most. I'm talking about Rafa. He lost once in his life on this tournament, on this court. So for sure, he's the most dominant player around in Roland Garros in history.
We all know that, and we all know how good he is. But in the end of the day, you don't go out with a white flag on the court. You know, you try to win whoever is across the net.
It certainly seems that a Djokovic vs. Nadal final could be in store for us.
If that happens, Djokovic isn't ready to hand the tournament over to Nadal, according to a tweet from ESPNTennis:
French Open - Novak Djokovic is not conceding anything to Rafael Nadal http://t.co/G8dG0Bej7H— ESPNTennis (@ESPNTennis) May 30, 2014
Nadal is set to take the court against Leonardo Mayer on Saturday and shouldn't have much difficulty moving on to the fourth round.
At the moment, it seems as though Nadal's side of the bracket has become rather favorable—he may not have to face one of the tournament's top-seeded players until a potential clash with David Ferrer in the quarterfinals.
But, is that really a good thing?
After all, Djokovic is building up a giant head of steam right now, having already faced a top-25 opponent and set to face another (No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) in Round 4.
Surely, Nadal saw what Djokovic accomplished on Friday, and it should be safe to say he's feeling the pressure.