The beauty of the French Open—and the Grand Slams in general—is the aura of unpredictability that comes with a knockout format. We’ve seen it already with the likes of Stanislas Wawrinka, Li Na and Serena Williams sent packing far earlier that any of us would have predicted prior to the beginning of play at Roland Garros.
Here is the viewing information for Day 7’s action so you don’t miss a set, followed by previews of some of the most interesting matches of the day:
TV: NBC (12 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET)
Live Stream: Tennis Channel Plus (subscription required)
|2014 French Open - Day 7 Order of Play (Main Courts)|
|Court Philippe Chatrier (5 a.m. ET)|
|(27) Svetlana Kuznetsova def. (5) Petra Kvitova: 6-7(3), 6-1, 9-7|
|(1) Rafael Nadal vs. Leonardo Mayer|
|(28) Andrea Petkovic vs. Kristina Mladenovic|
|(12) Richard Gasquet vs. (24) Fernando Verdasco|
|Court Suzanne Lenglen (5 a.m. ET)|
|(15) Sloane Stephens def. (22) Ekaterina Makarova: 6-3, 6-4|
|(23) Lucie Safarova def. (11) Ana Ivanovic: 6-3, 6-3|
|(23) Gael Monfils vs. (14) Fabio Fognini|
|(28) Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. (7) Andy Murray|
|Court 1 (5 a.m. ET)|
|(5) David Ferrer def. (32) Andreas Seppi: 6-2, 7-6(2), 6-3|
|(6) Jelena Jankovic def. (26) Sorana Cirstea: 6-1, 6-2|
|Guillermo Garcia-Lopez vs. Donald Young|
|(1) Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan vs. (15) Jamie Murray/John Peers|
Click here to view the full schedule via RolandGarros.com.
These two men are very familiar with each other, having faced off 15 times over their careers with Verdasco holding a narrow 8-7 advantage, according to MatchStat.com. If history is any indicator, this will be a hard-fought encounter, but Gasquet has a couple of factors playing to his advantage.
First is his form in this year’s French Open. Verdasco handled Michael Llodra in straight sets but needed to win tiebreakers in the last two sets to come away with the victory. Then Verdasco fell into an 0-2 hole versus Pablo Cuevas before rallying to win the last three sets and advance to this stage of the tournament.
Gasquet, on the other hand, has looked relatively strong, handling Bernard Tomic and Carlos Berlocq in straight sets. Furthermore, Gasquet has the advantage of the home crowd rallying behind him and has fared very well at Roland Garros recently.
Here’s what Gasquet had to say about the French faithful, according to Dan Imhoff of RolandGarros.com:
"Obviously playing here just carries you. It's the second time this year, and I have some experience. And with the crowd supporting you, it's great. It was packed today. It helped me find a second stamina."
Prediction: Gasquet has made the round of 16 in the last three French Opens, and he’ll extend that streak with a win over Verdasco in four sets.
Andy Murray (8) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (24)
To the casual fan, this looks like a fairly easy match to predict given Andy Murray’s previous success and high world ranking. But Philipp Kohlschreiber is no slouch and is in very good form at the moment—and he beat Murray in their only previous meeting.
As such, Murray is clearly not taking his opponent lightly based on his comments to Simon Cambers of HeraldScotland.com:
He's a quality player. He's had big results here before, beating Novak [Djokovic, in 2009], and won last week so he's bound to be confident.
It's going to be a very tough match for me so I'll need to play very well to beat him because, when I played him before [in Monte Carlo], when I didn't play well, it was a pretty quick win for him.
Prediction: Murray is in for a tough test and is still facing questions about his coach—or lack thereof—but he is too talented to lose this match, especially with visions of revenge on his mind. Murray takes it in straight sets.