With three rounds in the books at the 2014 French Open, we've already seen a great deal of highs and lows from the world's top players.
The women's bracket has been shaken up in a big way after defending champion and top-seeded Serena Williams, No. 2 Na Li, No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 5 Petra Kvitova were all eliminated prior to Round 4.
On the men's side, most of the top-seeded players remain; however, we did see the very early departure of No. 3 Stan Wawrinka.
After such a bevy of upsets and stunning results, we can easily expect the drama to intensify as the field is narrowed heavily in Round 4.
Plenty of star power will be on display on Day 8 at Roland Garros, so let's take a look at the overview of Sunday's action and the full television schedule to ensure not a single serve is missed.
|2014 French Open Day 8 Schedule and Viewing Information|
|Date||Time (ET)||Round||TV Info|
|Sunday, June 1||5 a.m.-1 p.m.||Round of 16||Tennis Channel|
|Sunday, June 1||1-4 p.m.||Round of 16||NBC|
|2014 French Open Day 8 Matches|
|Player 1||Player 2||Court||Predicted Winner|
|Eugenie Bouchard||vs.||Angelique Kerber||Philippe Chatrier||Kerber|
|Garbine Muguruza||vs.||Pauline Parmentier||Philippe Chatrier||Muguruza|
|Ajla Tomljanovic||vs.||Carla Suarez Navarro||Suzanne Lenglen||Suarez Navarro|
|Samantha Stosur||vs.||Maria Sharapova||Suzanne Lenglen||Sharapova|
|Player 1||Player 2||Court||Predicted Winner|
|Ernests Gulbis||vs.||Roger Federer||Philippe Chatrier||Federer|
|Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||vs.||Novak Djokovic||Philippe Chatrier||Djokovic|
|Tomas Berdych||vs.||John Isner||Suzanne Lenglen||Isner|
|Milos Raonic||vs.||Marcel Granollers||Suzanne Lenglen||Raonic|
*For the complete schedule, check RolandGarros.com.
Top Day 8 Matchups
(2) Novak Djokovic vs. (13) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
On Friday, Djokovic continued his dominance of Marin Cilic—Djokovic's won nine straight matches against him—but, more importantly, his dominance on clay.
ESPN Stats & Info tweeted Djokovic's impressive streak against Cilic:
During the match, Djokovic showed a great deal of resilience, coming back from a 1-3 deficit in the first set and a 2-4 deficit in the third. Djokovic couldn't hold on to win the third set, but bounced right back in the fourth and closed out the match.
Djokovic spoke of his performance, via ATPWorldTour.com, during a press conference following the match:
Physically I had to work very hard, because he was very aggressive. It wasn't easy, because once you start being passive, you lose kind of the confidence to step in. That's what happened maybe in the end of the third and little bit of the fourth. In important moments I held my nerves and I'm very happy that I went through.
Tsonga continues to play well in his home country. He defeated Jerzy Janowicz in Round 3 for his 20th match win of the season.
TennisTV gives a great look at Tsonga's recent performance with this tweet:
This will certainly be a formidable test for Djokovic on Sunday. Tsonga is no stranger to going deep in this tournament, as he reached the semifinals last year after defeating Roger Federer.
Still, Djokovic is in top form right now. Although he'll be heavily tested, he should move on to the quarterfinals.
Predicted Score: Djokovic wins, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
(4) Roger Federer vs. (18) Ernests Gulbis
Although he's taking on new challenges off the court—fathering a second set of twins—Federer has played some very solid tennis so far at Roland Garros.
He received a nice test in the third round against No. 31 Dmitry Tursunov, and although it was not an easy victory, Federer came through after a lengthy four sets.
Tursunov did need medical treatment twice over the course of the match, and it could lead to speculation regarding Federer's dominance late in the match.
Nonetheless, the win awarded Federer his 12th trip to the French Open's fourth round—a new record at Roland Garros, according to a tweet from ATP World Tour:
Federer spoke of his recent solid play on clay, via ATPWorldTour.com, during a press conference:
Said the No. 4, "At the start of my career, clay was not my favorite surface. I got my best results in indoor courts or hard courts, so people thought at that time that I was only a fast-court player. But that's not the case, so I'm very happy with this record, and I'm enjoying it."
Gulbis defeated the surprising Radek Stepanek in Round 3 to earn a shot against Federer. He's been playing well of late, but hasn't been able to go this deep at Roland Garros since reaching the quarterfinals in 2008.
Federer knows he has a tough match in store, according to a tweet from Roland Garros:
Expect a rather even match between these two. However, the difference-maker will be Federer's superior experience playing in this situation.
Predicted Score: Federer wins, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
(7) Maria Sharapova vs. (19) Samantha Stosur
Sharapova has absolutely been steamrolling opponents recently. Her double-bagel victory over Paula Ormaechea in Round 3 was a thing of beauty.
ESPN Stats & Info tweeted that this was the second time Sharapova accomplished the feat in her career:
With the No. 1, 2, 3 and 5 seeds already out of the tournament, Sharapova could arguably be the favorite going forward—especially if she keeps up this high level of play.
Stosur has been in nice form lately. She has yet to drop a set at Roland Garros, with her closest victory coming in a 6-4, 6-4 Round 3 victory over No. 9 Dominika Cibulkova.
Still, it's Sharapova who's been stealing the spotlight.
She certainly has plenty of confidence, according to a press conference, via Valkerie Baynes of The Courier-Mail:
It's tough for me to talk about favorites, because if I don't have the mentality that I'm the favorite inside of myself going into a tournament like this, then I probably shouldn't be in the draw.
I like to be positive yet realistic, and there is no reason why I shouldn't be the favorite at this tournament. I have won four Grand Slams, and I feel that when I'm in the draw of a tournament, I'm there for a reason.
I don’t want to look too far ahead. But I look forward to whoever is across the net and to play them and to try to do as well as I can.
Sharapova has every reason to display that kind of confidence. Her dominance gives her plenty of momentum leading into Round 4. Expect her to continue her recent trend.
Predicted Score: Sharapova wins, 6-3, 6-4
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