French Open fourth-round singles action kicks off on Day 8 at Roland Garros as a pair of men's contenders take aim at the quarterfinals.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will each put their talents on display on Sunday, as well as female favorite Maria Sharapova, who is the favorite to conquer the women's draw following a slew of upsets in the first week.
Below you'll find the complete television and live stream schedule for Sunday's entire order of play.
What: Round of 16 (Singles)
When: Sunday, June 1
Start Time: 5 a.m. ET
Watch: Tennis Channel, NBC
|Date||Coverage (ET)||Round||TV||Live Stream|
|Sun, June 1||5 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Round of 16||Tennis Channel||Tennis Channel Plus|
|Sun, June 1||1 p.m. - 4 p.m.||Round of 16||NBC||NBC Sports Live Extra|
*Click here to view the complete Day 8 order of play via RolandGarros.com.
A handful of the sport's biggest names will take center stage on Sunday in Paris as eight singles contenders look to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals.
2009 French Open champion Roger Federer will take to Court Philippe Chatrier to battle 18th-seeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis, while six-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic will look to get past crowd favorite and 13th-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga immediately after Federer is finished.
Although Federer has taken two of his three meetings against Gulbis, the two haven't met since 2010, and Gulbis is 1-1 against the Swiss superstar all time on clay. Not to mention the 25-year-old world No. 17 is a more mature and focused player than he was four years ago.
Following his third-round win on Friday, Gulbis talked about the challenge of going up against a legend, per The Guardian's Kevin Mitchell:
I don’t want to show all my cards, but I have a gameplan. I know how I’m going to play him. You don’t need to be scared to do certain things against him. Most players go on the court and they have lost the match before it has started. I can tell you that’s not gonna be the case with me. I’m not scared. Favourite? Who cares? You walk on court, you play.
Which favorite is the biggest lock to win on Day 8?
While Federer will surely have his hands full against Gulbis, expect Djokovic to escape his fourth-round clash with Tsonga. After all, the Serb has won nine straight meetings against the Frenchman and has never lost to him on clay, defeating him two years ago in five sets in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.
Action on Chatrier will conclude in the evening when women's Cinderella Garbine Muguruza looks to extend her magical run that includes a second-round upset of Serena Williams.
Meanwhile, Sunday's final match on Court Suzanne Lenglen will pit seventh-seeded Maria Sharapova up against 19th-seeded Aussie Samantha Stosur, who is looking to break through to the quarterfinals in Paris for the first time in two years.
The edge goes to Sharapova in this matchup, as the four-time major winner owns the all-time head-to-head score against Stosur, taking 13 of their 15 meetings. Sharapova has won nine consecutive meetings dating back to 2011 and is playing with tremendous confidence.
Plus, with the women's draw wide open following the early exits of Williams, Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska, Sharapova won't want to squander what's suddenly become a golden opportunity for a second French Open title in 2014, as pointed out by Chris Skelton on Twitter:
Sharapova is 53-11 against the 15 other women in the draw (21-3 vs. the seven other women in her half).— Chris Skelton (@ChrisSkelton87) May 31, 2014
In addition to the big names like Federer, Djokovic and Sharapova, a handful of dark-horse singles contenders will be in action on Day 8.
On the men's side, Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic and John Isner will eye a place in the quarterfinals. On the women's side, Angelique Kerber, Eugenie Bouchard and Carla Suarez Navarro will all look to reach the final eight.
With another busy day of tennis on tap Sunday, expect plenty more surprises this weekend.
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