2014 French Open

French Open 2014: Schedule and Bracket Predictions for Day 8 at Roland Garros

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 30:  Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates a point during his men's singles match against Dmitry Tursunov of Russia on day six of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2014

With the amount of upsets at the 2014 French Open, every single match becomes a must-see event.

Simona Halep is the only remaining top-five seed in a women's draw that features quite a few unseeded players. Most of the top players are still alive in the men's bracket, but they have certainly been challenged quite a bit early on.

Day 8 at Roland Garros will feature some more exciting matches, including the finale of Fernando Verdasco against Richard Gasquet, as well as the thrilling battle between Andy Murray and Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and more are in action in what will be another big day in Paris.

French Open Schedule - Day 8
Court Philippe Chatrier
RoundMatchupPredicted Winner
Women's Round 4No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard vs. No. 8 Angelique KerberBouchard
Men's Round 3No. 24 Fernado Verdasco vs. No. 12 Richard GasquetVerdasco
Men's Round 4No. 18 Ernests Gulbis vs. No. 4 Roger FedererFederer
Men's Round 4No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. No. 2 Novak DjokovicDjokovic
Women's Round 4Garbine Muguruza vs. Pauline ParmentierParmentier
Court Suzanne Lenglen
RoundMatchupPredicted Winner
Men's Round 4No. 6 Tomas Berdych vs. No. 10 John IsnerIsner
Men's Round 3No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. No. 7 Andy MurrayMurray
Women's Round 4Ajla Tomljanovic vs. No. 14 Carla Suarez NavarroSuarez Navarro
Men's Round 4No. 8 Milos Raonic vs. Marcel GranollersRaonic
Women's Round 4No. 7 Maria Sharapova vs. No. 19 Samantha StosurSharapova
via RolandGarros.com

 

Top Matches to Watch

No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. No. 7 Andy Murray (Paused at 6-3, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-7)

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After playing for almost three-and-a-half hours, Murray and Kohlschreiber were unable to conclude their match and it was called due to darkness. This will create a dramatic moment right from the beginning when these two kick off on Sunday.

Kohlschreiber had been sloppy throughout the match, totaling 49 unforced errors to go with just 44 winners. However, he was winning the points that mattered, including eight of 11 break points.

Russell Fuller of BBC Sport was impressed by the German player's resilience:

Still, the break in play is most likely to benefit Murray. He was dealing with a hamstring issue late in the match while also clearly struggling with his endurance. Getting his serves in play was becoming a real challenge for the British star.

Starting over with the serve will give Murray the advantage and he will find a way to pull out the win. It will not be a quick victory, but he will eventually earn the break he needs to move into the fourth round.

Prediction: Murray wins 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 10-8

 

No. 19 Samantha Stosur vs. No. 7 Maria Sharapova

After a double-bagel win against Paula Ormaechea, Sharapova is obviously very confident about her chances going forward, especially with all the top seeds eliminated. 

Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times noted the player's mindset after the latest win:

Between her pure talent and past success at the French Open, Sharapova is clearly one of the top contenders to bring home a title.

Of course, Samantha Stosur has been no slouch in this tournament either. She was won three matches without dropping a set and has not even faced a tiebreak. Her toughest match was against No. 9 Dominika Cibulkova, but the Australian still advanced thanks to 10 aces to one double fault.

Barry Flatman of the Sunday Times pointed out that her experience is taking her a long way:

With Stosur's consistency and ability to avoid mistakes, it will push Sharapova to the edge. However, the No. 7 seed will find a way to pull out a narrow win.

Prediction: Sharapova wins 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

 

No. 6 Tomas Berdych vs. No. 10 John Isner

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 30:  John Isner of the United States returns a shot during his men's singles match against Tommy Robredo of Spain on day six of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

For the first time in his career, John Isner advanced to the fourth round at Roland Garros. However, things have not been easy in his first few matches, as noted by Josh Meiseles of ATPWorldTour.com:

In three matches, the big American has only seen one set where one of the players did not win at least five games. In his last win over Tommy Robredo, there was only a single break.

This describes most of Isner's matches as he is an excellent server but sometimes struggles in his defense. Then again, Tomas Berdych has a tendency to play the same way.

Berdych does not have the quickness to handle Isner's overwhelming serve, but he is likely to get plenty of points past his opponent when he is in control. Once again, you will not see too many breaks but instead excellent service games between each side.

While Berdych does have the experience of competing at a high level in Grand Slams, Isner will keep his momentum and pull off the upset in this match.

Prediction: Isner wins 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(8)

 

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