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.
|Court Philippe Chatrier|
|Women's Round 4||No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard vs. No. 8 Angelique Kerber||Bouchard|
|Men's Round 3||No. 24 Fernado Verdasco vs. No. 12 Richard Gasquet||Verdasco|
|Men's Round 4||No. 18 Ernests Gulbis vs. No. 4 Roger Federer||Federer|
|Men's Round 4||No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. No. 2 Novak Djokovic||Djokovic|
|Women's Round 4||Garbine Muguruza vs. Pauline Parmentier||Parmentier|
|Court Suzanne Lenglen|
|Men's Round 4||No. 6 Tomas Berdych vs. No. 10 John Isner||Isner|
|Men's Round 3||No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. No. 7 Andy Murray||Murray|
|Women's Round 4||Ajla Tomljanovic vs. No. 14 Carla Suarez Navarro||Suarez Navarro|
|Men's Round 4||No. 8 Milos Raonic vs. Marcel Granollers||Raonic|
|Women's Round 4||No. 7 Maria Sharapova vs. No. 19 Samantha Stosur||Sharapova|
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)
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:
This 5th set should not be happening. Every time Kohlschreiber gets knocked down, he gets up again. Back on serve in the decider. 2-1 Murray— Russell Fuller (@russellcfuller) May 31, 2014
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:
"There's no reason why I shouldn't be the favorite of this tournament." -Maria Sharapova. #RG14— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 30, 2014
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:
Just as it seemed there was a new guard taking over the women's draw at Roland Garros, good old Sammy Stosur strikes a blow for experience— Barry Flatman (@Barry_FlatmanST) May 30, 2014
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
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:
John Isner's 8 tiebreak sets played are the most through the third round of a Grand Slam. Record for an entire GS? 11 - Ivanisevic (Wim '98)— Josh Meiseles (@jmeistennis) May 30, 2014
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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