French Open 2014: Schedule and Bracket Predictions for Day 10 at Roland Garros

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French Open 2014: Schedule and Bracket Predictions for Day 10 at Roland Garros
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Only 16 men and women in total remain in the quest to win the 2014 French Open.

The red clay at Roland Garros has already claimed a handful of favorites, especially on the women's side, where 2012 champion Maria Sharapova is now the odds-on favorite to prevail. The seventh-seeded Russian star is one of the big names set to step on Court Philippe Chatrier on Day 10.

Joining Sharapova on the grand stage will be men's favorite Novak Djokovic, who has looked sensational through the first four rounds.

Below you'll find Tuesday's complete order of play as well as some predictions for the tournament's top stars.

2014 French Open—Day 10 Order of Play (Stadium Courts)
Court Philippe Chatrier (8 a.m. ET) Matchup
Women's Quarterfinal Garbine Muguruza vs. (7) Maria Sharapova
Men's Quarterfinal (8) Milos Raonic vs. (2) Novak Djokovic
Court Suzanne Lenglen (8 a.m. ET) Matchup
Women's Quarterfinal (14) Carla Suarez Navarro vs. (18) Eugenie Bouchard
Men's Quarterfinal (6) Tomas Berdych vs. (18) Ernests Gulbis

Source: RolandGarros.com

2014 French Open—Day 10 TV and Live Stream Coverage
Date Coverage (ET) TV Live Stream
Tue, June 3 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tennis Channel TC Plus
Tue, June 3 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN

Source: RolandGarros.com

 

Day 10 Predictions

Sharapova Will Keep on Cruising

With the top three women's seeds having been eliminated in the tournament's first week, Sharapova understands the opportunity she has to win her fifth Grand Slam, per Roland Garros on Twitter:

Sharapova will take on the upset-minded Garbine Muguruza on Tuesday, and although the overlooked Spaniard made headlines by knocking out defending champion Serena Williams in the second round last week, Sharapova will have the undeniable edge in this meeting.

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Not only did Sharapova win their only previous meeting on the Rome clay last year, but Muguruza has been untested since defeating Williams. Sharapova will be a major step up in class and you can expect the unseeded challenger to crumble as the magnitude of the moment ultimately catches up with her.

The 20-year-old certainly has a bright future ahead, but Sharapova has shown us a little bit of everything so far in Paris, fighting from behind in the fourth round and playing tremendous points on her first serve. 

Look for the four-time major winner to reach her fourth consecutive French Open semifinal on Day 10 via a straight-sets rout of Muguruza.

Prediction: Sharapova def. Muguruza; 6-4, 6-3

 

Djokovic Will Survive 

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World No. 2 Djokovic is no lock to win the French Open men's championship this June; not with eight-time winner Rafael Nadal still in the mix. But the six-time Grand Slam champion is as close to a lock as you can be in his quarterfinal showdown against Canadian up-and-comer Milos Raonic.

The eighth-seeded North American has lost his only two previous meetings with Djokovic but pushed him to three sets in their most recent matchup in the semifinals of the Rome Masters last month.

As tennis analyst Brad Gilbert notes, Raonic should give Djokovic more problems than any of his previous foes:

Expect the 23-year-old to take the confidence gained from that match with him to center court on Tuesday. Still, don't expect it to be enough against Djokovic, who has dropped just one set through the first four rounds.

Like Muguruza, Raonic has entered uncharted territory, reaching the quarterfinals of a major for the first time in his career. With reality setting in after the first set, watch for Djokovic to seize momentum on his way to a four-set win on Day 10.

Everything has been working for the Serb of late, and his two-handed backhand down the line has left opponents scratching their heads in amazement.

Prediction: Djokovic def. Raonic; 6-4, 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-3 

 

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