Another action-packed day of tennis is on the way from Roland Garros as quarterfinal play kicks off from the 2014 French Open on Tuesday.
Day 10's order of play will feature a pair of multiple-time Grand Slam champions as well as a handful of dark-horse title contenders. Even better, Tennis Channel and ESPN2 will broadcast the action live as it happens.
Below, you'll find the complete television and live stream coverage schedule for Day 10 of the French Open.
Watch: Tennis Channel, ESPN2
|Round||Coverage (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|Quarterfinals||8 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Tennis Channel||TC Plus|
|Quarterfinals||1 p.m. - 7 p.m.||ESPN2||WatchESPN|
What to Watch For
2012 Champion Headlines Women's Contenders
Many were expecting to see top stars like Serena Williams, Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals when the women's singles draw was originally announced last month, but a slew of upsets in the first week have completely altered the landscape of the women's draw heading into the final eight.
Now, 2012 French Open champion and No. 7 seed Maria Sharapova is the odds-on favorite to win her second title on the Paris clay. The Russian fan favorite will headline the four women in action on Day 10.
Standing in Sharapova's way of a fourth straight French Open semifinal appearance is Garbine Muguruza, the unseeded Spaniard who eliminated Williams in the second round last week.
Although it's only a matter of time before the 20-year-old becomes a Grand Slam contender, she'll be in uncharted waters on Tuesday. This is the furthest she's ever been at a major tournament, and Sharapova will be a significant step up in competition compared to the opponents Muguruza has faced in the previous two rounds, as noted by USA Today's Douglas Robson:
When Sharapova is hitting off-balance reflex lob winners from the baseline you know her opponent is toast. #rg14— Douglas Robson (@dougrobson) June 1, 2014
After surviving a scare against Samantha Stosur in the round of 16, Sharapova will be fully alert on Tuesday and will look to jump on her opponent at the outset.
If Sharapova can come out strong, as she has in a majority of her previous matches, and build momentum in the opening set, watch for Muguruza's confidence to start to waver as doubt will likely enter her mind for the first time in the tournament.
Men's Favorite Eyes Semifinals
Novak Djokovic has come painfully close to securing the career Grand Slam over the past two years, but because of Rafael Nadal's dominance at Roland Garros (63-1), the world No. 2 has been forced to put his bid on hold.
Djokovic explains, per RolandGarros.com:
Definitely this is the tournament that he likes the most. I'm talking about Rafa. He lost once in his life on this tournament, on this court. So for sure, he's the most dominant player around in Roland Garros in history. We all know that, and we all know how good he is. But in the end of the day, you don't go out with a white flag on the court. You know, you try to win whoever is across the net.
But many feel 2014 is the Serb's year to break through, with the oddsmakers making him the favorite to win the men's championship this June.
However, if Djokovic is going to get over the hump this weekend, he'll need to get past overlooked Canadian Milos Raonic, who has played well against him in the past, most recently pushing him to three sets in the semifinals of the Rome Masters last month.
And while Raonic has reached his first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal, he isn't ready to bow out just yet, per Roland Garros on Twitter:
Despite the fact Raonic is playing with tremendous confidence and appears ready to take the men's game by storm, Djokovic clearly has the edge in this matchup. Everything has been working for the six-time Grand Slam champion over the past month, and his focus has been unrivaled to this point.
He's clearly motivated to avenge his past exits at Roland Garros, and so long as he can stay healthy, all indications are that he'll have an opportunity to play for the title this weekend.
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