The 2014 French Open is in its final week, and Roland Garros has been home to some incredible upsets through the early stages of play.
Top seeds have been falling all over, and it will now be up to the remaining favorites in the field to restore order. Of course, one top seed has yet to be taken down—none other than Rafael Nadal.
Nadal owns the French Open, winning four of the last five and eight of the last nine. He's still alive and awaiting his chance to make it nine of the last 10.
Maria Sharapova continues to cruise on the women's side, while the rest of the top seeds in the field were defeated early. She's playing great tennis right now, but will she keep it up through the rest of the tourney?
You don't want to miss Nadal's pursuit of yet another title or Sharapova's pursuit of her second French Open title (2012). If nothing else, you'll want to watch to see which competitors can even give them a challenge. Below, you'll find all necessary viewing information for the remainder of the tournament.
|Date||Round||Coverage (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|Tue, June 3||Quarterfinals||8 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Tennis Channel||TC Plus|
|Tue, June 3||Quarterfinals||1 p.m. - 7 p.m.||ESPN2||WatchESPN|
|Wed, June 4||Quarterfinals||8 a.m. - 1 p.m.||ESPN2||WatchESPN|
|Wed, June 4||Quarterfinals||1 p.m. - 7 p.m.||Tennis Channel||TC Plus|
|Thu, June 5||Women's Semifinals||9 a.m. - 2 p.m.||ESPN2||WatchESPN|
|Thu, June 5||Women's Semifinals||11 a.m. - 2 p.m.||NBC||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|Fri, June 6||Men's Semifinals||7 a.m. - 11 a.m.||Tennis Channel||TC Plus|
|Fri, June 6||Men's Semifinals||11 a.m. - 2 p.m.||NBC||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|Sat, June 7||Women's Final||9 a.m. - 1 p.m.||NBC||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|Sun, June 8||Men's Final||9 a.m. - 1 p.m.||NBC||NBC Sports Live Extra|
Competitors to Watch
No one on the women's side can beat Sharapova right now. The Russian defeated Garbine Muguruza in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1, and aside from a very shaky first set, it was a dominant performance.
Prior to Sharapova's past two matches in the French Open, tennis writer Chris Skelton tweeted about her astounding record against the field:
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
That number has only improved since then.
Despite the fact that Sharapova has been in this situation before, the star competes like she's going for her first Grand Slam. She plays every point hard and doesn't take games off. She just loves competing.
With top-seeded women such as Li Na and Venus and Serena Williams gone from play already, it will be up to Sharapova to maintain control as one of the best players remaining. With the way she has cruised through the competition thus far, such a task doesn't appear to be an issue.
Despite being tired after playing for his third straight day on Monday, Andy Murray disposed of Fernando Verdasco in straight sets. Murray knew he would be tired because of the lack of rest, but he played aggressively in order to win.
That's what he told Piers Newbery of BBC Sport: "I was trying to play more aggressive today because I knew I was going to be a bit tired in my legs. It's good to win in three sets, and playing against [Gael] Monfils, I guess on centre court - it's going to be a great atmosphere and I'm really looking forward to it."
Monfils will be Murray's opponent on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. The ATP World Tour's official site highlighted the recent history between the two players:
Murray holds a 3-2 lead over Monfils in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but the Frenchman has defeated the Scot the two previous times they met in Paris. In 2006 at Roland Garros, he rallied from down two sets to one to win their first-round match. In their last encounter, four years ago in the BNP Paribas Masters quarter-finals, he again won in a decisive set.
If recent history means anything, Murray will need to make sure he is well-rested before taking on the No. 23 player in the world. A day off on Tuesday should help in that regard. That said, it's hard to fully recover in 24 hours after playing three straight matches on clay.
Murray isn't on the same level as Nadal on clay, but if Murray can win on Wednesday against Monfils, he has to be considered a legitimate threat to Nadal.