On Day 11, the remainder of the quarterfinals schedule will take place and determine the matchups every tennis fan wants to see. With Rafael Nadal playing David Ferrer and Simona Halep playing Svetlana Kuznetsova, Wednesday’s action will be must-watch television.
Tennis insider Stephanie Myles talked about the court selection for Day 11:
No. 10 and No. 28 seeded women get Chatrier tomorrow while highest remaining, No. 4 Halep, gets Lenglen. She can hang with Nadal there :-)— Stephanie Myles (@OpenCourt) June 3, 2014
Here is the full television schedule for Wednesday and the quarterfinals battles from the Day 11 schedule for Roland Garros:
|June 4||8 a.m. to 1 p.m.||Quarterfinals||ESPN2|
|June 4||1 p.m. to 7 p.m.||Quarterfinals||Tennis Channel|
|Player 1||Player 2||Court||Predicted Winner|
|Sara Errani||vs.||Andrea Petkovic||Court Chatrier||Errani|
|Simona Halep||vs.||Svetlana Kuznetsova||Court Lenglen||Halep|
|Player 1||Player 2||Court||Predicted Winner|
|Andy Murray||vs.||Gael Monfils||Court Chatrier||Murray|
|Rafael Nadal||vs.||David Ferrer||Court Lenglen||Nadal|
*For the full schedule, check out RolandGarros.com.
Top Matchups on Day 11
No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 5 David Ferrer
Of all the matchups thus far in Paris, none has drawn the same mainstream excitement as the quarterfinals meeting between Spanish countrymen No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal and No. 5 seed David Ferrer.
ESPN’s John Buccigross talked about the long history between these two men:
Nadal will play (5) David Ferrer in quarterfinal (21-6 career vs Ferrer, but lost only meeting this year, which was on clay)— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) June 3, 2014
As the top seed, Nadal has taken the easiest route possible to the quarterfinals, winning each and every match through the first four rounds in straight sets.
While victories over Robby Ginepri, Dominic Thiem, Leonardo Mayer and Dusan Lajovic are not overly impressive, the way Nadal utterly dominated his competition is reminiscent of his previous successes at Roland Garros.
Even with his success in 2014 and his eight career victories at the French Open, Sports Illustrated’s tennis page shared on Twitter that the matchup with Ferrer has been moved to the No. 2 court:
Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer gets bumped to Court Suzanne Lenglen as Gael Monfils and Andy Murray get Chatrier tomorrow. #RG14— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) June 3, 2014
Many fans can’t wait for the matchup, but tennis insider Hannah Wilks is not as excited as most:
I'm not sure why people keep saying 'last year's final' about Nadal v Ferrer like that's a plus. It was a terrifyingly dull final.— Hannah Wilks (@newballsplease) June 3, 2014
Ferrer took a much more difficult road than Nadal, defeating Igor Sijsling, Simone Bolelli, No. 32 Andreas Seppi and No. 19 Kevin Anderson on his way to the quarterfinal matchup with his longtime foe.
Despite the success of Ferrer thus far at Roland Garros, Nadal has dominated the serve against every player and will continue to force his countryman to run the baseline more than he would like, thus wasting his energy.
There is no doubt that Ferrer will get his points against Nadal, but the No. 1 seed has too much momentum and experience on the clay courts of the French Open to not advance.
Predicted Score: Nadal wins, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 6-3
No. 4 Simona Halep vs. No. 27 Svetlana Kuznetsova
After the losses from No. 1 seed Serena Williams and No. 2 seed Li Na, the field became wide open for any women looking to make a name for themselves. One player who has really stepped up is No. 4 seed Simona Halep.
Not only did she beat No. 15 seed Sloane Stephens in the fourth round, but she also ran through Alisa Kleybanova, Heather Watson and Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor in the first three rounds respectively.
Halep has not dropped a set in the tournament thus far.
After her victory over Stephens, the No. 4 seed and highest remaining women’s seed in the French Open spoke to the media, via Sports Illustrated, about her confidence level:
I had a lot of matches, but I didn't just play small tournaments. I also played Doha, and I [reached the] quarterfinals in Australia, and Madrid I [reached the] finals. I have more confidence in me now, and I try to do my best at the Grand Slams also. I'm in quarterfinals for the second time this year. I'm happy, and I feel prepared to go more far.
Despite carrying the burden of being the top women's seed remaining early in the tournament, Halep has embraced the pressure and amplified her game on the big stage.
With zero singles titles over the first three-plus years of her career and seven victories since June of 2013, it is clear that the Romanian player has found her stride and developed an unflappable confidence.
No. 27 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova deserves credit for knocking off No. 5 seed Petra Kvitova in the third round, but Halep has too much power in her serve and is too quick along the baseline to come up short of the semifinals.
Predicted Score: Halep wins, 6-4, 6-2
*Stats via RolandGarros.com.