The men's and women's favorites are through to the 2014 French Open semifinals following tough tests on Tuesday, but they are joined by a pair of surprising dark horses.
Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova are both back in the semifinals at Roland Garros for the fourth straight year, while Ernests Gulbis and Eugenie Bouchard are each in position to play for their first-career Grand Slam final appearance.
Below you'll find results and highlights from Day 10 at Roland Garros.
|2014 French Open—Day 10 Results|
|Men's Quarterfinal Results||Score|
|(2) Novak Djokovic def. (8) Milos Raonic||7-5, 7-6(5), 6-4|
|(18) Ernests Gulbis def. (6) Tomas Berdych||6-3, 6-2, 6-4|
|Women's Quarterfinal Results||Score|
|(7) Maria Sharapova def. Garbine Muguruza||1-6, 7-5, 6-1|
|(18) Eugenie Bouchard def. (14) Carla Suarez Navarro||7-6(4), 2-6, 7-5|
*Click here to view Day 10 doubles and juniors results via RolandGarros.com.
Djokovic Delivers Clutch Performance
As projected, six-time Grand Slam champion and world No. 2 Novak Djokovic is into the men's semifinals after eliminating eighth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic in straight sets on Tuesday.
Twitter's Chris Skelton notes Djoker's impressive streak:
Although Raonic had his chances in the first two sets, Djokovic slammed the door shut every time, saving Raonic's only break point in the opening frame and cashing in on clutch points in the second-set tiebreak.
The third set wasn't nearly as close as Djokovic closed out Raonic comfortably to earn a round of applause from the crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier, per Roland Garros on Twitter:
While Djokovic will be lauded for his dominant performance, and rightfully so, the Serb has bigger goals this June. Even reaching Sunday's final won't be good enough for the Djoker. It's championship or bust for the No. 2 seed, who's still looking to complete the career Grand Slam he came within two sets of in 2012.
With eight-time champion Rafael Nadal still in the mix, Djokovic is no lock to win his first French Open title in 2014.
Dark Horse Continues Career-Defining Run
World No. 17 Ernests Gulbis stunned the tennis world when he knocked off 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in five sets in the round of 16 on Sunday. But on Tuesday, the 25-year-old Latvian proved that that performance was no fluke as he routed world No. 6 Tomas Berdych in straight sets to reach his first-ever Grand Slam semifinal.
Gulbis converted on 5 of 8 break points for the match and played a patient brand of tennis as well, committing just 17 unforced errors for the match, as hinted at by tennis analyst Brad Gilbert:
After the match, the Latvian specified the key to success moving forward, per Roland Garros on Twitter:
Gulbis' next challenge will be finding a way past Djokovic. The men's favorite has won four of their previous five meetings and won their only encounter on clay six years ago in the French Open quarterfinals.
While both players have come a long way since then, Djokovic has grown accustomed to playing on this stage and will have the edge in every category.
Both men will be ultra confident coming in, but Djokovic's ability to turn defense into offense and demoralize opponents with his energy will be the difference.
Sharapova Survives, Sets up Clash vs. Bouchard
Four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is no stranger to the second week at Roland Garros. That experience was the difference in her three-set win over Garbine Muguruza on Tuesday.
After dropping the first set in 27 minutes, the 2012 champion rallied to win a dramatic second set in which Muguruza committed just 19 unforced errors. Sharapova recorded 22 unforced errors in the set but was far less tentative, converting on 13 winners compared to six for the Spaniard.
Muguruza began pressing in the third set, and Sharapova took advantage. The No. 7 seed hit just four winners in the decider, but 26 unforced errors from Muguruza were enough to seal her fate.
Following her second straight come-from-behind win, Sharapova will have a day off to rest up for Thursday's semifinal clash with 18th-seeded Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.
Sharapova has won their previous two meetings, but has yet to face the surging Bouchard in 2014.
And while many are picking Sharapova to win the French Open for the second time in three years, she isn't ready to count her chickens just yet, per Roland Garros on Twitter:
Although Sharapova has had her fair share of ups and downs recently at the other three majors, she's been remarkably consistent at Roland Garros over the past four years, finding a way through her quarter of the draw and becoming a mainstay in the second week.
Now just one win away from her third straight appearance in the French Open final, Sharapova is on the brink of her fifth career major championship and a significant legacy boost.
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