Given the shocking number of early upsets at Roland Garros, the remaining top seeds at the 2014 French Open will look to restore order to what has been a crazy tournament thus far.
The tournament itself is beginning to wind down. There are just five days remaining of the 15-day tournament, and the pressure is mounting for those competitors looking to win a Grand Slam.
Day 11 is sure to be a big day in Paris. The quarterfinals are in full swing, and the matchups on Day 11 are sure to deliver exciting results.
Below is a full schedule for Day 11 action, as well as some analysis and predictions for each of the matches of the day.
Schedule and Predictions
A full schedule for the entire tournament can be found at RolandGarros.com.
|2014 French Open Day 11 Schedule|
|Court Philippe Chatrier - 2 p.m. CEST (8 a.m. ET)|
|Women's Quarterfinals||Sara Errani vs. Andrea Petkovic||Errani|
|Men's Quarterfinals||Gael Monfils vs. Andy Murray||Murray|
|Court Suzanne Lenglen - 2 p.m. CEST (8 a.m. ET)|
|Women's Quarterfinals||Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Simona Halep||Halep|
|Men's Quarterfinals||Rafael Nadal vs. David Ferrer||Nadal|
Matches to Watch
Rafael Nadal vs. David Ferrer
Despite winning four of the last five and eight of the last nine French Opens, Rafael Nadal is actually in uncharted territory this time around. This will be his fifth straight appearance in the quarterfinals at the French Open—the first time in his career he has made five straight.
Nadal is the king on clay, but it will be interesting to see if David Ferrer can pull off the upset. Nadal has been dealing with a back injury during play these past 10 days, but he doesn't want to talk about the injury as an excuse, according to the Associated Press (via Tennis.com):
''I don't want to talk too much about this thing today. I have important match to come. Today I won a match in good shape. We'll see what's going on in the future.''
The back injury has bothered Nadal. His numbers have seen a bit of a drop as a result of the injury. The Associated Press, via USA Today, recorded the drops:
Against [Leonardo] Mayer, Nadal averaged only 102 mph (165 kph) on first serves, with a top speed of 114 mph (184 kph). That was down from an average of 111 mph (179 kph) and top of 122 mph (197 kph) in the first round against Robby Ginepri last Monday.
Through six sets across his first two matches, Nadal faced only five break points and lost serve only twice. He needed to deal with eight break points against Mayer, losing two.
Ferrer has won just six of 27 career matches against Nadal, with his most recent victory coming at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo. The win came on clay, so that should leave this match open for a potential upset.
Even still, it's hard to pick against Nadal.
Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Simona Halep
There's a lot on the line for Romania's Simona Halep. At just 22, Halep can become the No. 3 player in the world if she reaches the final on Saturday. She can also become the first Romanian to win since Virginia Ruzici in 1978.
Halep dominated Sloane Stephens in Round 4, and Tennis.com's official Twitter account tweeted just how hard it was for Stephens to gain control of the match:
Stephens was the final American on the women's side before Halep knocked her out of the tourney.
Svetlana Kuznetsova is a quality opponent, however. She is one of two former champions remaining in the field (along with Maria Sharapova) and has played well in the matches leading up to this quarterfinal bout.
This match pits up-and-coming potential (Halep) against past successes in Grand Slams (Kuznetsova). Who will you side with?
I'm going with Halep, especially given how well she has moved through the rest of the field thus far.