French Open 2013: Highlighting Tuesday's Most Entertaining Matches

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMay 28, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 05:  Bernard Tomic of Australia in action against Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic during day two of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 5, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Tuesday's action at the 2013 French Open features some top seeds and potential nail-biters, but which matches should you watch in terms of pure entertainment value?

Tennis players, like most athletes, aren't impervious to meltdowns and/or screaming matches on the court. Whether it be unethical play or a chair umpire's call, sometimes all it can take is a split second for a player to produce high-quality (or low-quality) reality television.

Tuesday's slate features a couple of young players known for their theatrics, as well as a couple of older players whose styles of play will surely clash.

Here's a look at what figure to be the most entertaining matches on Day 3 of the 2013 French Open, whether you are a diehard fan or not.

Benoit Paire vs. Marcos Baghdatis

Let me put it this way: How can you not watch a match featuring Benoit Paire?

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The 24-year-old Frenchman is known for his mood swings and whiny behavior on the court, making for some entertaining television.

But, beyond the rather childish behavior, Paire actually has a solid game, complete with an impressive drop shot and backhand. He's 18-15 this year, with wins over Juan Martin del Potro, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon and Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Marcos Baghdatis is 9-9 in 2013, but the world No. 39 did defeat Paire in Rotterdam this year. 

This should not only be a competitive match, but it will surely be entertaining, too, if things begin to go south for Paire.

Kimiko Date-Krumm vs. Samantha Stosur (9)

Kimiko Date-Krumm is 42 years old and has missed time due to injury. She's also ranked No. 83 in the world. In that respect, this may appear to be an easy match on the surface for No. 9 Samantha Stosur.

But her style of play—consisting of low groundstrokes—could be a challenge for Stosur's high shots that kick. In fact, Date-Krumm was a challenge for Stosur in 2010 in Osaka, when Stosur battled for a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory.

Sometimes, two styles of play clash. Don't be surprised if this match turns out to be better than expected at Roland Garros.

Bernard Tomic vs. Victor Hanescu

Similar to Benoit Paire, 20-year-old Bernard Tomic has proved to be a rather volatile young man on and off the court early in his career. Whenever he gets on a roll, something always seems to derail it.

Add in the fact that his father, John, has been charged with assaulting Tomic's hitting partner, Thomas Drouet, and who knows how Tomic will play at Roland Garros? John has been banned from the French Open this year because of the alleged incident.

Tomic and Hanescu have faced each other once, this year in Dubai. Tomic retired from the match trailing 3-2 in the first set, citing illness.

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