PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 03: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus serves in her women's singles fourth round match against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during day 8 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 3, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

French Open 2012: Novak Djokovic Into Quarterfinals, Victoria Azarenka Upset

Novak Djokovic staved off a challenge in the fourth round, but Victoria Azarenka lost in straight sets.

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French Open Results: Novak Djokovic Survives, Victoria Azarenka Falls

On Sunday at the French Open, one top seed survived an upset bid and another top seed fell, leaving a massive hole in one side of the draw.

Novak Djokovic was the survivor. The men's No. 1 seed went down two sets against Italy's Andreas Seppi before rallying for a five-set victory, 4-6, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. Djokovic moves on to the quarterfinals, where he will face the winner of a match between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stanislas Wawrinka.

On the women's side, No. 1 Victoria Azarenka fell to open up one half of the draw. Azarenka failed to get in gear against Dominika Cibulkova, as the Slovakian No. 15 seed earned a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) win.

That leaves no top-five seeds in the top half of the women's draw, already rather wide open, and gives No. 6 Samantha Stosur a path to the semifinals that will require topping just American upstart Sloane Stephens and Cibulkova.

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The Women's Draw After 3 Rounds

How has the women's draw taken shape as the second week of the 2012 French Open begins?

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French Open TV Schedule 2012: Victoria Azarenka, Novak Djokovic Play Sunday

Both the men and women compete in the fourth round of singles play at Roland Garros, with the top-ranked players in action in both draws. Novak Djokovic plays on Court Phillipe Chartrier, while Victoria Azarenka will be playing on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Djokovic plays Andreas Seppi in the second match of the day on the French Open's main show court, following the match between Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sara Errani. Azarenka plays Dominika Cibulkova in the third match of the day at the second show court. Roger Federer is also in action, and will face David Goffen immediately following Azarenka's match.

The full schedule of play can be found at the official website of the French Open. Coverage begins on the Tennis Channel at 5 a.m. Eastern and continue until 1 p.m., when action switches to NBC. They'll have coverage until 4 p.m.

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French Open Results: Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova Advance; Caroline Wozniacki Eliminated

Rafael Nadal's dominance at Roland Garros continued on Saturday during third-round action at the French Open. Nadal advanced with a straight-sets victory, defeating Argentinian Eduardo Schwank 6-1, 6-3, 6-4. The No. 2-ranked Spaniard had little trouble against Schwank as he improved to 48-1 in French Open play.

Matching Nadal was Andy Murray, who advanced to the round of 16 for the fourth straight year. Murray defeated Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Murray hit a few bumps during the second set but he was clearly the superior player. It was an impressive performance as Giraldo did not present much of a challenge, and it's a nice way for Murray to put the injury-plagued drama from his second-round win behind him.

On the women's side, Maria Sharapova advanced with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Peng Shuai. The Russian has been in top form this week at Roland Garros, dropping only five games in her three matches. She's still looking for her first French Open title, however, and will now play Klara Zakopalova in the round of 16. In a bit of an upset, Caroline Wozniacki was bounced by Kaia Kanepi in a roller coaster match. Wozniacki battled from a 1-6, 1-5 deficit to even the match with a 7-6 second set win. But Kanepi jumped out to another 5-1 lead in the third set and finished off the match with a 6-3 win.

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The Men's Draw After 2.5 Rounds

How has the men's draw taken shape as the first week of the 2012 French Open comes to a close?

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French Open Results: Roger Federer Wins In Third Round, Agnieszka Radwanska Upset

Roger Federer and most of the rest of the top seeds in the men's singles draw at the 2012 French Open held serve and advanced on Friday. Novak Djokovic is in the process of doing the same. But the women's side has seen a bit more tumult.

No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska took the biggest tumble in the women's draw so far, going down in straight sets to Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-1, 6-2. Sara Errani also topped No. 13 Ana Ivanovic, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. Other favorites had no issues, with No. 2 Maria Sharapova and No. 6 Samantha Stosur advancing in straight sets. No. 1 Victoria Azarenka is currently in her first set with Aleksandra Wozniak.

On the men's side, Federer, the third seed, dispensed with Nicolas Mahut, best-known for his eternal duel with John Isner at Wimbledon in 2010, in four sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 7 Tomas Berdych, and No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro all moved on as well, though Tsonga cruised in straight sets and the latter two victories came in five sets.

But Djokovic, the world No. 1, seems likely to have the men's draw's least contentious win of the day: he has built a 6-1, 5-1 lead on Frenchman Nicolas Devider as of this writing.

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Men's Tennis Is Better Than Ever

Men's tennis is as entertaining as it has ever been. But are we paying attention?

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French Open Results: Serena Williams Upset In 3 Sets To World No. 111 Virginie Razzano

A no-frills Day 3 at the 2012 French Open got an infusion of drama late in the day when Serena Williams suffered a stunning first-round upset loss to Virginie Razzano of France on Tuesday. Williams came into the match a perfect 46-0 in the first round of grand slam tournaments for her career. She fell 6-4, 6-7 (13), 3-6, to the 111th-ranked women's tennis player in the world.

Both players held on serve in the second set, which Razzano eventually won on a 7-5 tiebreak set after trailing 5-1. Williams appeared shaken afterwards, and was caught crying into a tissue on the court. Razzano won seven straight points while racing out to a 5-0 lead in the third set, before Williams regained her poise to win the next three games.

The lead ultimately proved too much to overcomer. Razzano, struggling through leg cramps, eventually won her sixth game of the set and the match while serving from deuce. Right at 9 p.m. at Roland Garros, Razzano finally got the win on match point number eight when Williams sent a return long.

Williams's problems were largely her own doing. She committed 47 unforced errors to 36 for Razzano. Williams won three break points in the first set, but won just one of her 10 chances over the final two sets. Razzano advances to face Arantxa Rus of Netherlands in the second round of the Open.

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French Open Results: Nadal Cruises Over Simon Bolelli; Maria Sharapova Wins 12 Straight Games To Advance Tuesday

There have been few surprises so far on Day 3 of the 2012 French Open. There were no major upsets on the men's or women's sides of the draw Tuesday, as the No. 2 seeds, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova, advanced to the second round with straight-set victories.

Nadal's bid for a record seventh French Open title is off to a good start. He beat Simon Bolelli of Italy, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, to set up a date with Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin in the next round. Nadal converted on 7-of-9 break point point opportunities and successfully defended 4-of-5 of Bolelli's chances. Nadal had 20 winners to 14 for his opponent in yet another dominant display on clay.

Maria Sharapova won 12 straight games for a 6-0, 6-0, win over Alexandra Cadantu. Sharapova was extremely efficient, winning 83 percent of her eligible first serves. She successfully defended all three of her opponent's break point opportunities, while converting 6-of-9 of her own chances. Sharapova takes on Ayumi Morita of Japan in the next round of the Open.

No. 4 Andy Murray defeated Japan's Tatsuma Ito, 6-1, 7-5, 6-0, and will take on Jarkko Nieminen in the second round. Outside of a troublesome second set, Murray dominated his opponent, converting on 8-of-9 net-approach chances for the match. No. 6 David Ferrer beat Lukas Lacko, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1, to move on to face Frances' Benoit Paire. Ferrer was taken to break point just twice over the course of the match.

The No. 4 seed on the women's bracket, Petra Kvitova, had another easier victory. She took out Australia's Ashleigh Barty, 6-1, 6-2, and will meet Urszula Radwanska of Poland in the next round. Kvitova had 16 winners while holding her opponent to just three for the match.

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American Men Seeking Firm Footing

It might not be too late for some of America's young hopefuls to join the ranks of tennis' elite, but for many, their runs in the 2012 French Open might not last too much longer (if they are still going at all).

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French Open TV Schedule 2012: TV Broadcast Information For Day 3 From Roland Garros

The 2012 French Open continues on Tuesday with action in both the men's and women's draw. Coverage starts at 5 a.m. ET with the first matches of the day from Roland Garros. Francesca Schiavone takes on Kimiko Date-Krumm in the first match of the day on Court Philippe Chatrier.

In the two last matches of the day on the main show court, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams are in action. Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray play on Day 3 as well, on Court Suzanne Lenglen, the second show court at Roland Garros.

The full draw for the men's singles, including results from the first two days, can be found here. The women's singles draw can be found here.

Tuesday, May 29 TV schedule:

5 a.m. - 10 a.m. ET - ESPN2

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. ET - Tennis Channel

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French Open Results: Victoria Azarenka Survives Scare On Day 2; Americans Produce Mixed Results

The men's matches at the 2012 French Open were straightforward on Monday, with only one ranked man facing a significant challenge. The women's draw was a bit less predictable, with four ranked women losing and another -- top ranked Victoria Azarenka -- barely surviving a scare.

Azarenka lost a first set tiebreak to Alberta Brianti and was pushed in the second set, eventually winning by one break. She finally started to look like the top-ranked player in the world in the third set, which she comfortably won 6-2. Elsewhere in the women's draw, No. 32 Monica Niculescu, No. 30 Mona Barthel, No. 17 Roberta Vinci and No. 12 Sabine Lisicki all suffered upsets.

On the men's side, only No. 15 Feliciano Lopez suffered a major upset. The Spaniard was forced to withdraw due to injury in the first set, giving Frenchman Florent Serra a victory. Big favorites Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer both advanced easily in straight sets. American John Isner advanced, but his compatriot Ryan Harrison fell in four sets to No. 11 Gilles Simon.

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Azarenka Flirts With Disaster

On Day 2 of the 2012 French Open, the Curse of No. 1 on the women's side nearly claimed another victim as Victoria Azarenka narrowly escaped. Will she survive in the perch much longer?

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French Open TV Schedule 2012: Broadcast Information For Day 2 From Roland Garros

The first round of the 2012 French Open continues with day two from Roland Garros. ESPN2 and the Tennis Channel will combine for 10 hours of television coverage.

ESPN2 will broadcast the first five hours of day two from 5 a.m. ET until 10 a.m. ET. The Tennis Channel will then be the home for the second five hours of coverage beginning at 10 a.m. ET and continuining until 3 p.m. ET.

Monday is the second day of the three-day first round. Round-two action begins Wednesday. The full draw for the men's singles, including results from day one, can be found here. The women's singles draw can be found here.

Monday, May 28 TV schedule:

5 a.m. - 10 a.m. ET - ESPN2

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. ET - Tennis Channel

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French Open TV Schedule 2012: Opening Day Broadcast Schedule

The 2012 French Open gets underway Sunday at Roland Garros and fans will be able to watch 10 hours of opening day action on TV. In the United States, the French Open coverage will be broadcast by a combination of NBC, ESPN2 and the Tennis Channel.

Coverage of day one will begin on ESPN2 at 5 a.m. ET and continue until 10 a.m. ET. The broadcast will then shift to the Tennis Channel for the next five hours of coverage from 10 a.m. ET until 3 p.m. ET. The final three hours of opening day coverage will also be broadcast on NBC from 12 p.m. ET until 3 p.m. ET.

Matchups, results and schedule information from the men's singles can be found here with women's singles coverage here.

TV Schedule for Sunday, May 27:

5 a.m. - 10 a.m. ET - ESPN2
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. ET - Tennis Channel
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET - NBC

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