We're into the quarterfinals at the 2014 French Open and, as expected, there are plenty of familiar names to watch when they get underway on Tuesday. Well, the men's side is populated by top names such as No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal and No. 7 seed Andy Murray, but the women's side has already lost its top three seeds, with No. 4 Simona Halep being the highest remaining in the eight-person field.
Tuesday will feature four exciting singles matchups, two from each bracket. On the men's side, No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic will be in action against No. 8 Milos Raonic. Djokovic was very impressive taking down No. 13 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets in Round 4, winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-1. Raonic also easily dispatched his opponent in the fourth, unseeded Marcel Granoller, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.
The other men's matchup will pit No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych against unheralded No. 18 seed Ernests Gulbis. While Berdych cruised to victory over No. 10 John Isner in the fourth round, Gulbis struggled with his opponent ... No. 4 seed Roger Federer. But in the end, Gulbis pulled off the upset, winning 6-7(5-7), 7-6(7-3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Berdych is obviously favored here, but Gulbis cannot be overlooked.
For the women, No. 7 seed Maria Sharapova will take on unseeded Garbine Muguruza. Sharapova has beaten some tough competition to get to this point, including a three-set match against Samantha Stosur in the last round. Stosur, the No. 19 seed, managed to take a set from Sharapova, but eventually fell when Sharapova shut her out in the third set. Muguruza, on the other hand, took down unseeded Pauline Parmentier in straight sets in the round, but her more impressive victory came in the second round, when she bounced No. 1 seed Serena Williams in straight sets.
The other quarterfinal matchup will feature No. 14 seed Carla Suarez Navarro against No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard. Both looked solid in the previous round, with Navarro dominating Ajla Tomljanovic in straight sets. Bouchard had the more impressive win, however, upsetting No. 8 seed Angelique Kerber, 6-1, 6-2.
Television coverage of the day will begin at 8 a.m. ET on the Tennis Channel. That coverage will run through 1 p.m., at which point ESPN2 will take over and run through 7 p.m. The women's quarterfinal matches will both begin in the morning on the Tennis Channel on Court Philippe Chatrier and Court Suzanne Lenglen, respectively, with both men's matches to follow on either court.
Here are the four singles matches, with a complete schedule at the Roland Garros site:
No. 2 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 8 Milo Raonic
No. 6 Tomas Berdych vs. No. 18 Ernests Gulbis
No. 7 Maria Sharapova vs. Garbine Muguruza
No. 14 Carla Suarez Navarro vs. No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard