What's Happening Saturday
The Tennis Channel's live coverage of the third round begins at 5 a.m. ET and runs through noon. NBC takes over from 12-3 p.m.
The must-see match of the day is Maria Sharapova vs. Justine Henin, a third-round showdown between two former No. 1 players with 10 Grand Slams combined. It's the day's last match on center court, so check in early with NBC's telecast for an approximate start time. On the men's side, No. 2 Rafael Nadal faces No. 28 Lleyton Hewitt in another battle of one-time No. 1s.
There's also the conclusion of Friday's match between No. 15 seed Aravane Rezai and No. 19 Nadia Petrova, which was suspended for darkness at 7-6(2), 4-6, 7-7.
Other matches of note include No. 6 Andy Roddick vs. Teimuraz Gabashvili, No. 3 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 31 Victor Hanescu, No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 29 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and No. 4 Jelena Jankovic vs. No. 27 Alona Bondarenko.
The compete order of play for Day 7 can be found here.
What Happened Friday
Most of the top seeds were in action on a sunny day with temperatures in the high 60s.
• Just when it seemed we'd get through another day without a major upset, sixth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova lost a hard-fought match to Maria Kirilenko in three sets. Sveta, who saved two match points before falling, can expect a significant drop in the rankings after winning the entire tournament last year.
• American John Isner's promising clay-court season came to a screeching halt against Tomas Berdych, who needed just 95 minutes to lock down a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory. Isner chalked it up to a "combination of me not playing well and him playing pretty well."
• Speaking of Yanks, unseeded Robby Ginepri advanced to the third round with a four-set victory over Potito Starace. Ginepri will face 2003 French Open champ Juan Carlos Ferrero next.
• The Williams sisters advanced with a pair of perfuctory victories. Top-seeded Serena cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Germany's Julia Goerges in less than an hour, while Venus dispensed of No. 26 Dominika Cibulkova to progress to the fourth round.
• Fourth-seeded Andy Murray survived a disastrous third set to advance past Marcos Baghdatis. The 22-year-old Scot was served a third-set bagel after dominating play early, but rebounded to secure the 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 result.
• Top seeds No. 1 Roger Federer, No. 2 Rafael Nadal, No. 3 Novak Djokovic, No. 5 Robin Soderling, No. 7 Fernando Verdasco, No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 9 David Ferrer, No. 10 Marin Cilic, No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 5 Elena Dementieva, No. 7 Samantha Stosur were also winners.
• Match of the Day: Croatian up-and-comer Marin Cilic outlasted Argentina's Leonardo Mayer in five grueling sets. The 21-year-old withstood earned the decisive service break at 2-2 in the fifth before finishing off the 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-4 victory.
Andy Murray is ready for his close-up ... Both Sharapova and Henin speak on the eve of Saturday's high-profile showdown ... Spoiler alert: The famed red clay of Roland Garros really isn't red after all ... Marion Bartoli is attempting to end her war of words with Aravane Rezai ... Rafa Nadal: better than ever? There's a scary thought ... The New York Times' Straight Sets blog goes inside the numbers of Venus' clinical victory over Cibulkova ... Something for the soccer fans: Jo-Willy Tsonga talks World Cup.
Photo of the Day
3 ... Combined victories at this year's tournament by the women's champions and runners-up from the past two French Opens: Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina.
19 ... Number of French players to enter the men's draw of this year's tourney.
1 ... Number of French men to advance to the third round (No. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), matching the country's worst showing since Roland Garros began allowing foreign players to enter in 1925.
158 ... Combined height in inches of John Isner (6-foot-9) and Tomas Berdych (6-foot-5), who faced one another Friday in the second round.
30 ... Hours needed to travel to Paris by Brooklyn Decker, wife of Andy Roddick, according to the SI Swimsuit cover model's Twitter account.
Highlights from Rafael Nadal's commanding second-round performance against Horacio Zeballos.
They Said It
"My only responsibility is my two dogs, so I have to make sure they're OK and that I can afford to take care of them."
--Serena Williams, who in February 2009 became the richest female athlete in history, on whether she feels a sense of responsibility to play for the United States' Fed Cup team
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