2010 French Open Daily

Your P.M. once-over of all things Roland Garros

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Rafael Nadal moved to 35-1 all-time at the French Open.
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What's Happening Tuesday

The Tennis Channel's live coverage of the men's and women's quarterfinals begins at 8 a.m. ET and runs through noon. ESPN2 picks it up from 12-6:30 p.m.

The day's marquee matchup is a rematch of last year's men's final between top-seeded Roger Federer and No. 5 Robin Soderling. (Writers from both ESPN.com and The New York Times seem to believe Soderling stands a chance, despite the Swede's lopsided 0-12 all-time record vs. Federer.) They'll meet on Court Philippe Chatrier mid-morning on the East Coast, approximately 30 minutes after No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 17 Francesca Schiavone settle the first women's quarterfinal.

No. 5 Elena Dementieva and No. 19 Nadia Petrova meet at 8 a.m. ET on Lenglen, right before the men's quarterfinal between No. 15 Tomas Berdych and No. 11 Mikhail Youzhny.

The compete order of play for Day 10 can be found here.

 

What Happened This Weekend

Just eight men's and eight women's players remain after a Memorial Day weekend that saw intermittently sunny and rainy weather compromise the playing conditions in Paris.

Trendy women's favorite Justine Henin suffered a surprising upset loss to Sam Stosur after surviving Sunday's third-round challenge from Maria Sharapova in a match that spanned two days after getting suspended Saturday for darkness.

Another major upset struck just hours later as No. 19 Nicolas Almagro dispensed of No. 7 Fernando Verdasco in an all-Spanish affair.

• Top-seeded Serena Williams made her case as the betting favorite by overwhelming Shahar Peer on Monday in straight sets. She'll face Stosur next Wednesday.

• Unseeded Robby Ginepri went down quietly to Novak Djokovic in Monday's fourth round. Ginepri was the last American men's player in the field after Andy Roddick's shock loss to Teimuraz Gabashvili on Saturday.

• Four-time French Open champ Rafael Nadal cruised past No. 24-seeded Thomaz Bellucci to improve to 35-1 all-time at Roland Garros. The Spaniard has yet to drop a set in this year's tourney.

• Fourth-seeded Jelena Jankovic inched closer to her first-ever Grand Slam with an easy victory over No. 12 Daniela Hantuchova. She'll face Yaroslava Shvedova in the quarters, who overpowered Jarmila Groth in straights.

Match of the Day: Australia's Sam Stosur needed every last reserve of confidence to pull off the most impressive victory of her singles career: a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over four-time French Open champ Justine Henin.

 

Paris Clicks

With a valiant effort against Henin, Maria Sharapova won over fans at Roland Garros ... 16-year-old rising star Laura Robson appears in the July issue of Vogue and decries the "sluts" of the women's tour ... Veteran sports journo Roy S. Johnson with the alarmist take on the future of American tennis ... Andy Murray's former coach predicts a strong performance from the young Scot at Wimbledon despite recent form ... Is three-time Grand Slam champ Lindsay Davenport plotting a doubles comeback? ... If Rafa didn't sign your autogaph, he's sorry.

 

Photo of the Day

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Novak Djokovic gets low for a return during Monday's fourth-round match against Robby Ginepri of the United States.
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Go Figure

24 ... Consecutive match victories by Justine Henin at the French Open prior to Monday's loss to Sam Stosur, the Belgian's first defeat at Roland Garros since 2004.

11/10 ... Odds of Serena winning the 2010 French Open according to British bookmaker William Hill, slashed considerably after Henin's untimely exit.

29 ... Age of Jurgen Melzer, the oldest man left in the men's draw after Monday's decisive victory over Teimuraz Gabashvili. The Austrian faces Djokovic in Wednesday's quarters.

 

Must-See Video

Serena Williams wows the Roland Garros by speaking en Francais during Monday's on-court interview after beating Shahar Peer.

 

They Said It

"If I thought he was unbeatable I'd pack up and go home."
--Nicolas Almagro, who upset Fernando Verdasco on Monday to set up a quarterfinal clash with compatriot Rafael Nadal, who is 35-1 all-time at the French Open


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