2010 French Open Daily

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

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Francesca Schiavone made history Tuesday at the French.
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What's Happening Wednesday

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.

Top-seeded Serena Williams faces a stiff test against No. 7 Sam Stosur in the day's opening match on center court. Shortly after, Rafael Nadal goes against countryman Nicolas Almagro -- one of just two players to win a set on clay against Nadal in 2010.

In the early match on Lenglen, No. 4 Jelena Jankovic faces Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova with the winner meeting either Serena or Stosur in the semis. Afterward, third-seeded Novak Djokovic will meet No. 22 Jurgen Melzer with the winner facing either Nadal or Almagro next.

The Legends Doubles tournament also begins Wednesday, with Pat Cash, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova and Goran Ivanisevic among the former greats slated to participate.

The compete order of play for Day 11 can be found here.

 

What Happened Tuesday

More rain kept the grounds crew busy throughout the afternoon.

Fifth-seeded Robin Soderling bagged a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 upset of Roger Federer in a thrilling rematch of last year's men's final. It marks Soderling's second seismic French Open upset in 366 days after last year's fourth-round dismissal of Rafael Nadal, who'd never previously lost at Roland Garros. The result snapped Federer's historic streak of 23 consecutive appearances in a Grand Slam semifinal.

• No. 17-seeded Francesca Schiavone tripped up No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to become the first Italian woman to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam in the Open era. It marks Schiavone's first appearance in the semifinals of a major tournament in 39 tries.

• Surging Tomas Berdych rolled past No. 11 Mikhail Youzhny in three sets to advance to his first Grand Slam semifinal. Next up: a semifinal clash with Soderling.

• Fifth-seeded Elena Dementieva rallied from behind to oust No. 19 Nadia Petrova in three sets. She'll face Schiavone in the first women's semifinal on Thursday.

 

Paris Clicks

Is fatherhood to blame for Federer's French flop? ... The Wall Street Journal goes inside the numbers of Soderling-Federer ... Think these Swedes were excited about Soderling's victory? ... Commentator Ted Robinson will remain with the Tennis Channel through 2013 ... Could Laura Robson be headed to the principal's office after her "sluts" remark in the July issue of Vogue? ... The Aussie sports media remains optimistic about Stosur's chances against Serena ... Oh, Nole.

 

Photo of the Day

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Roger Federer returns to Robin Soderling during Tuesday's French Open quarterfinal match on Court Philippe Chatrier.
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Go Figure

0 ... Number of sets conceded by men's semifinalist Tomas Berdych through five rounds at this year's French Open.

56 ... Years since an Italian woman reached the French Open semifinals before Francesca Schiavone's victory Tuesday over Caroline Wozniacki. Schianove is the first woman from Italy to make the semis since Silvia Lazzarano in 1954.

1 ... Number of players still alive in singles and doubles: Serena Williams.

 

Must-See Video

Federer led 6-3, 3-6, 6-5, 40-30 when Soderling came up with this brilliant save of set point.

 

They Said It

"It was a great run. Now I've got the quarterfinal streak going, I guess."
--Roger Federer, speaking to the media after Tuesday's historic upset loss to Robin Soderling


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