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.
What's Happening Friday
The Tennis Channel's live coverage of the third round (and the completion of the second) begins at 5 a.m. ET and runs through noon. ESPN2 picks it up from 12-6:30 p.m.
A pair of tournament favorites play their postponed second-round matches at 5 a.m. ET: Rafael Nadal faces Argentina's Horacio Zeballos on Chatrier, while Serena Williams meets Germany's Julia Georges on Lenglen. Also at 5: the juicy matchup between third-seeded Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori, the 2008 ATP Newcomer of the Year who's just regaining form after a lengthy injury layoff.
Other top men's seeds in action include No. 1 Roger Federer vs. Julian Reister, No. 4 Andy Murray vs. No. 25 Marcos Baghdatis (in a cracker!), No. 7 Fernando Verdasco vs. Florent Serra and No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Thiemo De Bakker. On the women's side, it's No. 2 Venus Williams vs. No. 26 Dominika Cibulkova, No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki vs. No. 31 Alexandra Dulgheru and -- in the women's match of the day -- No. 6 Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. No. 30 Maria Kirilenko.
Other matches of note include No. 15 Aravane Rezai vs. No. 19 Nadia Petrova, No. 12 Maria Sharapova vs. Kirsten Flipkens and the completion of Justine Henin's suspended tie with Klara Zakopalova (Henin leads 6-3, 3-2).
The compete order of play for Day 6 can be found here.
What Happened Thursday
Another day of windy, soggy conditions saw multiple rain delays and dozens of postponed matches.
• Sixteen singles matches were postponed, as French Open officials sent Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams home early. Twenty doubles matches were also rescheduled.
• 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic suffered a 6-3, 6-0 defeat to Alisa Kleybanova, just the latest setback in the 22-year-old Serb's prolonged slide down the WTA rankings. Ivanovic, who's slipped from No. 1 to No. 43 since bagging her first and only major, won just one of the last 12 games against Kleybanova.
• It's a premature exit for hometown favorite and No. 13 seed Gael Monfils, who suffered a 2-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 9-7 defeat to Italy's Fabio Fognini. The pair needed just 31 minutes to complete a second-round match that had been suspended for darkness Wednesday at 5-5 in the fifth.
What's Happening Thursday
The Tennis Channel's live coverage of the second round begins at 5 a.m. ET and runs through noon. ESPN2 picks it up from 12-6:30 p.m.
You'll have to get up early (or set your DVR) if you want to catch Andy Roddick's second-round match with Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic: The sixth-seeded American is slated for 5 a.m. ET on Lenglen. Other early matches include No. 4 seed Jelena Jankovic against Kaia Kenpi, and 39-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm against Jarmila Groth.
Top men's seeds in action include No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. Horacio Zeballos, No. 3 Novak Djokovic vs. Kei Nishikori and No. 4 Andy Murray vs. Juan Ignacio Chela. On the women's side, it's No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Julia Goerges, No. 5 Elena Dementieva vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues, No. 12 Maria Sharapova vs. Kirsten Flipkens and No. 22 Justine Henin vs. Klara Zakopalova.
Other matches of note include American Mardy Fish vs. No. 14 Ivan Ljubicic, and record-smashing twins Bob and Mike Bryan in the opening round of the men's doubles.
The compete order of play for Day 5 can be found here.
What Happened Wednesday
Three days of temperatures in the 80s gave way to windy, soggy conditions with rain interrupting play on two occasions. Still, it didn't stop 36,064 customers from populating the grounds.
• A contentious match between No. 13 seed Gael Monfils and Fabio Fognini was suspended at 5-5 in the fifth due to darkness. They'll complete the second-rounder Thursday on Chatrier following the Jankovic-Kenpi match.
• Defending French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova fought off four match points in the second set before prevailing over Andrea Petkovic in three. Sveta confessed afterward she wasn't sure how she pulled out the win.
• Top-seeded Roger Federer overcame a tricky first set to cruise past Alejandro Falla in a match twice interrupted by rain.
What's Happening Wednesday
Second-round play kicks off ... or that's the plan, anyway. Forecasters are calling for an 80 percent chance of rain, which may wash out most (or all) of Wednesday's action.
Weather permitting, the Tennis Channel's live coverage begins at 5 a.m. ET and runs through noon. ESPN2 picks it up from 12-6:30 p.m.
Venus Williams opens the second round at 5 a.m. on Court Philippe Chatrier against Arantxa Parra Santonja, with Roger Federer next up against Colombia's Alejandro Falla.
A pair of American men aim to crash the third round: Taylor Dent tries for the upset of No. 5 Robin Soderling (5 a.m., on Court Suzanne Lenglen), while No. 17 John Isner faces unseeded Marco Chiudinelli.
Several intriguing hometown favorites should draw partisan support: No. 13 Gael Monfils goes against Italy's Fabio Fognini, while trendy sleeper pick Aravane Rezai (the No. 15 seed) faces Germany's Angelique Kerber. And who could forget No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga opposite fellow Frenchman Josselin Ouanna.
Other matches of note include No. 4 Andy Murray faces Juan Ignacio Chela, No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki vs. Tathiana Garbin and No. 5 Elena Dementieva vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues.
The compete order of play for Day 4 can be found here.
What Happened Tuesday
Mostly sunny weather in Paris attracted 35,462 fans to the grounds for the final day of first-round play.
• Recent world No. 1 Dinara Safina suffered a shock defeat to Kimiko Date Krumm in three sets. Date Krumm, 39, became the second-oldest woman to win at Roland Garros in the Open era. The ninth-seeded Safina, a runner-up here in 2008 and '09, committed 17 double faults in the loss and seemed to fritter apart down the stretch.
• Four-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal overcame an error-prone opening to coast past Gianni Mina in straight sets.
• Another Roland Garros legend enjoyed success Tuesday, as No. 22 Justine Henin dispensed of Tsvetana Pironkova in the Belgian's first match on center court at Roland Garros since 2007.
What's Happening Tuesday
The Tennis Channel's live coverage begins at 5 a.m. ET and runs through noon. ESPN2 picks it up from 12-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday's slate may lack traditional marquee matchups, but the prohibitive favorites for both sides -- Rafael Nadal and Justine Henin -- make their much-anticipated French Open debuts in the daytime.
Other matches of interest include No. 6 Andy Roddick vs. Jarkko Nieminen, No. 7 Fernando Verdasco vs. Igor Kunitsyn, No. 9 Dinara Safina vs. Kimiko Date Krumm, No. 12 Maria Sharapova vs. Ksenia Pervak. There's also the all-American affair between Robby Ginepri and No. 18 Sam Querrey.
The compete order of play for Day 3 can be found here.
What Happened Monday
With sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-80s, more than 36,000 fans attended a second day at Roland Garros that saw the completion of 57 first-round matches.
• Top-seeded Roger Federer opened his French Open title defense with a comfortable victory over Australia's Peter Luczak. The 28-year-old Swiss made just 11 unforced errors in the 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 masterclass. (HIGHLIGHTS)
• Fourth-seeded Andy Murray rallied back from two sets and a break point down to salvage a five-set victory over Richard Gasquet, the native Frenchman who appeared spent after winning the Nice title on Saturday.
• It's been a rough patch for American men at the French Open over the past decade, but three Yanks bagged first-round wins: No. 17 John Isner, Taylor Dent and Mardy Fish, over Andrey Golubev, Nicolas Lapentti and Michael Berrer, respectively.
• Former No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic won, but up-and-coming American teen Melanie Oudin went down in straights.
• The women's top seeds took care of business as No. 1 Serena Williams, No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 4 Ana Ivanovic, No. 5 Elena Dementieva, No. 7 Sam Stosur, No. 8 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 11 Li Na each advanced in straight sets.
• Match of the Day: Tip of the hat to Mardy Fish, who twice rallied from a set down to defeat Germany's Michael Berrer in a match that ended near 10 p.m. local time.