French Open Daily: Holiday Weekend Wrap
Ninth-seeded Gael Monfils (above) needed two days to dispense of David Ferrer in the fourth round of the French Open. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)
What's Happening Tuesday
The business end of the French Open commences with the first two women's quarterfinals. Also: one men's quarterfinal and the conclusion of the Andy Murray-Viktor Troicki fourth-rounder.
Tennis Channel's live coverage runs from 8 a.m. ET until noon. NBC continues with live and same-day action from 12 until 6:30 p.m. ET. (Clip and save the complete TV schedule.)
The day's three quarterfinals are:
• No. 14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. No. 5 Francesca Schiavone (Court Philippe Chatrier, 8 a.m. ET): The artistic Schiavone, who turns 31 next month, has won 11 straight matches at Roland Garros and enters the quarters as the second highest remaining seed in the field. She's a favorite against the 19-year-old Pavlyuchenkova, a former Australian and U.S. Open girls' champion who's in the last eight at a Grand Slam for the first time.
• No. 9 Gael Monfils vs. No. 3 Roger Federer (Court Philippe Chatrier, second match): A champion here just two years ago, Federer is now the forgotten third man and a distant 6-to-1 underdog to win it all. (It's easy to forget he's yet to drop a single set.) The all-time Grand Slam pacehorse is expected to make it past the elastic Monfils and a stadium full of French supporters, where a Friday semifinal clash with the well-rested Novak Djokovic awaits.
• No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. No. 11 Marion Bartoli (Court Suzanne Lenglen, third match): Kuznetsova is a two-time Grand Slam champion branded with the dreaded underachiever tag, but she's overcome a moribund start to 2011 to make the last eight and she's as dangerous as anyone in the field. A one-time Grand Slam finalist (at Wimbledon in 2007), Bartoli is the last French woman remaining and enters the quarters in similarly excellent form.
The complete order of play for Day 10 can be found here.
What Happened This Weekend
• Rafael Nadal kept winning but kept looking vulnerable and gave a self-flagellatory press conference on Monday.
• Playing on one good leg, Andy Murray went down two sets against Viktor Troicki but rallied to knot the match at two sets apiece. The match was suspended for darkness and it will resume Tuesday (8 a.m. ET).
• Roger Federer is through to the quarters. (Again.) And he still hasn't dropped a set.
• Vera Zvonareva joined Caroline Wozniacki and Kim Clijsters on the sidelines, making Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova the de facto co-favorites for the women's title.
• Italy's Fabio Fognini advanced via the strangest finish in recent Grand Slam history, before defaulting the next day and giving Novak Djokovic easy passage to the semis. For the record: the walkover does not count toward Djoker's streak.
"Tennis Week" on Wheel of Fortune kicks off tonight ... Andrea Petkovic's Road to Roland Garros ... Everything you ever wanted to know about the French Open racket stringers ... Doug Robson of USA Today talks to NPR about the all the women's upsets ... Bradley Cooper and Tony Parker bring their bromance to Roland Garros.
Photo of the Day
Rafael Nadal plays a forehand during his three-set victory over Ivan Ljubicic (from SI.com's Best Shots from Day 9 at the French Open).
28 ... Consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances by Roger Federer, an all-time record.
3 ... Number of major tournaments in the Open era where none of the top three seeded women made the quarterfinals. Third-seeded Vera Zvonareva lost Sunday to join No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 2 Kim Clijsters on the sidelines.
21 ... Years since a player age 30 or older won a Grand Slam singles title, when Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon in 1990 at 33. Francesca Schiavone, 30, is three wins away.
Andrea Petkovic added a Moonwalk-inspired flourish to her celebratory dance for 2011 -- and Monday's fourth-round victory over Maria Kirilenko was the perfect opportunity to break it out.
They Said It
"Walkover from Fognini. Bad luck for him, hope he recovers fast. Today I get to enjoy Paris in a different way :-)"
--Novak Djokovic, via Twitter, celebrating his easy passage to the semifinals