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French Open Day 5 matches to watch: Rafael Nadal faces potential future star

Dominic Thiem Dominic Thiem. 20, gets a shot at Rafael Nadal in the second round. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

PARIS -- Here are the matches to watch on Day 5 of the French Open. Play begins at 5 a.m. ET and will be aired by ESPN2 before Tennis Channel takes over at 10 a.m. Click here for the order of play, and see the full TV schedule here.

Rafael Nadal [1] vs. Dominic Thiem (second match, Court Philippe Chatrier): At 20, Thiem is the youngest men's player to reach the second round -- another distinction in a breakout year for the Austrian. Thiem, ranked No. 57, upset third-ranked Stan Wawrinka at the Madrid Open early this month. He hits the ball big on both sides and has an almost primal one-handed backhand in the way he launches himself into the shot. Can he really take three sets off Nadal on clay? Probably not. But this is still the match of the day and one many were circling when the draw came out because it pits the eight-time champion against one of the tour's most promising up-and-comers.

Richard Gasquet [12] vs. Carlos Berlocq (third match, Court Philippe Chatrier): Gasquet, playing his first clay-court tournament of the year after being sidelined for about two months with a back injury, lucked out drawing an out-of-form Bernard Tomic in the first round. The Frenchman, however, is ripe to be upset in the second round by No. 47 Berlocq, a solid clay-courter who beat Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic on his way to the Portugal Open title in early May.

Ana Ivanovic [11] vs. Elina Svitolina (fourth match, Court Philippe Chatrier): Another tricky youngster for Ivanovic, but the way she dispatched No. 43 Caroline Garcia in the first round should give her confidence that she can do the same against the 33rd-ranked Svitolina. The 19-year-old Ukrainian is the WTA's highest-ranked teenager (click here to learn more about her) and she's defeated four top-20 players this year. Ivanovic has won all three meetings, but their most recent match, at Indian Wells in March, went to a third-set tiebreaker. The two have never played on clay. One note about Ivanovic: She has been struggling with a stiff right shoulder this week. Keep an eye on that.

Camila Giorgi vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova [27] (first match, Court 2): This looks like a toss-up: Giorgi, a 22-year-old Italian ranked No. 50, loves the big stage and the opportunity to take down top names like the 28-year-old Kuznetsova, the 2009 champion, who has been playing well on clay. This is their first meeting.
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