Tuesday June 3rd, 2014

With the French Open title and the No. 1 ranking on the line, the Serb has looked sharp. (David Vincent/AP)

PARIS -- Rain and upsets clouded the first week of the French Open, with the early exit of No. 1 Serena Williams, No. 2 Li Na, No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka and No. 4 Roger Federer, all of whom were sent packing before the second Monday came around.

But as red dust settles and the quarterfinals begin, the storylines haven't really changed. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are still the heavy favorites to win the tournament and they blitzed though the first four rounds. As for the women, it's still one woman against the field. Except now that woman is named Maria.

Here's a look back at some of our favorite photos from the early rounds:


Roger Federer: Effortless as always. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Anna Schmiedlova: The eyes that beat Venus Williams. (David Vincent/AP)

Radek Stepanek: When timing makes a photo great. (Michel Spingler/AP)

Tomas Berdych: A beautiful action photo made even better by the fact that you can't see the front of Berdych's shirt. (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Serena Williams: It wasn't for lack of effort or desire that she lost in the second round. Her game just wasn't there. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Roger Federer and Carla Suarez Navarro: Eerie. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images, Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)


Philipp Kohlschreiber: The German came out on the wrong end of a 12-10 fifth set against Andy Murray, which was suspended at 7-7 for lack of light. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Facundo Bagnis: Full marks (and effort) for the young man from Argentina in his Grand Slam debut. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal: Eyeing his ninth -- Ninth! -- French Open title. (Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images)


Maria Sharapova: Look at that rotation, load, and balance through an open-stance backhand on clay. This is the new and improved ClayPova. (Darko Vojinovic/AP)

andy-murray-2 Andy Murray: Murray skipped this tournament last year with a back injury and is one win away from matching his best result in Paris. (Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

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