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With eight players remaining in each side of the singles draw, two different narratives have taken shape. Six women will compete in the quarterfinals for the first time in a major event, a record for the Open era. On the men’s side, there will be only one first-timer, and seven players in the top 10. However, in any case, each side is sure to have a French Open final at least for the first time.
Here are some matches to keep an eye on.
Due to the number of matches that are cycled through the court, the timing of individual matchups is estimated and can fluctuate depending on the completion of the first game. All times are eastern.
Court Philippe-Chatier | at 6 am
Paula Badosa vs Tamara Zidansecki
33rd seed Paula Badosa defeated 20th seed Marketa Vondrosova in a three-set fourth round match to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-finals. Badosa, a 23-year-old Spaniard, had a lot of winners, but more often she was brushing off errors from her opponent.
Tamara Zidansek, the 23-year-old Slovenian, ranked 85th, defeated No. 6 seed Bianca Andreescu in the first round to register her first main draw win at Roland Garros. Zidansek had tough competitions in the third and fourth rounds, and Badosa will be a tough test for a player who has performed close to his peak in this tournament.
Court Philippe-Chatier | at 8 am
Elena Rybakina vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina and Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a doubles team that has reached Wednesday’s quarterfinals, will face each other in the singles quarterfinals the day before.
Rybakina, seeded 21, defeated Serena Williams in straight sets to reach her first Grand Slam singles quarterfinal on Sunday. The 21-year-old has found success mostly on hardcourts in the past, but has used flat baseline shots to push opponents around the clay courts at Roland Garros.
31st seed Pavlyuchenkova troubled two Belarusian players, Aryna Sabalenka and Viktoria Azarenka, in three-set matches on her way to the quarter-finals. The 29-year-old Pavlyuchenkova won two junior Grand Slam titles, but never progressed past the quarterfinals of a major event. On Tuesday, in his seventh attempt, he will have to hope that his experience will allow him to outdo his doubles partner.
Court Philippe-Chatier | at 10 am
Alexander Zverev vs Alejandro Davydovich Fokina
Sixth seed Alexander Zverev started the tournament early in the first two sets before losing only four more games on his way to victory. The 24-year-old German then went on to win each match in straight sets, but could only eliminate Kei Nishikori in the fourth round. With the last two French Open quarterfinals under his belt, Zverev will be hoping to draw on his experience.
46th-ranked Alejandro Davydovich Fokina has reached his first Grand Slam quarter-finals after a grueling match. The 22-year-old Spaniard took five sets in his second and third round matches and four in his round K-16 slog against Federico Delbonis. Fokina’s aggressive style has destabilized opponents, and it will be interesting to see if he can trouble a top-10 player with this approach.
Court Philippe-Chatier | 3 pm
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev
Fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas has lost just one set against hard-hitting John Isner in the third round. The 22-year-old Greek has reached three major semi-finals including last year’s French Open.
Second seed Daniil Medvedev had been knocked out in the first round of the French Open in the past four years, but lost only one set en route to the quarter-finals. The 25-year-old Russian seems to have made peace with his least favorite surface, leaning into the strength that makes him such a formidable opponent on tough courts.
Although Medvedev has won six of his last seven matches on the tour against Tsitsipas, only one of those matches was on clay, where Tsitsipas’ side is usually favored. The quarterfinal between these two young stars should be filled with shifting dynamics as Medvedev and Tsitsipas tinker with the variety of their shots instead of trying to dominate each other.
Here are a few more matches to keep an eye on.
Karolina Pliskova/Kristina Pliskova vs. Katerina Siniakova/Barbora Krejcikova; Court Simone-Matthews, 6 a.m.
Wesley Koolhoff/Demi Schuers vs. Aslan Karatsev/Elena Vesnina; Court Simone-Matthews, 10 a.m.