Tuesday, June 22, 2021

French Open 2021: What to watch on Wednesday

How to watch: 05:00 to 17:30 Eastern time on the Tennis Channel, which streams on Tennis Channel Plus.

Iga Swiatek is the only player still left in the women’s draw who previously reached the final of a Grand Slam event. Defending champions Swiatek are still the favorites to win the tournament, but the inspired achievements of those left in the draw mean it will not be easy for them to reach the women’s final on Saturday.

Due to the number of matches played through the courts, the times for individual matches were estimated and may vary depending on previous play. All times are Oriental.

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Barbora Krejcikova, the world’s no. 33, is primarily a doubles specialist after winning two Grand Slam tournaments and reaching the semifinals on at least six other occasions. After a fourth round in the singles at the French Open last year, Krejcikova improved her performance again by outscoring opponents focusing on the power of their shots.

Coco Gauff, the 24th seed, secured a place in the U.S. Olympic tennis team and now plays in her first major quarterfinal. She has often impressed with her mental strength and over the past few years has improved her point construction. This game promises to be tactically clever, and a great lesson for any tennis player on how to play patiently.

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Iga Swiatek, the eighth seeded and defending champion, stormed back into the quarterfinals on Roland Garros without dropping a set, an impressive show of steadiness from the 20-year-old.

Maria Sakkari, the 17th seed, reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal after an impressive upset over last year’s finalist Sofia Kenin. Sakkari’s powerful base shots can upset even the most consistent players, and Swiatek will have to act with an inventive play.

Phillipe Chatrier Court | 9 a.m.

Diego Schwartzman, the 10th seed, has yet to drop a set en route to the quarterfinals. The clay-playing specialist reached the semi-finals of the French Open last year, but lost in a solid series against Rafael Nadal.

Nadal, a 13-time French Open champion, once again looked like an unstoppable force. However, a change in style has become apparent this year. When he was younger, Nadal won matches on clay by slowly grinding down his opponents. He switched to more aggressive points, chased shots away and got to the net faster. This style has earned him 35 live sets over the past few years, and it looks like he will continue to sail through to the next round.

Phillipe Chatrier Court | 14:00

Novak Djokovic, the first seeded, was pushed to five sets by Lorenzo Musetti in his round of 16 matches. Djokovic lost the first two sets in close break points when Musetti played an inspired piece of tennis before Djokovic contracted and lost only one game before Musetti retired in the fifth set.

Matteo Berrettini, the ninth seed, had a bit of luck while Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open before their round of 16. Now, well rested, Berrettini will try to take the initiative and harness his punch to beat Djokovic to push to the edge of his abilities.

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