How to watch: 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Tennis Channel, streaming on Tennis Channel +.
With the remaining eight players on each side of the individual draw, two different narratives were formed. Six women will appear in the first quarterfinal at the big event, a record for the Open era. There will be only one champion on the men’s side, and seven players will be among the top ten. In both cases, however, each side will surely have at least one finalist of the French Open.
Here are a few games you need to watch out for.
Due to the number of matches cycling on the pitches, the times for individual matches are estimated and may vary depending on when the earlier game ended. All times are Eastern.
Courtyard PhilipPe-Chatrier | 6 in the morning
Paula Badosa Tamara Zidane
Paula Badosa, 33rd seed, defeated 20th seed, Market Vondrousova, in the fourth round match of the three sets to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. Badosa, a 23-year-old Spaniard, had a lot of winners, but more often made mistakes to the opponent.
Tamara Zidansek, a 23-year-old Slovenian who placed 85th, upset 6th seed Bianca Andreesco in the first round by recording her first victory in the main draw at Roland Garros. Zidansek had close matches in the third and fourth rounds, and Badosa will be a tough test for a player who performed close to his peak in this tournament.
Courtyard Phillipe-Chatrier | 8 in the morning
Elena Rybakina Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, the doubles team that advanced to Wednesday’s quarterfinals, will face each other in the quarterfinals individually the day before.
Rybakina, the 21st seed, passed Serena Williams on Sunday for a set victory that placed her in her first Grand Slam singles quarterfinal. The 21-year-old has found success in the past mostly on hard pitches, but she used flat baselines to push opponents around the dirt pitches of Roland Garros.
Pavlyuchenkova, the 31st seed, upset two Belarusian players, Aryna Sabalenko and Victoria Azarenka, in three-set matches on their way to the quarterfinals. Pavlyuchenkova, 29, won two junior Grand Slam titles but never advanced beyond the quarterfinals of a major event. On Tuesday, in her seventh attempt, she must hope that the experience will enable her to outlive her partner in doubles.
Courtyard PhilipPe-Chatrier | 10:00
Alexander Zverev Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Alexander Zverev, the sixth seed, started the tournament by dropping the first two sets fairly quickly before retaliating and losing just four more games on the road to victory. The then 24-year-old German won every subsequent match in straight sets, but he looked convincing only in his dismantling of the fourth round of Kei Nishikori. With the previous two quarterfinals of the French Open under his belt, Zverev will hope to rely on his experience.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, ranked 46th, reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal after an exhausting glove. The 22-year-old Spaniard went through five sets and four sets in his second and third round matches in his eighth-final parole against Federico Delbonis. Fokina’s aggressive style has put opponents on shaky ground and it will be interesting to see if it can upset the top 10 players with this approach.
Courtyard PhilipPe-Chatrier | 15:00
Stefanos Tsitsipas Daniil Medvedev
Stefanos Tsitsipas, the fifth seed, has so far lost just one set, in the third round against the hard-working John Isner. The 22-year-old Greek reached three main semifinals, including the French Open last year.
Daniil Medvedev, the second seed, was eliminated in the first round of the French Open in each of the past four years, but lost only one set on the way to the quarterfinals. The 25-year-old Russian seems to have come to terms with his least favorite surface, relying on forces that make him such a formidable opponent on hard pitches.
Although Medvedev has won six of his previous seven matches on tour against Tsitsipas, only one of those matches has been on clay, where Tsitsipas is largely favored. The quarterfinals between these two young stars should be full of changing dynamics, because Medvedev and Tsitsipas tend to succeed with the variety of their shots, instead of trying to overpower each other.
Here are a few more games you need to watch out for.
Kristina Pliskova vs. Karolina Pliskova Katerina Siniakova / Barbora Krejcikova; Court of Simonne-Mathieu, 6:00 p.m.
Vs. Demes Schuurs vs. Wesley Koolhof / Demi Schuurs Aslan Karatsev / Elena Vesnina; Court of Simonne Mathieu, 10:00