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French Open, Day 9: Sharapova tops Stephens as Wawrinka-Gasquet gives us a show

Shane Bacon
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Maria Sharapova — Getty Images

Monday brought one of the better matches of this 2013 French Open, as No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland took out No. 7 Richard Gasquet 6-7 (5), 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 8-6.

Wawrinka found himself in a two-set to nothing hole and it looked like the Frenchman Gasquet would advance to his first quarterfinals at this event, but the match turned in the third set. Although Gasquet had some chances in the fourth, Wawrinka took advantage of Gasquet's lack of conditioning to break him late in the fifth set to close out the match.

The final break was Wawrinka's fourth of 20 breakpoint chances, and allowed him advance to the French Open quarters for the first time in his career.

In other Day 9 action, defending champion Maria Sharapova cruised to victory over American Sloane Stephens in straight sets, and despite dropping the first set to Philipp Kohlschreiber, Novak Djokovic won his match to advance to the quarterfinals.

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Rafael Nadal — Getty Images

It appeared on Monday at the French Open that the tournament directors were trying to make up with a seven-time champion. Last week Rafael Nadal went on a rant about the scheduling, but after his straight sets win against Kei Nishikori, a birthday cake was brought out and Nadal was all smiles.

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Maria Kirilenko — Getty Images

It's almost impossible for Maria Kirilenko to look bad, but the simple matching of the visor, strings, and sweatband really popped on clay.

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Jelena Jankovic — Getty Images

It was a very good day on the court for Jelena Jankovic, who won her fourth round match over American Jamie Hampton with ease. Sadly, she did it in that outfit.

Tuesday will bring us one of the more entertaining matchups in all of tennis as Roger Federer will take on Jo-Willfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals.

Tsonga famously took out Federer at Wimbledon in 2011, but Federer has won the last five meetings, including a quarterfinals match at the Australian Open earlier this year that Federer won in five sets. Federer won the only match the two have played on clay back in 2011 in Rome.

Serena Williams will also take on Svetlana Kuznetsova on Tuesday, as the American continues to roll at the French. She has yet to drop a set or even go into a tiebreaker thus far in Paris.

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