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

Shane Bacon
Busted Racquet

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 ever at this event, but the match turned in the third set and while Gasquet had some chances to pull ahead in the fourth, his conditioning got the best of him and Wawrinka was able to break him late in the fifth set to close out the match.

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

Defending champion Maria Sharapova was able to cruise against American Sloane Stephens in straight sets, and despite dropping the first set to Philipp Kohlschreiber, Novak Djokovic was able to advance out of the fourth round.

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

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

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 had to do it in that outfit.

Tuesday will bring us one of the more entertaining matchups in all of tennis as Roger Federer will get Jo-Willfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals at the French Open.

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

We will also get Serena Williams taking on Svetlana Kuznetsova, as the American continues to roll on at the French, not dropping a set or even going to a tiebreaker thus far in Paris.

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