Today’s Trivia Question: The last time neither of the Williams sisters was in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament, who won the title?
1. The last eight quarterfinal spots are up for grabs today. Murray, Wawrinka, Halep and Pliskova are among the marquee names in action as the last wave of fourth round matches take the court.
2. Murray’s going for his 650th career match win. If the World No.1 can end the run of Khachanov he’ll get his 650th career ATP World Tour-level match win, the 15th man to reach that milestone.
3. Only one Frenchman has beaten Wawrinka at the French Open. The Swiss is 8-1 against Frenchmen here, the only loss coming to Tsonga in the fourth round in 2012. He plays Monfils today.
4. Cilic and Verdasco are trying to complete a Grand Slam quarterfinal set. Both have reached the quarterfinals or better at all of the majors except this one - they’ll try to change that today as Cilic faces Anderson and Verdasco takes on Nishikori. If Verdasco does it, he’ll set the Open Era record for most appearances at the French Open before reaching a quarterfinal - this is his 14th French Open.
5. This is the most wide open women’s draw at a major since the ‘70s. With Venus, Kuznetsova, Stosur and Muguruza all losing on Sunday, this will be the first women’s quarterfinal line-up at a major without a major champion since the 1979 Australian Open (and the first one here since 1976).
6. Halep’s on upset alert. Halep leads Suarez Navarro head-to-head, 6-5, but Suarez Navarro has won all four of their clay court meetings. Suarez Navarro was also Miki’s pre-tournament pick to win.
7. We’re guaranteed two Frenchwomen in the last eight. Garcia or Cornet will join Mladenovic in the last eight. It’ll be the first time two Frenchwomen have reached the quarterfinals of a major since the 2006 US Open (Mauresmo and Golovin) and the first time here since 1994 (Pierce and Halard).
8. Cepede Royg’s going for history. If Cepede Royg beats Pliskova she’ll be the first Paraguayan woman to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal. The only other one to even reach the fourth round of a major was Rossana de los Rios at the 2000 French Open - she beat Mirka Federer along the way.
9. Nadal won his first major (and Graf her last) on this day. On June 5, 2005, a 19-year-old Nadal won the first of his (so far) 14 Grand Slam titles, beating Puerta in the final. And on June 5, 1999, a 29-year-old Graf won her 22nd and last major, defeating Hingis in a dramatic three-setter in the final.
10. The quarterfinals kick off tomorrow. Tuesday will see the bottom half of the men’s draw, which includes Djokovic and Nadal, and the top half of the women’s draw play their quarterfinal matches.
Yesterday’s Trivia Answer: Before this year, the last Frenchwoman to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open was Marion Bartoli.
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