2023 French Open Roland Garros Day Eight Schedule/Preview including Djokovic, Alcaraz-Musetti, Stephens-Sabalenka

Day Eight is here at the 2023 French Open and as the second week approaches on the Roland Garros courts of Paris, the schedule has been confirmed to end the opening week.

Previewing the action as ever, Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz and Aryna Sabalenka are among the players who will take centre stage on Sunday.

Matches to watch

Carlos Alcaraz v Lorenzo Musetti

Two players who came up through the ranks and also hype together were Carlos Alcaraz and Lorenzo Musetti.

Alcaraz of course has made good on his potential, while for Musetti he has shown glimmers but not yet broken out.

They face off third on Court Philippe Chatrier to begin Sunday's action. They only have one head to head meeting previously with the Italian taking the spoils on the outdoor clay of Hamburg last season. Can he spring another shock here?

Novak Djokovic v Juan Pablo Varillas

Before Alcaraz sees the other main contender for the men's title in Novak Djokovic.

He likely won't get the best reception from the fans following his over zealous celebration during his win over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

He was also heavily booed by the crowd during his medical timeout. Next up is Juan Pablo Varillas who has never faced Djokovic before.

He has made Peruvian history by reaching this point and saw off Hubert Hurkacz last time out. So far too he has won three consecutive five set matches.

Aryna Sabalenka v Sloane Stephens

After eight days of not having a single WTA match scheduled in the night session, that streak is now over.

Albeit it feels like to many that this is only due to the outcry and backlash that the tournament has suffered due to its decision.

Iga Swiatek has spoke about not wanting to play at night during previous tournaments so likely contributes but finally Aryna Sabalenka will take centre stage.

She faces Sloane Stephens who has risen back from the doldrums and has been in superb form in recent months.

It could be the sternest test that Sabalenka faces yet with Rybakina being out seemingly clearing the way for her to be Swiatek's nearest challenger. She leads the head to head 3-0.

Svitolina, Tsitsipas and Pavlyuchenkova among players in action

Also in action are resurgent former finalist, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, she faces Elise Mertens to begin on Chatrier.

Elina Svitolina will face the first Russian who she has been open about respecting in Daria Kasatkina with the latter speaking out against the war and even thinking of changing her nationality. Will a handshake happen in this tie?

Two more Russians are also in action with Karen Khachanov facing Lorenzo Sonego and Elina Avanesyan who has been a surprise package facing Karolina Muchova.

Stefanos Tsitsipas ends the slate on Suzanne Lenglen facing Sebastian Ofner and that is your preview and schedule for Day Eight.

Sunday, June 04, 2023

Day 14

Court Philippe Chatrier Starts At 10:00 AM

R16 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova VS Elise Mertens

R16 Novak Djokovic VS Juan Pablo Varillas

R16 Carlos Alcaraz VS Lorenzo Musetti

R16 Sloane Stephens VS Aryna Sabalenka

Court Suzanne Lenglen Starts At 10:00 AM

R16 Karen Khachanov VS Lorenzo Sonego

R16 Karolina Muchova VS Elina Avanesyan

R16 Elina Svitolina VS Daria Kasatkina

R16 Sebastian Ofner VS Stefanos Tsitsipas

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