What to Watch Tuesday at the French Open

How to watch: Tennis Channel, 5 a.m. Eastern Time

Scoreboard: Men’s singles | Women’s singles

Roger Federer vs. Stan Wawrinka

Federer has won 22 of his 25 matches against Wawrinka, his Swiss compatriot, but his last loss is also the last time they met at Roland Garros. Wawrinka demolished Federer in the 2015 quarterfinals en route to winning the title. That match was on Suzanne Lenglen Court, where they will open play on Tuesday at 8 a.m. Eastern. Until this year, Federer, 37, hadn’t played at Roland Garros since that loss, but he has looked sharp, getting through four rounds without losing a set. Wawrinka, though, has been pushed, particularly in his five-hour victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round. When a reporter noted Sunday that Federer was older than Wawrinka, 34, Wawrinka replied, “Yes, but he’s quite better than me, also.”

Sloane Stephens vs. Johanna Konta

The seventh-seeded Stephens has been the highest-ranked player left in the bottom half of the draw since midway through the third round and has played well under that pressure, particularly in the fourth round against Garbiñe Muguruza. But in the first match on Philippe Chatrier Court (8 a.m. Eastern), she faces 26th-seeded Johanna Konta, whom she has lost to twice this year, including at the Italian Open, her previous tournament. Before this year, Konta had never won a main-draw match at Roland Garros in four appearances, but has parlayed her strong clay-court season into a deep run in Paris.

Rafael Nadal vs. Kei Nishikori

The so-called Big Three have moved through this French Open with considerable ease through four rounds, dropping only one set (Rafael Nadal) between them and only once needing a tiebreaker to win a set (Federer). When Nadal takes on Nishikori in the second match on Chatrier, his rest advantage will be considerable: Nadal has played for 4 hours 14 minutes less through four rounds, and also got a day off on Monday while Nishikori completed the final two sets of his five-set win over Benoît Paire.

Marketa Vondrousova vs. Petra Martic

Vondrousova, a 19-year-old Czech, and Martic, a 28-year-old Croat, each will be playing her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in the second match on Lenglen. Martic has won all four meetings between the two, including the most recent, in the Istanbul final in April. But how the stage will affect both players is unknown. “I’m not sure what the match is going to be like when it comes to quality of tennis, because you never know,” Martic’s coach, Sandra Zaniewska, said. “Maybe they’re both going to play amazing; maybe they’re both going to play really bad. You never know. Either way, it’s going to be exciting, because they are in exactly the same spot.”

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