- Associated Press - Thursday, May 29, 2014

PARIS (AP) - Five things to look for Friday at the French Open:


FACING FEDERER: Roger Federer will be back on court Friday at the French Open, playing a familiar opponent on unfamiliar ground.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion - and one-time French Open champion - will face Dmitry Tursunov of Russia in the third round.

Federer is 4-0 against Tursunov, but they have never met on clay or in a Grand Slam tournament.

The last time they faced each other was at Indian Wells, California this year, with Federer winning 7-6 (7), 7-6 (2).

Each player broke the other’s serve twice.

Tursunov is a different player all together,” Federer said after his second-round victory at Roland Garros, thinking back to Indian Wells. “It was a tough match.”


CONCENTRATED SHARAPOVA: Maria Sharapova hasn’t been shaken by the upsets so far at the French Open. She’s too busy trying to ignore it all.

The 2012 champion at Roland Garros will face Paula Ormaechea of Argentina in the third round, and that’s all that concerns her.

“You always have to follow your path and always concentrate on your work and who’s ahead of you and not get worried about what’s going on,” Sharapova said after her previous match. “Obviously, when you go on court you’re aware of a lot of the upsets, not just in the women but in the men, as well. So it’s great to get a win in that type of atmosphere.”

Besides winning two years ago and completing a career Grand Slam, Sharapova reached the final last year but lost to Serena Williams.

Williams, the defending champion, was one of the big upsets this week, leaving Sharapova as the favorite.


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