Three to See on TC Plus: Keys-Putintseva, Zverev-Thiem, Sloane-Dasha

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Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens, two Americans in their first French Open quarterfinals, will try to set up a Thursday meeting. (AP)

Before each day's play begins in Paris, we'll preview three must-see matches that you'll find on Tennis Channel Plus. Tennis Channel Plus features up to 10 courts of live action from Roland Garros beginning Sunday, May 27 at 5:00am ET. Catch up and watch all your favorite stars anytime, on-demand, with Tennis Channel Plus.

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1. Alexander Zverev [2] vs. Dominic Thiem [7]

For anyone trying to decide whether Zverev has had an impressive, or exceedingly fortunate, run to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal, this will be the litmus test. Thiem and Zverev are both potential finalists here, and will be for years to come. Outside of Rafael Nadal, they also had the best clay-court seasons on the men’s side; Zverev won in Munich and Madrid, while Thiem won in Lyon and handed Nadal his only loss of the spring.

As far as their head-to-head record goes, Thiem leads 4-2, and he beat Zverev in the third round here two years ago; but Zverev dominated their most recent meeting, in the Madrid final last month. Thiem, oddly, tried to play that match from far back in the court, and Zverev made the most of his court-position advantage. It’s hard to imagine that Thiem will repeat that mistake here, when the stakes are even higher. Winner: Thiem

WATCH—Match point from Zverev's win over Karen Khachanov last round:

2. Sloane Stephens [10] vs. Daria Kasatkina [14]

The 25-year-old American and the 21-year-old Russian are two of the smoothest young stylists in the game, and two of the most engaging personalities off it. The fact that they’ll make their French Open quarterfinal debuts against each other seems fitting, and a good sign for the WTA’s future. As to who is going to win, that’s tough to say. Stephens and Kasatkina are 1-1 lifetime. Sloane beat Kasatkina on green clay in Charleston two years ago; Kasatkina returned the favor on hard at Indian Wells this spring.

Kasatkina’s touch, topspin, and ability to mix speeds makes her a natural on clay; her idol, not surprisingly, is Rafael Nadal. But Stephens likes clay, too, and having won a major and reached multiple second weeks at Slams, she has the advantage of experience. More important, if both women play their normal games, Sloane has the power and speed to take Kasatkina out of hers. Winner: Stephens

3. Madison Keys [13] vs. Yulia Putintseva

Their ages are the same—23—but their styles and personalities couldn’t be less alike and still belong to the same sport. Keys is a low-key, 5’9” Floridian-via-the-midwest who hits as hard as just about anyone in tennis, man or woman. Putintseva is a highly volatile, 5’3” Kazakhstani-via-Russia who wins with a collection of spins, drops, feints and gets.

Their disparate games have collided just once, on a hard court in Tokyo in 2016, and little separated them: Putintseva won 9-7 in a third-set tiebreaker. It will be interesting to see how that matchup of opposites plays out on Court Philippe Chatrier, especially when each woman has a legitimate chance to make the French Open final for the first time. Winner: Putintseva


—Tennis Channel Plus features up to 10 courts of live action from Roland Garros beginning Sunday, May 27 at 5:00am ET.

—Catch up and watch all your favorite stars anytime on-demand with Tennis Channel Plus.

—When you buy Tennis Channel Plus, your 12-month subscription gets you access to every ATP Masters 1000 tournament played outside the U.S., and every round through the finals of WTA Indian Wells, Miami and Cincinnati.

(The availability of matches or events on TC Plus is subject to change.)

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