The third round of matches at the French Open concludes on Saturday as players fight it out for the remaining spots in the round of 16. Things have been predictably unpredictable on the women's side of draw, but the top-seeded men continue to advance. Here is the full French Open order of play for day seven as well as a guide about what to be keeping your eye on.
What to watch out for
It is the 'lesser' half of the men's draw today, but that just really means that there is no Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev. There are still some top names to look out for, though, not least Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Casper Ruud, Jannik Sinner and Hubert Hurkacz complete a line-up of likeable hopefuls.
On the WTA side of things there is the next chapter in Iga Swiatek's recent dominance as she attempts to extend her winning streak to 31 matches. She is up first on Philipp-Chatrier against Danka Kovinic.
French wild card Leolia Jeanjean will be trying to extend her dream run when she faces Irina-Camelia Begu, and Paula Badosa will be out to impress again against Veronika Kurdermetova. Camila Giorgi against Aryna Sabalenka has the potential to be a cracker, and Madison Keys' clash with Elena Rybakina could also get quite tasty.
Popcorn match: Gilles Simon vs Marin Cilic
At first glance this one may not seem much at all, but it has the potential to be something quite memorable. Gilles Simon will be retiring at the end of this season, so this could be his last ever match at Roland Garros. The French crowd has already helped him through tough matches to get here, and they will be sure to be on his side again. Marin Cilic, his opponent, is a former Grand Slam winner who has rediscovered a little of his magic this year. He has all the tools to put Simon away, except the one he will likely require the most - patience. Simon is a defensive player, and that is putting things nicely. He rarely goes for winners and instead concentrates on getting the ball back into play with stifling consistency to invite his opponent to lose the point instead. That is what he as done all of his career, so there is no reason to expect him to change now. That could see Cilic lose his discipline and over-press, and should he do that and the crowd get involved, the atmosphere on Court Philipp-Chatrier could be very special indeed. You can find the full French Open day four order of play below, with play starting at 10:00 BST.
Iga SWIATEK (POL) vs Danka KOVINIC (MNE) Qinwen ZHENG (CHN) vs Alize CORNET (FRA) Gilles SIMON (FRA) vs Marin CILIC (CRO) Holger RUNE (DEN) vs Hugo GASTON (FRA)
Irina-Camelia BEGU (ROU) vs Leolia JEANJEAN (FRA) Miomir KECMANOVIC (SRB) vs Daniil MEDVEDEV Paula BADOSA (ESP) vs Veronika KURDERMETOVA Mikael YMER (SWE) vs Stefanos TSITSIPAS (GRE)
Mackenzie MCDONALD (USA) vs Jannik SINNER (ITA) Camila GIORGI (ITA) vs Aryna SABALENKA David GOFFIN (BEL) vs Hubert HURKACZ (POL) Madison KEYS (USA) vs Elena RYBAKINA (KAZ)
Andrey RUBLEV vs Cristian GARIN (CHI) Jessica PEGULA (USA) vs Tamara ZIDANSEK (SLO) Casper RUUD (NOR) vs Lorenzo SONEGO (ITA)
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