Where to Watch: Live coverage of Friday's play at the French Open will commence at 5 a.m. ET. on ESPN2 before the Tennis Channel will take over at 10 a.m. A free live stream will be available throughout the day on TennisChannel.com. ESPN3 will also have live streaming coverage.
Preview: The action heats up at Roland Garros on Friday as third-round action gets underway. Attention is sure to be focused on the continuation of what many see as the inexorable march of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer toward a mouth-watering semi-final.
Neither man should face too stern a hurdle in the round of 32. Djokovic takes on a man making his first ever appearance iat this stage of a grand slam, Nicolas Devilder. The French veteran is currently ranked at 286 and spends the vast majority of his time operating on the challenger circuit.
But it was at that level that Devilder won the only previous meeting between the pair back in 2005. Of course, it must be said that Djokovic was only 17 at the time. A repeat in Paris would represent one of the greatest upsets in grand slam history.
Third Seed Federer will also be taking on a French opponent in Nicolas Mahut. While the marathon man famous for his record setting defeat to John Isner at Wimbledon has slightly more pedigree than Devilder, he should not unduly test the Swiss.
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In the three previous meetings between the duo, Federer has not even dropped a set. The most intriguing match of the day, though, may well be the meeting between Juan Martin Del Potro and Marin Cilic.
The two 23-year-olds are among the hardest-hitting, proactive players on the tour, making for a potentially explosive match. On paper the ninth-seeded Del Potro should be favorite, having won his last three meetings with Cilic without the loss of a set. However, the Argentine has been suffering with a knee injury that he admitted hampered his movement in a second-round victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
On the women's side, the highlight of Friday's action could prove to be third seed Agnieszka Radwanska's contest with former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. The Russian has been in woeful form so far in 2012 and has slipped down the rankings to 28. And, after comfortably ousting Venus Williams in the last round, Radwanska will be favorite to continue her progress toward a likely semi-final meeting with the scourge of her year to date, Victoria Azarenka.
The World No. 1 will herself be in action on day six, as she takes on Aleksandra Wozniak. The Canadian, currently ranked at 68, should posed little threat to Azarenka.