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French Open quarter-finals: Muguruza v Sharapova, Halep v Kerber – live!

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Garbine MUGURUZA (ESP) [3] vs Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS) [28]

It’s the French Open quarter-finals! Part Deux. And it’s quite some cast list. Today’s hot shots include two current world No 1s in Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep, and three former No 1s in Maria Sharapova, Garbiñe Muguruza and Angelique Kerber. Apart from the still grand slam-less Halep (lest she need reminding), the group boast 25 major titles between them (10 of those have been snaffled by Nadal at Roland Garros, the greedy so-and-so) – and then there’s Marin Cilic and Juan Martín del Potro to add to the mix too, who have a US Open title each.

Three of the matches – Muguruza v Sharapova, Halep v Kerber and Cilic v Del Potro – are almost too close to call (though if you pushed me I’d go for Muguruza, Halep and Del Potro), with only Nadal v Diego Schwartzman looking like a mismatch. The 5ft 7in Schwartzman came from two sets down to beat the 6ft 8in Kevin Anderson in the previous round and described it as David slaying Goliath – but overthrowing the King of Clay is an entirely different proposition. However we all know what happened to Novak Djokovic against the outsider Marco Cecchinato yesterday. Watch out, Rafa!

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