Djokovic, who has been at the centre of fresh controversy in Paris, was pushed in a bruising battle against the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina but prevailed in three sets to continue his bid for a men’s record 23rd grand slam title. The Serbian now faces the unseeded Juan Pablo Varillas, who knocked out Hubert Hurkacz in the previous round.
Alcaraz was in sparkling form as the world No 1 thrashed Denis Shapovaolv on Friday night and returns to Court Philppe-Chatrier to take on the italian Lorenzo Musetti, who knocked out Cameron Norrie in straight sets. Djokovic and Alcaraz remain on a collision course at Roland Garros and are both just two wins away from securing a long-awaited first meeting at a grand slam.
The clash between world No 2 Aryna Sabalenka and former French Open finalist Sloane Stephens highlights the night session on Philippe Chatrier - making it the first women’s singles match to be picked for the final match of the day so far in this tournament after five men’s singles ties.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Day 8 of the French Open.
French Open order of play - Sunday 4 June
all times BST
Court Philippe Chatrier
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Elise Mertens
Novak Djokovic vs Juan Pablo Varillas
Carlos Alcaraz vs Lorenzo Musetti
Not before 19:15
Sloane Stephens vs Aryna Sabalenka
Court Suzanne Lenglen
Karen Khachanov vs Lorenzo Sonego
Karolina Muchova vs Elina Avanesyan
Elina Svitolina vs Daria Kasatkina
Not before 16:30
Sebastian Ofner vs Stefanos Tsitsipas
For the full order of play, click here
French Open 2023 tournament schedule
Sunday 4 June: Men’s singles, women’s singles - fourth round
Monday 5 June: Men’s singles, women’s singles - fourth round
Tuesday 6 June: Men’s singles, women’s singles - quarter-finals
Wednesday 7 June: Men’s singles, women’s singles - quarter-finals
Thursday 8 June: Women’s singles - semi-finals | Mixed doubles final
Friday 9 June: Men’s singles - semi-finals
Saturday 10 June: Women’s singles final | Men’s doubles final | Wheelchair final
Sunday 11 June: Men’s singles final| Women’s doubles final
How to watch the French Open 2023
You can watch the French Open live on Eurosport in the UK. The action will be broadcast on Eurosport’s TV channels, or fans can tune into Discovery+ to stream the tournament, where an Entertainment & Sport pass is available for either £6.99/month or £59.99/year.
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