After an impressive opener, Jack Sock faces Tommy Haas in the second round at Roland Garros. (Michael Euler/AP)
Here are the storylines and matches to watch on Day 5 of the French Open. Play begins at 5 a.m. ET. Click here for the order of play.
Rain expected…again: Look for more matches to get cancelled and backed up to Friday. The forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of rain when play begins and rising to 80 percent in the evening. At a minimum, the last matches on each court will be under threat of cancellation, including Jack Sock vs. Tommy Haas, Ryan Harrison vs. John Isner, and others involving Richard Gasquet, Marion Bartoli, and Francesca Schiavone. Maria Sharapova, who takes on Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, and Rafael Nadal could also get bumped.
We’re just one round away from…: A number of highly-anticipated third round matches are in the cards if only the key players can hold up their end of the bargain and win on Thursday. Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov are on a collision course, but Djokovic must first beat Guido Pella (second match, Court Philippe Chatrier) and Dimitrov has French wildcard Lucas Pouille (first match, Court Suzanne Lenglen). Samantha Stosur and Jelena Jankovic are also a win away from an intriguing match, and both will have to beat two talented youngsters. Stosur is under more threat against 20-year old Kristina Mladenovic (first match, Court Philippe Chatrier), who has quietly racked up some good wins to break into the top 50. Jankovic takes on Spain’s Garbine Muguruza. And in one match that seems destined by the tennis gods, Nadal could face the last man to beat him at a Slam, Lukas Rosol. For that to happen, Rosol has to pull off the upset over 27th-seed Fabio Fognini.