Defending French Open men's singles champion Stan Wawrinka takes on Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain in the French Open 2016 men's singles quarterfinals on Tuesday. The men's division this time around missed big names like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The trio are out of the grand slam owing to respective injuries and the only remaining top stars in the men's singles category at Roland Garros 2016 includes Wawrinka, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.
Some might say it is predictable as to who would ultimately lift the title on the final day of the grand slam. However, history says that the absence of big players also gives a great opportunity to the lesser-known player to make a mark.
Ramos, 28, might not have gone past the second round in any of the Grand Slams previously, but reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros this year, has been an achievement in itself for the Spaniard. He is also coming to the match at the back of an emphatic 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 win over Milos Raonic, ranked No. 9 in the world.
Ramos mentioned that although he goes into the match against Wawrinka as the underdog, he won't be shy in putting up a fight. "He's the title holder, he's hugely powerful," the Spaniard said of Wawrinka to the Press Association.
"Last week I played him [in Geneva Open 2016], and he won very easily. I think it's a match where he played really well. He didn't leave any opportunity for me to play my tennis. But this is another tournament. It's another opportunity for me to fight," Ramos added.
Wawrinka, meanwhile, ranked No. 4 in the world, could potentially have a showdown with Andy Murray in the semifinals of French Open 2016. Murray plays Richard Gasquet in the other quarterfinal match of the day at Roland Garros.
Where to watch live
Men's singles quarterfinals: Stan Wawrinka vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas is expected to start at 1:30 p.m. BST (6 p.m. IST, 8:30 p.m. EST) on May 31 from the Suzanne-Lenglen Court.
Viewers in India can catch the action on Neo Sports and Neo Prime.
Viewers around Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore can catch the action on Fox Sports Asia.
The radio destination of the event remains Roland Garros Radio.