The semi-final line up will be confirmed at the French Open in Paris on Wednesday when the quarter finals in the top half of the two singles draws will get played out in front of the biggest crowd of the week on the Phillipe Chatrier Court after the restrictions were lifted.
This is the half of the draw that gives us the two legendary figures in the men’s game as well as the brightest young stars of the women’s game so over the course of the four matches on the day we should get plenty of entertainment.
Day 10 Recap
We saw two extremely competitive quarter finals in the women’s draw on Tuesday and then two rather one-sided men’s quarter finals on what was a decent day of tennis overall. The day started with the unseeded Tamara Zidansek continuing her good form when she edged out Paula Badosa before Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova got the better of Elena Rybakina in an extended final set. There were easy wins for Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the men’s draw.
That meant it was good and bad for us on the betting front on Tuesday and a rare profitable day in this tough tournament to predict. The profit was secured early on in the day when Pavlyuchenkova overcame the challenge of her doubles partner Rybakina but it couldn’t be built on by Daniil Medvedev who probably should have won the second and third sets against Tsitsipas but lost them both frustratingly.
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Philippe Chatrier Court
We begin the day on Wednesday with two women who will be competing in their maiden singles Grand Slam quarter final when Coco Gauff takes on Barbora Krejcikova. Both these women won their last warm up event for this tournament so they are protecting lengthy winning runs. When they are done Iga Swiatek will look to take her title defence into the semi-final of the competition when she meets the feisty and dangerous Greek star Maria Sakkari.
When the women are done the last two men’s quarter finals will be played out. The day session concludes with a repeat of the semi-final from last year when the defending champion Rafael Nadal goes up against Diego Schwartzman in a match the Spaniard is a huge favourite to win. The night session will be played in front of fans for the first time this year when Novak Djokovic meets the powerful Italian player Matteo Berrettini who has had his feet up since Saturday.
I’ll go with just the one bet over the course of the day on Wednesday and we have to wait until the night session for it to come around when Novak Djokovic meets Matteo Berrettini in a match the bookmakers seem to think Djokovic will win in straight sets but I’m not convinced it will be quite that easy for the world number one. Djokovic can at least relax in this match knowing his number one ranking is safe now that Medvedev is out of the competition, but after a scare in his previous match he could easily get embroiled into another battle here.
Berrettini has been in good form on the clay this season. He won in Belgrade and then made the final in Madrid and in those tournaments he beat some clay specialists in Casper Ruud, Marco Cecchinato, Cristian Garin and Fabio Fognini. He only dropped one set against that lot and has only dropped one set here too, albeit in a match less than everyone else. Djokovic cruised through the first three rounds but Lorenzo Musetti had him at it in the previous round and if Berrettini serves well here he can at least take Djokovic into a fourth set if not get more out of him.
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