The first round of the French Open singles draws concludes on Tuesday when the Roland Garros courts will once again be full of great players looking to make their way into the second round of the clay Grand Slam.
Monday was a day of shocks, surprises and big names progressing safely enough and it would be something of a surprise if that isn’t what we get from the third day of the tournament on Tuesday as spots in the last 64 are up for grabs.
Day 2 Recap
Monday was a day where the likes of Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev and Serena Williams breezed into the second round of the tournament but it was also a day where we lost Bianca Andreescu and Garbine Muguruza. Those two lost on the court and there will be no further part played in the event by Naomi Osaka after she withdrew on Monday evening. Sofia Kenin, John Isner and Casper Ruud were some of the other seeds to progress.
It was a terrible day for us betting wise. Hopes were raised when Andrej Martin broke the Reilly Opelka serve in the opening game of their match but then he barely won another game after that and Seb Korda and Nadoa Podoroska never really got going either and were both incredibly tamely beaten. That gives us plenty of work to do to get back on track on Tuesday and the remainder of the week.
Philippe Chatrier Court
The day action on the main court on Tuesday begins with Elina Svitolina taking to the court. She meets the home wildcard player Oceane Babel before the world number one looks to continue her unbeaten run at Roland Garros when Ash Barty meets Bernarda Pera. Rafael Nadal then makes his first appearance in the tournament to round off the day session. He begins his title defence against Alexei Popyrin. Once the crowds have been cleared the night session sees Novak Djokovic going up against Tennys Sandgren.
Suzanne Lenglen Court
We have plenty of home players on the second court on Tuesday. Fiona Ferro is the first of those and she opens up the action against En Shuo Liang before Gael Monfils steps onto court. He begins his quest for his home title with a clash against Albert Ramos-Vinolas before there is an all-French battle between Richard Gasquet and the wildcard Hugo Gaston. The last match on this court is one of the picks of the women’s draw as Karolina Pliskova meets Donna Vekic.
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Simonne Mathieu Court
There is no shortage of French players on action over on the third court on Tuesday either. One of those opens up the show in Ugo Humbert. He takes on Ricardas Berankis before Kiki Mladenovic then starts out on her quest to win her home title for the first time. She faces the qualifier Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. Matteo Berrettini has had a good clay court swing so far and he starts his campaign against Taro Daniel before Carla Suarez Navarro makes her welcome return to action when she takes on Sloane Stephens.
Best of the Rest
As ever there are plenty of seeded players dotted around the grounds for those inside the confines of Roland Garros or watching on from home to enjoy watching. Andrey Rublev would be the leading name among those but Maria Sakkari, Jennifer Brady, Diego Schwartzman, Karolina Muchova, Alex de Minaur, Coco Gauff, Ons Jabeur, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Aslan Karatsev are other seeds who will all be looking to make smooth progress over the course of the day.
I’ll take just the one in the men’s matches on Tuesday and that comes in the second game up on the Suzanne Lenglen Court when the home player Gael Monfils takes on Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a match where I think the French crowds can end up disappointed as I just don’t believe the enigmatic Monfils has the form or fitness to see off a man who has more clay court tour wins than anyone this year in the veteran Spaniard.
Among the 17 wins Ramos-Vinolas has picked up on clay this season were the run which saw him win the title in Estoril while earlier in the year he made the final and the semi-final of successive events in Argentina so his form on the dirt is there for all to see. Monfils has only won one of his last eight clay court matches, which was in Lyon earlier this season when Thiago Seyboth Wild was his victim. Ramos-Vinolas is a clear upgrade on him and he can prove the point by winning this one and covering a 3.5 game handicap in the process.
I’ll take on a seeded player in the women’s draw on Tuesday with the player I’m going against being Jennifer Brady. I like Brady and I happen to think that she will win big tournaments in the not too distant future but I don’t see them being on this surface as she is just much better suited to the hard courts and possibly even the grass. That isn’t the case for her opponent here in Anastasija Sevastova who is perfectly at home on the clay.
Sevastova won a few matches in Madrid to build her confidence up and in the last two tournaments it has needed Karolina Pliskova and Paula Badosa to take care of her and she took the latter to a decider. Brady in contrast is 3-3 in her last six completed matches on this surface and isn’t the best mover in the world on clay. Her power might keep her interested in this match but the Latvian has been around the block long enough to know how to deal with power hitters on clay. I’ll side with the more comfortable clay court player here.
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