The second week of the French Open begins at Roland Garros on Sunday when the bottom half of both the singles draws play down to the quarter final stage on what looks like having the makings of a tantalising day of tennis.
We are beginning to get towards the business end of the tournament now so it will be interesting to see if the shocks keep on coming or if the cream rise to the top and set up a fascinating conclusion to the competition.
Day 7 Recap
The big names largely made it through their matches on Saturday without too much fuss. Elina Svitolina was the only high ranked player who bit the dust. Elsewhere there were straight sets wins for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as well as Iga Swiatek while Roger Federer had to come through a fourth set in the night session to book his passage into round four. Matteo Berrettini, Diego Schwartzman and Coco Gauff were some of the other winners on the day.
It was a write off day for us betting wise with Philipp Kohlschreiber offering little in the way of resistance to Diego Schwartzman while Jessica Pegula couldn’t push on having taken the first set against Sofia Kenin, eventually going down in a third set. The day was summed up when Iga Swiatek did indeed win a set 6-0 but annoying for us it was the second set and not the first one so that certainly wasn’t the day we wanted.
Philippe Chatrier Court
The singles action is confined to the two main courts from here on in and on the show court the play begins with a good looking women’s match as Victoria Azarenka meets Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova before the Greek god himself Stefanos Tsitsipas looks to book his spot in the quarter final. He meets Pablo Carreno Busta in what should be a decent match. The day session finishes with Serena Williams looking to make yet another Grand Slam quarter final. She faces Elena Rybakina who possesses plenty of danger. The night session sees Alexander Zverev taking on Kei Nishikori for the third time in the better part of a month.
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Suzanne Lenglen Court
The opening match on this court sees Tamara Zidansek taking on Sorana Cirstea in the one match that guarantees us an unseeded quarter finalist. When they are done our outright selection Paula Badosa looks to make the last eight when she faced the former finalist Marketa Vondrousova. It is then the turn of the men to shine and another out of outright selections is on court when Cristian Garin will look to put himself to within a match of landing us the payout when he takes on Daniil Medvedev. The finale on this court sees Alejandro Davidovich Fokina meeting Federico Delbonis.
I’ll go with a couple of bets in the men’s draw on Sunday where I expect closer matches than it appears the bookmakers do. The first of those comes in the match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Pablo Carreno Busta. I expect Tsitsipas to come through here but I wouldn’t say he is a cast-iron certainty to do it and if he does do it then I certainly think the Spaniard will have put up a challenge. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Tsitsipas yet in this tournament which is why I don’t think the Monte-Carlo and Lyon winner is a certainty here. Carreno Busta has also won a tournament on this European clay season having won in Marbella and he has shown this week that he is hitting the ball well. I don’t see this being won in three sets so over 33.5 games will do me in this one.
It is exactly the same bet for me in the night session match as well where Alexander Zverev and Kei Nishikori will battle it out in another match that I don’t see being won without a good old battle. These two have already met twice this year with Zverev winning on both occasions. He won in straight sets in the first game in Madrid but I’ve mentioned all week how the conditions are quicker there than here so they would have played into his hands more. The second match in Rome went the distance and I expect to see at least four sets in this one. Zverev has come through the last two matches in straight sets but he rescued a set from 5-2 40-0 down against Djere in the last round so he should have lost a set there while Roman Safiullin was a break up in the second and third sets against the German. I would normally have worried about the Nishikori workload by this stage of a major but the fact he only had to compete for a set in the previous round alleviates those fears. Nishikori rarely disappears without getting his teeth into a match and he only has to keep a couple of sets close for the over 33.5 games to land here. I’m comfortable with hi doing that.
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