The first week of the French Open concludes on Saturday, as does the third round of both singles draws. The clay courts of Roland Garros will be graced by some of the biggest names in the game with plenty of decent matches for us to enjoy. At the end of the day’s play we will know the last 16 in both the men and women draws.
Day 6 Recap
We lost some big names in the men’s draw on Friday with Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin departing but those we expect to be in the latter stages of the tournament very much are. Novak Djokovic was pushed to a fifth set but he is through as is Rafael Nadal as are Venus Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Garbine Muguruza in the women’s event.
It was finally the day we wanted in the betting too with both advised bets winning. Pable Carreno Busta saw off Dimitrov comfortably and while we were made to wait for Albert Ramos-Vinolas to come through we got our reward in the end.
Philippe Chatrier Court
We go French from the start on the main court on Saturday as Alize Cornet takes on Agnieszka Radwanska in a good looking match before the match of the day which sees men’s world number one Andy Murray facing up to Juan Martin del Potro.
They will be followed by what looks a mouth-watering all-French clash between Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils and the action concludes with Elina Svitolina taking on Magda Linette of Poland.
Suzanne Lenglen Court
Two serving machines are first up here when Marin Cilic faces off against Feliciano Lopez before one of the women’s matches of the day when Daria Kasatkina takes on the new tournament favourite Simona Halep.
The former men’s champion Stan Wawrinka is up third on the court. He looks set to be in an entertaining match with the mercurial Italian player Fabio Fognini before our women’s outright bet Anastasija Sevastova faces Petra Martic.
Jo Konta’s conqueror Su-Wei Hsieh and Caroline Garcia get things underway on this court before Hyeon Chung meets Kei Nishikori in an all-Asian battle. Karolina Pliskova then steps onto court when she goes up against the German player Carina Witthoeft before a doubles match rounds off the action.
Best of the Rest
There are other singles matches mixed in with the doubles on the outside courts. Britain’s Kyle Edmund is one player in action as are seeded players such as Pablo Cuevas, Caroline Wozniacki, John Isner and Elena Vesnina.
I like three bets on Saturday and having finally tasted success in the men’s draw I’m going back there for all three. In the opening match of the day I’m going with Kyle Edmund who I’m quite surprised to see as the outsider against Kevin Anderson. Anderson is a much better player than his ranking I don’t think anyone can dispute that but Edmund will be better than his and I think he is more at home on clay. Both men are similar in that they serve well and bomb a forehand but the youth and better movement of the British player can see him through.
Talking of Brits I suspect Andy Murray is going to be involved in another lengthy confrontation with Juan Martin del Potro. Their last two meetings were lengthy epics with the four set Olympic final and the five set Davis Cup tie and I’m fully expecting this to go four if not five sets too. The fact Murray is nowhere near his best will encourage del Potro but the Argentine has a distinct weakness on the backhand which can extend the match way beyond 37.5 games.
Another match will looks set to have plenty of mileage is the one between Fernando Verdasco and Pablo Cuevas. They met in this tournament three years ago in a match which went the distance and this has five sets written all over it. Verdasco went the distance in the previous round while Cuevas is no stranger to long matches either. I don’t see this ending before the 38th game either.
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