We had two thrilling ladies French Open semi-finals on Thursday and on Friday it will be the turn of the men to take centre stage with plenty to live up to at Roland Garros. At the end of the day we will know the two men who will compete in Sunday’s final.
Day 12 Recap
It was an excellent betting day for us on Thursday as both of our bets in the semi-finals won. Jelena Ostapenko came past Timea Bacsinszky but took more than long enough to do it while Karolina Pliskova stayed within the handicap we needed even though she lost to Simona Halep. Halep will face Ostapenko in Saturday’s final.
Andy Murray vs Stan Wawrinka
The pick of the semi-finals on Friday is the opening one between Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka. The two men met at this stage 12 months ago when Murray prevailed before losing to Novak Djokovic in the final.
You would have to say Murray, while getting better as this tournament has gone on, is still nowhere near his best and certainly nothing like the player which beat Wawrinka last year here. The Swiss player if anything is getting stronger and stronger as this tournament has gone along which is encouraging for him.
I think Wawrinka will win this and if Murray doesn’t start the match well then the Swiss star could well win this going away. Murray was poor in the first set against both Juan Martin del Potro and Kei Nishikori and if that trend continues the former champion can comfortably cover a 1.5 game handicap.
Dominic Thiem vs Rafael Nadal
The conqueror of Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, takes on the man most likely to benefit from that in Rafael Nadal. I’m sure there will be plenty of references to the Rome Masters meeting between the two which Thiem won but generally matches between these two are one sided and rarely do they go the way of the Austrian.
I expect this to be fairly one sided too. Rafael Nadal is playing brilliantly and was only on court for 10 games in the previous round. Thiem’s emotions will be up and down like a yoyo since his win over Djokovic and that is far from ideal. I think there will be a couple of one sided sets in this match so even if there is four sets there is no guarantee we see over 37 games. I’ll side with the unders.
WON – Back S.Wawrinka (-1.5 games) to beat A.Murray for a 4/10 stake at 1.91 with Skybet
WON – Back D.Thiem vs R.Nadal – Under 37 games for a 4/10 stake at 1.85 with Titanbet
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