The surprises continued yesterday, at least in the Men’s draw. Tsonga took a 2-0 lead over Nishikori before the Japanese player fought back to force a deciding set. Tsonga goes through to the semis.
Federer was always struggling against Wawrinka who played almost a perfect match. he served well and some of his ground strokes were incredible.
WTA French Open, 13:00 – Bacsinszky v Van Uytvanck
This was certainly a quarter final that no one predicted.
Before this tournament Van Uytvanck had only won one match in a grand slam! That was at Wimbledon last year. Now here she is in a quarter final. I think this time the occasion will get to her. After she beat Mitu in the last round her first reaction was to go give her coach a hug rather than shake hands with her opponent. If she is able to compete for the whole match today I will be very impressed.
This is Bacsinszky’s first time beyond the third round of a slam but she has a lot more experience of playing big matches. She has really raised her level of play in the last year and you get the impression that she believes that she deserves to be there. She will also be nervous but will settle quicker.
No value at 1.23 and I will wait and hope Van Uytvanck can get an early break before backing Bacsinszky.
ATP French Open, 14:30 – Djokovic v Nadal
This is the match everyone seemed to be looking forward to as soon as the draw was announced.
Nadal leads the head to heads 23-20. They have played 6 times at the French Open and
Nadal has won them all including in last year’s final. Their only 2015 meeting was on clay in Monte Carlo and Djokovic won easily in 2 sets.
Djokovic starts as strong favourite to win today but will he win as easily as he did in Monte Carlo? Conditions are different in Paris and it is a special place for Nadal. He has won 70 of his 71 matches in this tournament. Nadal isn’t as dominant as he has been in the past though he has played well in the last week and a half. I still expect Djokovic to win this but I think Nadal will take a set..
Djokovic’s price does seem 15 to 20 ticks too low against a player he has never beaten on clay in a best of 5 match. Back Djokovic if he goes a break behind.