Roland Garros– The Week Ahead
With the second week of the French Open upon us, we have reached the quarter-final stages of the tournament. This year’s Roland Garros has been full of surprises and we have witnessed moments of brilliance, such as Dominic Thiem’s tweener in the last 16.
In the men’s singles, it is incredibly tight and for the first time since 2012, the top five seeds have all reached the quarter-finals. Stan Wawrinka is the only player to sit outside the top ten in this year’s quarter-finals. Stan beat Greek superstar, Stefanos Tsitsipas, in a game that lasted a mammoth five hours 11 minutes and has been the game of the tournament so far. Wawrinka will be playing Roger Federer and the Swiss champ is on a roll and is yet to drop a set since arriving in Paris. He has a 73-39 game tournament aggregate, a record only surpassed by Roland-Garros favourites, Nadal and Djokovic.
Federer will play Nadal in the semi-finals should he be victorious in his game against Nishikori. Nadal is bidding for his 12th Roland-Garros title and will be a warm favourite to beat Nishikori. After the surprise defeat of Naomi Osaka on the women’s side, Kei holds the remaining hopes for Japan in the competition. Nishikori looks to have a very hard task ahead and this is made all the more difficult as he has been involved in some absolute thrillers to date. He has played a total of thirteen and a half hours on the court over four games and will need all his strength to topple the ‘King of Clay’.
The full last eight line-up for the men’s singles is: Rafael Nadal (ESP), Novak Djokovic (SRB), Dominic Thiem (AUT), Roger Federer (SUI), Stan Wawrinka (SUI), Alexander Zverev (GER), Karen Khachanov (RUS) & Kei Nishikori (JPN)
It looks set to be a very exciting last six days of tennis and Novak Djokovic looks an appealing proposition at the prices and should take the world of beating. However, his French Open record is the weakest of the slams and has just an 83% win SR compared to 87%, 87% and 89% in the other three.
The women's draw has been the most dramatic with seven of the top ten being eliminated. Simona Halep is the highest seed remaining. She won the tournament last year and unlike Djokovic has her strongest statistics in slams on clay.
Ashleigh Barty has been in electric form this week and her resounding victory over Serena Williams’s conqueror, Sofia Kenin puts her in a great position. Johanna Konta could become the first British woman to reach the semi-final at Roland-Garros since Jo Durie in 1983. She is already the first woman in 36 years to reach a quarter-final and if she can beat Sloane Stephens, Konta would have a brilliant chance to become the first British woman in a Roland-Garros final since Sue Barker won it in 1976.
The full last eight line-up for the women’s singles is: Simona Halep (ROU), Sloane Stephens (USA), Ashleigh Barty (AUS), Marketa Vondrousova (CZE), Johanna Konta (GBR), Madison Keys (USA), Petra Martic (CRO) & Amanda Anisimova (USA)
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