Martic and Vondrousova have played four times with Martic taking all four victories including beating The Czech to win the clay tournament in Istanbul. Martic also managed to pummel some top players in Madrid, knocking out one of this year’s favourites – and Vondrousova’s compatriot – Ka Pliskova. Vondrousova hasn’t faced anyone of that quality yet in Roland Garros. Another reason to fancy Martic is that it’s a quarter-final and nerves are likely to play a part. Martic is much older and the more experienced player so you would expect her to manage the pressure better. With a 4-0 record in favour of the Croat, odds of 5/4 can’t be ignored.
The two men from the alpine country go to battle in the city of love. Wawrinka beat Federer 3-0 the last time they met in Roland Garros and while Federer has a dominant record overall against Stan the stats are much tighter on the dusty red surface with Federer edging the encounters 5-3. However, the pair haven’t met since Stan-the-Man’s 3-0 victory at Roland Garros in 2015. Federer hasn’t played on clay since 2016 before this season and now at the age of 37, he could be slightly vulnerable. This match will be played close to Auteuil racecourse and with it being a two horse race Wawrinka has a great chance of beating his fellow countryman.
The Aussie – ahem, sorry I mean the ‘Brit’ – Johanna Konta faces the Sloane Ranger in tomorrow’s other quarter-final. The pair have only met on two occasions with Konta taking both of these matches, one of these meetings being on clay only last month. Konta went on to reach the final in Rome and also reached the final of Rabat so is showing some very good form on dust. Two finals out of three clay-court tournaments so far (losing to Halep in the other) is no disgrace. Stephens, while we all know what she’s capable of, can be extremely inconsistent so we’re going with Johanna here to reach the semi’s.
Petra Martic to beat Marketa Vondrousova @ 5/4
Stan Wawrinka to beat Roger Federer@ 9/4
Johanna Konta to beat Sloane Stephens @6/5