The French Open enters its second week, with the fourth round of matches getting underway today. Week 1 provided enough drama to keep both tennis and soap fans satisfied. We had everything from complaints about the cold to a player leaving the court in a wheelchair.
Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic have led the way amongst the men, all making Week 2 without dropping a set. On the women’s side of the tournament Serena Williams made an early exit due to injury, while Simona Halep has continued her excellent run of form with three straight set wins.
Nadal, Thiem, Halep and Elina Svitolina are the big names on court during Day 8, but before the action gets underway, here’s our tips on who and what to back
Sebastian Korda, son of former Australian Open Champion Petr Korda, has had a dream run at this year’s French Open. In only his second Grand Slam (his first was the US Open), the 20-year-old made it all the way to the fourth round beating big John Isner and Italian Andreas Seppi along the way. His reward for this success is an opportunity to face off against 12-time French Open Champion Rafael Nadal.
Rafa has been swatting opponents off with ease; so far only one of his matches has gone over 25 games and he’s racked up 6-0 sets in his first and third match. While Korda might be one to watch for the future, he won’t pose Nadal too much of a threat for now.
Alexander Zverev came into this tournament off the back of his first Grand Slam final and is looking to build on that experience. He remains on track for a third quarter-final in three years but first has to get past young Italian Jannik Sinner. Sinner has been showing a lot of promise in recent years, but is still waiting to make his break into the tennis big leagues. He’s yet to drop a set in this year’s tournament and should be able to push Zverev all the way.
Martina Trevisan came through the qualifiers to earn her place in this year’s French Open Main Draw. But being a qualifier, she’s already knocked out Coco Gauff, Maria Sakkari and fellow Italian Camila Giorgi on her way to the fourth round.
Bertens’ road to the fourth round has been a little more bumpy; she dropped her opening set before coming back to win the next two 6-2, 6-0. Her second round match was full of drama, her opponent struggled with her serve and resorted to serving her underarms. Bertens was struck down with cramp throughout the third set, and though she managed to pull through, she was taken from the court in a wheelchair. Despite this, she re-found her form and won her third match 6-2, 6-2.
Bertens should have enough to get the victory, but Trevisan’s drive and determination may be enough to see her win at least one set.
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