Day 11 of the French Open on Wednesday sees the remaining set of quarter-finalists take to Court Philippe-Chatrier. On the men’s side, tournament favourite Novak Djokovic takes on Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, while the next generation of talent is well represented as Andrey Rublev faces off against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
In the women’s draw, there’s a battle of the Americans as this year’s Australian Open Champion, Sofia Kenin, plays Danielle Collins, while the other quarter-final features Petra Kvitova and Laura Siegemund.
If you’re looking for tips of who to back, here’s our recommendations.
Novak Djokovic v Pablo Carreno Busta
After his US Open antics, Novak Djokovic has his eyes firmly on the prize and is not going to let anything or anyone get between him and Grand Slam No.18. While Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem may yet have something to say about that, Pablo Carreno Busta shouldn’t be more than another bump in the road.
Although the Spaniard has been doing well since the tennis season resumed, including taking Alexander Zverev to five sets during their US Open semi-final, he is unlikely to have the game to get past a fully in-form Djokovic.
Expect Novak to wrap things up in three sets and make it home in time for dinner.
Andrey Rublev v Stefanos Tsitsipas
Along with Daniil Medvedev and Zverev, this pair of 22-year-olds are part of the next generation of men’s players who will be expected to carry the sport once the Big Three finally hang up their racquets.
They’ve only met once before at a Grand Slam, with Rublev beating Tsitsipas in the opening round of the 2019 US Open. But going on form so far in this tournament that result could well be reversed. The Greek has come through all his matches in straight sets, while the Russian has played one five-setter and two four-setters so far. This will be a fascinating contest, but Tstispas should have enough to close it out.
Petra Kvitova v Laura Siegemund
Kvitova is one of just two seeded players remaining in the women’s draw. This presents her with the perfect opportunity to make her first French Open final and win her first Grand Slam since a horrific attack left her with tendon and nerve damage in her dominant left hand.
She’s been playing well so far this tournament and is yet to drop a set despite finding herself 5-1 down to Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez in Round 3. Siegemund is ranked 55 places below Kvitova in the world rankings, but her fighting spirit should be enough to take a set even if she doesn’t pull off the win.
French Open tennis tips – Wednesday October 7
Novak Djokovic v Pablo Carreno Busta – Set Betting: Djokovic 3-0, Total Games: Under 28.5
Andrey Rublev v Stefanos Tsitsipas – Set Betting: Tsitsipas 3-1
Petra Kvitova v Laura Siegemund – Set Betting: Kvitova 2-1
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