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The pick of Tuesday’s matches is between Jan-Lennard Struff and Andrey Rublev. Both are hard hitting players, so there won’t too be many rallies which goes against the norm for this surface. Rublev has been the player of the year so far scoring a few tournament wins and big name scalps, albeit all on a different surface earlier this year.
He did beat Rafael Nadal in three sets on clay in Monte Carlo a few weeks back though. Rublev has been installed as heavy favourite as the Struff’s form hasn’t been up to its usual best, but I would be surprised if he didn’t scrape a set together in this clash.
There is an underrated story about this first round match as the vetern Spaniard hasn’t played in over a year due to a battle with cancer. She makes her comeback on her favourite surface, in what is surely to be an emotional and spirited match against the American Sloane Stephens.
Nobody really knows what form of Suarez Navarro is in, but I’m sure the crowd and everyone watching back home will be on her side, which is sure to give her a massive boost. These two have never played before on clay, however Stephens does lead the head-to-head 3-0. This is Stephens’ worst surface though, while it is Suarez Navarro’s best. Given the intrigue of the story behind it all, I reckon Suarez Navarro is a bet here at big odds.
Day 3 sees Novak Djokovic return to his least favourite slam at Roland Garros. He has had a poor build-up to this year’s tournament, meaning that he had to play a very weak ATP event in Belgrade – which only finished on Saturday – to ensure he got some more match practice in on the clay. He struggled all week again and only just got over the line.
Surprisingly enough, he is not even the second favourite to win here given his difficult draw. The Serb star is a notoriously slow starter and I just see value at this price. Tennys Sandgren is a bit of a journey man, but will be playing with absolutely nothing to lose. Given how slow Novak Djokovic gets out the blocks and how Sandgren wins the first set more often than the odds suggest. The price we’re getting represents some value here.
12:00 Jan-Lennard Struff v Andrey Rublev: Struff To Win At Least One Set
16:00 Carla Suarez Navarro v Sloane Stephens: Suarez Navarro To Win
20:00 Novak Djokovic v Tennys Sandgren: Sandgren To Win The First Set
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