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This is sure to be a game of nerves with both Paula Badosa and Tamara Zidansek contesting their first slam quarter-finals. The 33rd seeded Serbian Open winner, Badosa, has looked the more comfortable of the two in Paris and her third-round win over Ana Bogdan was particularly impressive.
Though Zidansek has impressed too, particularly when recovering from a set down to beat Katerina Siniakova in the third round and blitzing the in-form Sorana Cirstea on Sunday. Her game tomorrow will be based around a strong defence, attempting to engage Badosa in long rallies and forcing errors.
Badosa’s winning streak stands at an impressive nine matches heading into her showdown with Zidansek. She has been massively successful on clay this year and her powerful and clean ball striking should see her through comfortably. I fully expect her to take the early initiative and dominate her Slovenian opponent and I have a 6-0 set in this match.
Sixth seed Alexander Zverev has firmly brushed off the cobwebs since his stuttering first round win over fellow German Oscar Otte and has yet to lose a set since in Paris. He is taken to continue improving with Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina expected to yield to Zverev’s powerful return and combative style. Though the draw has been relatively kind to the towering German, he still made light work of Kei Nishikori in the fourth round on Sunday and I expect him to breeze into the semi-final.
Davidovich-Fokina is no slouch, he has excellent movement, power and enjoys a drop shot, which may catch Zverev out more than once tomorrow. He’s been in solid form in Paris and disposed of Federico Delbonis in the previous round, but his games have been far more competitive than Zverev’s on route to this quarter-final showdown.
Though he will come out with energy in his first appearance in the last eight of a slam, to match Zverev’s power game, it is likely a little tiredness may well creep in as the game wears on. I have Zverev to win 3-1 in set betting. The only two previous head-to-head contests have Zverev with a 2-0 lead, and I firmly expect that to become 3-0 tomorrow.
The highlight of the day comes with second seed Daniil Medvedev facing fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, in what should be a fascinating encounter. Although it went to a fourth set, Tsitsipas cruised his fourth-round match with Pablo Carreno-Busta and I suspect he was comfortably operating in second gear with a quarter-final already in mind.
Medvedev, too, made easy work of Cristian Garin in his fourth-round match on Sunday, racking up an impressive 14 aces along the way. Medvedev’s form on clay is the worry, losing two of his previous three matches before arriving in Paris, whereas Tsitsipas has been excellent on clay this year, winning in Monte Carlo and Lyon.
I expect this to be a bruising heavyweight encounter with Tsitsipas seeking to push Medvedev around the court, but the Russian is a competent defender (even on clay) and his crosscourt backhand can give Tsitsipas plenty of trouble. Tsitsipas is the bookies’ favourite, but I have Daniil Medvedev to win the match and both players to win a set.
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