*Match start times approximate and subject to change
Naomi Osaka, having had a challenging last couple of years, commences her French Open campaign as she faces a young up and coming American in Amanda Anisimova. Osaka has struggled on and off the court having played only a handful of tournaments this year which included a disappointing Australian Open in which she lost to this opponent.
Besides this, Osaka did reach the WTA Miami final but couldn’t overcome the World Number 1 Iga Swiatek. Osaka’s only outing on clay this year in Madrid resulted in a swift 2nd round exit to Sorribes Tormo is straight sets. Anisimova has been far more active this year playing in Rome, Madrid and Charlestown in the past month, reaching two quarter-finals and a semi-final respectively. Given the stellar performances of Anisimova on clay, I believe this one will be a close fought affair going to a 3rd set decider and I’m going for Both Players To Win a Set.
Daniel Evans, a now seasoned pro, looks to get his French Open campaign off to a flying start when he faces youngster Francisco Cerundolo on Monday morning. Evans has still never won a main draw match at the French Open, but his form recently suggests that this may be a thing of the past as he reached the round-of-16 in Madrid earlier this month, beating Delbonis and Bautista in the process.
Cerundolo surprised everyone earlier this year and reached the Miami Open semi-finals on the hard court, eventually losing to Ruud. Cerundolo has struggled on clay recently and I expect his struggles to continue, this will be a tight affair but it seems as though Daniel Evans woes on clay will subside. I’m backing Evans To Win and Both Players To Win a Set.
Rafa Nadal returns to his favoured Slam, which he has won a record 13 times, 5 more than the next best. Fresh off an absolutely astounding performance at the Australian Open in which he Medvedev in a 5 set thriller, Nadal looks to add to his Grand Slam win tally of 21 with another triumph at Roland Garros.
Recently, Nadal has had mixed performances on clay, losing to Denis Shapovalov in Rome and his fellow countryman, Carlos Alcaraz, in Madrid. His opponent Jordan Thompson has faired much worse on clay, playing 5 tournaments in the past few months and winning only 2 matches against players outside of the top 200. I expect nothing less than a straight sets win from Nadal here with Thompson struggling to establish any foothold in the game. There’s value in Nadal -10.5 Game Handicap.
Our French Open Monday Treble
- Amanda Anisimova v Naomi Osaka: Both Players To Win a Set – Yes
- Daniel Evans v Francisco Cerundolo: Evans to win and both players to win a set
- Jordan Thompson v Rafael Nadal: Nadal -10.5 Game Handicap
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