Roland Garros – Day 1

Jannik Sinner vs David Goffin, 7:15 pm
Goffin $1.85

I like the look of Goffin here, currently available near even money at $1.85.

He is the considerably better player than his opponent Sinner, who hardly has a grand slam match win to his name.

Goffin has historically been a very good performer on clay, winning 67% of his career matches at Roland Garros, his highest on any surface.

He also looks to be in relatively good nick, putting in some strong performances in the US Open en route to the fourth round.

His break percentage is among the best on the ATP and I’d expect him to enjoy some return success against an inexperienced opponent here.

As long as he can serve decently well, he should win this comfortably.

For a bit of extra value, I don’t mind the look of Goffin -1.5 sets at juicy $2.50 odds.

Marco Cecchinato vs Alex De Minaur, 10:15 pm
De Minaur $2.10

As the #25 seed, Alex De Minaur has to feel good about his opening round match against a qualifier in Cecchinato.

Yet he opens here as the outright underdog, currently paying $2.10 to win.

I think this is well over the odds and will definitely be getting behind the Aussie here.

He put up a very good showing in the US Open, comfortably making it to the Quarter Finals before losing to the eventual champion.

Clay has admittedly been a weak surface for him and he is only 1-3 in Roland Garros singles matches for his career.

That said, he is playing the best tennis of his career and has had his kindest Roland Garros draw thus far.

Cecchinato doesn’t really have anything special to his game and is your typical clay court defender.

This match is definitely on Demon’s racket and I don’t mind backing him here at plus money.