Roland Garros – Day 9

Ash Barty vs Sofia Kenin, 7 pm
Barty 2-0 $1.65

Ash Barty

The pride of Australian tennis has had a great first week at Roland Garros in both the singles and doubles events. As the #8 seed, she is yet to drop a set through her first 3 matches, impressively beating Danielle Collins and Andrea Petkovic. She has had an absolutely outstanding singles year to date, winning 30 of her 35 WTA matches.

Sofia Kenin

Kenin stunned literally everyone last time out with a straight sets win over Serena Williams. She negotiated a difficult 3-setter in round 1, before getting a lucky retirement against #22 seed Andreescu in round 2. At just 20 years of age, her 65% win percentage this year is easily the best of her career.

Prediction: Barty 2-0 $1.65

On current form, Barty is the significantly better player of these two. She has a much more versatile range of groundstrokes and is less prone to silly unforced errors. I expect Ash to take control of this match from start to finish and notch up her 4th straight 2-0 victory.

Fabio Fognini vs Alex Zverev, 9 pm
Over 38.5 Games

Fabio Fognini

The #9 seeded Italian has had a very strong start to the French Open this year. He has negotiated some especially tough opponents, beating Seppi, Delbonis, and Bautista Agut all in 4 sets. His excellent 21-10 career record at Roland Garros and is Monte Carlo tournament win earlier this year highlight his immense quality on clay.

Alex Zverev

While huge things were expected of him this tournament, it hasn’t gone all according to plan for the #5 seed German. He has negotiated two very tough 5-setters so far, one against John Millman and the other against Dusan Lajovic. After making the quarters here last year, he’ll be looking to repeat that feat with an impressive display here.

Prediction: Over 38.5 Games

As the odds would suggest, these two men are relatively evenly matched. Both are strong clay court players with very solid defensive games. I expect a very tight contest here, one that goes at least 4 sets. Should this include a tie-break or two, I think over 38.5 is a pretty comfortable bet.

Dominic Thiem vs Gael Monfils, 9:30 pm
Monfils +4.5 Games

Dominic Thiem

Known as one of the best clay court players on tour, the #4 seed Austrian has had another stellar campaign. He has registered 3 straight 4-set victories, although none of these have been against seeded opponents. He’s reached at least the Semis in Roland Garros in each of the past 3 years, sporting a strong 21-5 career record.

Gael Monfils

Through the first week of the tournament, the veteran #14 seeded Frenchman has been one of the standout players. He has 3 straight 3-set victories, admittedly not against any seeded players either. His record in his home slam is easily the best of any grand slam, going 36-12 for a stellar 75% win percentage.

Prediction: Monfils +4.5 Games

In what promises to be another cracker, these are two men who are very strong clay court players. I expect another very hard-fought affair that Thiem likely pulls out late. While there could be value on either Thiem 3-1 or Thiem 3-2, I’ll play it safe here with Monfils +4.5 in front of his home fans.

Roland Garros – Day 8

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Stan Wawrinka, 9 pm
Over 39.5 Games

Stefanos Tsitsipas

The explosive young Greek has made it through to the 4th round with relative ease. He has dropped just 2 sets all tournament, managing a particularly impressive win over Krajinovic last time out. Tsitsipas is enjoying a career-best year to date, going 32-11 in ATP singles matches so far.

Stan Wawrinka

The wily veteran continues to compete at the highest level of men’s tennis, finding himself as the #24 seed this time around. He has been excellent in the last two rounds, defeating Christian Garin in straights before beating Dimitrov in 3 straight tie-breaks. He entered this in a relatively poor run of form on clay, losing early in Monte Carlo, Rome, and Geneva.

Prediction: Over 39.5

Given how these two men have fared in the tournament so far, I’m expecting a tightly contested affair. I’d imagine we’re in for at least 4 sets in this one and likely a tie-break or two. Considering both of these factors, I think over 39.5 is very solid value at near even money.

Kei Nishikori vs Benoit Paire, 10:30 pm
Nishikori -1.5 Sets

Kei Nishikori

While he does tend to struggle at grand slams, Nishikori has had a solid start to Roland Garros in 2019. He has negotiated tricky contests against Tsonga and Dere, winning an epic 5-setter last time out. He boasts a relatively solid career record at the French Open, winning 21 of 29 career singles matches.

Benoit Paire

The great local hope has been fairly impressive so far, negotiating a tricky draw to reach this point. He won an epic 5-setter against countryman Herbert before leading 2 sets to 1 against Carreno Busta who then retired. He statistically hasn’t been all that great on clay, winning less than 50% of his Roland Garros matches before this tournament.

Prediction: Nishikori -1.5 sets

Given Paire’s relative struggles on clay, I think Nishikori will prove too much for him in this one. Paire’s powerful serve and groundstrokes will be somewhat negated, allowing Nishikori’s defence to take control. I expect a solid and controlled performance from the Japanese star, winning in less than 5 sets.

Sloane Stephens vs Garbine Muguruza, 12:15 am
Over 20.5 Games

Sloane Stephens

The American bombshell is having yet another strong season, entering the French Open as the #7 seed. She has made the 3rd round with relative ease, dropping just 1 set in the process. Having reached the Final last year, she boasts a very impressive 23-7 career record at Roland Garros.

Garbine Muguruza

While she may have fallen somewhat of late, Muguruza still finds herself firmly entrenched as the #19 seed for this tournament. After a tough tilt with Taylor Townsend in round 1, she enjoyed a very strong straight sets win over #9 seed Elina Svitolina last time out. A former French Open winner, her 27-5 career record here is simply outstanding.

Prediction: Over 20.5 Games

These are two of the best female clay court players going around right now, which should make for an enthralling contest. At minimum I expect two tightly contested sets with a high chance that we end up going to 3. There just isn’t much to split these two women, making me strongly lean to the over.

Roland Garros – Day 7

Fabio Fognini vs Roberto Bautista Agut, 7 pm
Over 38

Fabio Fognini

The Italian veteran has emerged as one of the more consistent players on tour of late, earning the #9 seed for Roland Garros. He’s made it to round 3 with relative ease, starting with 4-set wins over Andreas Seppi and Federico Delbonis. He has had a strong clay court season to date, winning Monte Carlo before making the Round of 16 at Madrid and Rome.

Roberto Bautista Agut

Bautista Agut has had a resurgent 2019 to date, entering this tournament as the #18 seed. He has had two comfortable straight set wins so far against Americans Steve Johnson and Taylor Fritz. Clay has historically been his best surface and he boasts a 14-6 career winning record at Roland Garros.

Prediction: Over 38 Games

This match looks like one of the tightest on the card tonight. Both of these men are excellent clay court players with very strong return games. I think we’re due for at least 4 sets of very competitive tennis, with a tiebreak or two thrown in. At 38 games, I lean strongly towards the over.

Jan Lennard Struff vs Borna Coric, 8:15 pm
Over 36.5 Games

Jan Lennard Struff

The veteran German continues to be a strong contender on tour, finding himself just outside the seeded places for this tournament. He has had a very solid start to the tournament, beating #20 seed Shapovalov in straight sets in round 1. His strong clay court run and comfortable round 2 win over Radu Albot indicate he’s in very strong form.

Borna Coric

The young Croat has finally cemented himself as one of the top players on tour, currently sporting the #13 seed. He’s comfortably made it to round 3, losing just 1 tie-break set in his first 2 matches. His form on clay has been solid yet unspectacular, making the round of 16 at Rome and the Quarters at Monte Carlo.

Prediction: Over 36.5 Games

While Coric is the relatively strong favourite, I think we’re in for a tight and competitive affair here. Struff has the experience and ability to frustrate his opponent and I expect him to claim at least a set here. With the most likely outcome being 4-5 sets of very close tennis, over 36.5 looks like the best bet on the board.

Juan Martin del Potro vs Jordan Thompson, 9:30 pm
Del Potro 3-0 $2.50

Juan Martin del Potro

The veteran Argentine deserves a ton of credit for battling through all of his injuries, earning the #8 seed for this tournament. He hasn’t had it all his way, losing the first set to Nicolas Jarry in round 1 and being pushed to 5 sets by Nishioka last time out. Despite preferring faster courts, he still boasts a very strong 21-8 career Roland Garros record.

Jordan Thompson

The Aussie battler is one of the better fighters on tour and his excellent attitude has earned him a top 70 ranking. He has had a relatively easy draw to reach this point, although he did manage a 4-set win over Ivo Karlovic in round 2. This is his best season on tour and he showed his quality on clay by making the Final at Nanchang.

Prediction: Del Potro 3-0 $2.50

While Thompson is in career-best form, he just doesn’t have the weapons against del Potro. The big Argentine’s serve is still a force on clay and his versatile groundstrokes will be tough to handle. I was initially keen on the -5.5 handicap at $1.87 but taking the big man to win in straights looks like better value.

Roland Garros – Day 6

Marketa Vondrousova vs Carla Suarez Navarro, 7 pm
Over 20.5 Games

Marketa Vondrousova

The 19-year-old Czech has burst onto the scene this year, sporting a 22-6 record in all WTA matches. She has breezed through the first 2 rounds, comfortably winning both matches in straight sets. Her power-based game is generally more suited to faster courts, although she has performed well on clay so far.

Carla Suarez Navarro

The 30-year-old Spanish veteran is still one of the grittiest players on tour, entering this tournament as the #28 seed. She has had two 3-set wins so far, pulling off infamous CSN comebacks in both. Her game is the most suited to clay of any major court, enjoying a 24-10 career record at Roland Garros.

Prediction: Over 20.5 Games

While Vondrousova is the comfortable favourite here, I expect this to be a fairly tight match. Suarez Navarro is notoriously inconsistent, with a relatively high percentage of her matches going to 3 sets. I think a 3-setter, or at least a very tight 2-setter, is on the cards again here.

Pablo Carreno Busta vs Benoit Paire, 8 pm
Over 37.5 Games

Pablo Carreno Busta

While he isn’t quite at his heights of a top 10 ranking, Carreno Busta still finds himself in the top 60 entering this tournament. He has barely played this season, registering just 4 wins, 0 of which were on clay. He lost a gritty 3-setter to Paire in Barcelona a month ago.

Benoit Paire

The veteran Frenchman is enjoying another solid campaign at his home slam, moving into the top 40 in the process. He had an epic second-round win over countryman Herbert, winning 11-9 in the 5th. His performance on clay has been very solid this season, capped off with a tournament win in Lyon last week.

Prediction: Over 37.5 Games

These two men played in Barcelona last month in what was a very tight 3-setter. They’re rather evenly matched on this surface and I expect another close contest in this one. The odds are that this definitely goes at least 4 sets, where I think over 27.5 games is very likely to cash.

Stan Wawrinka vs Grigor Dimitrov, 10:30 pm
Dimitrov +5.5 Games

Stan Wawrinka

The 34-year-old Swiss is still going strong, maintaining his rank in the top 30 with some strong recent displays. He looked very good in the second round against Garin, winning in straight sets and dropping just 5 games. He has historically been very strong at Roland Garros, winning the tournament in 2015 and going 38-13 for his career.

Grigor Dimitrov

Despite some relatively poor losses of late, a strong start to the French Open should cement Dimitrov’s status in at least the top 50. He has endured two gruelling 5-setters to start, claiming huge scalps in Janko Tipsarevic and Marin Cilic. Clay certainly hasn’t been the best surface throughout his career, only now moving to a 9-8 career record at Roland Garros.

Prediction: Dimitrov +5.5 Games

While both of these men tend to be relatively inconsistent in grand slams, I expect a close affair here. Dimitrov has the power and athleticism to trouble Stan and should take at least a set in this one. The moneyline at $3.35 does look tasty, but I’ll stick with the games handicap for extra security.

Roland Garros – Day 5

Gilles Simon vs Salvatore Caruso, 8:15 pm
Simon -1.5 Sets

Gilles Simon

The veteran Frenchman still has it at the age of 34, entering this tournament as the #6 seed. He got off to a very strong start in round 1, defeating Sergiy Stakhovsky in straight sets. He’s historically performed very well at Roland Garros, pulling off a 21-13 career record.

Salvatore Caruso

The relatively unheralded Italian has strung together some impressive recent performances to crack the top 150. He was strong against Jaume Munar in round 1, gutting out a tough contest in 4 sets. With only 2 ATP tour wins to his name this season, he could be in for a tough time against Simon.

Prediction: Simon -1.5 sets

This is a match that will definitely be decided on Simon’s racket. Even at age 34, he’s one of the best defensive players on tour and should force Caruso into a lot of mistakes. I can’t see this one going 5 or more and think Gilles is good value at this set handicap.

Fernando Verdasco vs Antoine Hoang, 9:30 pm
Verdasco 3-0 $1.80

Fernando Verdasco

Despite being hated by Nick Kyrgios, the veteran Spaniard has had a very solid professional tennis career. Even at the ripe old age of 35, he still entered this tournament as the #23 seed. He negotiated a tough first-round match with Dan Evans with relative ease, taking the last 2 sets comfortably to win in 4.

Antoine Hoang

2019 has been the best season of this young Frenchman’s career, earning his career high rank of 133. He hasn’t had all that much luck on the main tour this year, going just 1-3 before his impressive round 1 win. His first round win over Dzumhur was probably the best of his career, beating the Bosnian over 4 tough sets.

Prediction: Verdasco 3-0 $1.80

Even with the home crowd against him, Verdasco is still comfortably the better player in this matchup. His versatile game has been especially effective on clay courts over the years and I expect him to have little trouble with his opponent here. As long as he is locked in, $1.80 for a 3-set win is strong value.

Gael Monfils vs Adrian Mannarino, 10:15 pm
Over 31.5 Games

Gael Monfils

The charismatic Frenchman is still going strong at 32, entering this tournament as the #14 seed. He got off to a very impressive start against Taro Daniel in round 1, winning in straights and dropping just 5 games in the process. His clay court form has left something to be desired this season, going just 3-3 in the lead-up tournaments.

Adrian Mannarino

Mannarino has been a consistent force on the ATP tour in recent years, currently ranked #46 in the world. He had an epic win over Simone Travaglia in round 1, coming from 2 sets to 1 down to win in 5. He has also largely struggled on clay so far this season, resorting to playing Challengers to get some matches in.

Prediction: Over 31.5 Games

For all of Monfils’ brilliance, he isn’t the most consistent player on tour. He often goes for the flashy shots as opposed to the high-percentage play, allowing his opponents to hang around. I also expect Mannarino to be well up for this, leading to at least 3 tight sets and possibly a 4th.

Roland Garros – Day 4

Leonardo Mayer vs Diego Schwartzman
Schwartzman -4.5 games

Leonardo Mayer

The veteran Argentinian finds himself at #68 in the world entering the French Open. He got off to a very solid start in round 1, defeating Jiri Vesely in 3 comfortable sets. Clay has historically been his preferred surface, boasting a 12-9 career record at Roland Garros.

Diego Schwartzman

Despite his diminutive side, Schwartzman has made a name for himself on tour and is the #17 seed for this tournament. He won a 5-set epic against Martin Fucsovics last time out, breaking serve 10 times in the process. His elite return game and defensive ability make him a real threat on clay.

Prediction: Schwartzman -4.5 games

In this battle between compatriots, I’m giving the edge to the younger Schwartzman here. I think he’s a much better player now than Mayer, who simply doesn’t have the power to overwhelm him. Especially given Schwartzman’s propensity to break, I expect this to be over in 3 or 4 sets.

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Hugo Dellien
Tsitsipas 3-0 $1.65

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Tsitsipas has built on an excellent 2018 campaign with a great start to 2019, seeded #6 for this year’s French Open. He made light work of Max Marterer in Round 1, winning very comfortably in straight sets. He’s had a relatively successful clay court season so far, making the final at Madrid a fortnight ago.

Hugo Dellien

The young Bolivian is on the rise after some strong recent performances, moving to #86 in the world. He had an excellent start to Roland Garros in Round 1, destroying Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran in 3 easy sets. He also had a solid outing in Geneva last week, reaching the Quarters before losing to Alex Zverev.

Prediction: Tsitsipas 3-0 $1.65

While Dellien is on the rise, I just don’t think he can come close to Tsitsipas here. The enigmatic Greek star has an exciting and versatile game that should overwhelm his opponent in this one. I expect his strong return game to prove valuable here en route to a straight sets victory.

Grigor Dimitrov vs Marin Cilic
Over 38.5 Games

Grigor Dimitrov

After some poor recent form, Grigor Dimitrov finds himself unseeded for this year’s Roland Garros. That didn’t appear to matter in Round 1, as he narrowly got past Janko Tipsarevic in 5 sets. Despite flashing a ton of potential, he still as a below .500 7-8 career record at the French Open.

Marin Cilic

The Croatian veteran continues to be one of the most consistent players on tour, entering this tournament as the #11 seed. He got off to a fast start against Thomas Fabbiano in Round 1, comfortably winning in straight sets. While his powerful game is more suited to faster courts, he still has made consecutive Quarter-Finals at Roland Garros.

Prediction: Over 38.5 Games

This is a relatively tough second-round draw for Cilic against an opponent of Dimitrov’s calibre. While I think he still gets it done, it is likely to be a tightly contested battle over at least 4 sets. Given the strong serves of both of these men, I think over 38.5 games looks like a solid bet.

Roland Garros – Day 3

Alexander Zverev vs John Millman, 7 pm
Zverev 3-0 $1.85

Alexander Zverev

The enigmatic young German has had another solid campaign this year and enters this tournament as the #5 seed. His clay court season has been decent so far, making the Quarters in Madrid and winning in Geneva last week. While he tends to prefer hard courts, he did have an impressive run to the French Open quarters last year.

John Millman

The Mailman has definitely maximized his talents as a pro tennis player, moving to a respectable ranking of #56. He has admittedly struggled in 2019, winning just 11 of 25 ATP singles matches. His clay court season has been particularly poor, failing to advance past the second round in any of his events.

Prediction: Zverev 3-0 $1.85

If Zverev is on his game here, he is the significantly better player of these two. He is much more athletic than Millman and should be able to control the match here. While John will definitely fight, I expect a solid display from Zverev en route to a straight sets win.

Steve Johnson vs Roberto Bautista Agut, 8:45 pm
Johnson +6.5 Games

Steve Johnson

The American veteran has had a lean 2019 so far, moving down to #65 in the world rankings. He has won just 6 of 17 ATP singles matches this season, including a first-round exit at the Australian Open. He did manage to find some form in Lyon last week, making the Quarters before losing to Auger-Aliassime.

Roberto Bautista Agut

Ever the strong competitor, the 31-year-old Spaniard enters this tournament with the #18 seed. He has enjoyed a very strong start to 2019, going 19-9 in ATP singles matches. Despite typically being a strong clay court contributor, he has largely struggled in the main events this year.

Prediction: Johnson +6.5 Games

While Bautista Agut is rightly favoured here, I expect Johnson to make a right go of this. His serve should still hold up well and keep him competitive in this one. I can see a tie-break or two and potentially a set win for Johnson, making +6.5 look like strong value.

Lucas Pouille vs Simone Bolelli, 10:15 pm
Pouille -1.5 Sets

Lucas Pouille

The solid Frenchman enters his home slam as the #22 seed. Since an epic Semi-Finals appearance at the Australian Open, he’s won just 1 ATP main tour singles match. He has enjoyed previous successful campaigns on clay, making me think this is just a minor blip in form.

Simone Bolelli

Despite a singles ranking of #187, this Italian veteran still competes hard every night. He’s barely played on the ATP main tour this season, winning just 1 of 3 matches. Clay is definitely his favourite surface to play on and is where he has enjoyed most of his career success.

Prediction: Pouille -1.5 sets

This is a classic case of buying low on a player. Pouille has been in atrocious form of late, which also means you’re getting the best possible value on him. With the home crowd cheering him on and Bolelli struggling to control proceedings, I expect a win in 4 sets or less.

Roland Garros – Day 2

Filip Krajinovic vs Frances Tiafoe
Tiafoe to win $2.55

Filip Krajinovic

The 27-year-old Serb enters the French Open with an improved ranking of 60. He has enjoyed a stellar 15-6 record so far, although most of these wins were at lower level events. Most of his success has typically come on the hardcourts, so it’ll be interesting to see how he fairs against Tiafoe here.

Frances Tiafoe

The next great hope in American tennis enters this 1st round clash as the #32 seed. He impressed many a tennis fan with his very solid Australian Open run, making the Quarters before losing to Nadal. His form has been relatively inconsistent since then, managing wins in just 12 of 23 contests this year.

Prediction: Tiafoe to win $2.55

Given that neither of these players are particularly adept on clay, I think Tiafoe should be favourite here. He is the more powerful and athletic player and I can see him wearing Krajinovic down. Especially at lucrative odds of $2.55, I’ll happily take Tiafoe as a heavy underdog.

Juan Martin del Potro vs Nicolas Jarry
Over 34.5 Games

Juan Martin del Potro

While it feels like he’s been around for ages, the Argentine veteran is just 30 years of age and enters this tournament as the #8 seed. He has barely played all year, with a Quarter-Final appearance in Rome his biggest of the season. While clay certainly isn’t his preferred surface, he made a very respectable Semi-Final appearance at Roland Garros last year.

Nicolas Jarry

The best Chilean hope since Fernando Gonzalez, the 6’6” giant enters this one with a world ranking of 75. He’s had a mixed bag in 2019, winning just 7 of his 17 ATP singles matches. Given his serve-oriented game, he hasn’t enjoyed all that much success at Roland Garros in the past.

Prediction: Over 34.5 games

While del Potro is the deserved favourite here, I can see him being somewhat rusty with very little game time under his belt. Even on clay, I don’t see too many breaks of serve in a match that should feature a tie-break or two. Assuming we get 4 or more sets, I very much like this play.

Taylor Fritz vs Bernard Tomic
Tomic +7.5 Games

Taylor Fritz

The big-serving young American enters the French Open with a solid ranking of 46 overall. 2019 hasn’t been his best year on tour, winning just 9 of 21 ATP singles matches. Clay certainly isn’t his best surface either and he’s yet to win a singles match at Roland Garros in his entire career.

Bernard Tomic

Bernie has somehow managed to establish himself in the top 100 again, moving up to #82 in the world in the last update. This is despite a relatively lacklustre 1st half of 2019, winning just 3 of his 10 ATP singles matches. While clay definitely isn’t Bernie’s best surface either, he does at least have a few Roland Garros wins under his belt.

Prediction: Tomic +7.5

Both of these men rely heavily on their serve, which should be somewhat negated on clay. As such, I expect a relatively close affair with a ton of unforced errors involved. These two are more evenly matched than the line suggests and I’ll gladly ‘feel the Bern’ with a 7.5-game head start.

Multi: Tsonga, Coric, Medvedev
Odds of $1.91

Another relatively simple plan of attack for today’s multi. I expect Tsonga to win comfortably in front of his home crowd, while Coric is as solid as they come on clay. Given his strong form this season, I also fancy Medvedev at $1.33, which helps push the odds on this to near even money.

Roland Garros – Day 1

Ugo Humbert vs Alex Popyrin, 7 pm
Humbert $1.88

Ugo Humbert

The 20-year-old Frenchman enters his home slam with a career best singles ranking of 61. He didn’t have much of a clay season, losing in the 1st round at Madrid in his only clay court appearance. More of a hardcourt player, I expect him to try and opt for powerful groundstrokes and long rallies here.

Alex Popyrin

As with his opponent, the 19-year-old Aussie enters this clash with a career best singles ranking of 109. He broke out in the 2019 Australian Open, making the 3rd round before losing in 5 sets to Lucas Pouille. His recent form hasn’t been all that great, registering just 1 ATP main event match win since.

Prediction: Humbert $1.88

Humbert is the slightly more experienced player and will be in front of his home fans here. I think he is more mobile than Popyrin and has much more versatility to his game. Especially over 5 gruelling sets, I think just under even money is very strong value for him.

Roger Federer vs Lorenzo Sonego, 10:15 pm
Federer 3-0 $1.85

Roger Federer

Now almost 38 years of age, the Fed Express is still one of the premier forces in men’s tennis. He played clay court events in Madrid and Rome this season, making the Quarter Finals in both before losing to Thiem and retiring against Tsitsipas. He has tended to perform much better on grass throughout his career, winning just 1 Roland Garros title.

Lorenzo Sonego

The 24-year-old Italian has had a relatively solid campaign and enters this tournament with a singles ranking of 73. His highlight this season was a very strong Monte Carlo Masters, where he made the Quarters after 3 straight sets victories. Clay has historically been his best surface, however he could be overawed with Roger at the other end.

Prediction: Federer 3-0 $1.85

Federer has historically started grand slams very well of late, rarely being pushed past the 3rd set. Sonego is an opponent that doesn’t have the speed or power to challenge him, meaning Roger should be in control throughout. This could easily be his last French Open and I think he opens with a routine straight sets win.

Robin Haase vs Philipp Kohlschreiber, 11:30 pm
Over 34.5 Games

Robin Haase

After a relatively mediocre 2019 so far, the veteran Dutchman enters this tournament ranked #67. He has won just 9 of 19 ATP singles matches this year, failing to win a single main event match on clay. After being knocked out in the 1st round of Roland Garros last year, he’ll likely find it tough going here against a formidable opponent.

Philipp Kohlschreiber

One of the more underrated players on tour, Kohlschreiber has been a consistent force for nearly the past decade. He boasts a solid 16-12 singles record this year, including 7-5 on clay courts. As one of the better defensive players on tour, I can see him having a resurgent French Open this year.

Prediction: Over 34.5 games

These are two relatively even players who both have strong hold percentages. I think it’s most likely that Kohlschreiber wins this, but Haase has the talent to at least take a set or two. Assuming this goes 4 or more sets, it’s very likely that we see over 34.5 games.

Roland Garros 2019: Women’s Singles Preview

With how wide-open the WTA is right now, we could definitely be in for some surprises in Paris over the next fortnight. Simona Halep opens as the comfortable $5 favourite to retain her Roland Garros title, while Kiki Bertens is the next best option at $8. Naomi Osaka at $11 and Serena Williams at $15 both deserve recognition, while Aussie Ash Barty isn’t far off the pace at $17. Let’s take a look at the top contenders on the women’s side of the draw.

Simona Halep $5

Without a clear #1 contender, the reigning French Open champion has emerged as the favourite for this year’s tournament. Her clay court season has been a mixed bag so far, making the Final of the Madrid Open before losing in the first round of the Italian Open last week. Despite possessing all the talent in the world, her consistency continues to be somewhat of an issue. That said, a new coach in tow might be just the fresh start she needs to claim her 2nd grand slam crown.

Kiki Bertens $8

Such is the state of the women’s game right now that Kiki Bertens is the 2nd favourite for a grand slam title. She is admittedly in some strong recent form, winning the Madrid Open and narrowly losing in the Semis in Rome. While clay is clearly her best surface, her grand slam results have been relatively abysmal. Only once has she advanced to the 2nd week of Roland Garros, sporting an 11-7 all-time record.

Naomi Osaka $11

Having won both of the last 2 WTA grand slams, Osaka is a strong contender that can’t be ruled out here. She made the Quarters of the Madrid Open a fortnight ago, before retiring against Bertens in Rome last week. With her powerful serve being her strongest weapon, her game is unfortunately restricted on clay. Nevertheless, in a very wide-open draw, she looks very much odds on for her best Roland Garros finish.

Serena Williams $15

Even at almost 38 years of age, Serena still stands out as the primary threat on the WTA tour. Serena has an unprecedented 23 grand slam titles and has enjoyed strong success in Paris before. She has barely played on clay at all this season, winning her first round at Rome before retiring against sister Venus. Even so, a fresh Serena is still the best player on tour and $15 represents some solid value.

Ash Barty $17

The best Aussie hope on either side of the draw is definitely young gun Ash Barty. She did a solid job in her 2 clay court tournaments this season, coming away with a combined 4-2 record. She showed her pedigree at the Australian Open earlier this year, making the Quarter Finals before falling to eventual finalist Petra Kvitova. Clay certainly isn’t Barty’s best surface, although she certainly has the talent to beat anyone on tour.

Best Bet: Halep $5

From looking at the above options, I believe Halep is definitely the most likely winner here. Her game is very well-suited to clay and she’s proven that she can win at this tournament in high stakes moments. She should be at her absolute peak right now and her strong return game should prove especially effective here. Serena looks like a decent roughie at $15 but Halep is still definitely the best bet.