Tuesday’s French Open tips: Thiem, Stephens and Djokovic get the nod
We’re down to the last eight
The French Open quarter-finals get started today and there are some cracking ties to look forward to.
Two of the most promising players around, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, meet in the men’s draw. And there’s an intriguing match-up between Sloane Stephens and Daria Kasatkina in the women’s.
The Coral News Team have tips for both of those matches, as well as the two other singles quarter-finals taking place today…
Dominic Thiem to beat Alexander Zverev – 4/7
Alexander Zverev was the second-favourite to triumph at Roland Garros when the tournament started. But the odds are stacked against him when he faces Dominic Thiem.
Thiem is the 4/7 favourite here and his clay-court expertise could tell. The Austrian has also won four of the previous six meetings between the pair. It’s not going to be easy, but Thiem looks set to grind out another win here. It’s now 12/5 that this goes to five sets (was 2/1).
Sloane Stephens to beat Daria Kasatkina – 4/5
Sloane Stephens has impressed in Paris, reaching the French Open quarter-finals for the first time. She’s only lost one set in her four matches so far. The US Open champion only dropped two games as she cruised past Anett Kontaveit in the previous round too.
Kasatkina has knocked out no. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki and poses a real threat here. But Stephens’ big-game experience and speed advantage could make the difference. If the American makes it through, the draw will open up nicely for her.
Novak Djokovic to beat Marco Cecchinato in straight sets – 8/15
Marco Cecchinato had never won a match at a Grand Slam before this year’s French Open started. Now he finds himself as the lowest-ranked quarter-finalist at Roland Garros since Ernests Gulbis in 2008.
But the fairy tale looks likely to end here. Djokovic is unsurprisingly the overwhelming favourite at 1/12. He’s looked more like his old self in this tournament, which doesn’t bode well for Cecchinato.
Madison Keys to beat Yulia Putintseva 2-1 – 11/4
Madison Keys is ranked no. 13 in the world, 72 places above her last-eight opponent. She’s a natural on hard courts and hasn’t lost a set on her way to this stage. The Illinois-born player should book her place in the final four here.
But it wouldn’t be a surprise if Putintseva took a set in this tie. The Russian won their only previous meeting two years ago. And it would only be natural if Keys felt a few nerves as she gets closer to the prize.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing