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French Open Tennis: Tuesday 2nd June
Just eight men and eight women remain in the hunt for ultimate glory at Roland Garros as the 2015 French Open clicks in to overdrive with the quarter-final matches.
With just three matches standing in their way, each star will fancy his or her chances of lifting the crown and we should be in for some mouth-watering tennis over the next few days.
The party is already up and running in style, expect the fireworks to start now.
French Open Tennis Day 9 Review
Monday’s action in Paris served up a feast of quality tennis and British fans will have loved seeing Andy Murray progress to the last eight with a comfortable 3-1 win over France’s Jeremy Chardy. The Scottish star, who won the Madrid Masters last month, must now be considered a genuine contender and should be confident when he takes on Spain’s David Ferrer, who claimed a straight sets win over Marin Cilic, on Wednesday.
There were equally dominant displays for No.1 seed Novak Djokovic and nine-time champion Rafael Nadal, who overcame the challenges of Richard Gasquet and Jack Sock respectively. The two titans will now meet in an explosive quarter-final tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer completed the job against Gael Monfils after rain delays had disrupted Sunday’s progress. There were also a couple of matches carried over from the Women’s draw, with Garbine Muguruza clinching an impressive win against Flavia Pennetta.
It was a memorable day in the WTA event. Defending champ Maria Sharapova was dethroned in straight sets by Lucie Safarova whilst Petra Kvitova was also stunned by Timea Bacsinzsky. Meanwhile, Serena Willliams survived an early scare to beat Sloane Stephens in three sets.
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Battle Of Switzerland Just One Of Tuesday’s Highlights
If Monday’s action was great then Tuesday’s should be spectacular as Swiss giants Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka collide for a place in the French Open semi-final. Both former Grand Slam winners will be quietly confident about sealing their place in the last four and we should be in for a truly explosive encounter.
Elsewhere in the Men’s draw, local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga looks to keep the French dream alive as he takes on the equally popular Kei Nishikori of Japan. Both players have performed exceptionally well and it’s another meeting that could go either way. However, 5th seed Nishikori will be extra confident as he takes a 4-1 head-to-head lead into this clash.
There are also two Women’s quarter-final ties to sink our teeth into as Safarova meets Muguruza in a last eight match that very few would have predicted before yesterday’s action. Meanwhile, Bacsinzsky will look to follow up yesterday’s triumph over Kvitova by booking her first ever Grand Slam semi-final spot as she faces Alison van Uytvanck.
Prepare yourselves for a classic day at Roland Garros.
French Open Tennis Betting Tips 2nd June
The home crowd will be right behind their man Tsonga on Philippe Chatrier this afternoon, but from a betting perspective we have to fancy favourite Nishikori.
Japan’s greatest sports star has not dropped a single set at Roland Garros this year. The 25-year-old will win Grand Slam titles at some stage, we suspect he’ll be reaching the last four in France with relative ease.
[quote_center]Tip: Kei Nishikori -5.5 games @ Evens with Paddy Power[/quote_center]
As far as the Women’s matches are concerned, we’re concerning ourselves with the mouth-watering clash between Safarova and Muguruza.
It could be a tight affair that goes all the way, but we’re backing Safarova to use the momentum of yesterday’s win over Sharapova to full effect.
[quote_center]Tip: Lucie Safarova to win @ 10/11 with Bet365[/quote_center]