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French Open Tennis: Friday 5th June
This year’s French Open has reached fever pitch as we prepare for today’s crucial Men’s Singles semi-final clashes and it should be an absolutely phenomenal afternoon of entertainment in Paris.
Yesterday’s action saw the Women’s event cut down to just two players and the last four remaining male stars will all be desperate to book their spot in Sunday’s final. But which two will take that giant leap towards the crown?
Prepare yourselves for a classic.
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French Open Tennis Day 12 Review
The only question on Thursday was which two WTA starlets would book their respective places in Saturday’s French Open Women’s Singles final. Whilst both semi-finals ended in the result most probably expected, we were treated to some thrilling drama throughout the afternoon.
First up, Ana Ivanovic and Lucie Safarova produced a fascinating encounter on Philippe Chatrier. After Safarova claimed a crucial late break to take the first set 7-5, the Czech starlet was well on her way to the final. Despite the Serbians best effort, the World No.13 produced another 7-5 victory to knock her opponent out of the French Open for a second year running.
It was heartache for the World No.6 but pure elation for Safarova, who reaches her first ever Grand Slam final. On Saturday, she meets the vastly experienced Serena Williams, who is gunning for title number three at Roland Garros. It would be her 20th overall.
The No.1 seed did face some difficulties in her semi-final, though, as the illness that has plagued her all week threatened to derail her assault for the trophy. Swiss opponent Timea Bacsinszky actually took the first set 6-4 in her first ever Grand Slam semi, before Serena battled back to win 2-1 thanks to an amazing sequence of taking 10 games on the spin.
Saturday’s showdown should be a cracker of a final.
Can Murray Stop Djokovic?
Friday is Men’s semi-final day and the headline match sees Britain’s Andy Murray look to continue his fantastic run on clay by shocking World No.1 Novak Djokovic. However, judging by the Serbian’s demolition of defending champ Rafa Nadal in the last round, it could be an uphill battle for the Scottish superstar.
Murray has been sublime, though, and must be quietly optimistic as he finally looks to beat his French Open semi-final hoodoo at the third attempt. However, Djokovic has won seven straight head-to-head encounters since the Brit beat him at Wimbledon 2013, including a four-set victory in this year’s first Grand Slam in Australia.
Djokovic certainly holds all the aces, but you’d write Murray off at your peril. In the other semi-final, Stanislas Wawrinka meets Jo-Wilfired Tsonga after the pair each claimed memorable quarter-final triumphs against Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori respectively.
The pair are split right down the middle with three head-to-head victories apiece, including one each at Roland Garros. The crowd will obviously be behind the French star and maybe that will play a part.
Either way, it’s set to be another brilliant day in Paris.
French Open Tennis Betting Tips 5th June
The big match between Djokovic and Murray will have the whole tennis fraternity watching with eager eyes, but the truth is that it’s the World No.1 who should prevail en route to finally completing his career Grand Slam.
However, Murray’s form should not be overlooked completely and we think he can at least give the Serbian a challenge. We think Djokovic win, but by a smaller margin than predicted.
[quote_center]Tip: Andy Murray +6.5 games handicap @ 5/6 with William Hill[/quote_center]
The other semi-final might not boast quite the level of quality as Djokovic-Murray, but both Tsonga and Wawrinka are quality players and we should expect an equally fascinating last four encounter.
It’s easy to see why former Grand Slam winner Wawrinka is favourite, but Tsonga has really showed signs of hitting a new level in the last week and we think he can channel the French atmosphere to claim his first ever spot in the final.
[quote_center]Tip: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win @ 2/1 with Bet365[/quote_center]