Day four of the French Open sees the first second round games being played in the men’s and women’s singles tournaments. I’ve put together my French Open tips and analysis for two of the more interesting games today, as always looking for betting value.
There have already been some upsets with Alexander Zverev and Jack Sock among the seeded casualties in the men’s draw while Jo Konta joined Angelique Kerber as one of the top women’s seeds to have been dumped out. Who will join them?
French Open tips: Jiri Vesely v Aljaz Bedene
Jiri Vesely takes on Aljaz Bedene in the fourth match on Court three having already caused an upset, dumping Jack Sock out in straight sets in round one. It took four sets for the Slovene-born Brit Aljaz Bedene to beat Ryan Harrison, and it’s set up a tie between to very evenly matched opponents.
Just five places separate the two players in the rankings, with Bedene ranked the higher at #52. Vesely came into the French Open on the back of five successive second round losses on clay, although he got his revenge on Jack Sock who dumped him out of the Internzionali BNL D’Italia in Rome two weeks ago.
Bedene also lost in that round of that tournament but he did reach the final of the Gazprom Hungarian Open in Budapest, an ATP 250 tour event, losing to Lucas Pouille who had also beaten Vesely on his way to the title. Bedene has won two Challenger events on Clay this season in successive weeks in April.
They’ve met once before, with Vesely winning that tie. This is going to be a tough game for two players both high on confidence but I’m going to be somewhat patriotic and back Aljaz Bedene as my French Open tips to win at 1.70.
French Open tips: Garbine Muguruza v Anett Kontaveit
Last year’s French Open Champion Garbine Muguruza continues her defence of her title against #53 ranked Anett Kontaveit from Estonia. Muguruza reached this round having beaten 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone while Kontaveit beat Monica Niculescu of Romania in straight sets.
Muguruza and Kontaveit have already met once this season on clay, with the Estonian victorious in three sets in Stuttgart. However, Muguruza’s form has since picked up, with her reaching the semi-finals in Rome before retiring injured – the third time in six tournaments she has retired injured. Kontaveit reached the quarter-finals in both Stuttgart and Rome, giving her an 11-4 record on clay prior to this tournament including a 6-4 6-0 thrashing of Angelique Kerber in Rome.
Muguruza has barely been mentioned as a potential to win at Roland Garros despite being defending champion and the number of withdrawals from top players prior to the tournament. The question is can Kontaveit seize on her recent good form and push Muguruza hard on the Philippe-Chatrier court? I’m not having the best tournament so far but I’m hoping I can rectify that with a big outsider win, and because of that I’m backing Anett Kontaveit as my French Open tips to shock Muguruza at 2.48.
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