Blockbuster showdown on the cards today at Roland-Garros as players vie for a place in the quarterfinals. While they strut their stuff, you should fatten your purse.
Here are the top three betting tips for the day:
Serena Williams to beat Maria Sharapova at 1.60 on Nairabet, WTA French Open R4.
Arguably the most important match of the day. These two have met 21 times in the past and Serena Williams has beaten Sharapova in 19 of those meetings (18 straight matches; 4-0 on clay and the last 16 sets). Complete dominance!
Despite the fact that Sharapova has played more matches than Williams, which, of course, translates into match fitness, I fancy Williams coming out on top. The American, so far in Paris, has put up commanding displays and the thoughts of any rusts from her long absence wears away with every match she plays.
This would be an interesting match. Serena has the advantage, psychologically and has always, always been the better player. That’s a big one. Don’t try to bet against her. 1.60 is excellent!
Rafael Nadal vs Maximilian Marterer (Marterer to win over 7.5 games at 1.90 on Nairabet), ATP French Open R4.
Nadal is the favourite in this one, clearly! Even Marterer knows. However, the unheralded 22-year-old German is playing really well in Paris. He knocked out highly-rated Denis Shapovalov to reach this stage and even Nadal reckons he’ll be tough to play against.
“He hits the ball with big topspin. He has power, so he’s a dangerous opponent.
“Being in that round, winning good matches. He’s of course playing well, Nadal said.
It’s a first time meeting between the two and while Nadal will end up beating Marterer, I am backing the German to, at least, put up a show. Winning 7.5 games and over shouldn’t be Herculean for the talented German. And 1.90 is mouthwatering!
Marin Cilic vs Fabio Fognini (Fognini to win a set at 1.30 on Nairabet), ATP French Open R4.
Tough match, this one! Marin Cilic is playing really good on this surface. Fognini, too, has done well. He’s on the back of a thrilling five-set victory over British number one, Kyle Edmund.
However, the third-seeded Cilic is a better player on stages like this and has had better success in Grand Slams. He might go through to the quarterfinals, but not easily. I expect Italy’s Fognini to put up a fight. The Italian is capable of taking a set as he’s also a very good player, and he will! Back that up at 1.30 on Nairabet.