Rafael Nadal vs Guido Pella (3 sets at 1.25 on Nairabet), ATP French Open, R2.
Pella has never seen the third round of a Grand Slam event and has very little success on the main Tour entirely. The 28-year-old Argentine needs as many free points as possible if he’s going to push Nadal in this match. Nadal, meanwhile, well, you know, is just one fearsome beast on this surface. The King of Clay isn’t losing this match and I’m backing this encounter to be decided in three sets. 1.25 is exceedingly generous. Don’t worry!
Serena Williams to beat Ashleigh Barty at 1.95 on Nairabet. WTA French Open, R2.
Serena Williams has only just returned back to Grand Slam action. However, you never just know when a player has clicked into gear and then there’s no looking back. Williams has won 12 of her last 13 matches on clay court. Barty, on the other hand, has been dealing with a back injury and isn’t really playing consistently. Her season also, has been hot and cold; hiccups here and there.
These two played once, which was in the 2014 Australian Open, a match Serena won in straight sets. And I fancy the American doing the same here. I’ll give the American the edge as she has the ability to will herself to wins despite not being in top shape. The same can’t be related to the Australian.
Maria Sharapova to beat Donna Vekic at 1.30 on Nairabet, WTA French Open, R2.
Sharapova hasn’t lost before the third round of a Grand Slam since the 2013 Wimbledon. The Russian has won 8 of her last 10 matches on clay court. Vekic, on the other hand, has little to no Grand Slam success and didn’t play convincingly well in her first round match despite a straight sets win over Kateryna Bondarenko.
Sharapova, despite having not played her best tennis in a long while now still has the needed experience to see this one out. Surely, an even better player than Vekic, she should win this match. 1.30 for that is good!