French Open Day 10 Betting Preview & Tips

French Open Day 10 Betting Preview & Tips

Tennis specialist Craig Vickers (@craigvickers_) previews day ten of the men’s French Open and provides us with his best bets for the second Grand Slam of the year.

  • 2019 Profit & Loss: +13.4pts

French Open Day 10 Betting Preview & Tips

  • Date: 26 May-9 June
  • Venue: Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France
  • Channel: Eurosport UK

Tuesday marks day ten at the 2019 French Open as quarter-final action in the bottom half of the men’s draw takes place.

We have enjoyed a great deal of success over the last week, but Monday proved a fruitless day as neither of our bets landed.

Jan-Lennard Struff suffered the familiar fate of troubling Novak Djokovic during the opening blows, before his game was meticulously dismantled by the Serbian, who looks well poised to reach the final in Paris.

Dominic Thiem, meanwhile, was clinical in his straight sets victory over Gael Monfils and the Austrian will face Karen Khachanov – not our quarter outright, Juan Martin del Potro – after the 23-year-old stunned last year’s semi-finalist in four sets.

In truth, this French Open may have been a tournament too soon for the returning del Potro, with his performance against Djokovic at the Italian Open last month little more than a red herring.

The Verdict

Nevertheless, value gets whittled down as the tournament progresses with only two matches on offer on Tuesday.

It is not only the opponent that is far from ideal for Kei Nishikori – he faces 11-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal second on Court Philippe-Chatrier – but the fact the Japanese will take to the court for the third consecutive day.

His fourth round match with Benoit Paire was held overnight and the Japanese had to finish the job after lunchtime yesterday.

And it was hardly plain sailing for Nishikori in part two, resuming proceedings having clinched the third set before he was taken to a decider by the mercurial Frenchman. There, the Japanese was forced to twice battle back from a break down, clinching victory after 3 hours and 54 minutes.

That followed a marathon third round encounter with Laslo Djere which spanned four and a half hours. Much like his travails at the Australian Open earlier this year, Nishikori’s downfall at the latter stage of a Grand Slam is an overexertion during the first week.

Really, however, the Japanese does not come close to rivalling Nadal on clay even at peak fitness, but his physical state could have an impact on the opening set.

In contrast, Nadal has spent very little time on court – save for a blip in his third round clash with David Goffin – and he will surely be quicker out of the blocks than Nishikori. Under 8.5 games in set one at 5/4, then, is the standout bet.

In Tuesday’s other match, Roger Federer will get the chance to avenge his defeat by compatriot Stan Wawrinka in Paris three years ago.

That day, Wawrinka ended the 20-time Grand Slam champion’s bid in the quarter-final and it remained Federer’s last foray at Roland Garros before this year.

Fortunately for Federer, he appears a more frightening prospect on the dirt this season having failed to drop a set in his previous four matches in Paris thus far.

The 2015 champion will undoubtedly be his stiffest test, but he will have tuned into Wawrinka’s near-five hour epic with Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday with a wry smile on his face.

Much like Nishikori’s exertions, Wawrinka may feel the after-effects of his fourth round clash during the opening exchanges and, considering how quickly Federer has raced out of the blocks in his matches in Paris, he could be vulnerable to an avalanche in set one.

Under 9.5 games in the opening set is available at 13/8.

Recommended Bets

  • 0.7pts – Rafael Nadal vs Kei Nishikori Under 8.5 games in set one – 5/4 (bet365)
  • 0.8pts – Roger Federer vs Stan Wawrinka Under 9.5 games in set one – 13/8 (bet365)