French Open Day 11 Betting Preview & Tips

French Open Day 11 Betting Preview & Tips

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

  • 2019 Profit & Loss: +13.48pts

French Open Day 11 Betting Preview & Tips

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

Wednesday marks day eleven at the 2019 French Open as the quarter-final stage concludes with the remaining two matches in the top half of the draw.

There was success on Tuesday as Rafael Nadal seized upon the Kei Nishikori serve early on in their encounter and the under 8.5 games in set one landed.

The 11-time champion dropped only five games en route to sealing a semi-final berth, and he will meet his old nemesis Roger Federer there on Friday.

Although the Swiss got the job done over his compatriot Stan Wawrinka in four sets, the latter did not start the contest as sluggishly as we anticipated which put to rest our hopes of landing a profitable double.

The Verdict

Nevertheless, rain is expected to punctuate the day on Wednesday and if any play is squeezed into the afternoon – there is a very possibility there won’t be – we will be keeping a close eye on Novak Djokovic’s clash with Alexander Zverev.

The Serbian has looked more menacing as the tournament has progressed, denting our hopes of Jan-Lennard Struff covering the handicap in the fourth round on Monday, and he faces a player competing in only his second Grand Slam quarter-final.

Zverev’s only other appearance in the last eight of a major was in Paris twelve months ago when his body let him down against Dominic Thiem and, even if he appears fitter than he was at this stage last year, there is perhaps no tougher obstacle in a Grand Slam at the moment than Djokovic.

The German has posted a couple of wins over the 15-time major winner in his career – including most recently at ATP Finals last year – but Djokovic is a different beast during the latter stages of Grand Slams, as Lucas Pouille discovered to his detriment in Australia earlier this year.

The Frenchman was humiliated 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 after a stellar run to the semi-finals and Zverev will be praying a similar tale does not become of him if he starts slowly on Court Philppe-Chatrier.

The German scored his first victory over a top-20 player at a Grand Slam when he recovered from a set down to oust Fabio Fognini in an impressive display on Monday, but it a result that may only auger well for Zverev at other major events heading forward.

Djokovic dropped only three games when the pair met in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters last year and the Serbian will enjoy the time Zverev allows his opponents with his deep scrambling position behind the baseline.

With this in mind, backing the Serbian to cover the -7.5 game handicap at 5/4 is worth a shot.

Meanwhile, Dominic Thiem is bidding to reach the semi-finals of Roland Garros for a fourth successive year when he faces Karen Khachanov – conqueror of Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round – on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

We underestimated the Austrian when we expected the loss of a set in his previous match against Gael Monfils, but he was frighteningly convincing and he has arrived at the quarter-finals in Paris once again. Khachanov, in contrast, is in unchartered territory after a few near-misses at the fourth round at majors.

The Russian exploited a depleted del Potro in the last round and he enjoys conditions on clay with the ability to dictate with his forehand. At the very least, he seems to have rekindled the form which propelled him to his first Masters 1000 title in Bercy last year.

In fact, Khachanov is 10-0 in the French capital since November and the Russian has not played too many sets this week to experience weariness in the legs when he steps onto the court.

However, Thiem’s experience is likely to tell and there is very little value to be found in this contest.

Recommended Bets

  • 1pt – Novak Djokovic -7.5 games – 5/4 (bet365)
  • 0.7pts – Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev – No Tie-Break in Match – 11/10 (bet365)