Tennis specialist Craig Vickers (@craigvickers_) previews day seven of the men’s French Open and provides us with his best bets for the second Grand Slam of the year.
- 2019 Profit & Loss: +12.85pts
- Date: 26 May-9 June
- Venue: Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France
- Channel: Eurosport UK
Saturday marks day seven at the 2019 French Open as we wrap up third round action on the men’s side of the draw.
We went one for two on our bets for Friday when Laslo Djere covered the set handicap against Kei Nishikori, but Corentin Moutet came up short against Juan Ignacio Londero.
Djere, as we anticipated, pushed the Japanese to a deciding set, eventually falling 8-6, but Moutet was agonisingly close to landing us a successful double.
The Frenchman forced a fifth set and fashioned three break points as the Argentine served for the match, but he was on the wrong side of the margins in what was a frenetic conclusion to the contest.
Meanwhile, our quarter outright, Stefanos Tsitsipas, will have to come back later today to conclude his tussle with Filip Krajinovic, with the Greek leading 2-0 and the third set on serve at 5-5.
Jan-Lennard Struff is playing fine tennis on the dirt this season and his clash with Borna Coric on Court 14 at around 11:30AM GMT is the pick of the matches from a betting perspective.
The German has never made the third round of Roland Garros in his career and he has neither progressed to the second week of a Grand Slam, which makes him a dangerous prospect.
He needed a couple of tie-breaks to oust Radu Albot in the previous round, but Struff’s strength has never lay in the return of serve and he will grateful that the schedulers in Paris have assigned his match to Court 14.
The tighter stadium is conducive to power tennis and it’s usually at this stage of a Grand Slam where his opponent tends to come unstuck, with three previous third round appearances for Coric his best effort at the French Open.
Struff reached the quarter-finals at the Barcelona Open last month and he ought to have reached the last eight at the Italian Open when he dominated Kei Nishikori for a set and a half before inexplicably donating serve with the match in his grasp and fading away.
Coric has already been forced to play two tie-breaks this week and a breaker or two seems likely between the pair, with the hope that Struff can keep his composure and land us a 2/1 winner.
Elsewhere, Dusan Lajovic pushed Alexander Zverev the distance in Paris twelve months ago and he appears to have rediscovered a bit of form after a post-Monte Carlo dip.
The Serbian has not dropped a set this week and he has enjoyed a stress free passage to the third round; his opponent cannot say the same.
The German was taken to a deciding set by John Millman in the first round, with the Australian not particularly keen on the clay and with only four match wins on the surface behind him this year.
Zverev’s toils at the Grand Slam’s have been well-documented and there is nothing to suggest that a straight sets victory over the 20-year-old Mikael Ymer – who was making his Grand Slam debut – has cured the problem.
Lajovic does not boast much power which will be music to Zverev’s ears, but it is not a prerequisite when playing against the German with the 22-year-old often guilty of beating himself.
As such, the Serbian to win at 3/1 is tempting, but those of a more conservative nature will prefer Lajovic +1.5 sets at 6/4.