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French Open Day 11 - three best bets for Wednesday June 5 at Roland Garros

Andrew Hendrie 5 Jun 2019
  • Men's and women's quarter-final action at the French Open on Day 11 is live from Roland Garros at 2.00pm local time (1.00pm BST)
  • We've picked out our three best bets for the day
Novak Djokovic (PA Images)

The last of the 2019 French Open semi-finalists will be decided on Wednesday June 5 and we’ve picked out our three best bets of the day!

Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev total games - over 33.5 at 10/11 @ William Hill

If you look at the respective seasons of Djokovic and Zverev, you’d think there is only going to be one winner here and a one-sided victory at that. However, I’m not so sure. Zverev has been poor all season, but playing without pressure and with lower expectations seems to be working well for him - and he’s won his last eight matches dating back to his Geneva title just prior to Roland Garros, so he’s confident and got that winning feeling back.

Djokovic hasn’t been tested at all this tournament and that might prove detrimental as he comes up against someone who we know is capable of beating him in big matches, with Zverev getting the better of the Serbian at the ATP Finals last year and on clay in the Rome final two years ago. One area where Zverev will have to watch out for is protecting his serve - his second serve in particular has been extremely weak this tournament, and with Djokovic equipped with the best return in tennis, the World No. 1 will be looking to attack at every opportunity. Most people are expecting an easy Djokovic win, but while I do believe the top seed will prevail, I also think Zverev will put up a big fight and make him work for it.

Dominic Thiem to beat Karen Khachanov in straight sets at 9/5 @ Betfair

It took a while for Thiem to get going, but he played his best match of the tournament in dispatching Gael Monfils in straight sets in the fourth round, and I think he can make it another convincing win in the quarter-finals.

Khachanov, like Zverev, has been poor all season, but he received an extremely kind draw through the early rounds and then took advantage of a Juan Martin del Potro competing with questionable fitness, prevailing in four sets in the Round of 16. Khachanov demolished Thiem in their only previous meeting on his way to the Paris Masters title last year, but that was on the Austrian’s worst surface of indoor hardcourt, while this match is obviously on his best surface. Thiem has everything to counter the explosive power of Khachanov on clay - he’s a great mover, can defend and neutralise his opponents with his slice backhand and can blast opponents off the court with his own destructive forehand. Khachanov, for me, doesn’t have the runs on the board this season for a win of this calibre, while Thiem has made the semi-finals here for the last three years. I’m backing a dominant win for the fourth seed on Wednesday.

Simona Halep vs Amanda Anisimova total games - under 19.5 at 5/6 @ Ladbrokes

Anisimova, a former junior champion at Roland Garros, has had a brilliant run to her first major quarter-final, becoming the first player born in the 2000s to achieve that, but I think her tournament comes to an end on Wednesday against the defending champion.

Still just 17 years of age, Anisimova will undoubtedly be playing Grand Slam finals in the future, but beating Halep might prove a step too far in the quarter-finals. The American hasn’t been tested at all as she’s breezed into the last eight without dropping a set, but she will face an enormous gulf in class compared to her previous opponents when she meets Halep.

The Romanian suffered a slow start to Roland Garros in losing sets to Ajla Tomljanovic and Magda Linette, but she’s dropped just four games combined in her last two matches against Lesia Tsurenko and Iga Swiatek and appears to be peaking at exactly the right time. Halep broke the serve of Swiatek in every game and only committed five unforced errors - and if she plays to that level again, a similar sort of dominant scoreline could eventuate against another youngster in Anisimova.

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