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French Open Day 9 - three best bets for Monday June 3 at Roland Garros

Andrew Hendrie 3 Jun 2019
  • Day 9 at the French Open is live from Roland Garros at 11.00am local time (10.00am BST)
  • We've picked out our three best bets for the day
Alexander Zverev (PA Images)

Fourth round action concludes at the French Open today and we’re back with our three best bets of the day.

Alexander Zverev and Fabio Fognini to go five sets at 21/10 @ William Hill

Zverev has already been extended to five sets twice at the French Open over the last week (along with his three five-setters on his way to the quarter-finals last year), and I think he could be going the distance again in the fourth round on Monday.

The German has been well below his best all season, but he’s been fighting and battling well over the last couple of weeks, winning his first title of the year in Geneva before making the second week at Roland Garros to bring a seven-match winning streak into this encounter.

Fognini crushed Zverev on the way to winning his first Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo at the start of the clay season, but the Italian has only ever made one Grand Slam quarter-final before - at Roland Garros back in 2011. He has lost his last four matches when he’s made the Round of 16 at a slam and generally finds it tough to consistently produce quality performances back-to-back, especially over the best of five sets.

It’s a very tough match-up to predict - Zverev is out of form and you never know what Fognini is going to show up, but with the way Zverev is going, he should be able to win at least a couple of sets - and the rest is up to Fognini…

Ashleigh Barty and Sofia Kenin to go three sets at 9/5 @ BetVictor

Barty has had Kenin’s number in their previous two meetings, winning their 2018 Charleston clash and 2019 Fed Cup encounter in straight sets, with the American only winning more than two games in a set once, but I think this match should be much closer.

For one, Kenin is coming off a career-best victory over Serena Williams in the previous round, and secondly, clay should help rather than hinder her against Barty, who’s game - while still very effective - is probably least suited to the surface. Barty has put together an outstanding season, winning the Miami title and making the Australian Open quarter-finals - and she’s advanced into the French Open fourth round for the first time without dropping a set. However, I’m still not entirely convinced with Barty on clay - her opponents haven’t been the strongest, while Kenin will get a lot of balls back, something that Danielle Collins and Andrea Petkovic didn’t.

It should be an entertaining match, and I’m not completely ruling out Kenin securing back-to-back big scalps, but Barty does deserve to be favourite with the year she’s had.

Madison Keys to beat Katerina Siniakova at 4/6 @ bet365

Injuries have played a big part in Keys sliding down the rankings over the last year or so, but the American consistency saves her best tennis for the slams and she could be set for another deep run in Paris.

Keys has made at least the quarter-finals in four of her last six major appearances, including reaching the semi-finals of the French Open last year, along with advancing to the final of the 2017 U.S. Open and semi-finals of the 2018 U.S. Open. It hasn’t been the smoothest of passages for Keys so far - she’s dropped sets against Anna Blinkova and Priscilla Hon, but with either Barty or Kenin waiting in the quarter-finals, this is a big chance for the American to defend her semi-final points.

Siniakova has notched up a couple of enormous wins so far in Paris to make the fourth round of a slam for the first time, coming through a three-hour epic against 29th seed and Rabat champion Maria Sakkari in the second round before ending World No. 1 Naomi Osaka’s 16-match winning streak at Grand Slams with a dominant 6-4 6-3 victory. The Czech has a powerful game and is a very underrated mover across the court, but I get the feeling that she’s run her race in Paris. The reason Siniakova isn’t ranked higher is because she struggles for consistency and to back up big wins, and it’s unlikely she’s going to start now at Roland Garros.

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