The fantastic tennis action continues in Paris. On the men’s side, the big names remain in the field with very few surprises. On the women’s side, we have plenty of players looking to use this opportunity to secure their best Grand Slam tournament result in their careers.
Let’s take a look at today’s high-profile matches to find more winning tennis picks.
Marin Cilic vs. Daniil Medvedev
Monday, May 30, 2022 – 02:45 PM EDT at Court Philippe Chatrier
Two former US Open champions take the court at Roland Garros to advance to the quarterfinals of the French Open. Marin Cilic won the US Open in 2014 and Daniil Medvedev won the US Open in 2021. Neither is particularly known for clay court prowess, but both have performed excellently so far at this tournament.
Marin Cilic only dropped one set en route to this match today. Daniil Medvedev has yet to drop a set. With two players coming into this match in excellent form and playing above their level of expectations for this tournament, we should be in for a competitive, exciting match today.
Daniil Medvedev's distaste for playing on clay is evident in his schedule. He only played one tournament in the European clay court swing and lost in the first round in Geneva. However, he is still one of the best players in the world regardless of the surface.
Against Miomir Kecmanovic I felt the books overvalued Medvedev's disdain for clay. Now, going against another hard courter, the surface seems to be less of a factor in the handicap.
Marin Cilic ran the normal gauntlet on the Road to Roland Garros. He played in Monte Carlo, Estoril, Madrid, and Rome before the French Open to sharpen up his clay game in advance of the Grand Slam event. Marin Cilic's best result was in Rome, but it wasn't eye-popping.
He fell in the round of 16 against Christian Garin. Cilic has played well so far here in Paris, but the list of players that he has defeated has not been outstanding. Still, you can only beat who is in front of you, and Marin Cilic has done an excellent job of dispatching his opponents.
Daniil Medvedev is favored going into this match and rightfully so. Medvedev has beaten Cilic the three times in which they played. The two men have never played on a clay court before. At age 33, Marin Cilic will struggle against a young power player like Daniil Medvedev, who is nearing his prime at age 26.
It should be a fun match between two power players who will disregard the surface they are playing on. I expect to see plenty of short rallies featuring the big serve and forehand in an attempt to end points quickly. This will not be your typical grind fest that we usually see on court Philippe-Chatrier.
I like Daniil Medvedev to get the win here but the ATP odds are much too high to make that a viable wager. Therefore the best way we will profit from this match is by playing the over. Both men have excellent serve-and-forehand combinations so breaking serve should be at a premium, even on the clay courts.
In a match that I expect will resemble more of a hard-court feel, these two former US Open Champions will put each other to the test. Our first bet for today's French Open is Daniil Medvedev/Marin Cilic Over 36.5 games.
Iga Swiatek vs. Qinwen Zheng
Monday, May 30, 2022 – 09:15 AM EDT at Court Philippe Chatrier
With Iga Swiatek the only top 10 seed remaining on the woman's side in the French Open draw, you think that her path to the title would be easier than we thought. Not so fast, that's not how the WTA works! The WTA is littered with players who can raise their level to the top of the sport, but struggle with consistency.
At any given time there are three or four players peaking who can put the top players to the test, regardless of their world rank. Most of these players are young, hit with power, and have plenty of potential. That perfectly fits the bill when describing Swiatek's appointment today, Qinwen Zheng.
Although she is only ranked number 74 in the world, the nineteen-year-old Qinwen Zheng is the top prospect of all the young Chinese players. Zheng hits with a power not normally associated with the style of Chinese players. Zheng can produce a ferocious pace on either side of her groundstrokes, especially on her forehand.
She is very aggressive and eschews the traditional defensive nature usually taught at the Chinese tennis academies. This makes her a fearsome opponent and very tough to prepare for. However, if anyone is equipped to deal with any style, it is Iga Swiatek.
Those who have been reading my columns here at Bookmakers Review know how high I am on the Polish superstar ranked number one in the world. At only age 20, she is taking the world by storm. The last time Swiatek dropped a set was in April in Germany.
She won the Rome tournament without dropping a set and has yet to drop a set in her path in Roland Garros so far. Yet it is safe to say she faces her toughest test of the tournament against a power hitter today.
We have bet on Iga Swiatek 5 to 6 times in these articles over the past month and have won every single pick. However, one must know when to switch tactics. Because of how dominant she has been, the prices are getting quite ridiculous. They are definitely making us pay a premium to back the best player in the world.
We will take advantage of that today with the powerful, yet fearless, Qinwen Zheng. I believe she can keep this match closer than the WTA odds suggest. Our second best for the French Open will be Qinwen Zheng +7.5 games.
WTA Pick: Qinwen Zheng +7.5 Games (-140) at BetOnline
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