French Open Day 1 Preview
The French Open’s unconventional decision to play the first round over 3 days, instead of just the two it takes in the other grand slams leads to a fairly slow start to the tournament on day 1. Nonetheless, there are some interesting matchups that can wet the whistle of tennis fans before the action begins to heat up. Here are the matches to look out for on day 1
Grigor Dimitrov vs Viktor Troicki
Undoubtedly the match of the day, strangely the tournament organisers decided to put this clash on first on main court Philippe Chatrier. Should we therefore expect a lot of empty seats and rather damp atmosphere? Probably.
Despite this, the match should provide good, competitive entertainment. In the first round of this event 2 years ago, Troicki came back form 2 sets to 1 down to win an epic 5 set contest. If that match is anything to go by, this one should be a worthy watch. The rivalry itself sits at 3-2 to Dimitrov.
Dimitrov, the number 4 seed has had a mixed clay court season. Doing well in monte Carlo with a semi-final loss to Nadal, Dimitrov has had little luck with the draw in his last to events losing to Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori in his last two events respectively. If he wanted to play himself into the tournament, this would not have been the match Dimitrov would had chosen.
Despite the history of the rivalry, Trocki’s current form may not be high enough to challenge the number 4 seed. Troicki has got an underwhelming 5 wins to 10 loses for the season and is at his lowest ranking since the end of 2014.
Prediction- Dimitrov wins in 4 sets.
Lucas Pouille vs Daniil Medvedev
An interesting match for the French crowds in Paris,both players have had little success during the clay court season. Always a dangerous player, Medvedev is not as his most comfortable on the clay but should give a match to the 16th seed.
Prediction- Pouille wins in 3 sets
David Goffin vs Robin Haase
David Goffin may be considered one of the dark horses for the title in Paris. A proven clay court player with a successful clay court season thus far, Goffin goes up against Robin Haase, also an established clay courter with two titles on the surface. While this could be relatively tight, Goffin should be too strong or the veteran.
Prediction-Goffin wins in 3 sets.
Also playing: Alexander Zverev vs Richard Berankis
2nd seed and the second most in form player on the tour right now, Zverev begins his campaign in Paris up against the 92nd seeded player in the world, Richardas Berankis. With a poor 5-6 win/loss record this season, Zverev should have no problem in this match, which is an ideal first round to begin his march towards a first grand slam title.
Prediction- Zverev wins in 3 sets.
Look out for the round up of day 1 at the end of play