French Open- Day 6 preview
After a relatively simple day The action really heats up on day 6 in the French capital. Here are the pick of the matches.
Monfils vs Goffin
It what promises to be the match of the day, a fascinating matchup will strangely not take place on Phillipe Chatrier, but Susan Longlen, despite the worldwide popularity of Gael Monfils. In terms of the match up, Goffin sits at 2-1, but the pair have never played on a clay court.
This match really is a hard one to predict. We can assume that the match may largely sit on Monfils’ racket, as he has the power to hit through Goffin, who may play the retriever for much of the match. If Monfils can keep down the unforced errors, he has a good chance in this match
Meanwhile, since Goffin has been playing excellent tennis since he found himself 2 sets to love down to Robin Haase. In fact, I have never seen Goffin play better tennis that the fifth set of that match. If he can replicate this form, he is likely to be the victor.
However, this cannot be assumed, especially when the crowd is likely to play a big part in the match who will be behind the Frenchmen. And, as we know, when in this kind of atmosphere, Monfils really comes alive.
Prediction -Monfils wins in 4 sets.
Djokovic vs Bautista Agut
This one will be a big test for Novak, and a step up in level for him in this tournament. The two played in this event back in 2016, where the Serb came out on top in a close 4 set match. Historically Djokovic has had the best of this rivalry, leading 6-1. However, at least Bautista Agut can have the confidence that he had beaten Djokovic before, something often opponents at this stage of the tournament will not have against Djokovic.
So Far, Djokovic’s form has been questionable in this tournament, coming out ‘flat’ in the first round before getting through his second round more frustrated than one would assume by looking at the scoreline.
This match against clay court specialist Bautista Agut is likely to frustrate Novak even more. Will he be able to hold himself together to come through this one? You would assume so.
Prediction- Djokovic wins in 4 sets.
Dimtrov vs Versdasco
After am epic match in the last round, Dimitrov wold be forgiven for hoping for a less dangerous opponent than veteran Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.
The rivalry sits a 2 wins apiece, with Versdasco Taking the last win just a few months earlier in a close match in Indian wells. This is worrying for Dimitrov. Compared to hard courts, Dimitrov is slightly worse on the Parisian clay, so expect another close match in this one.
Dimtrov’s French Open record is also a reason for concern. He has never made it to the 4th round of this tournament, while Verdasco has made that stage 6 times. Clearly this is a difficult tournament for Dimitrov, who is against a difficult and confident opponent.
This is my prediction for upset of the day. Verdasco wins in 5 sets.