French Open Day 8 Preview
Before we get into tomorrows best matches, here is a brief overview of day 7’s play
Seeds make it through
Nadal, Cilic and Del Potro all made it through comfortably into the last 16 without losing a set
Goffin saved four match points in the match of the day against Monfils in the fourth set, before winning the fifth 6-3.it was a heated affair, and both players exchanged words in the match, which Monfils did play down after the match.
Dominic thiem vs Kei Nishikori
A very exciting matchup between two of the most accomplished clay court players in the world. A few years ago, many people were talking of Nishikori being a future French Open Champion. This talk has now quietened a little, and been passed onto Dominic Thiem, who has been in better form this clay court season, shown in his impressive win over Rafa Nadal in Madrid.
Nonetheless, Nishikori has never lost to the Austrian, owning a 2-0 record, including one win on clay back in 2016. While this one should be close, it is time for Thiem to really shine in his favoured surface.
Prediction- Thiem wins in 4 sets.
Novak Djokovic vs Fernando Verdasco
Sure, Djokovic owns a 10-4 record against Verdasco, winning the last 5 matches between the two. You haver to go back to 2010 for his last victory. However, this is no reason to write the Spaniard.
Who would have predicted that Verdasco would have so competently dismantled the challenge of Grigor Dimitrov in the last round? Verdasco played unspectacular, but very effective tennis in that match. Come to think of it, this could be an accurate description of Djokovic’s play in the tournament. He has never been at his best, and it has sometimes been difficult to watch, but Djokovic has once again found himself in the fourth round of a grand slam.
Djokovic is more at home here than practically any other player, and especially on the main show court, Djokovic’s experience should be able to see him through this match. Although not being spectacular, his whole game is designed to be difficult to beat. This consistently should be difficult for Verdasco to hit through for a best of 5 set match.
Prediction- Djokivc wins in 4 sets.
Alexander Zverev vs karen Khachanov
A match up of two of the most promising young players on the tour. Zverev will be favourite in this one, but he has gone through 2 physically and mentally demanding 5 set matches in the last two rounds. Both players are in uncharted territory here; neither has made a grand slam quarter final before, so they both will have nerves.
Khachanov’s power may be able to punch through the Germans defences, but whether he is able to do this for 3 or more hours is another question. However, Zverev has looked shaky in this tournament, and this is my upset of the day. Surely Zverev cannot keep escaping from matches?
Prediction- Khachanov wins in 5 sets.