Roland Garros 2017 Quarter-Finals: Three to See

 

By Jake Davies

  • Novak Djokovic [2] vs Dominic Thiem [6]
  • Jelena Ostapenko vs Caroline Wozniacki [11]
  • Elina Svitolina [5] vs Simona Halep [3]
PARIS, FRANCE – The quarter-finals are set and we run down the pick of the action for the rest of the field.

 

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Novak Djokovic [2] vs Dominic Thiem [6] H2H: Djokovic leads 5-0

Dominic Thiem – 2017 Roland Garros (c) Christopher Johnson

Just twelve months ago in Paris, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem met in the semi-finals of Roland-Garros in which the Serbian came out with a straightforward victory. Djokovic would go on to achieve the ‘Career slam’ that tournament, but a lot has changed since then that suggests Thiem will make this match-up much more interesting and engrossing in this year’s Quarter-Final.

Thiem is now a regular fixture in the World’s Top 10, but most importantly he is much more experienced and will be buoyed by his most recent success on the red clay. World No.2 Djokovic is one of the game’s superior defenders and one of the best at changing defensive rallies into his favour at the flick of a switch. Thiem has easy power off both the backhand and forehand and generates that power from way behind the baseline. Can the Austrian blast his way through the defences of a vulnerable Djokovic?

Djokovic won easily in their match in Rome a few weeks ago, but this match should be much closer because of the experiences that Thiem can draw upon from last year’s semi-final run at Roland-Garros.

Prediction: Djokovic in five sets.

 

Jelena Ostapenko vs Caroline Wozniacki [11] H2H: Ostapenko leads 3-0

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 4 : Jelena Ostapenko at the 2017 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Caroline Wozniacki‘s CV boasts two Grand Slam finals and a World No.1 ranking in years gone by, but with the quarter-final line up set in stone, Wozniacki is one of the more experienced players remaining in the women’s draw.

In that quarter-final she will face the talented Latvian Jelena Ostapenko. Wozniacki dwarfs her opponent in terms of experience, but Ostapenko plays with no fear, hits a big ball and can be very hard to contain when she is firing on all cylinders.

Interestingly, Ostapenko has won all three of their previous head-to-head meetings. All of those wins will be fresh in the memory of the Latvian, which includes a win on the green clay of Charleston and the red clay of Prague. I feel Ostapenko holds all the cards to victory and is feeling extremely confident.

Prediction: Ostapenko in two sets.

 

Simona Halep [3] vs Elina Svitolina [5] H2H: Svitolina leads 1-0

Simona Halep – 2017 Roland Garros (c) Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

In a rematch of the Rome final, Simona Halep will face Elina Svitolina. These two players are two of the most in-form players on the WTA tour and this match will be extremely hard to call because there really is not much separating the two.

Svitolina’s belief after winning Rome will be sky high and the Ukrainian has won four titles this season and has made winning a considerable habit over the first half of the 2017 season.

I think the fact that Halep has been in a Grand Slam singles final at the French Open and has regularly featured in Grand Slam quarter-finals, actually plays a huge part in the outcome of this match. The Romanian looked unstoppable in her demolition of Carla Suárez Navarro in the previous round and she should overcome the fight of Svitolina in this mouthwatering quarter-final.

Prediction: Halep in three sets

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