By Jake Davies

  • Dominic Thiem [7]  vs Alexander Zverev [2]
  • Novak Djokovic [20] vs Marco Cecchinato
  • Sloane Stephens [10] vs Daria Kasatkina [14]
PARIS, FRANCE – On Day 10 of Roland Garros we break down the most appealing matches as we move into the final eight stage of the second Grand Slam of the 2018 season.

 

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Dominic Thiem [7] vs Alexander Zverev [2] H2H: Thiem leads 4-2

A blockbuster quarter-final match is set to take place on Day 10 of Roland Garros as Dominic Thiem goes up against Alexander Zverev for a place in the final four. The two players have had very different runs to this stage of the tournament, with Thiem making light work of his opponents, but Zverev has needed to rally back from two sets to one down in his last three matches against Dusan Lajovic, Damir Dzumhur and Karen Khachanov.

Alexander Zverev in the second round of Roland Garros, 2018

Alexander Zverev in the second round of Roland Garros, 2018 | (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Zverev’s comebacks during this tournament have been marvellous to witness, but the real concern is whether he will have anything left in the tank to have a real shot at the title and whether he will be about to dig deep for a fourth time if he was to go down in the scoreboard to Thiem, who may not be as forgiving as his previous opponents this week.

Just a few weeks ago, Zverev completely controlled the course of the match against Thiem in the Madrid Masters final, where he remained unbroken on serve all week, but I think the conditions in Paris will be completely different and I give the slight edge to the Austrian.

Prediction: Thiem in four sets.

 

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Novak Djokovic [20] vs Marco Cecchinato H2H: First meeting

Novak Djokovic in the first round at Roland Garros, 2-018

Novak Djokovic in the first round at Roland Garros, 2-018 | (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

A surprise match-up at the quarter-final stage sees Novak Djokovic play Italy’s Marco Cecchinato. The Italian is the tournament’s surprise package. He’s had quite the year, winning his first ATP tournament in Budapest from out of nowhere and came into this Grand Slam with absolutely no experience to draw upon and had not won a main draw match at a major to this point. The win in the last round against Top-10 David Goffin was the standout result and Cecchinato will feel he has absolutely nothing to lose against former World No.1 Djokovic.

Djokovic’s mind is in a very good place right now. The level of his tennis has improved dramatically, he seems ready to fight on the court and is enjoying the battle far more than he was during the matches in Indian Wells and Miami. Djokovic may not go on to win the tournament, but putting himself in the conversation to challenge for majors is something that will please him for now and he should book his place in the semi-final with a win here against Cecchinato.

Prediction: Djokovic in three sets

 

POLL: Who will win the Roland Garros Men’s Singles Title

 

Sloane Stephens [10] vs Daria Kasatkina [14] H2H: Tied at 1-1

Sloane Stephens in the first round of Roland Garros, 2018

Sloane Stephens in the first round of Roland Garros, 2018 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

In the pick of the women’s matches on Day 10, reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens will have a tough task in front of her against Daria Kasatkina of Russia. Stephens is one of the few Americans that speaks highly of her time on the clay and although it took her longer to master this surface in comparison to the others she remains a threat against the best at this major.

Kasatkina has had quite the whirlwind of a tournament and held it together to beat No.2 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the previous round, but can she put her game together to make it to a first major semi-final?

I think Stephens has looked the more reliable in the matches she has played this week. She is the naturally more confident player on the court and I am not totally convinced by the way Kasatkina has been serving this week, which could prove to be the difference in this match.

Prediction: Stephens in three sets

 

POLL: Who will win the Roland Garros Women’s Singles Title

 

The quarter-finals will take place on Court Philippe Chatrier and Court Suzanne Lenglen at 2pm (1pm BST).

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