Roland Garros Day 5 – Three to See

 

By Jake Davies

  • Nicolas Almagro vs Juan Martin Del Potro [29]
  • Daria Kasatkina [26] vs Marketa Vondrousova
  • Anastasija Sevastova [17] vs Eugenie Bouchard
PARIS, FRANCE – Juan Martin Del Potro takes centre stage but keep an eye out for Marketa Vondrousova on Day Five at Roland Garros 2017.

 

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Nicolas Almagro vs Juan Martin Del Potro [29] H2H: Del Potro leads 3-0

The first intriguing battle that lies ahead in the Men’s Draw is a match between clay court specialist and former Top-10 player Nicolas Almagro and the 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro.

Del Potro leads the ATP head-to-head 3-0, but the Spaniard holds a single victory in a Challenger event on the red clay. The burning question is whether Almagro can execute the game plan of isolating the Del Potro backhand and then only searching for the Argentinian’s forehand when he plays into the open court. That will be the key to victory.

For Del Potro, he is to ensure that he is in control of the majority of the rallies and make sure that Almagro isn’t allowed to have his way with his wonderful one-handed backhand.

Prediction: Almagro in five sets.

 

Daria Kasatkina [26] vs Marketa Vondrousova H2H: First meeting

Some decorated juniors on both tours find it substantially difficult to transition from a very good young player to someone that plays well on the main tour. For Daria Kasatkina and Marketa Vondrousova, they have both found that process a lot easier than others. Kasatkina won her first WTA title at the age of 19, where she beat Jelena Ostapenko in the Charleston final, while 17-year-old Vondrousova has just won the indoor event in Biel, so is also filled with confidence this season.

Kasatkina is the more experienced, but Vondrousova has glided through the qualifying draw and is riding on a nine match win streak. The Czech has the bigger game and I expect her to hit through the defences of the Russian in this encounter.

Prediction: Vondrousova in two sets.

 

Anastasija Sevastova [17] vs Eugenie Bouchard H2H: Tied at 1-1

The third match to look out for in our three-to-see is the match featuring Anastasija Sevastova and 2014 Roland Garros semi-finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

It has been an emotional journey to the Top-20 in the women’s game for Sevastova. In 2013, she retired from professional tennis because of an ongoing elbow injury and illness, but returned in 2015 and has never looked back. Her steady rise up the rankings included her first quarter-final at last year’s US Open and she now sits at No.19 in the world.

For Bouchard, she is determined to find her way to the high heights of 2014, where she was one of the major talking points of that WTA season, where she made the semi-final at the Australian Open and Roland Garros and achieved a first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon.

The Latvian’s clay season has been very good, making the quarter-finals in Charleston and Stuttgart and the semi-finals in Madrid and I anticipate she will come through this second round against the Canadian.

Prediction: Sevastova in three sets

 

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Play begins on Roland Garros Day Five at 11am (10am BST).

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