Roland Garros Day 9 – Three to See

 

By Jake Davies

  • Caroline Garcia [28] vs Alizé Cornet
  • Stanislas Wawrinka [3] vs Gael Monfils [15]
  • Fernando Verdasco vs Kei Nishikori [8]
PARIS, FRANCE – The last of the women’s quarter-final places will be determined with a maiden Slam winner to be crowned on Saturday, as the host nation can expect a second Frenchwoman in the last eight club.

 

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Caroline Garcia [28] vs Alizé Cornet H2H: First meeting

One of the feel-good stories to take away from the first week of Roland-Garros was seeing Caroline Garcia finally create some very positive memories after so many years of falling short in front of her home crowd. Garcia had been touted by many as a player to look out for and she has delivered her best singles performance at a major at this tournament.

This match should not be missed as it is a great opportunity for both Garcia and Alizé Cornet to progress to the quarter-final of a major for the first time in their respective careers. The result of this match will depend on whether Garcia can connect with her better tennis and find the court with regularity. Cornet will not make it easy for her, but Garcia knows that if she executes her style of play then she has the more expansive game in comparison to her opponent.

Prediction: Garcia in three sets.

 

Stanislas Wawrinka [3] vs Gael Monfils [18] – H2H: Wawrinka leads 3-2

Stan Wawrinka is doing what he does best at most majors and that is flying firmly under the radar and going about his business quietly, while laying waste to all the opponents he has faced thus far. The majority of people are talking about Rafael Nadal potentially claiming his tenth Roland-Garros, but I would not rule out Wawrinka, who has improved beyond sight since linking up with longtime coach Magnus Norman.

This match-up is perfect for the 2015 Roland Garros champion. For Gael Monfils to really threaten Wawrinka he has to play tennis on the front-foot and prevent Wawrinka from stepping in and attacking with his devastating groundstrokes. I really do not believe Monfils naturally enjoys applying that change of game style and expect Wawrinka to benefit from the additional day rest.

Prediction: Wawrinka in three sets.

 

Fernando Verdasco vs Kei Nishikori [8] H2H: Nishikori leads 3-2

The result of this match will be of interest to Andy Murray as he would play the winner if he can get past Karen Khachanov in his respective fourth round match.

Fernando Verdasco has come through some tough matches to get to the second week. He beat the Rome champion Alexander Zverev in the first round and beat Pablo Cuevas in the third round as well.

Nishikori received a considerable scare in his latest match against Hyeon Chung and was very much saved by the rain delay as Chung possessed all the momentum going into the fifth set before Nishikori pulled off the victory.

The Japanese No.1 is winning matches but not with any real conviction. On his day Verdasco is a nightmare opponent to come up against when you are not feeling totally at ease and content about the standard of tennis you are playing and I think that the Spaniard can cause the upset in this particular match.

Prediction: Verdasco in four sets.

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