• Daniil Medvedev [2] v Stefanos Tsitsipas [5]
  • Elena Rybakina [21] v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [31]
  • Alexander Zverev [6] v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
  • Paula Badosa [33] v Tamara Zidansek

 

PARIS, FRANCE – Debutants and the next generation of talent headline the first batch of men’s and women’s quarter-finals at Roland Garros.

 

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Daniil Medvedev [2] v Stefanos Tsitsipas [5] H2H & Match Fundamentals

Daniil Medvedev [2] v Stefanos Tsitsipas [5]

H2H: Medvedev leads 6-1

Roland Garros

Paris, France

Clay (O)

Prize Money: €255,000

4th on Philippe Chatrier (Not before 20:00 BST time)

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Daniil Medvedev is doing pretty well for someone who hates the clay, isn’t he? All jokes aside, the Russian is proving his theory correctly that the conditions are suiting him in Paris. Another impressive display over Cristian Garin has seen him into the last eight in Roland Garros and the former US Open finalist will believe that this is not the end of the road for him.

As for Stefanos Tsitsipas another dominating display over Pablo Carreno Busta has seen him have a near-perfect campaign so far as he is backing up his favourite status to reach the final. However his quarter-final match will test his psychological and tactical elements of his game as he faces the ultimate obstacle on Tuesday.

Medvedev leads the head-to-head 6-1 with night-time conditions more suited to his game however this is Tsitsipas’ best chance to beat him and the Greek’s confidence at the moment is as good as it’s ever been. One thing is guaranteed in this match is that it will be dramatic and it will be high-quality entertainment.

Prediction: Tsitsipas in five sets.

 

Elena Rybakina [21] v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [31] H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Elena Rybakina [21] v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [31]

H2H: First meeting

Roland Garros

Paris, France

Clay (O)

Prize Money: €255,000

2nd on Philippe Chatrier (12:30 BST)

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Elena Rybakina has seemingly found her pre-lockdown form after producing an impressive performance to knock out 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams. The Kazakh’s flawless power hitting and accurate serving now see her on the cusp of a grand slam semi-final, even a final with her being the highest seed left in the bottom half of the draw.

Meanwhile for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova it’s throwback Tuesday as she is into her first Roland Garros quarter-final for 10 years. The Russian has knocked out Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka to get there and is playing flawless tennis as she looks to finally reach a grand slam final that her consistency deserves.

Doubles partners turned singles enemies, this should be an intriguing clash and mix of styles as Pavlyuchenkova’s court coverage looks to outsmart Rybakina’s power. In the end the Russian’s physical issues could be the deciding factor here.

Prediction: Rybakina in three sets.

 

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Alexander Zverev [6] v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Alexander Zverev [6] v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina

H2H: Zverev leads 2-0

Roland Garros

Paris, France

Clay (O)

Prize Money: €255,000

3rd on Philippe-Chatrier (Not before 15:00 BST time)

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Alexander Zverev has not been spoken about being in contention to reach his second grand slam final at Roland Garros this year but he certainly got everyone’s attention with a dominant display against Kei Nishikori. The German recorded another straight sets win and the German has a favourable last eight clash on Tuesday to reach his first semi-final in Paris.

As for Zverev’s opponent, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, this is unfamiliar territory having reached his first grand slam quarter-final with a four set win over Federico Delbonis. However it was Davidovich Fokina’s win against Casper Ruud in the previous round that raised attention and the Spaniard will be no easy task for Zverev to navigate.

The German will look to use his big serve and big ground-strokes to dictate play while the Spaniard will use his crazy athleticism to extend rallies as well as display some good counter-attacking qualities. This will be a good test for Zverev but he should be too strong against a fatigued Davidovich Fokina.

Prediction: Zverev in four sets.

 

Paula Badosa [33] v Tamara Zidansek  H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Paula Badosa [33] v Tamara Zidansek

H2H: First meeting

Roland Garros

Paris, France

Clay (O)

Prize Money: €255,000

1st on Philippe-Chatrier (11:00 BST time)

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Paula Badosa has continued her good momentum from tournaments in Madrid and Belgrade into Roland Garros with the form guide suggesting she is the favourite to reach the final. Two tight matches against Ana Bogdan and Marketa Vondrousova suggest it won’t be easy and the next week will test her ability to handle the pressure.

However Badosa’s opponent on Tuesday is just as inexperienced as she is with Tamara Zidansek flying the flag for Slovenia. Zidansek is the first Slovenian to reach a grand slam quarter-final and has really built on her epic opening round win over Bianca Andreescu. Now Zidansek looks to use her confidence and ensure it takes her to a grand slam final.

The Slovenian’s good clay-court IQ will come in useful in this type of match but Badosa is the favourite here and her backhand will be the shot Zidansek will need to be vary wary of.

Prediction: Badosa in straight sets.

 

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