• Anett Kontaveit [30] v Iga Swiatek [8]
  • Carlos Alcaraz v Jan-Lennard Struff
  • Coco Gauff [24] v Jennifer Brady [13]
PARIS, FRANCE – The third round comes to a conclusion as players prepare for a second week in Paris.

 

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Anett Kontaveit [30] v Iga Swiatek [8] H2H & Match Fundamentals

Anett Kontaveit [30] v Iga Swiatek H2H: Kontaveit leads 2-0
Roland Garros Paris, France
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So far it has been pretty plain sailing for the defending champion Iga Swiatek. She has progressed without too much trauma in the first two rounds, tested a little in the first round, but now she meets a player who has had the measure of her, twice – Anett Kontaveit.

However, this will be their first meeting on clay. Kontaveit has had decent runs on the clay in the past and was steady enough in the lead up, but the momentum with that dominant performance in Rome has to be with Swiatek.

Both have a lot of variety and this should be quite entertaining.

Prediction: Swiatek in straight sets.

 

Carlos Alcaraz v Jan-Lennard Struff H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Carlos Alcaraz v Jan-Lennard Struff H2H: First Meeting
Roland Garros Paris, France
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A teenage Spaniard, in a sleeveless shirt with all the intensity of a bull? Is this a second Nadal? Well not quite. Apart from playing to the historic look in part, Even young Carlos Alcaraz likens his game more to Rafael Nadal’s rival for all these years, Roger Federer.

Just as he was about to make his breakthrough on tour, the global pandemic hit, but he comes in with all four of his challenger titles gained in the last two years on clay.

He faces the more experiences Jan-Lennard Struff who has put in quite a few hard yards on the dirt this season, including reading the final in Munich.

Experience should win out, but Alcaraz has been impressive so far, coming through three rounds of qualifying and dispatching Struff’s conqueror in Munich, Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Prediction: Alcaraz in four sets.

 

 

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Coco Gauff [24] v Jennifer Brady [13] H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Coco Gauff [24] v Jennifer Brady [13] H2H: Brady leads 1-0
Roland Garros Paris, France
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In as much as Jennifer Brady made her presence felt with a calm assured run to the Australia Open final, Coco Gauff has been making strides (and slides) throughout this entire clay court season with the quarter-final in Charleston, semi-final in Rome and winning the title in Parma.

Brady plays aggressively with an efficient serve, and aggressive groundstrokes, and she is more than happy following her shots into the net.

Gauff has the form but has got a lot of play in her legs over this season. However, the momentum seems to be with her, but this could be a test for her.

Prediction: Gauff in three sets.

 

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