Saturday, June 1, 2013

Day 7 @ Roland Garros: Exciting Encounters

We are nearing the half way of this year's French Open where the clashes would get only bigger and better. Let's have a look at some of today's highly anticipated battles.

1. Grigor Dimitrov vs Novak Djokovic

Last match on Phillipe Chartrier today, this is big. The formidable world no.1 facing the talented 'baby-federer'. Well, he's not that baby anymore. The bulgarian Dimitrov has already overcome Djokovic in Madrid Masters and has troubled Nadal quite a few times. He has the shots, all of them, and he will be out to prove a point. But i believe the match will be on Djokovic's racket in the best of five. His consistency will decide the course of this match. He's hungry for the only Grand Slam still not in his kitty. Dimitrov might take away a set but in the best of five, Grigor Dimitrov might not yet, hold his ground against the seasoned campaigners. Djokovic in Four!

2. Marion Bartoli vs Fransesca Schiavone

The ever restless Bartoli against the former French Open champion Schiavone. Bartoli is a power and rhythm player, Schivone has variety and all court play. Bartoli currently is higher ranked and thus more consistent. Still, at the clay court where she has won the title before, Schiavone must be able to find her way to win this match. Schiavone in three!

3. Benoit Paire vs Kei Nishikori

The french hope faces the hardworking Japanese Kei Nishikori for a place in the fourth round for a potential encounter with Rafael Nadal. Paire has got flair and Nishikori has the energy powerhouse to send back every ball. It'll be a tough match for both players but i'll give an edge to Benoit Paire for coming out better at crucial points. He is still on the rise, and we are yet to see the best of him. Paire in Four Sets!

Other notable ones: Jelena Jankovic vs Sam Stosur, Nikolay Davydenko vs Richard Gasquet and Tommy Haas vs Jon Isner (if Isner can recover from his long match against Harrison yesterday)

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