French Open Diary – Sunday 29th May

Rafael Nadal

We have reached the halfway point of this year’s French Open, with fourth-round action in both the men’s and women’s draws getting under way on Sunday.

Sunday Highlights

Novak Djokovic v Diego Schwartzman

Felix Auger-Aliassime v Rafael Nadal

Karen Khachanov v Carlos Alcaraz

Leylah Fernandez v Amanda Anisimova

Elise Mertens v Coco Gauff

Jil Teichmann v Sloane Stephens

Saturday’s highlights included a resounding victory for second seed Daniil Medvedev (14/1 – Outright) in round three, as he overcame Miomir Kecmanovic 6-2 6-4 6-2 and he is still yet to drop a set at Roland Garros this year.

There was also a comfortable straight sets win for last year’s beaten finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas (6/1 – Outright), who overcame Dan Evans’ conqueror Mikael Ymer, although eighth seed Casper Ruud did not have it so easy, coming from behind to beat Lorenzo Sonego in five sets.

In the women’s draw world number one Iga Swiatek (4/11 – Outright) survived her toughest battle yet to reach round four, as she battled past Danka Kovinic 6-3 7-5.

And Swiatek is now the only player seeded in the top 10 left in the women’s draw, after Aryna Sabalenka and Paula Badosa were both eliminated on Saturday.

Seventh seed Sabalenka was beaten 4-6 6-1 6-0 by Camila Giorgi (40/1 – Outright), while Spanish third seed Badosa was forced to retire injured from her clash with Veronika Kudermetova (50/1) – a match she was already losing 6-3 2-1.

French Open Betting Odds

The pick of Sunday’s action sees 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal face ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime (Match betting – Nadal 1/7, Auger-Aliassime 9/2).

And there will be a family feel on Court Philippe-Chatrier, as Auger-Aliassime is coached by Nadal’s uncle Toni.

The winner of that match could face defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, provided the Serb gets the better of clay-court specialist Diego Schwartzman (Match betting – Djokovic 1/16, Schwartzman 7/1).

Carlos Alcaraz’s clash with Karen Khachanov – who beat Cameron Norrie in round three – and Alexander Zverev’s showdown with Spanish qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles completes Sunday’s action in the men’s draw.

In the women’s competition 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez takes on Amanda Anisimova, who is one year her senior, with both players being tipped to go a long way in Paris this year (Match betting – Fernandez 7/4, Anisimova 4/9).

Another teenager, Coco Gauff, is also being talked up as a title contender and she faces Elise Mertens in her fourth-round clash, while Sloane Stephens will be up against Jil Teichmann and Martina Trevisan meets Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Tennis Betting Odds

Author: Lucille White