A look at the happenings at the French Open:
-Women’s fourth seed Garbiñe Muguruza and 21st seed Sam Stosur progressed to the fourth round. Stosur upset 11th seed Lucie Safarova in three sets to advance.
-Men’s second seed Andy Murray and 8th seed Milos Raonic both won their third round matches in straight sets. Kei Nishikori also advanced in five sets over veteran dirtballer Fernando Verdasco. Richard Gasquet defeated upstart youngster Nick Kyrgios in straight sets.
-American Shelby Rogers continued her tear through the French Open draw by defeating women’s 10th seed Petra Kvitova in three sets. Both sets that Rogers won were bagels. The 23 year-old has also defeated Elena Vesnina and 17th seed Karolina Pliskova.
Day Seven Marquee Matches
Dominic Thiem (13) vs Alexander Zverev
A reprise of the Nice final from last week, NextGen stars Thiem and Zverev will battle for a spot in the fourth round. Thiem claimed that encounter in three sets. Experience will be on Thiem’s side—in addition to never having lost to Zverev, Thiem has claimed three titles this year, two on clay. These are two of the best young players on tour, but Thiem has developed faster and should win. Expect Zverev to fight back.
Prediction: Thiem in four
David Goffin (12) vs Nicolas Almagro
This will be a closer matchup than it appears on paper. Almagro is a former top player who has battled injuries much of the past two seasons. He had a mixed clay season but won the title in Estoril. On the other side, Goffin is an established top player. He is remembered for his breakout run to the French Open fourth round in 2012. However, that has been his best result to date. Almagro, a three time Roland Garros quarterfinalist, is on the rise and dangerous. Look for an upset here.
Prediction: Almagro in five, but this one could truly go either way
Borna Coric vs Roberto Bautista Agut (14)
Bautista Agut has steadily made his way up the rankings over the past three seasons. He has been in or around the top twenty for the past two seasons, and now holds four titles. He will face NextGen star Borna Coric. Coric has shot up the rankings and, at just 19, is 47th in the world. Coric has yet to win a title, but is making stabs at the opportunity—he reached the final in Marrakech in April and had a decent clay season. Coric has beaten some notable players, but is still looking for a breakthrough in a Slam. This could be it.
Prediction: Coric in five
Kiki Bertens vs Daria Kasatkina (29)
Bertens shocked reigning Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber in the first round in Paris. After a second round win over Camila Giorgi, she now meets another seed in Daria Kasatkina. The winner of the WTA event in Nuremberg as a qualifier, Bertens is definitely on a hot streak, but it remains to be seen whether or not she can maintain it. Momentum counts for a lot in tennis, and Bertens definitely has it.
Prediction: Bertens in three