The 2021 French Open is here and SportsTips.com are previewing all the games of the quarter-finals at Roland Garros. Read below to check out our picks for the all the men’s and women’s games for quarter-finals of the 2021 French Open!
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Picks For Quarter-Finals of the 2021 French Open: Men’s
Stefanos Tsitsipas (5) vs Daniil Medvedev (2)
Stefanos Tsitsipas has had a fairly easy run to the quarters, only dropping one set in his for four matches. The Greek has beaten Chardy, Martínez, Isner and Carreño Busta to make it into the final eight at the French Open. Looking at the head-to-head between the pair, it is Tsitsipas with the clear advantage over the Russian, 6-1.
But if you are looking at the court surface, the pair have only played on clay once, and Medvedev was the victor. This is set to be an unmissable blockbuster clash between two in form players. Tsitsipas will have the ability to move Medvedev all around the court, but Medvedev should have the ability to keep up.
Tsitsipas avoids the Isner trap!
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) June 4, 2021
Like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Danill Medvedev has only dropped one set in his first four matches at the French Open. He has displayed his dominance with wins against Bublik, Paul, Opelka and Garin. This form from is actually Medvedev is actually pretty interesting, see though leading up to this tournament he wasn’t have a very good run of it.
He had lost two of his last three matches on clay, but he seems to know when the time is to put on a show, and now is the time! Meanwhile Tsitsipas had a great run into the French Open, he managed to win in Monte-Carlo as well as Lyon. He also made the final in Barcelona. This one is going to be a tough one to pick, so we are staying away from the head-to-head betting, but think this will be a tight tussle to get on the total match games!
Tennis Pick: Total Match Games – Over 37.5 (-135)
Alexander Zverev (6) vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Alexander Zverev came back from two sets down in the first round to win, and since then the next three matches have been a lot smoother sailing. Since his first round encounter, he has not dropped a set. Zverev has won against Otte, Safiullin, Đere and Nishikori to make it to the final eight in the French Open.
Zverev will be eyeing off his first ever semi-finals appearance in the French Open as he plays against an unseeded player in the quarters. Looking at the head-to-head, the pair have only played each other two, both on hard courts, and Zverev was victorious in both matches (in straight sets).
In the first four rounds Alejandro Davidovich Fokina had to grind out a lot of tough wins, which means he has spent significantly more time on court during the French open compared to Zverev. Davidovich Fokina’s first round match was the only three setter, his second and third round matches where both five sets, while his fourth round match was four sets. Nonetheless, he made it through to the quarters with wins against Kukushkin, van de Zandschulp, Ruud and Delbonis.
Davidovich Fokina has in fact made the final eight here at the French Open before, but we think Zverev is to tough of an opponent, especially given his form in the last couple of games. Zverev will have the fresher legs and we expect him to get the win here in straight sets.
Tennis Pick: Exact Score – Alexander Zverev 3-0 (-115)
Novak Djokovic (1) vs Matteo Berrettini (9)
Novak Djokovic was seemingly cruising through the French Open, not even dropping a set, well that was all until he met the unseeded Italian of Musetti in the fourth round. Djokovic was two sets to love down and had to put up a massive fight, until Musetti pulled out in the fifth set.
Nonetheless, Djokovic was able to get the win, and has made it to the final eight for the 15th time in 17th appearance in the French Open. The pair have only played each other once before, on an indoor hard court, with Djokovic winning the meeting very comfortably, only dropping three games in total.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) June 7, 2021
As opposed to Djokovic, Matteo Berrettini had a very easy fourth round, he was slated to play Roger Federer, who as we all know, pulled out of the match to focus on Wimbledon, which due to start later in the month. So, Berrettini will certainly be a lot fresher going into this match, also with the confidence that Djokovic may not be playing at his best, seeing though he dropped two sets in his previous match.
Berrettini has seen some blistering form as of late, and he is one of the young guns leading the way to take on the big names in men’s tennis. But is today the day where Berrettini can pull off a major upset? We just don’t think so, back Djokovic to get the win in four sets.
Tennis Pick: Exact Score – Novak Djokovic 3-1 (+250)
Rafael Nadal (3) vs Diego Schwartzman (10)
We don’t think there are any surprises here to see Rafael Nadal back in the final 8 once again at the French Open. In fact, the Spaniard hasn’t even dropped a set yet! He has beaten Popyrin, Gasquet, Norrie and Sinner all in straight sets to make it to the quarter-finals. He has only been pushed to a tie break in the set once!
This quarter-final game is a re-match of laster year’s semi-final, and no prizes for guessing who won that match, Nadal in straight sets. Looking at the pair’s head-to-head, they have played each other 11 times and Nadal leads the way 10-1. Schwartzman’s only win against Nadal was actually on a clay surface, it was the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters in 2020, where Schwartzman won in straight sets.
Diego Schwartzman’s run to the quarter-finals has been just a smooth as Nadal’s, he also hasn’t dropped a set yet, and has only faced one set that had to be taken to a tie break. Schwartzman has progressed into the final eight by winning matches against Lu, Bedene, Kohlschreiber and Struff. He is yet to face a seeded player, and will face his biggest challenge when he takes on Nadal.
Nadal will face a tougher test with Schwartzman in the quarter-finals, and he will have to clean up his serve if he wants a comfortable win. Schwartzman is also known to crack under pressure, and Nadal certainly has the ability to pile the pressure on. There is no value in Nadal outright win bet here, as he is the short priced favorite. So we are backing Nadal to win in straight sets.
Tennis Pick: Exact Score – Rafael Nadal 3-0 (-145)
Picks For The Quarter-Finals of the 2021 French Open: Women’s
Tamara Zidanšek vs Paula Badosa Gibert
Two unseeded players with clash in the quarter-finals with a coveted spot in the final four up for grabs! Tamara Zidanšek showed was she was made of early, taking out the 6th seed in the opening round. So far this tournament she has had a mixed bag, she has lost two sets so far, with wins against Andreescu, Brengle, Siniaková and Cîrstea.
This will be the first time the pair will play each other, so there are a lot of unknowns going into the match. Zidanšek’s win-loss record for 2021 is okay, but it could certainly be better, sitting at 19-10. She has also had 14 wins and four losses this year on the clay court surface.
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Tamara Zidansek becomes the first women from Slovenia to make the final 8 at a Grand Slam. The world No.85 charges past Sorana Cirstea in straight-sets 7-6(4), 6-1. #RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/A3xQqVLpG8
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 6, 2021
Paula Badosa Gibert didn’t have to face a seeded player until the fourth round, so she had an easier draw on paper. Like Zidanšek, her results are mixed, and she has dropped two sets so far in the French Open. Badosa Gibert has managed wins against Davis, Kovinić, Bogdan and Vondroušová.
Badosa Gibert’s win-loss record is much better for 2021, sitting at 23-7, she is also the higher ranked player, at #35 (compared to Zidanšek’s #85). When looking specifically at clay courts, Badosa Gibert’s record is just as good, 17-2. Badosa Gibert is the favorite for this match, and we think she will win.
Tennis Pick: Head-to-Head – Paula Badosa Gibert (-310)
Elena Rybakina (21) vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (31)
The Serena Williams slayer is back in action! Elena Rybakina’s form so far this tournament has been something to be admired. She is yet to loss a set, and the most games she has given up in a set is only five, and that was against Williams. Rybakina has had wins against Jacquemot, Hibino, Vesnina and Williams to make it to the final eight of the French Open.
This match is set to be a juicy one as the pair are actually doubles partners, who are still live in the French Open Womens Doubles draw, into the third round. So it is pretty safe to say the pair each others game very well – even though this will be the first time the pair officially go head-to-head! This will be Rybakina’s first time ever in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam, so she has got to be feeling a bit nervous.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has managed to take out the 3rd and 15th seed on her way to the final eight. Pavlyuchenkova has won against McHale, Tomljanović, Sabalenka and Azarenka to book a showdown with Elena Rybakina, and she has dropped two sets to get here.
Pavlyuchenkova had strong form leading into the French Open, and has reached the final eight for the second time in her career. The bottom half of the draw is wide open, so there are lots of opportunities for the winner here. We aren’t sure which way this one will go, but we think it will be close three set match.
Tennis Pick: Total Sets – Over 2.5 (+116)
Coco Gauff (24) vs Barbora Krejčíková
Coco is in the quarters! Gauff is also the last American standing in the French Open, so she will certainly have the entire country behind her when she takes on Barbora Krejčíková for a place in the final 4. Gauff has been pretty dominate in the French Open so far, and the teen is still to drop a set, beating Krunić, Wang, Brady and Jabeur on the way.
The pair have actually never met before, so this game will be particularly interesting to watch as they both feel each other’s games out in the first few points. Gauff has been in such great form lately and her is mature beyond her years. Even though she is just 17 years old, she has a lot of experience, and has even already made it to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam twice in her career.
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— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) June 7, 2021
Barbora Krejčíková has also had a fairly smooth ride to the quarters, only dropping one set, which was in the first match of the French Open. The unseeded Krejčíková managed to dismantle the games of the 32nd seed as well as the 5th seed to push her way into the final eight of a Grand Slam.
Krejčíková is a champion of Grand Slams in doubles, so she knows what it takes to win, and how to deal with the pressure of the big games. This is the first time the Czech has made it into the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam in the singles draw. This one is tough to pick, but we just can’t go past Gauff and her stellar form as of late.
Tennis Pick: Head-to-Head – Coco Gauff (-104)
Maria Sakkari (17) vs Iga Świątek (8)
Maria Sakkari has had a fairly easy ride to the quarter-finals, only dropping one set in the process. She also managed to knock out Kenin, the 4th seed, in the fourth round. Her other victories include against, Zavatska, Paolini and Mertens. her dominate performance to eliminate Kenin shows she is ready for the matchup against the 8th seed of Iga Świątek.
The pair are yet to play each other, which is certain to make the open games of this match even more interesting as the try to get a better understanding of how the other plays. This will be Sakkari’s first quarter-final appearance in a Grand Slam, so she is sure to be feeling the pressure of a big game, with a spot in the final four up for grabs.
Iga Świątek’s defence of her French Open title has gone as well as she would have hoped. She has breezed through to the quarter-finals and is yet to drop a set, in fact she has only been pushed to a set tie break once in her first four matches at the French Open. She was proven to be too good for Juvan, Peterson, Kontaveit and Kostyuk to book her place in the final eight.
Świątek is the clear favorite for this match, but we think it will be a lot closer than the odds suggest. Both players have had great runs into the French Open, and their recent records truly speak for themselves. At the end of the day we think the occasion will be all too much for Sakkari, and Świątek will win in three sets.
Tennis Pick: Exact Score – Iga Świątek 2-1 (+290)
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