Okay, tennis betting enthusiasts, with the 2020 French Open steamrolling into its quarterfinal rounds on both, the men’s ATP portion and women’s WTA side, it’s time to take a look back at what’s gone down this past weekend and what lies ahead in Tuesday’s quarterfinals, along with their French Open odds.
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This weekend saw a bunch of wild results take place, particularly on the women’s WTA side of the third and final grand slam event of 2020. On Sunday, world No. 2 and top-seeded Simona Halep, saw her bid to win her second French Open go up in flames by suffering a stunning 1-6, 2-6 blowout loss against 19-year-old world No. 54 Iga Swiatek.
“For me, it’s not a surprise, these results,” Halep said afterward. “Because everyone at this level is playing really well. And in the fourth round of a Grand Slam, it’s not a surprise anymore because if you are there it means that you have a great game. So I believe that every match [opens at] level and it’s about the day that you play.”
Shortly after Halep’s stunning defeat, fifth-seeded Kiki Bertens saw her French Open title hopes ended by suffering a 6-4, 6-4 loss against unseeded world No. 159 Martina Trevisan. The unheralded qualifier enters the quarterfinals on fire, having already dispatched Coco Gauff and Maria Sakkari.
“I think [Trevisan] has the confidence of winning a few matches in a row already, [and having] done well,” said Bertens. “And I think, with that, no one really has played a lot, so I think then you can see that [anything] can happen in a tournament like this.”
Illustrating the wild results on the women’s side is the fact that there were just six seeded players remaining entering the round of 16, marking the fewest figure since the 32-seed format was introduced in 2001. Now, the unheralded Swiatek will battle Trevisan in one quarterfinal matchup while No. 3 seed Elina Svitolina takes on the unseeded Nadia Podoroska in another quarterfinal pairing.
No. 7 seed Petra Kvitova battles veteran Laura Siegemund in another quarterfinal pairing while looking to reach the semis at Roland Garros for the first time in her career. The 2020 quarterfinals marks the first time two qualifiers have advanced this far in the draw at Roland Garros since 1978.
“Well, for me it’s like a dream,” Podoroska said following the win. “Like I said the other days, I always dream[ed of] being here, playing these kind of tournaments, and for being my first time here, I am very happy.”
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Iga Swiatek Vs Martina Trevisan
The 19-year-old Poland native Swiatek and 26-year-old Italian, Trevisan have split two career meetings. Trevisan took the first meeting 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 at the $25,000+H Warsaw event in 2017 on clay. Swiatek recorded a 6-3, 6-4 win in the quarterfinals in Birmingham last year on grass.
Still, while Swiatek too out the prohibitive favorite in smacking Simona Halep around in her last match, I think Trevisan has been more impressive in dispatching the likes of Coco Gauff, the dangerous Maria Sakkari and Bertens in her last three matches. With Trevisan beating Swiatek on clay once before, I’ve got to believe she’s got a winning formula to get it done again despite being a convincing +382 underdog. I feel an upset brewing in this meeting!
Pick: Martina Trevisan in 3 Sets
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On the men’s ATP side of the event, No. 6 seed Alex Zverev suffered a surprising 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 loss against 19-year-old Jannik Sinner. With the win, Sinner became the youngest man to reach the quarterfinals of a major since world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in 2006.
Afterward, Zverev later said he was “completely sick” and had been dealing with a fever and struggling to breathe. He said he shouldn’t have played and refused to answer a question about testing for COVID-19. In more men’s action, 12-time champ Rafael Nadal continued his quest for his first major of the year by dispatching young American Sebastian Korda 6-1, 6-1, 6-2. Reigning US Open champion Dominic Thiem needed five sets, a rain delay and over three hours to hold off unseeded Hugo Gaston while streaking No. 12 seed Diego Schwartzman got past Lorenzo Sonego 6-1, 6-3,6-4.
In Tuesday’s men’s quarterfinals, the red-hot Schwartzman will take on two-time French Open runner-up and No. 3 seed, Thiem while the unseeded Jannik Sinner looks to pull off the huge upset over Nadal.
No. 12 Diego Schwartzman vs. No. 3 Dominic Thiem
Thiem and Schwartzman have met eight times with Thiem holding a decisive 6-2 career edge. While Thiem has won each of the last three meetings, including a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win at the 2020 ATP Cup, Schwartzman did manage to beat the No. 2 seed on clay in the semifinals in Buenos Aires last year.
While Thiem and Schwartzman have never met at a Grand Slam event and Thiem is coming off his first grand slam title at last month’s U.S. Open, Schwartzman smacked the incomparable Rafael Nadal around en route to a stunning 6-2, 7-5 win in the quarterfinals in Rome last month before losing to Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-3 in the finals. Schwartzman is a blistering 8-1 in his last 9 matches and won’t be afraid of the moment of being in a grand slam quarterfinal.
With Thiem going the distance in his last match and likely being exhausted at some point in this match, I feel a big-time upset brewing – even if Thiem was my pre-tournament pick to win it all. I’m going with Diego Schwartzman to get it done on Tuesday in a five-set thriller!
Pick: Diego Schwartzman in 5 Sets