New day, new emotions in Paris. On Saturday it’s time for the matches from the top halves in both tournaments. In action we will see world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams and a few left players of the host country. In first days of the tournament happened most of the biggest surprises, chiefly in women’s scheme but is tomorrow a day for new ones? Take the popcorn and watch!
(13) Dominic Thiem – Alexander Zverev
We pay attention again to the young star of world tennis Dominic Thiem. He played as a veritable professional his match against experienced Garcia Lopez and won in three sets. With great results this year the Austrian tennis hope looks in great shape for his big break in a Grand Slam tournament. Holder of three titles this year, he realized his potential in the best way. With 38 wins and only 10 losses this season Dominic is one of the players who played most matches. 48 battles in less than six months looks very much even for the best in tennis.
Opponent for Thiem will be another representative of the new generation Alexander Zverev. He is the youngest player in top 50 – and only 19 years old. Zverev achieved his higher ranking in men’s tennis this Monday and in that moment he is world no.41. After Roland Garros he will enter the top 40. But whether his limit stop here or the young German is ready to enter more deeply in the tournament? Zverev so far had only one win in a Grand Slam tournament and this week added 2. Last year he took part in qualifying in Paris, but did not reach the main draw. Last week the German played his first ATP final in Nice and on the way to the title match he beat two high ranked players – Gilles Simon and Joao Sousa. In the final he was beaten by the player against who will play tomorrow – Thiem. So definitely it’s the best scene to revenge.
Before this final in Nice, they played another match this year. It happened in Munich semifinal, where Thiem beat Zverev in three sets.
New generation perfect clash, tomorrow is the match of the future between these two prosperitive boys.
(6) Jo-Wilfred Tsonga – Ernests Gulbis
Last year semifinalist Tsonga had so hard match on Thursday against Marcos Baghdatis. Frenchman was in extremely difficult situation when he was 0-2 down against the Cypriot. With the help of the fans and the irreconcilable spirit he managed to achieve full comeback. Baghdatis loses for the first time in his career after leading 2-0 sets. Is this a sign for a new good result in Paris or he will be tired, we will see tomrrow against his next opponent Ernests Gulbis.
After the greatest season in his careeer – 2014, Ernests Gulbis started to get down month after month in 2015. He finished last year with only 11 wins and 24 losses. Although he broke into the top 10 two years ago, he is currently number 80 in the world. In 2014 Gulbis reached semifinals here in Paris. He has a positive balance between winning and losing 13-9 and another good result in Paris – quarterfinal in 2008. He was beaten by Djokovic in both years. This season he didn’t have consecutive wins in main draw of any ATP tournament. But now, at his convenience clay in Paris already interrupted the negative series and achieved 2 wins. In the first round against Seppi and in second against 26th seed in main draw Sousa. Both wins came in 3 sets.
Tsonga and Gulbis played 5 times and French leads 3-2 in the rivalry but in last 2 matches the winner was Ernests. Another fact is that they never played in clay.
Two former semifinalists against each other. Whether Latvian can repeat the game from two years ago and brought another surprise? We get to know tomorrow.
(14) Ana Ivanovic – (18) Elina Svitolina
Two players who arrived in Paris with an unclear shape face each other in 3rd round in a repeat of last year’s quarterfinal.
Champion from 2008, Ana Ivanovic has always been serious factor in women’s tennis. Former number 1 and owner of 15 WTA titles she is one of the most volatile leaders. This year Ana has 1 semifinal, reached in February in St. Petersburg. She played in 3 clay tournaments before Roland Garros and achieved 3 wins and 3 losses. In her first match here she had a big problem in the second set with Oceane Dodin, but beat her in 3. Second match against Kurumi Nara was a little bit easier for her and she won in 2 sets. This season seems that tennis is not the first thing in Ana’s head, who is planning a wedding in June. But this does not stop the Serb to make another great result on her favorite Grand Slam tournament.
Opponent for Ana tomorrow will be the young Ukrainian Elina Svitolina. Winner in Kuala Lumpur in February she is one of the youngest players in top 20 in the world ranking. After this triumph Elina didn’t make another good result. She lost 3 matches on clay and win only 1. This week she win easily her first 2 matches against Sorana Cirstea and Taylor Townsend. It seems that she has been working hard before the tournament and now the results says all.
H2H between Svitolina and Ivanovic is with serious advantage for Ana. They played 7 times and Ana won them all. In only one match Elina got a set against her. They have 2 meetings at Roland Garros in the last 2 years. Whether the time has come for the young Ukrainian to achieve the first victory against difficult opponent as Ivanovic? We will understand after their meeting tomorrow.
(12) Carla Suarez Navaro – (22) Dominika Cibulkova
These two girls are not in the specialists list, but both have great results this year and tomorrow will face each other.
Quarterfinalist from the first Slam this year, CSN is one of the best Spanish players in the past couple of years. In the end of February she won her biggest title in her career in Doha. On clay Carla has had 6 wins and 3 losses. The Spaniard is 2-time quarterfinalist in Paris from 2008 when she started from the qualifies and 2 seasons ago as well . Last year she lost in 3rd round beaten by Flavia Pennetta.
Dominika Cibulkova is the opponent for CSN in the 3rd round tomorrow. After hard season in 2015 and problems with injuries she started 2016 positive. In February she lost the final in Acapulco in epic 3-sets battle against Sloane Stephens. In Katowice two months later she won her first title for the season. The greatest moment for Cibulkova was the final in Madrid. She lost it, beaten by Simona Halep but reached her biggest result in long time. Dominika is former semifinalist in Paris. She lost to Dinara Safina in 2009. In 2012 she beat world no.1 Victoria Azarenka to reach the quarters. Last year she didn’t participate.
CSN and Domnica Cibulkova have 4 matches. The Slovak won 3 of them but in their last match on the winning side was Suarez Navaro. Tomorrow will be their first meet on clay.
New serious battles expect us tomorrow. Don’t miss the Saturday action!
Unfortunately, everything tennis wise is cancelled to at least 13th of July. Let's hope this corona virus goes away as soon as possible and this is the last date the tour is pushed back to. Stay safe people!
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