Novak Djokovic was the last player to beat Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros and the pair continue their bid to meet in Sunday’s final with winnable matches in the last eight. Elsewhere, there’s a real chance for a couple of talented Americans in the bottom half of the women’s draw with two of the favourites for the title set to meet in the semi-finals.
Here’s your complete betting guide to the quarter-finals of the 2018 French Open.
Nadal and Djokovic on course for final meeting
It may have been a tougher examination than he expected, but the unbackable Rafael Nadal continued his march towards an 11th French Open title with a straight sets win over Maximilian Marterer in round 4.
Nadal hasn’t dropped a set at Roland Garros since 2015 although the world number one will face a tricky test against number 11 seed Diego Schwartzman. We’ve been backing the diminutive Argentine for a couple of rounds now and profited from a couple of useful wins. He came through a five-set encounter with Kevin Anderson even though the big South African served for that match and he’ll prove a tough opponent for the top seed. Nadal should still win, but there’s not much value in the 1/100 available.
For the third consecutive match, Alexander Zverev had to recover from two sets to one down to progress. The German eventually downed unseeded Karen Khachanov 6-3 in the final set of their fourth-round match although the number 2 seed will now have to up his game to defeat Dominic Thiem.
We tipped the Austrian to beat Kei Nishikori in the last round and he looks a great bet at 8/15 to reach his third consecutive French Open semi-final.
Having never won a Grand Slam match in his career, no-one could have predicted Marco Cecchinato’s run to the last eight in Paris. The world number 72 won his first ATP title earlier this year (he was only the 9th player to win a title as a ‘lucky loser’ having been defeated in qualifying) and has beaten the 10th and 8th seeds on his way to the last eight.
The Italian’s reward for his success is a match against former champion Novak Djokovic. The Serb has improved match by match – surely he’s a decent each-way bet for the Wimbledon title? – and had little trouble seeing off clay-court specialist Fernando Verdasco in the last round.
At the present time Djokovic looks like Nadal’s most likely opponent in Sunday’s final, and he can progress at 1/18.
We tipped Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro to progress in the last round and the pair will meet in the quarter-final. Del Potro has won twelve sets on the spin in Paris and can progress at 8/15.
Top seed can continue bid for first Grand Slam Title
The injury to Serena Williams denied fans the promise of a real grudge match in round 4. Maria Sharapova progressed to the quarter-finals without hitting a ball, although her rest day won’t hugely advantage her considering her opponent Garbine Muguruza only had to play two games in her curtailed victory over Lesia Tsurenko.
The Spaniard has been in imperious form so far, and has yet to lose a set in this year’s tournament. This could be a really hard-hitting encounter and it’s a really tough match to call. Seedings say the Spaniard should win at 3/4 but there will be plenty of backers for the Russian at 19/20.
We suggested that Daria Kasatkina was a potential future Grand Slam champion and the number 14 seed has been in terrific form in Paris. The Russian continued her excellent run with a straight sets victory over Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki and faces the current US Open champ Sloane Stephens in the last eight.
This is the American’s best ever run at Roland Garros and she followed up a tough three-set victory over Camila Giorgi with an absolute demolition of the promising Estonian Annet Kontaveit for the loss of just two games.
This could be another close one and on current form we’re siding with Stephens at 19/20.
Madison Keys has reached her third consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final and can progress further with a win over the unseeded Yulia Putintseva.
The Kazakh player’s toughest match so far was her first-round win over Johanna Konta and she has managed to avoid any of the top players in her run to the last eight. Keys should be too good and can win at 1/4.
The current world number one plays a former top-ranked player and it could finally be Simona Halep’s year.
After defeat in last year’s final the Romanian has lost just 14 games in her last eight sets of tennis, and she thrashed one of the pre-tournament dark horses, Elise Mertens, in round 4. She plays Angelique Kerber whose form seems to have recovered after a difficult year.
The pair have played ten times in the past, winning five times each, and so this promises to be close. Halep got the better of her rival 9-7 in a deciding set at the Australian Open, but could find things a little easier this time around. Back the top seed to win at 2/5.
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