Most of the big names are still standing at Roland Garros and in the women’s tournament, we’re just a couple of matches away from a potential Serena Williams versus Maria Sharapova grudge match.
Rafael Nadal remains unstoppable in his bid for an 11th French title – but who can go all the way to meet the Spaniard in the final? Here’s your complete betting guide to round 3 of the 2018 French Open.
Top men’s seeds all still standing in round 3
Former champion Novak Djokovic is seeded 20th for this year’s French Open and the Serb faces his first real test of the tournament against the talented Roberto Bautista Agut. The Spaniard is the 13th seed and has reached the fourth round at Roland Garros in each of the last two years. Having overcome Denis Istomin in a marathon five-setter in round 1, the 30-year-old found things much more straightforward against qualifier Santiago Giraldo in round two. Djokovic, meanwhile, has two straight sets wins under his belt but has looked vulnerable in both matches. The former world number one has won the pair’s previous three meetings on clay and is just 2/11 to progress. You can back Bautista Agut at 10/3.
Fernando Verdasco has reached the fourth round in Paris on six previous occasions although to do so again he’ll have to beat number 4 seed, Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian came through an epic second-round match with Jared Donaldson, eventually beating the American 10-8 in the fifth set. It’s worth remembering that he’s never progressed past the third round at Roland Garros before, and so it’s tempting to back the 34-year-old Spaniard at 6/5.
Kei Nishikori came from a set down to beat Benoit Paire in five sets in round 2 but could be vulnerable to an upset against home favourite Gilles Simon. We tipped Simon to overcome 12th seed Sam Querrey in round two and the former top ten players duly obliged in four sets. Simon is 11/4 to continue his good run. Alexander Zverev will have to improve if he is to beat 26th seed Damir Dzumhur at 1/25 while Pablo Carrena Busto can beat Marco Cecchinato at 3/10. Richard Gasquet will give Rafael Nadal his toughest test so far this week and a win at 10/1 would represent a huge upset.
Kyle Edmund is the last Brit standing in Paris and faces a tough match against the eccentric Fabio Fognini. The Italian hasn’t got past the third round at Roland Garros since reaching the quarter-finals seven years ago and a lot will depend on which Fognini turns up. On his day he is a match for almost anyone on clay, but Edmund is in good form and can continue his meteoric rise with a win at 17/20.
Kevin Anderson is going about his business in quiet and efficient fashion and can beat Mischa Zverev at 1/9 while 11th seed Diego Schwartzman looks terrific value at 21/20 to beat the unseeded Borna Coric.
A trio of Americans can make round four
The women’s draw remains wide open and there are a number of round 3 matches which look too close to call.
Sloane Stephens announced herself as a major contender with her win at last year’s US Open and the American has lost just six games at Roland Garros in her march to the third round. She faces Camila Giorgi who has also cruised into round three without dropping a set. It could be an interesting match although considering Stephens reached round four in Paris every year from 2012 to 2015 she’s the favourite at 4/7.
Fellow American Madison Keys has won both previous matches against her third-round opponent Naomi Osaka. Neither player has dropped a set this week so far and this could be one of the matches of the third round. Osaka is perhaps the form player but Keys recent Grand Slam record is terrific (a final and quarter-final) and the American 13th seed can win at 8/13.
We tipped Petra Kvitova to go far in this tournament and she faces a tough test against 25th seed Anett Kontaveit. It’s already the Estonian’s best performance at the French Open, and Kvitova beat her on the clay in Rome last month. That was a close match – it went to three sets – and this could also be a tough test for the 8th seed. Kvitova is 4/11 to win.
Daria Kasatkina could be a dark horse for this tournament and is 2/7 to beat Maria Sakkari while number 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki can beat French wildcard Pauline Parmentier at 1/10. Despite previous mediocre form, it seems as if a determined Garbine Muguruza has turned up in Paris and she can continue her impressive progress with a win over Sam Stosur at 2/7.
There’s the mouth-watering prospect of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova meeting in round four, as long as the former Grand Slam champs can navigate their third-round matches. Sharapova has a really tricky match against former world number one Karolina Pliskova who came from a set down to beat former French Open finalist Lucie Safarova in round 2. Pliskova looks terrific value at 19/20 to win.
Williams beat 17th seed Ashleigh Barty in three sets and now faces another difficult match against number 11 seed Julia Gorges. The German has been in good form, reaching the Charleston final on clay earlier this year, and is 21/20 to cause an upset. Williams is getting stronger every match and is 4/6 to win.
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