Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tuesday’s French Open Tennis Betting

Tuesday sees the tenth day’s action at Roland Garros and we’re down to the final eight in both the Men’s and Women’s draws. Who will make the Semi Finals? BetRepublic.com previews all of the day’s matches here.

Men’s Tournament:

The two Men’s Quarter Final matches being played today see top seed Roger Federer take on fifth seed Robin Soderling in the first match and fifteenth seed Tomas Berdych faces eleventh seed Mikhail Youzhny in match two. Who will progress to the final four?

Roger Federer v Robin Soderling Tennis Betting:

This match will be the thirteenth meeting between these two players and Federer, the world number one, is currently undefeated in their previous twelve encounters. Of those twelve matches, three have been played on clay and Federer has won all three in straight sets, including last year’s French Open final. Can Soderling record his first win against the Swiss legend this time around?

Bookmakers PaddyPower.com have, unsurprisingly, made Federer a massive favourite to win the match at odds of 2/9 with Soderling available at 3/1. Federer has also won all four matches at Roland Garros this year in straight sets, with only Alejandra Falla of Columbia coming close to winning a set in Federer’s first three matches.

Federer defeated twentieth seed Stanislas Wawrinka in round four and he pushed Federer to his second tie breaker of the tournament before ultimately losing in straight sets also. Will Federer claim another straight sets win and take another step towards defending his title?

The world number seven and fifth seed Soderling has dropped just one set on his way to the Quarter Finals, and that came in round three against twenty-ninth seed Albert Montanes. In his two matches before that he had dropped just seven games in his six sets.

He defeated Montanes 3-1 in the third round before disposing of tenth seed Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to book his place in the last eight against an opponent he has never beaten. Can he change that statistic today?

Were Soderling to face anyone else in this tournament, including Rafael Nadal, I would not hesitate to back him to progress to the last four stage with the form that he has shown in the last week. However, Federer seems to be one step, if not two steps, ahead of the Swede in every match they have played and I feel that he will progress to the Semi Finals.

Soderling will prove to be Federer’s toughest opponent so far and I feel he will take one set from Federer, so back Federer to win the match 3-1 @ 5/2 with William Hill.

Tomas Berdych v Mikhail Youzhny:

After defeating Andy Murray in round four, PaddyPower.com have made fifteenth seed, and world number seventeen, Tomas Berdych the favourite to progress to the final four at odds of 8/15 compared to 6/4 for eleventh seed and world number fourteen Mikhail Youzhny. This will be the eleventh meeting of the two players, with Youzhny leading 6-4, can Berdych justify his favourite status and move into the last four?

Berdych has won all of his previous four matches in this year’s competition in straight sets, however he dropped ten games in both of his first two matches before warming to clay against seventeenth seed John Isner in round three with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory. Following that impressive performance he defeated fourth seed Murray 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 to book his place in the last eight.

Youzhny began his tournament well with a 6-1, 6-0, 6-4 victory over Michal Przysiezny in the first round, but he managed to drop a set in each of his following matches against Lukas Lacko and Viktor Troicki in the second and third rounds before progressing to the Quarter Finals when eighth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retired from their fourth round match. Clearly Berdych has been in the better form in recent matches, but does that mean he can progress against this well known foe?

Of their ten previous encounters, just two have been played on clay and the scoreline for this surface is 1-1, with Berdych winning their last encounter in the final of the Munich Open in 2009. They played four matches in 2009, with the year ending two wins each, but have not played in 2010 and both players will be desperate to win and progress to the final four section of the tournament.

With his recent form I feel that it will be Tomas Berdych who progresses, but he has only defeated Youzhny in straight sets once so I am splitting my stakes on Berdych to win 3-1 @ 11/4 and 3-2 @ 5/1 with William Hill.

BetRepublic.com Recommends:

•    Back Roger Federer to beat Robin Soderling 3-1 @ 5/2

•    Split your stakes on Tomas Berdych to beat Mikhail Youzhny 3-1 @ 11/4 and 3-2 @ 5/1

Women’s Tournament Tennis Betting Tips:

The two women’s Quarter Final matches on Day Ten see seventeenth seed Francesca Schiavone take on third seed Caroline Wozniacki and fifth seed Elena Dementieva face nineteenth seed Nadia Petrova. Who will book their Semi Final places?

Francesca Schiavone v Caroline Wozniacki:

William Hill have made Caroline Wozniacki, the world number three, the favourite to progress to the Semi Final stage of the tournament at odds of 4/7 ahead of world number seventeen Schiavone at odds of 5/4 despite Schiavone having won their only previous encounter. Will Wozniacki level the scorecard and progress to the final four stage?

Wozniacki has played well so far at Roland Garros and she dispatched her first three opponents barely breaking a sweat. First up was Alla Kudryavtseva, who was sent packing 6-0, 6-3, followed by Tathiana Garbin, who was beaten 6-3, 6-1, and finally thirty-first seed Alexandra Dulgheru, who lost 6-3, 6-4.

However, the Danish 19 year old came up against fourteenth seed Flavia Pennetta in round four and she proved to be more of a challenge and caused Wozniacki to drop her first set. The third seed booked her place in the Quarter Finals with a hard fought 7-6, 6-7, 6-2 victory. This year is already her best performance in the French Open, having never progressed further than round three before, now can she get to the final four?

Bar a slow start in which she lost the first set of her first match, Francesca Schiavone has performed impeccably so far. In that first round game she lost the first set 7-5 to Regina Kulikova before winning the next two sets 6-3, 6-4 to progress to round two and she has not looked back since. She dropped just four games in her defeat of Sophie Ferguson in round two before beating eleventh seed Na Li 6-4, 6-2 to book her fourth round spot. In round four she defeated thirtieth seed Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 6-4 to find herself in the last eight of the French Open. Can the Italian keep her excellent performances coming and progress to the Semi Finals?

Despite being ranked third in the world Wozniacki’s performances can be hit and miss on clay and while she has performed well so far this may be the end of the line if Schiavone can continue to play the way she has played in the last week. Also, Schiavone knows how to beat her, having defeated the Dane in Zurich in 2008. Wozniacki has made vast improvements since then and she will not be easily defeated, but I feel that she will lose this one. My money is on Francesca Schiavone to win the match at odds of 6/4 with PaddyPower.com.

Elena Dementieva v Nadia Petrova:

This match sees the fifth seed, in Dementieva, take on Petrova, the nineteenth seed, who caused a massive shock in the fourth round by eliminating second seed Venus Williams from proceedings. Despite this shock result, William Hill have made Dementieva the favourite to win the match at odds of 8/13 compared to 6/5 for Petrova.  Who will progress to the Semi Final stage?

Of the two players, the fifth seed has had an easier route to the Quarter Finals by a long way, but has made it seem more difficult than her opponent. Dementieva, from Russia, dropped just two games in her first round thumping of Petra Martic before beating Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2, 7-6 in round two. On reaching the third round she came from behind to beat Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak before cruising past Chanelle Scheepers to book her spot in the last eight. In contrast Petrova dropped just six games in her first and second round matches against Shuai Zhang and Agnes Szavay before coming from behind to beat home favourite and fifteenth seed Aravane Rezai in an epic match. Rezai won the first set 7-6 and Petrova won the second and third sets 6-4, 10-8 in a match that lasted just under three hours. In round four she powered past Venus Williams 6-3, 6-4 in ninety minutes to book a Quarter Final spot against Dementieva, whom she has faced on fourteen previous occasions.

The scorecard currently reads 7-7 after their previous fourteen encounters that go back as far as 1997. Dementieva has won the last four matches that they have played, however they have not played since the Tour Championships in 2008. Petrova will be highly confident after beating Venus Williams in the last round and, although she has been eliminated at the Quarter Final stage of all three previous clay court tournaments she has entered in 2010, I feel that she will be victorious in this match.

BetRepublic.com Recommends:

•    Back Francesca Schiavone to beat Caroline Wozniacki @ 6/4

•    Back Nadia Petrov to beat Elena Dementieva @ 6/5

1 comment:

Jocob Stanton said...

I support Roger federer, he is the god of tennis, Federer will be the winner for this match for sure.