A blockbuster bill awaits tennis purists on day nine at the French Open with the men’s draw offering a particularly enticing day’s viewing.
Six of the top ten in the world rankings are due on court before the sun goes down, but at least one’s involvement is expected to end there…
Gael Monfils to beat Roger Federer @ 19/10
Poised at one set all after poor light stopped play on Sunday evening, the fact that this one really could go either way is highlighted by the pair’s tight head-to-head record, which the Swiss Maestro leads by eight matches to four.
However, six of the Fed Express’ victories came within their first seven meetings, with the last of those coming here in 2011.
Since then Monfils has won three of the last five clashes with his opponent (most recently on the Monte Carlo dirt) and he can overcome the world number two with the backing of a partisan crowd in his hometown.
Timea Bacsinsky to beat Petra Kvitova @ 27/20
Swiss right-hander Bacsinsky has yet to drop a set at Roland Garros and she can make a mockery of the odds to defeat Kvitova for the second time this season after downing her rival in straight sets in their first ever meeting at Shenzhen in January.
The Czech looks susceptible to an upset in Paris having been taken the distance in two of her three matches on the way to the fourth round stage.
Andy Murray to beat Jeremy Chardy 3-1 @ 13/5
Murray took his winning streak on clay this term to 13 with a straight sets victory over dangerous young Australian Nick Kyrgios in round three.
However, the victory was less authoritative than it might have been with the Scot successful with only 54% of his first serves against a foe who described himself as ‘nowhere near 100%’ afterwards.
Murray will overcome world number 45 Chardy, just as he has done in six of their seven past meetings, but the Frenchman should have the tools to chisel a set from his adversary just as Joao Sousa did in round two.