Here are today’s trio of best bets from the French Open 2015 at Roland Garros.
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Diego Schwartzman to win at least one set against Gael Monfils @ 87/100
Monfils’ capacity for wringing every last ounce of drama out of the most mundane of early-bracket clashes in Paris was once more in evidence when he was taken to four sets by Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 109 places beneath him in the world rankings in round one.
In nine French Open outings over the past three years the elastic-limbed darling of the Parisian crowds has failed to give his public more than the minimum count just twice.
As such it’s well worth backing 62-ranked Schwartzman, a 3-1 winner over world number 51 Andreas Haider-Maurer in the previous round, to nick one off him.
Dominic Thiem to beat Pablo Cuevas @ 87/100
Two hitters of a similar strata collide for the first time on any surface and it’s the lower-ranked Austrian who is taken to prevail on a wave of confidence.
Thiem took out the Nice ATP event in his final pre-slam outing, eliminating sturdy competitors such as John Isner and Ernests Gulbis en route to a €494,000 payday.
His Uruguayan adversary should be a deal less pumped up having failed to go more than two matches deep in his last eight tournaments.
Philipp Kohlschreiber to beat Pablo Andujar-Alba 3-0 @ 2/1
An intriguing clash pits two players who had been enjoying heartening campaigns on the dirt prior to injuries which they’ve since come back from.
However, Kohlschreiber trumps the Spaniard on form before and after their respective complaints, having lost to only the resurgent Andy Murray in completed matches across his last four tournaments.
Having bounced Go Soeda for the loss of just three games in the opening round at Roland Garros, the German looks to have returned to the dirt in more commanding nick than his rival too.