We’re into the second week of Roland Garros of 2016 and it’s been a topsy-turvy tournament so far with Nadal and Tsonga leaving the tournament due to injuries. Thiem has been the most solid youngster (starting to be an established top 20 player) and Ramos, Gulbis and Gasquet has been surprises. My predictions haven’t been as confident in the latter rounds as you can see below.
Can Goffin and Thiem show their potential and make it to the quarter-finals? I think so. Gulbis will be a tough opponent if his serve is on, but Goffin has been impressive so far and confirmed his calm and collected head when he beat Almagro in five sets.
Bottom half then:
The bottom half of the draw has had two big surprises. Ramos beating Raonic in straight sets were quite a shock since Raonic has played so well of late. However, Wawrinka’s power should be too much for him. Gasquet played the match of, well maybe not his life, but of a long time when he beat Nishikori in four sets yesterday. If he can keep up that performance, it’s not going to be easy for Murray despite the Scot’s favourable head-to-head statistic (7-3 to Murray). However, I still think Murray sees this year as his chance of a lifetime to win Roland Garros. He beat Djokovic going into this tournament and his clay court confidence is at an all-time high.
Looking at my French Open predictions in total, I’ve so far managed to get 86 out of 116 matches right which is a percentage of 74% correct predictions. Let’s see what the four remaining 4th round matches today will bring.