David Ferrer v Feliciano Lopez
Two veteran players in the Third Round of a major might consider that they don’t have too many better opportunities to get into the second week of a Grand Slam. However both David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez are not your usual veterans and the two Spaniards will have some big goals even once the French Open is completed.
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The edge here has to be given to Ferrer who is much more comfortable on the clay courts than his compatriot Lopez who prefers the faster surfaces. The Lopez lefty serve will give him a chance to get through some games, but Ferrer will feel he can win the baseline rallies and make it difficult for Lopez to attack the net.
I don’t think there would be too many surprised faces out there if you heard that Ferrer has won all five previous matches between these players on clay, including here at the French Open a the same Round three years ago. Four of the five matches on clay have been routine wins for Ferrer and he has also beaten Lopez six times in a row which should give him the confidence to enjoy the match up he faces on Saturday.
Ferrer has been a little loose with the way he has played behind serve, but I think he wears down Lopez in this one. While I think one of the sets will be tight when Lopez finds a groove behind serve, I think Ferrer will eventually come through with a 63, 76, 64 win.
Tennis Handicap Betting Pick: David Ferrer -5.5 Games at 1.70 with Unibet
David Goffin v Nicolas Almagro
The head to head between David Goffin and Nicolas Almagro reads 0-3 in favour of the Spaniard, but I think Goffin is a much improved player since they last met in 2013. At the same time I also think Almagro has lost a little speed in his game although the clay courts remain his favoured domain.
That has shown up in his first two wins in Paris this week as Almagro has dominated his opponents and dropped just a single set. However he will need to raise his game when facing David Goffin who has won two matches in a row in straight sets and who has had a couple of solid runs on the clay courts in preparation for the French Open.
Almagro has a definite edge in the power game with a bigger serve than Goffin and a little more on the groundstrokes on both wings. The key for Goffin is to get the Spaniard moving around the court and trying to use his consistency to wear down Almagro and this is a tight match as the layers are expecting.
I can see Almagro having his backers after two solid wins, but I think he is still trying to find his consistency after injury and that should make life difficult against someone like Goffin. I wouldn’t be surprised if Almagro gets ‘hot’ and takes a set, but ultimately I think Goffin can wear him down and beat him for the first time in his career in three or four sets.
Tennis Handicap Betting Pick: David Goffin -1.5 Sets at 1.93 with Unibet
Ana Ivanovic v Elina Svitolina
We all know the inconsistencies that exist in Ana Ivanovic’s game these days, but Elina Svitolina hasn’t done a lot on the clay courts this season to think she can change history. That history says Ivanovic has won all seven previous matches against Svitolina and she has only dropped one set in that time.
Their last match was played last year here at Roland Garros with Ivanovic coming through very comfortably and this is the third year in a row Svitolina will try and beat the former Champion at the French Open.
I won’t take anything away from the two performances that Svitolina has had in the tournament so far, but Ivanovic has also looked fairly solid and I do give the Serb the edge. If she is looking after her serve as she has for the most part this week, Ivanovic will find her chances on the return and so looks the more likely winner again.
The layers have lost some faith in Ivanovic but I do think her belief will be strengthened by her previous results against Svitolina. I like Ivanovic to cover this small looking number and move into the Fourth Round with another solid win behind her.
Tennis Handicap Betting Pick: Ana Ivanovic – 2.5 Games at 1.98 with 188BET
Prices correct at time of writing.