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In Day 7, Novak Djokovic once more takes the court, and is joined by teenage phenom Carlos Alcaraz among others. The matches on the women´s side look to be incredibly competitive, with Sakkari/Mertens, Kenin/Pegula along with a few more closely matched pairings. Our matches of extra betting interest will guide you through the day in Paris and provide some free tennis picks. Allez!
Novak Djokovic vs. Ricardas Berankis
Saturday, June 05, 2021 – 07:15 AM EDT, 2021, at Court 13
As it often is for the Big Three in Majors, the first two rounds haven´t been anything out of the ordinary. Novak Djokovic has routined Tennys Sandgren and Pablo Cuevas in fairly comfortable straight sets, and though both battled hard, they didn´t have much to threaten the world no. 1.
Djokovic took the curious decision to play an ATP 250 tournament the week before Roland-Garros, partaking on his own courts in Belgrade once more. This time, no Aslan Karatsev was there to oust him, and the 34-year old Serb won the title. With his draw looking quite comfortable indeed throughout the early rounds of the fortnight, little is expected to trouble the greatest returner of all time until the quarterfinals.
Enter the "armless"! Ironically, that´s what Ricardas Berankis´ last name translates to, as the best Lithuanian tennis player of all time. Berankis is an aggressive baseliner who loves to take the ball early on the bounce, and with his flat, penetrating groundstrokes he does a ton of damage on slick hard courts. Having greatly improved his mental fortitude, which often let him down in the past, the 30-year old usually dispatches weaker competition, whilst struggling against the very best.
Berankis has picked up some decent wins this clay court season, and defeated 29th seeded Ugo Humbert in the first round, and ended James Duckworth with a last set bagel in the second round. The gulf in class between these two players is otherwordly. Berankis doesn´t have the serve or firepower to hit through Djokovic, nor can he outlast the world no. 1 in rallies.
Whilst he pushed him hard last year in Cincinnati, the Majors are another story. In the pair´s two meetings, once in US Open 2013 (Djokovic won 6-1, 6-2, 6-2) and once in last year´s Roland-Garros (Djokovic won by 6-1, 6-2, 6-2) the Lithuanian hasn´t stood a chance. Anything but a cruise for Novak would surprise, and whilst the betting odds set the spread at a lofty -11, the total has barely adjusted to that projected 6-2, 6-2, 6-2/3 win. Thus, the under certainly appeals here.
Cori Gauff vs. Jennifer Brady
Saturday, June 05, 2021 - 10:15 AM EDT, 2021, at Court 14
Much touted and already beloved sterling talent Cori "Coco" Gauff is starting to make good on her early signs of promise. Putting her name on the map with a breakthrough Last 16 Wimbledon run in 2019, the expectations have been sky-high ever since.
Gauff hasn´t taken long to cement her spot among the world´s elite, and already has two WTA titles to her name at the age of 17. The comparisons to the young Williams sisters are well warranted, with her backhand, intensity and mental fortitude already shining through.
Sporting a stellar 12-4 deciding set win ratio on the WTA tour, and 7-2 on the year, Coco is incredibly tough to defeat. This clay court season has been superb for the young American to boot, making the semifinal in the Rome 1000 and winning Parma.
Though she´s not as young, the breakthrough of Jennifer Brady certainly doesn´t pale in comparion to her countrywoman. In possession of a fearsome forehand that few on tour can match, with a big serve to set it up, Brady´s main weakness was her fitness.
Having dramatically improved that element before the 2020 season has paid dividends. A quarterfinal in Brisbane and semifinal in Dubai was followed by her maiden WTA title in Lexington just after the restart. Jennifer then made the semifinal of the US Open, pushing eventual champion Naomi Osaka to three sets.
In 2021, the 26-year old bettered that by making the Australian Open final, nerves becoming her undoing as it looked like she had Naomi Osaka in trouble. While she hasn´t had much success on clay prior, Brady has been impressive in landing two solid wins over Anastasija Sevastova and Fiona Ferro this Roland-Garros campaign.
On paper, it´s quite difficult to split these two. Gauff is the better clay court player, mover, counterpuncher and defender, whilst Brady has the bigger serve and a huge edge on the forehand wing. The 17-year is the warm betting favorite just shy of -190 at most top sportsbooks, but she tends to get embroiled into long contests.
Cori usually plays up (or down) to her competition, and she´s surpassed her total in both her Roland-Garros matches thus far. Being so difficult to defeat, but also in combination with a tendency to struggle to close out wins, that makes sense. Brady has the firepower to win this match outright, if not make it a competitive contest, and a play on the over looks the right move here.
Tennis Pick: Over 21 (-122) with BetOnline
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