The second Major of 2021 is in its second week! Join, as we extend our stay in Paris for Roland-Garros, and get valuable insight to make your tennis betting picks profitable! Bonjour!
Due to a Jannik Sinner collapse with the cover well in sight halfway through we finally tasted our first defeat, but we’re still sitting beyond pretty at 7-1 in the tournament.
The quarterfinals are underway and conclude today, with Djokovic, Nadal and Swiatek once again in action. Our matches of extra betting interest will guide you through the day in Paris and provide some free tennis picks. Allez!
Rafael Nadal vs. Diego Schwartzman
Wednesday, June 09, 2021 – 07:30 AM EDT on Court Philippe-Chatrier
Rafael Nadal extended his winning streak at Roland-Garros to 32, 11 of those matches without dropping a set. Jannik Sinner served for the first set, but got tight and the quality of the King of Clay was too overbearing in the end.
Both forehand and backhand, along with the net game was on fire for Rafa in the match, and he had several dominant stretches winning 6 or more games in a row against the young Italian in the 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 victory.
Considering how he'd looked entering this tournament, despite him being the 10th seed it's still a bit surprising to see Diego Schwartman make the quarterfinal. The Argentinian warrior had been in disastrous form all clay season, failing to reach the semifinals in an event above 250-level for the first time in four years.
"El Peque" received just the draw to play himself into form here though, with Lu Yen-Hsun one of the kindest possible first rounds. Following up by easily dispatching Aljaz Bedene and Philipp Kohlschreiber, he overcame the in-form big hitter Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets. The 28-year old has yet to lose a set this tournament.
As impossible an assignment Rafael Nadal is on this clay court realm, Schwartzman is one of few who can give him a real battle. With his compact backhand he loves to take on the bounce, and the lethal backhand down the line, El Peque can counter the huge topspin forehand of Rafa.
Combine that with a warrior mentality and pristine movement, and you've found a competitive formula even against the King of Clay. Despite the fact that the Argentinian has covered this line in all five Grand Slam-matchups (including two at Roland-Garros), top online sportsbooks still line this total a low 28.5 games. We'll happily get involved on the over.
Cori Gauff vs. Barbora Krejcikova
Wednesday, June 9, 05:00 AM EST on Court Philippe-Chatrier
Cori Gauff continues her superb surge towards the very elite. The 17-year old phenom has been phenomenal all clay season, and is continuing that trend at its pinnacle with a 9 game winning streak. The last two matches have been extremely impressive indeed. While Jennifer Brady had to retire injured after the first set, Gauff hit 7 winners to only 1 unforced error in the 6-1 first set.
Against the much improved Ons Jabeur, Gauff once more came up clinical with 15 winners to 9 unforced errors. Her improved solidity from the basline, particularly on the weaker forehand wing, has paid dividends.
Barbora Krejcikova extends her win streak to 9 as well, and she's come off two straight beatdowns of well decorated opposition. Current world no. 6 Elina Svitolina and former world no. 3 Sloane Stephens have been brushed aside for the loss of no more than 3 games in any set.
Currently sitting at a career high 29th place in the live WTA rankings, the Czech will look to make her maiden Major semifinal appearance. Considering what she's done against two similar player types to her next opponent, Krejcikova should be feeling confident.
This looks to be a battle between two in-form players. The solidity from the baseline, grit and determination from Gauff will take some beating at the moment. But the intelligent point construction, slicing and dicing and redirection of Krejcikova will certainly not admit defeat easily.
The tennis betting odds line this match about a pick em, and have extreme difficulty splitting this pair. We do as well, and two close sets or a three-set war looks to be on the cards.
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.