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After a slow start to 2017, the world No. 1 Murray is definitely returning to his best level. Playing in Roland Garros brings great memories to Murray with the 2016 runner-up just two wins away from another appearance in the decisive match in Paris. Known as one of the best returners in tennis history, Murray has won 45.50% of the points on his opponents’ serve throughout the tournament. Despite losing a set in each of his first two matches, Murray reaches the quarterfinals after straight-sets victories against Juan Martin Del Potro and Karen Khachanov.
The world No. 9 Nishikori is in the Roland Garros quarterfinals for the 2nd time in his career. He lost against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his previous appearance in 2015. Despite his undeniable talent, the 27-year-old from Japan has been far from impressive in Paris. After a five-set battle against Hyeon Chung in the 3rd round, Nishikori booked a place in the quarterfinals after losing the opening set against Fernando Verdasco by 6-0.
These two players know each other very well with Murray leading 8-2. He also won their previous encounter on red dirt without dropping a set.
Due to Murray’s recent improvements, it’s hard to go against him. On the other hand, it’s also difficult to trust Nishikori due to his lack of consistency. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of Murray's betting odds by placing a bet on the Scot to win this match in three or four sets.Free Tennis Pick: Murray -1.5 Sets (-169)Best Line Offered: Heritage
Stan Wawrinka (3) Vs. Marin Cilic (7)
Wawrinka continues his successful journey in Roland Garros. Known as a big-match player, Wawrinka holds a 61-10 record in Grand Slam events since his victory at the Australian Open in 2014. Despite facing one of the best defenders in the game, Wawrinka won 76.47% of the points at the net in the previous round against Gael Monfils. Taking a look now at Wawrinka’s numbers in Roland Garros, the highlight goes to his performance on pressure points with the Swiss winning 78.79% of the points when facing break points.
The 2014 US Open champion Cilic is for the first time in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. Playing on the big stages brings the best out of Cilic with a terrific 70.90% winning record in Grand Slam events throughout his career. Despite his strong campaign in this tournament, Cilic couldn't have asked for an easier draw in Paris. Besides not facing a single player from the top 35, Cilic booked a place in the quarterfinals after Kevin Anderson’s retirement due to injury.
This will be the 14th career meeting between these two players with Wawrinka leading 11-2.
As the head-to-head record suggests, Wawrinka is a terrible matchup for Cilic. Adding to this, Wawrinka only dropped one set in all their five previous encounters on clay. Thus our recommendation is for you to add Wawrinka’s set handicap to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this contest.Free Tennis Pick: Wawrinka -1.5 Sets (-120)Best Line Offered: BetDSITalk 2017 French Open Betting In Our Forum