Tennis Picks: French Open Day 11 Features the Long-Awaited Djokovic vs. Nadal Match

Lee Phelps

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 9:30 PM GMT

Tuesday saw two shocks in the men's game with Nishikori and Federer both falling, will Wednesday be a day for the favourites? William Hill's Lee Phelps is looking at all four matches for his free tennis picks.

What a day of action we have on Wednesday in Paris, with the match we have all been waiting for. Can Novak Djokovic inflict only the second Roland Garros defeat on Rafael Nadal? Andy Murray looks to change another clay court record, while in the women’s side of things Serena Williams takes on Sara Errani and the two outsiders face each other as Timea Bacsinszky takes on Alison Van Uytvanck.

 

Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal 
Top-seed Novak Djokovic is almost unbackable against 6th-seed Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals. Not because he won’t win but rather his price is so short.

He deserves to be favourite, despite Nadal’s decade of domination in Paris and the fact he leads the Serb 23-20 in the head to heads. He has won 39 of the 41 matches he has played this year and has won five of the last six against his Spanish opponent, including their match in Monte Carlo on his way to winning one of four titles and two clay already.

Although Nadal has looked better on his favourite courts, you have to remember he has lost five matches on the dirt already this season.

I see Djokovic being at his very best and repeating the straight sets win over Nadal we saw in Monte Carlo.

Tennis Picks: Djokovic in straight sets 3.0 (2/1)

 

Andy Murray vs. David Ferrer
Andy Murray has never beaten David Ferrer on clay in four attempts, yet he is a heavy favourite to progress to the semi-finals.

The world No.3 warmed up for the French Open by winning his first ever clay tournament and then beat Kei Nishikori and Rafael Nadal on his way to his second - winning the Madrid Masters.

He has only dropped two sets in beating Facundo Argüello, Joao Sousa, Nick Kyrgios and Jeremy Chardy in his first four matches in Paris and has a perfect 14 and 0 record.

The Spaniard has made it to the semi-final, final and quarter-final over the previous three seasons, but hasn’t had it all his own way this time, going to five sets in round three. I get the feeling physically Murray has the edge in what could be a tortuous match to play in.

The Scot may need to dig deep and will no doubt have a mental wobble at times, but I see him winning so will play Murray to win but both players to win a set at 2.37 (11/8).

Tennis Picks: Murray win, but both win a set 2.37 (11/8)

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Serena Williams vs. Sara Errani
Serena is giving punters a real chance to make money on her this tournament, dropping a set in each of her last three matches in Paris. It’s even better than that though, she’s lost the first set but won ultimately. That is 6.5 (11/2) to happen here.

Her Italian opponent hasn’t been too troubled so far, but will go into this expecting the worst. She has lost all eight previous encounters, although she did take the first set in the Fed Cup in their last meeting.

If you think that could happen again then take the 6.5 with your tennis picks, I’m playing safe and going for over 18.5 games in the match at 1.83 (5/6) tennis odds.

Tennis Picks: Over 18.5 games in the match 1.83 (5/6)

 

Timea Bacsinszky vs. Alison Van Uytvanck
Not many predicted these two being in the last eight, but both have lit up the tournament. To be honest the Belgian has made the most of a pretty nice draw, with Kristina Mladenovic her only true test.

Bacsinszky isn’t as big a shock, she had already beaten Pliskova and Lisicki in the build up to Paris and has toppled Madison Keys and Petra Kvitova among others over the last 10 days

I think this is far as Van Uytvanck goes and am going for Swiss representation in the men’s and women’s semi-finals.

Tennis Picks: Bacsinszky -5.5 games 2.0 (Evs)