The French Open quarterfinals are covered on ESPN3.com. The men’s and women’s singles and doubles for Tuesday begin at 5AM ET.
Novak Djokovic beat the last standing American on the men’s side, Robby Ginepri in four sets. Ginepri couldn’t keep his footing chasing down a shot from Djokovic. He fell on his face and to the enlightenment of the crowd and his opponent chose to do a couple push ups while he lay facing the red clay colored tennis court. At this point the momentum shifted to Djokovic even though Ginepri was quoted after the match saying he thought his antics would help get the crowd back on his side.
Djokovic moves on to play Jurgen Melzer where Djokovic is a -400 favorite. In the likely case Djokovic advances to the semifinals, he should face Rafael Nadal who is a 1/20 favorite to win his quarterfinals match versus fellow Spaniard, Nicolas Almagro. The expected Djokovic – Nadal match up will be an interesting one to watch this Thursday as 22 year-old Nadal looks to be unbeatable on the clay.
Serena Williams destroyed Shahar Peer in about an hour going 6-2, 6-2. Williams moves on to play Australian, Samantha Stosur in the quarterfinals. Williams is a -250 favorite in this match up.
Other popular quarterfinals match ups include one between Roger Federer and Robin Soderling. Federer is a -450 favorite in this match up after he defeated Stanislas Wawrinka in four sets in the fourth round. Soderling, the 25 year-old from Sweden, has performed well in this year’s French Open. His only match to go four sets was his third round versus Albert Montanes.
More even match ups include those of Francesca Schiavone (+150) and Caroline Wozniacki (-180) and Elena Dementieva (+150) and Nadia Petrova (-180). These match ups take place at 8AM ET on Tuesday.
Petrova advanced into the quarterfinals after defeating Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3. Venus was well on her way to the quarterfinals, defeating her opponents in two sets until she was stopped by Petrova.
Venus is still active with her sister in the women’s doubles. Her and Serena have performed well as expected, winning three matches in two sets and getting a walkover in the second round. They will play Liezel Huber and Anabel Medina Garriques in the semifinals.
Schivaone could have some value as she enters the quarterfinals having defeated all of her opponents in two rounds except for her first round opponent Regina Kulikova whom she defeated 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Shiavone had been ending her matches in two sets, but she faced a much closer fourth round match against Flavia Pennetta which ended 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 6-2.
Betting action on the French Open will continue to grow until its completion this weekend. Currently Pinnacle Sports has Serena Williams as the vast favorite at +165 to win the WTA French Open. On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal is the odds makers favorite to win at -245. Federer is second at +350.